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Trade Associations Our Trade Associations section gives up-to-date details of national spa associations and organisations around the world. We’ve split them up into global regions and countries for ease of reference, with those representing spas across the world appearing at the end


Asia-Pacific & AUSTRALaSIA

Spa & Wellness Association of Africa (SWAA)

■■ Australia Region represented: Africa

Australasian Wellness Association (AsWell)

Works with national and regional tourism boards, educational institutions and operators to set quality standards and encourage education and preventative health measures in the industry in Africa. It’s goal is to represent all spa trade associations on the continent. Region represented: Australasia

■■ Morocco Moroccan Spa Association (A-SPA-MAROC)

With a fresh board headed by Professor Marc Cohen, AsWell is a key industry association in Australasia. It aims to create connections and foster wellness in the region by providing an integration platform for a diverse sector ranging from practitioners and businesses to disease advocacy and support groups and government organisations.

Email: Country represented: Morocco

Australian Association of Massage Therapists (AAMT)

Represents Moroccan spa operators, architects and product vendors on matters related to government legislation and tourism. Provides a platform for professional discussion. Region represented: Australasia

■■ China China Spa Association Country represented: China

Develops and promotes the spa, health and aesthetics industries in China. Members benefit from educational workshops, newsletters with industry updates, regular meetings and events, as well as the chance to network with members of other international spa bodies.

■■ India Indian Spa and Wellness Association (ISWA) Country represented: India

Addresses concerns on standardisation, training and education. Also champions traditional healing systems such as ayurveda and yoga. Its goal is to be recognised as the sole voice representing the industry in government bodies, the media and other organisations.

■■ South Africa

Upholds, promotes and educates about best practice in the field of massage therapy. Represents over 7,500 massage therapists and also maintains a register of qualified member practitioners.

South African Spa Association

■■ Bali Country represented: India

Bali Spa & Wellness Association

Key goal is to set up a system of training accreditation in India, along with developing and maintaining overall standards. Works with tourism boards, operators, manufacturers and distributors to set quality standards and encourage education. Country represented: South Africa

Established to build consumer confidence in spa therapies with its certification system and to introduce other programmes, such as benchmarking schemes, to support industry growth. 386 spa business HANDBOOK 2018 – 2019

Spa Association of India (SAI) Region represented: Bali

Develops and promotes Bali’s spa offerings via education, growth initiatives and regular spa professional gatherings.