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First Middle East Spa Summit hails success



The first Middle East Spa Summit has paved the way for future editions following the successful debut in May at The Hotel Show 2009.

Delegates attending the three day conference rated the seminar programmes as 'excellent' and work is already underway by The Hotel Show organisers, dmg world media Dubai, to build on this success at the second Middle East Summit in 2010.

Maggie Moore, Exhibition Director of The Hotel Show, said:

'Figures released earlier this year revealed that the spa industry in the MENA (Middle East & Africa) region generates a whopping $631m annually from over 824 facilities, 60% of which are located in or around hotels. It was obvious that the industry needed a dedicated summit and this close relationship of hotels and spas made The Hotel Show the logical venue, bringing greater value to both exhibitors and visitors.'

The 3-day programme, saw visitors attend from the UAE as well as 19 other countries. Attendees included CEOs and upper management of hotels, spa & club managers, architects and designers as well as spa supply companies and hotel managers.

'The seminars provided some thought provoking topics including analysis of design trends and equipment and discussion on revenue maximisation,' said Moore. 'It was no surprise to see a high attendance from hotel managers who are of course, eager to capitalize on profit potential of spas.'

The first Middle East Spa Summit was extremely well received by the industry. 'I attended the Spa Seminar and enjoyed not only the seminar but meeting other industry professionals. This is my first Hotel Show and will come again next year. I was really impressed with the diversity of the products on show and would like to see a bigger spa section next year,' said Lea A Cordon - Philippines Spa & Health Club Manager, Shangri-La hotel.

The Hotel Show, held annually at Dubai World Trade Centre, showcases the latest products, services and technologies for all aspects of the hospitality and leisure sector.

This year's show saw the introduction of 4 broad product sectors which included The Resort Experience as well as: Security and Technology; Operating Equipment and Supplies and Interiors and Design.

The Hotel Show 2009 featured 758 exhibitors from 41 countries and attracted 9788 key industry decision makers and influencers from 77 countries.

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