Global Career Development Initiative

Global career development INITIATIVE

The Global Career Development Initiative was inspired by the research report commissioned by the GWS "Spa Management Workforce & Education: Addressing Market Gaps." A task force was formed to further the initiative, all in the spirit of the Summit’s tag line, “Joining Together. Shaping the Future.”
 

 
De-Gabriac-Jean-Guy.jpg

Jean Guy de Gabriac
 BELGIUM

initiative CHAIR

Jean Guy de Gabriac, Initiative Chair, Founder & CEO, TIP TOUCH International, Belgium

Jean-Guy de Gabriac is CEO, TIP TOUCH, Spa-Wellness Advisor & Trainer since 2004. Main activities include: Guest enchantment with « The HOW of WOW ! » ; Smart Spa Marketing techniques ; Signature Spa-Wellness treatments & programs…  Jean-Guy is conference producer PSWC (London & Dubaï); Judge of World Spa & Wellness Awards; and GWD Ambassador France & Belgium.


GLOBAL CareerSHIP PROGRAM

Promote spa and wellness careers and education in order to ultimately encourage people to join our growing industry. LEARN MORE

CG Funk
UNITED STATES

Stephanie Rest
UNITED STATES

Paul Schmidt
UNITED STATES

Kate Sornson
UNITED STATES


Global Mentorship Program

Develop an active mentorship program linking aspiring Mentees with experienced spa/wellness/hospitality inspiring Mentors around the world.
LEARN MORE

 

Geeta Morar
UNITED STATES

 

Shahida Siddique
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

 

Emmy Stoltz
SOUTH AFRICA


Global Internship Program

Make it easy for people aspiring to a spa and wellness career to identify and participate in Internships with spa and wellness businesses including hotels, resorts, destination spas, day spas, corporate spa companies, and wellness centers. LEARN MORE

 

Wendy Bosalavage
UNITED STATES

 

Monique Iacobacci
UNITED STATES

 

Velijko Savic
UNITED STATES

 


 

Sallie Fraenkel
UNITED STATES

 

Reneta McCarthy
UNITED STATES

 

Dr. Mary Wisnom
UNITED STATES

 
 

Anna Moine
UNITED STATES

 

 

Nancy Griffin
UNITED STATES

 
 

BACKGROUND

Consumer demand is up for spa and wellness services.  Below are some facts provided by the Global Wellness Institute in SRI International’s 2014 Report entitled The Global Spa & Wellness Economy Monitor:

  • The global spa industry grew 58% from $60 billion in 2007 to $94 billion in 2013, with a 47% increase in spa locations.
  • The global wellness industry is a $3.4 trillion market, or 3.4 times larger than the worldwide pharmaceutical industry.
  • According to SRI’s Senior Consultant, Ophelia Yeung, in her presentation at 2014 Global Spa & Wellness Summit, there are 12 million direct jobs in the wellness tourism market.

The industry does not have enough qualified staff to handle the increased volume:

  • In the 2014 ISPA Annual State of the Industry Survey: “Issues around staff qualifications and skills were mentioned by 16% of respondents, up from 9% in 2013.  Recruitment and retention of staff was seen as the most challenging staffing issue by 15% of the respondents.  Respondents frequently mentioned both staff skills and recruitment difficulties, with almost one in four (24%) citing one or both of those factors as the key challenge facing spas in 2014.  40% of spa businesses said they would be creating new jobs in 2014.”
  •  In the 2012 SRI International Report entitled Spa Management Workforce & Education: Addressing Market Gaps: “There are currently 130,000 – 180,000 spa managers and directors worldwide. However, there are only 4,000 students currently enrolled in spa management-related degree programs worldwide.”