Duration: September 11, 2010 (Monday) to September 13 (Wed)
Holding time: 10: 00 ~ 17: 00
Venue: Tokyo Big Sight (Koto Ward, Tokyo)
Simultaneous: Diet & Beauty Fair、Anti-Aging Japan
Number of exhibitors: 383 companies
Total booth number: 677 booth
Total visitor number: 26,953 visitors

This year SPA & WELLESS JAPAN was held. At the eighth meeting, NSPA sponsors each year, a spa symposium is held on September 12th, a lecture was given from the Japan Tourism Agency, the Ministry of the Environment (hot-springs affairs), and then a panel discussion with NSPA Chairman Okada We did.

In addition, NSPA participated in the theme of “Wellness Tourism” with the Japan Health & Research Institute and  NPO THE FORUM ON THERMALISM IN JAPAN .

In this year’s spa Crystal Awards, the best 10 spa in Japan by Internet voting was announced, Aman Spa Hotel AMAN TOKYO was selected as the 1st place.

The nominees for the 2018 World Spa & Wellness Awards have been released.

The nominees for the 2018 World Spa & Wellness Awards have been released.   There is strong completion from across Asia Pacific for the Hotel Spa & the Year (Asia & Australasia) and for Resort Spa of the Year (Asia & Australasia).   The region also boasts a nominee in the Worldwide Health & Wellness Destination of the Year, and the 2017 category winner, Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary, Thailand.   Below are all the Asia/Australiasian nominees, or click on—wellness-awards-shortlist-announced for a complete list of the world’s spas in the running for these prestigious awards.

Hotel Spa of the Year: Asia & Australasia
Anantara Spa at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas, Thailand
Banyan Tree Spa at Banyan Tree Macau, China
Maia Spa at Fusion Maia Da Nang, Da Nang City, Vietnam
One & Only Spa at Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley, Lithgow, Australia
One & Only Spa at One & Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
Waldorf Astoria Spa at Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, China

Resort Spa of the Year: Asia & Australasia
Aman Spa at Amanoi, Vinh Hy Village, Vietnam
Banyan Tree Spa at Banyan Tree Phuket, Thailand
The Dheva Spa and Wellness Centre at The Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai, Thailand
The Island Spa at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, Maldives
Six Senses Spa Village at Six Senses Yao Noi, Phuket, Thailand

Worldwide Health & Wellness Destination of the Year
Brenners Park Hotel & Spa, Baden-Baden, Germany
Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa, Koh Samui, Thailand
Lanserhof Lans, Innsbruck, Austria
Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda, Gargnano, Italy

The Global Mentorship Program’s new Malaysian Ambassador.

Datin Jeanette Tambakau , the President of Association of Malaysian Spa (AMSPA)  has  recently  been appointed as the Global Mentorship Program(GMP) Country Ambassadors for Malaysia for two years (2017-2019). One of the key focus under her  Presidency  term is to spread the message about  the Global Mentorship Program.

About Global Mentorship Program

As one of the early Initiatives of the Global Wellness Institute (GWI), the Global Mentorship Program decided to address head-on the burning topic in the Spa, Wellness & Hospitability industry: the staffing crisis.

The Global Mentorship Program was created as a response to the 2012 GWI study “SPA MANAGEMENT WORKFORCE & EDUCATION: ADDRESSING MARKET GAPS”, showing the gap between the expansive job opportunities and lack of qualified candidates in the spa & wellness industry.  Researchers Ophelia Yeung & Katherine Johnston examined industry challenges, made recommendations to increase management talent pool and explored ways to spotlight the available job opportunities.

Now in its third year of pro-bono operations, the Global Mentorship Program is spearheaded by a team of spa and wellness experts from around the world. The Global Mentorship Program is the first-ever international program where seasoned Spa, Wellness & now Hospitality executives can give their time and share their expertise (Mentors) to guide Spa, Wellness & Hospitality professionals with potential (Mentees).

Currently, the Global Mentorship Program is the only formal Mentorship program serving the global spa industry. Spa Directors are given an opportunity to pass down their wisdom, while raising the collective knowledge of the industry and learning new tricks from their Mentees. Spa Managers are given the opportunity to refine their skills on-the-job and gain new perspectives for managing spas.

Leading French skin care brand Biologique Recherche has been our pioneer sponsor since 2015.

Leading Spa & Wellness manufacturer GHARIENI, along with Above Digital/SpaGenie, Altearah Bio, and TIP TOUCH also contribute to make this program accessible to all… free of charge. 

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Find more information about the Task force Members of the Global Career Development Initiative:

China’s efforts to further standardise the industry.

China – August, 2017, the China National Spa Association is not active at this time as it undergoes a period of internal adjustment.   The Chinese Government is active and is currently making changes to further standardise the management of spa operations in the country, but China is a big country and distance is a challenge.

Overall the current prospects for the industry are not as optimistic as anticipated, especially for hotel and day Spas where the revenue is going down.  Owners have reduced the size of management teams or their salaries to reduce operating costs.  Some Spas are also starting to do medical services even though they are not licensed to do so.  Some hotel just like to rent out the space and collect rental fees with no control over quality of service.

There are a number of private SPA Association in China, set up by some business people, but these are not officially recognised by the authorities.

Korea focussing on healthier future lifestyles!

Spa wellness industry in Korea has been growing steadily, offering varied and unique programs for customers who want to cope with increasing stress. To attract savvy customers, spas or wellness centers have tended to pay attention to such trendy ideas as eco-ism, naturalism, indigenous culture on one hand, and high-tech treatment devices or science-based materials on the other.

As the words like wellbeing or wellness has become widespread, Korean government has been guiding and supporting for various plans in private sector, relative to healthier future lifestyles. The government initiated a couple of projects to link IT with wellness and healthcare industry. Recently, the Korea National Tourism Organization has designated 25 spa resorts and wellness centers across the nation as highly recommended wellness tourist attractions.

Small and medium-sized spas are still striving to survive the slow economy. Also, spas in Korea has long been suffering from legal restrictions which ban therapists to practice massages. They are only allowed to apply cosmetics or to use small devices. It is the same case for the skincare industry. Massages that give pressures on the body are allowed only to licensed healthcare practitioners and visually handicapped masseurs/masseuses. To grow their businesses, spas are actively seeking for collaboration with cosmetics, healthcare, fitness, nutrition, tourism, or others.


Summarised by Ha-young Song (Mr.), President of the Korean Spa Wellness Society.

Singapore’s Beauty and Wellness industry is facing a serious challenge concerning manpower.

Singapore – 23 August 2017, the biggest challenge facing Singapore’s Beauty and Wellness industry is manpower. Highly educated young Singaporeans are not interested in laborious work resulting in an increasing shortage of Singaporean workers. At the same time, government measures taken to benefit the local workforce which include higher salaries, more benefits; reduction in employment permits, imposing minimum salaries and higher levies for foreign workers, aggravated the manpower issue to a precarious level.

Environmental factors have sharply increased operational costs while reducing productivity due to the shortage of competent workers and business opportunity loss. Income for a therapist in Singapore is higher than those of most white collar workers. Although Singaporean workers hold qualifications recognized by government agencies, many do not have the skills competencies and/or experience of foreign workers.

The most urgent task of the Spa & Wellness Association of Singapore (SWAS) is to develop and enhance competency and professionalism of therapists. As the representative organisation for Beauty, Slimming, Nail, Hair, Spa, Massage and Fitness businesses and practitioners, SWAS’ long term goal is to work closely with various government institutions to support and promote productivity and growth in the industry. The SWAS Registry of Complementary Therapists (SRCT) is setup to promote personal development, higher competencies of individual therapist base on benchmark of qualifications, knowledge and skills, continuous professional development while educating consumers on standards and capabilities within each segment of the industry to enhance value and safety in purchasing services.

SWAS works closely with all education institutions through industry partnership. Attached is a picture of the MOU ceremony with Republic Polytechnic, a Corporate Member and Industry Partner of SWAS.

For more information about the Spa & Wellness Association of Singapore contact