by Katie Barnes, editor
spa people The spa industry will weather COVID-19 quite well. It’s committed to safety – and safety and consistency are the new markers of luxury Patrick Huey chair, ISPA; vice president spa and retail, Montage International
atrick Huey has just been elected the new chair of the International Spa Association (ISPA), having been a board member since 2016. He’s a valued member of the global spa community who’s been in the industry for over 15 years and served as group spa director for companies such as Viceroy, Sandals, Minor, and now Montage International. He shares insights with Spa Business about his new role, the Black Lives Matter campaign and the impact of coronavirus.
What does it mean to be elected as the new ISPA chair? I’ve wanted to be a part of the association ever since my first ISPA conference in 2007. I’d just been promoted to spa director for Four Seasons Las Vegas and the energy of the floor with the resource partners, the keynotes and the quality of the educational seminars made me realise I had 10 spabusiness.com issue 3 2020
found my people. I was hooked. Being elected chair is such a wonderful experience and enables me to engage the new spa professional, at our next conference in Phoenix next May, to ensure they know ISPA is the place for them to develop from a first time attendee to a critical part of the ISPA family.
What are you hoping to achieve in the role? We have a tremendous group of volunteer board members and our focus is to ensure the sustainability of our industry and the association through this extraordinary time. It’s that simple. We want to ensure our members (current and future) continue to look on the positive side of what’s happening. We should all be asking ‘what is the good that we can find today?’ A colleague recently reached out to me through ISPA’s virtual Town Hall series and even though we’ve been in the industry