Bali to Take Part in First Spa Summit

NEW YORK ~ Delegates from Bali will be among the participants taking part in the first Global Spa Summit in New York later this month, the organizers said.

The event will be held at the celebrated Waldorf-Astoria hotel from May 20-22, and feature “leading executives from the global spa, hospitality, travel and wellness sectors,” said organizers Spa Finder, Inc.

Worldwide, the spa industry was worth some US$40 billion, and keynote speakers at the summit would include Steve Case, founder of Revolution LLC and AOL, and Kevin Kelly, the president of Canyon Ranch.

Among the panelists will be Bali-based Jeff Matthews, head of the Mandara Spa Asia, one of the world’s leading spa management firms, according to the event’s agenda.

Bali has long been a spa haven, and investment in the sector continues unabated. This week two major properties officially unveiled new spas: the Grand Hyatt in Nusa Dua and the Alila in Ubud.

Around 150 delegates from around the world are expected to attend the three-day event in New York.

“The spa industry has grown 40 percent over the last three years and it shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon,” Spa Finder CEO Pete Ellis said.

“We’ve all seen in other industries, however, that rapid growth can sometimes create fragmentation and impede innovation. Our goal is to both foster a healthy exchange of ideas and information and to lay the foundation for a global network that can lead the industry forward.”

Delegates would hear from industry analysts on future forecasts for the sector and market analysis, the organizers said.

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