THE ASIA PACIFIC SPA & WELLNESS COALITION has been named Spa Association of the Year at the 8th annual AsiaSpa Awards in Hong Kong. It is the fourth time APSWC has received the award.
Andrew Jacka, APSWC chairman and director of the Thai Spa Association, reported that since APSWC’s last annual forum in 2011, it has been refocusing on its original objectives of providing education and strategic planning. It has also developed a new website in the past year.
In that regard, he noted APSWC is seeking feedback from the industry on four questions:
What are your biggest challenges or obstacles in running your business?
What are your top three goals this year?
What is the one big thing you feel you need to have or do that you think would help you double your business this year?
What strategies have you tried to improve your business? What worked? What didn’t?
APSWC membership consists of 12 national associations:
Association of Malaysia Spas, Australian Spa Association, Bali Spa & Wellness Association, Malaysian Association of Wellness & Spa, Nippon Spa Association, Spa Association Singapore, Spa & Wellness Association of Singapore, Spa & Wellness Association of Nepal, Thai Spa Association and Philippines Wellness & Spa Association.
In 2012, the Thai Spa Association conducted a seminar on Preparing your spa for AEC 2015 and has been actively involved with the Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports in drafting an ASEAN spa standard that would be implemented in 2015.
Andrew also announced it would be expanding its highly successful World Spa & Wellness Convention in 2013 from three to four days, set for Bangkok from Sept. 18-21. The event not only features the World Spa & Wellness Convention but the World Spa 7 Well-Being Congress, and the second Thailand Spa & Well-Being Awards. The first even attracted almost 4,500 visitors from 35 countries and saw 19 custom-designed trophies awarded in 18 categories.
Upcoming industry events in 2013:
Jan. 22-25, 2013
HOSTS India: India’s largest hospitality trade show, supported by APSWC, ISWA & TSPA www.hfsindia.in
April 3-4, 2013
SpaMeeting: Europe & Africa, Paris, France, www.paris.spameeting.com
April 11-13, 2013
Cosmobeaute Vietnam: Siagon Exhibition & Convention Centre, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam www.cosmobeaute.com
July 15-18, 2013
Cosmobeaute Asia: Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur www.cosmobeate.com
Sept. 18-21, 2013
World Spa & Well-being Convention, Bangkok www.worldspawellbeing.com
Sept. 18-19, 2013
World Spa & Well-being Congress, Bangkok
Sept. 19, 2013
Thailand Spa & Well-being Awards, Bangkok www.thailandspaawards.com