Archive - February 2012

Global Spa & Wellness Summit at Aspen June 3-6
Spa Canada launches U.S. Spa Wellness magazine
Honeymoon getaway at Renaissance Koh Samui
Does massage help breast surgery patients?
New GM for SALA Samui
Celebrating Valentine’s Day at Pullman Bangkok King Power
Renaissance Phuket’s Relaxation Experience
Thai Spa Promotion Campaign for 2012

Global Spa & Wellness Summit at Aspen June 3-6

THE GLOBAL SPA & WELLNESS SUMMIT has been set for Aspen ,Colorado, on the Aspen Institute Campus, June 3-6, focusing on the most imaginative and innovative strategies that will be needed to propel the $2 billion global spa and wellness industry forward.

Formerly known as the Global Spa Summit, the organization has also added the word/concept wellness to its name – to reflect the expanded focus of the modern spa industry. Previous gatherings of the invitation-only summit were held inNew York;Interlaken,Switzerland; Instanbul; and Bali.

Seven presenters have already been confirmed: Phillipe Bourguignon, vice-chairman, Revolution Places and former co-chairman of the Davos World Economic Forum; Dr. Richard Carmona, 17th U.S. surgeon general and vice-chairman, Canyon Ranch; Jose Maria Figueres, former president of Costa Rica and an expert on global environmental practices; Academy Award winner Mariel Hemingway, wellness advocate; John Kao, author of Innovation Nation and creator of executive programs and innovation at Harvard Business School; Peter Rummell, former president of Disney Imagineering and chairman of the Urban Land Institute; and Elizabeth Stephenson, partner, McKinset & Company.

“The spa and wellness industry faces vast opportunities but also confronts complex challenges, while serving more sophisticated consumers demanding more and “different” but with a shrinking pool of talented staff, says Phillipe Bourguignon, co-chair of the 2012 agenda and aSummit board member.

“The answer, I believe, is innovation through imagination.” Great companies, he added, are founded on innovation, not from market surveys. It doesn’t stem from experience but from a vision of what we wish to experience tomorrow.

This year’s agenda will purposely exit the industry “highways” to explore new side roads.  “It will incite us to use our imaginations to become more innovative so that this industry can continue to speak to people’s imaginations.”

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Spa Canada launches U.S. Spa Wellness magazine

Graphics Designer Alicia Wilkins, Nora Lynn Carr and Managing Editor Jean Cole.

By Wyatt Navikevicius

SPA CANADA, Canada‘s largest spa magazine, makes its U.S. debut at the Las Vegas Aesthetic Spa and Trade show this April and Peter Cole, the publisher, tells us about his plans for the future.

Peter is no stranger to the He built Medical Spa Revue Canada almost from scratch and
has been attending American trade shows for almost 10 years. Now he’s bringing Spa and Wellness to the U.S market in both online and print formats.

The online version was launched earlier this month (January) and will serve as prelude to the print edition by showing what the publication is about and what it will be offering readers. It will run as a monthly publication at first but will be changed to a quarterly offering in the spring. Initial print run will be 10,000 copies.

Peter plans on attending at least three or four more trade shows across to the country to advertise the magazine and talk to readers and advertisers.

Spa Canada is the largest spa publication in Canada and has been in business since 1995. The new magazine will focus on spas that are both high-end and offer medically proven treatments, and provide readers with a guide to luxury and wellness. Top writers and speakers from around the world will be contributing to its content.

“The quality will definitely be a cut above the rest,” he said.

Bernard Renaud, director of ESI spa trade shows in Canada has named Spa & Wellness as the official trade show magazine for ESI’s shows in the U.S.

Spa Canada and ESI have worked together as strategic partners at all our trade shows in Canada for 10 years and have grown together. We look forward to the same success with the introduction of Spa & Wellness at ourLas Vegas show in April,” he said with the launch of the magazine’s Internet edition.

Spa Canada’s success, he adds, has been its focus on providing expert advice to spa owners and their staff while keeping them up to date with the fast-breaking changes reshaping the industry today.

Spa and Wellness will be providing the same level of advice for industry professionals in the U.S.”

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For more information on Spa and Wellness, you can talk to Peter at the Las Vegas Aesthetic Spa and Trade show, where he will be offering free sample copies, or check out SpaCanada’s website

Honeymoon getaway at Renaissance Koh Samui


RENAISSANCE KOH SAMUI has a special package designed for couples looking for a honeymoon getaway or a secluded holiday in mind at its 33 new private pool villas. The package is available until March 31, 2012.

The Intro Romance Package in the beachfront pool villas costs 19,400 BHT a night for a stay of at least two nights. It includes: Sparkling wine on arrival; in-room breakfast for two; a candlelight dinner at the resort’s Thai restaurant, including a bottle of wine; a 60-minute aromatherpy massage for two at Quan Spa; and free shuttle service to Lamai and Chaweng.

All villa rates include selected beers, soft drinks and snacks plus a 50% discount for the couples spa package when booked together with your villa reservation.

An additional Quan Spa promotion called A New Beginning is a three-hour package, featuring a steam, a rose body polish, andIsland aroma treatment and an aroma facial. Cost – 4,990 BHT.


Does massage help breast surgery patients?

IT’S SOMETHING THAI SPAS have known all along but new research from the Mayo Clinic confirms that massage does provide stress relief as well as pain relief for most patients who have undergone breast surgery.

The research was conducted by Barb Thomley, co-ordinator of outpatient services in Mayo Clinic’s Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program, the recipient of the 2010 Ruth Stricker Spa and Wellness Award.

The study showed: Stress relief was very effective in helping 82% of patients relax. Some 64% of patients found it very effective in relieving pain and another 31%, somewhat effective; while 82% found it very effective in creating a general feeling of wellness.

Here’s what some of the patients had to say about the use of massage in their treatments:

My pain was reduced by massage. It helped more so than any of my medications.

This is wonderful hands-on therapy that benefits the patient emotionally and physically.

This is an excellent complement to the standard health care provided by the doctors and nurses.

Thomley also confirmed that massage and other high-touch integrative therapy have the ability to transform the perception of patients of the care they receive during their hospital stay, adding “it’s important to continue to study the effects of these therapies and patients’ willingness to pay as we continue to educate health care providers and insurance plan providers on the benefits and ability to impact recovery”.

Thomley and Dr. Brent Bauer, director of Complemntary and Integrative Medicine Program at the Mayo Clinic, outlined their findings during the 2011 ISPA Conference & Expo, in a presentation, focusing on the science behind massage.

In the next phase of the study, Thomley will evaluate how aromatherapy take-home kits and preloaded MP3 players with guided imagery exercises contribute to patient feeling after they’ve been discharged from hospital.

“ISPA Foundation is happy to be part of research initiatives like the Ruth Stricker Spa and Wellness Award that deliver important data for the spa and wellness communities,” said ISPA Foundation President Heff Kohl.

“The more insight we have into the positive effects of spa treatments, the more we can educate the public and health care industry to make spa visits part of their wellness routine.”

New GM for SALA Samui

DICK SIMARRO has been named general manager of SALA Samui Resort and Spa. He comes to SALA with a strong background in both European and Asian hotel management.

For the past two years,  Dick was GM at the five-star Pimalai Resort in Koh Lanta, Thailand, and had previously served as GM at several leading resorts inbMallorca,bSpain and Bali, Indonesia.

Dick graduated from theUniversity of Stockholmin his native Sweden and is fluent in five languages: English, Spanish, Swedish, German and Danish.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day at Pullman Bangkok King Power

PULLMAN BANGKOK KING POWER is marketing Valentine’s Day with specials at its three restaurants – Cuisine Unplugged, Déjà Vu and Wine Up.

At Cuisine Unplugged, it’s called the Perfect Match – an international buffet featuring Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Western dishes, including a dessert corner. Cost – 1.230 BHT per person, with a 50% discount if you find the same colored heart-shaped chocolate from the chocolate box.

At Déjà Vu, it’s a Valentine five-course set menu of French cuisine, featuring Jerusalem artichoke, wagyu beef, scallop and a special dessert for the occasion – Redefined Apple Lovers’ Dessert. Cost 2,200 BHT per person per set menu. A free bottle of Bubbles is also offered to every couple ordering two set menus.

At Wine Up, it’s called Loves Eat Roses, where you can surprise your lover with candy pastel roses and a tapas set that includes glasses of Kir Royalee. The tapas set incudes four dishes such as foie parfait varine, seared shrimp,Parmahas capapé and French cheese on crispy baguette, with two pastel roses for dessert. Price per set – 555 BHT for per two persons.

Renaissance Phuket’s Relaxation Experience

RELAX AT RENAISSANCE PHUKET with a package that includes a daily breakfast and a choice between a 60-minute aroma fusion massage and a deep renewal massage for two at the resort’s Quan Spa, plus a 60-minute private yoga lesson to revitalize your body, mind and spirit.

Rates start at 5,706 -14,000 BHT and are valid until April 5, 2012. Advance reservations are required. If making reservations online, be sure the promotional code SPA appears in the corporate/promotional code box.

For more information/reservations, call 076-363-999 or visit

Quan Spa is also offering a Face Essential/Face Pampering package, plus a 30-minute complimentary head-and-shoulder massage or foot reflex massage for every 75-minute face therapy treatment purchased. Prices start from 3,000 BHT.

Face therapy selections include: After sun facial, balancing care facial, anti-aging facial, gentlemen’s facial.

Thai Spa Promotion Campaign for 2012

THE TOURISM AUTHORITY OF THAILAND will be given a special budget to help tourism businesses, including spas, hit by last fall’s flooding.

How much is still up in the air. “At this point, the budget is under consideration by the Thai government,” said Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, deputy governor for international marketing (Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas), Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). But she did confirm that TAT would be launching a consumer-based advertising and promotion campaign for the spa industry in 2012.

The campaign will be focused on two key market areas: Short-haul destinations in East Asia and ASEAN countries; and long-haul markets like North America and Europe.

“All demographic groups will be targeted, especially those interested in health and wellness. The over-all message for both markets is: Thailand: Spa Paradise of Asia.”

The Tourism Authority of Thailand will also provide promotional tools for the industry, she adds. In addition to the industry’s own marketing and sales promotions, TAT will be running sales projects like the Amazing Thailand Grand Sales by gathering special spa packages from spa operators; create a website to provide information about spa products and services and allow spa operators to introduce as well as sell their packages on the website. TAT also plans to organize sales promotion activities abroad at various tourism fairs.

TAT, she notes, is on good terms with every spa association inThailandand co-operates with them to promote Thai spas throughout the year.
These co-operative activities include: Creating promotional material to promote spa properties under the Thai Spa in Mind theme; a website about medical tourism —; organize the Thailand Tourism Awards in health tourism to raise spa operator standards; promote health tourism at the Thailand Tourism Fair (TTF) to induce people to spend more time in a spa; organize trade shows and road shows abroad for Thai spas; organize familiarization trips for travel agents and media to test Thai spas, products; and promote Thai spas through TAT’s 28 overseas offices.

In today’s fast-paced, super competitive world, maintaining high quality standards has never been more important. “Otherwise, we simply will not be able to maintain business levels.”

TAT will do its part, she added, by promoting the authentic Thai spa and what visitors can expect when they come to an authentic Thai spa.

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