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10-12 SEPTEMBER 2014 Global Spa & Wellness Summit Marrakech, Morocco A key global spa conference attracting over 350 senior executives. Tel: +1 212 716 1205 www.globalspaandwellnesssummit.org


18-20 SEPTEMBER 2014 World Spa & Well-being Convention Bangkok, Thailand A three-day trade exhibition and two- day congress. Will include the Thai Spa & Well-being Awards. Tel: +66 0833 5205 www.worldspawellbeing.com/congress


20-23 SEPTEMBER 2014 Spatec Middle East Dubai, UAE


A series of one-to-one meetings for spa buyers and vendors in the Middle East. Tel: +356 9945 8305 www.spatecme.com


21-24 SEPTEMBER 2014 Green Spa Network Congress Sante Fe, New Mexico, USA A congress which attracts eco- minded spa professionals. Tel: +1 866 582 1646 www.greenspanetwork.org


30 SEPTEMBER – 1 OCTOBER 2014 Spameeting Europe Dubrovnik, Croatia Croatia, with its growing spa market, is the host city for this event of European spa buyers and suppliers. Tel: +33 1 44 69 97 97 www.spameeting.com


9-11 OCTOBER 2014 Rimini, Itlay Thermalia – The Spa Tourism Expo An exhibition of some of Italy’s best thermal spa operators. Tel: +390 2806 8929 www.thermalia.it


13-15 OCTOBER 2014 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISPA Conference & Expo


Annual conference and exhibition for the International Spa Association. Tel: +1 859 226 4326 www.experienceispa.com


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Malaysia to train 1,500 spa therapists by 2020 The government will ban Malaysian operators from hiring foreign therapists in 2017


The Malaysian government is looking to train 1,500 new spa therapists over the next five years to support the country’s ever- growing spa industry, which is expected to contribute MYR400m (US$125m, €93.4m, £74.5m) to gross national income by 2020. Malaysia’s Tourism and Culture minis-


try (MOTAC) operates a spa therapy training programme, in conjunction with spa acad- emy Beaubelle Aesthetics Academy, which is aiming to reduce dependence on spa thera-


pists coming from abroad, with a new edict effective from 1 January 2017 to stop the hiring of foreign spa therapists altogether. “A total of 302 spa therapists have been commissioned via the spa therapy training programme introduced since 2012, while another 93 trainees are undergoing training at government-recognised centres of excel- lence up to April this year,” according to a statement from MOTAC. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=z6h6S


NZ$500m McArthur Ridge resort plan scrapped


The dream of developing a NZ$500m (US$435m, €321m, £254m) lifestyle resort in Otago, New Zealand, is over, after a local council withdrew its approval for the venture in June. The McArthur Ridge resort development, which had been in the works for six years, was to feature a five-star hotel, a 200-hec- tare (494-acre) Pinot Noir vineyard and up to 1,376 residential units. Leisure facili- ties were to include a golf course, cheesery, equestrian centre and a health spa. The development initially struggled to


take off due to the global financial crisis in 2008 and subsequent property slump. Most recently, Canterbury Mortgage


Trust – the mortgagee for two companies which own 77 per cent of the land – told The Southland Times that it wanted to cut ties with the development. It said the land should be used for a rural residential pro- ject that would be a cheaper for the council.


The McArthur Ridge development site is 6km north of the town of Alexandria


The McArthur Ridge Investment Group owns the remaining 23 per cent of the land. Warwick Goldsmith, a consultant of the group, has insisted that a slimmed down version of the project will still be fea- sible. But according to The Otago Daily Times, the group is insolvent. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=h5C7U


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