The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) was founded on the “spirit” of shared purpose versus individual gain – the concept of discovering how much we can accomplish together as a group versus working individually. Several years ago, the Summit added forums for specific stakeholder groups, bringing together colleagues and competitors alike from various sectors to create an open discussion for the free exchange of ideas, debates and strategies.
We’ve previously shared “white papers” summarizing the key findings and recommended best practices from five of the dedicated forums that took place at the 2013 Summit: Education; Destination Spa; Hot Springs; Hydrothermal Practices and Retail.
We would now like to present the Hotel Spa Forum white paper, authored by Anne McCall Wilson, owner/founder of strategic advisory firm McCall & Wilson, previously Vice President Spas, Fairmont Raffles Hotels International
The goal of the Hotel Spa Forum was to look at issues affecting hotel spas and define priorities for the next decade.
Prior to the Summit, a request was sent to industry leaders to send in their “burning questions,” some of which included:
- Have hotel spas lost their luster?
- Is wellness the answer?
- Without industry benchmarking, how can we intelligently discuss performance with hotel leaders who do not understand spa & wellness?
Participants then addressed the burning questions and agreed that the hotel spa industry needs to adapt and change to continue to be relevant and vibrant to the consumer of the future and to add increasing value to the hotel sector. Read the 16-page white paper for the forum’s insights.
Question of the week:
Many in the forum agreed that hotel spas have lost their luster. What do you think? Please tell us by leaving a comment below.
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With the 2014 Global Spa and Wellness Summit announcement, we wanted to remind everyone that the 2013 Global Spa and Wellness Summit is alive and well on our powerpoint, videos, and transcripts page. Re-watch your favorite speaker or panel to gain new insights on everything that was discussed during our wonderful time in India.
Here’s three videos from that page to get you started: