career development INITIATIVE
The 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.”
Jean Guy de Gabriac
Jean Guy de Gabriac, Initiative Chair, Founder & CEO, TIP TOUCH International, Belgium
Jean-Guy de Gabriac is a Spa-Wellness Advisor & Trainer since 2001, helping Hotels, Spas & Cosmetic brands go from GOOD to GREAT ; boosting guest attraction & retention with Smart Spa Marketing strategies ; and designing Signature Spa treatments & Wellness programs. Jean-Guy also serves as Conference producer of the World Spa & Wellness Convention (London & Dubai); Judge of the World Spa & Wellness Awards ; and Coordinator of the Weekend Wellness in over 250 cities in France & Belgium (23-24 September 2017).
Founder, Funk Consulting, United States
Chair, Global Careership Program
As a teacher, national leader and an industry driver, CG has helped shape the US massage therapy and spa industries over the past 25 years. Her roles have included corporate leadership, franchise operations, school administration, training, legislative advocacy, marketing and public relations, and she is a motivational writer and speaker. CG held the position of Vice President of Industry Relations and Product Development for Massage Envy Franchising for 10 years and currently consults for spa and spa education companies. She received the One Concept Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 and was inducted into Massage Therapy Hall of Fame in 2012.
GLOBAL CareerSHIP PROGRAM
Promote spa and wellness careers and education in order to ultimately encourage people to join our growing industry. LEARN MORE
Global Mentorship Program
Develop an active mentorship program linking aspiring Mentees with experienced spa/wellness/hospitality inspiring Mentors around the world.
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
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.”