June 11, 2008

LEXINGTON, Ky. – As spas continue to open and be developed in the Asia-Pacific region, the International SPA Association has formed a group to evaluate next steps in this pivotal area. As the voice of the global spa industry, five percent of ISPA’s more than 3,000 members in 75 countries are from the Asia-Pacific region.

“ISPA’s Asia-Pacific community includes leading spa professionals from 24 countries,” said ISPA Chairman Jim Root. “Dedicated and influential volunteers Jesper Hougaard, Manoj Murjani and Peter Sng have formed this group to explore opportunities. We look forward to their recommendations and to enhancing offerings for members in the Asia-Pacific region.”

The three members of this group also serve on the ISPA Board of Directors. Details on these volunteers include:

  • Jesper Hougaard is the managing director of Serena Spa Pvt. Ltd. and is based in the Maldives.
  • Manoj Murjani is chairman and chief executive officer of The Wellness Group Pte. Ltd. and is based in Singapore.
  • Peter Sng is the managing director of Spacare International Pte. Ltd. and is based in Singapore.

“With the burgeoning of spas and hotels/resorts across Asia and the Middle East, there is a growing need to have access to knowledge and the ability to network with the leaders in the spa and wellness industry,” added Murjani. “ISPA provides the largest platform globally to its members and is constantly ahead of the curve in terms of gathering knowledge and data as well as creating opportunities to network with industry leaders. With the new nationality and geographic mix on the Board of Directors, ISPA has shown its dedication towards addressing this need and will continue to build a world-class platform for its members and the evolving industry.”

About ISPA

Founded in 1991, ISPA is recognized worldwide as the leading professional organization and voice of the spa industry. ISPA advances the spa industry by providing invaluable educational and networking opportunities, promoting the value of the spa experience and speaking as the authoritative voice to foster professionalism and growth. More details on ISPA are available on

Spas are places devoted to enhancing overall well-being through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit.

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