Global Spa & Wellness Summit Announces Publication of the Guide to Hydrothermal Spa Development Standards

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Guide is first standards book published by organization and is designed to give readers a consistent, effective way to approach the planning and building of hydrothermal areas.

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The guide was created in collaboration with major players in the hydrothermal industry and represents a true example of the positive impact an industry can have when working together for the greater good.

The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) today announced its first standards guide for the spa and wellness industries: the Guide to Hydrothermal Spa Development Standards. Created to help spa owners, operators, architects and builders, this guide is designed to be the first resource they turn to when considering the building of either public or private hydrothermal areas. It aims to educate readers on global terminology and definitions of hydrothermal areas and covers everything from project planning to key building and construction considerations, including recommended standards and materials.

“Wet areas in spas are among the most expensive and intricate to develop and their installation too often results in mistakes that cost both time and money to correct,” said Susie Ellis, GSWS Chairman and CEO. “This standards manual is conceived as the first point of reference for anyone looking to build these areas, whether it’s a sauna, hammam, steam room, vitality pool or a less well-known area like a laconium or frigidarium.”

“The guide was created in collaboration with major players in the hydrothermal industry and represents a true example of the positive impact an industry can have when working together for the greater good,” noted Ellis. “It truly embodies the Global Spa & Wellness Summit’s tagline - ‘Joining Together. Shaping the Future.’”

The Guide to Hydrothermal Spa Development Standards will be available at today’s meeting of the Hydrothermal Spa Forum in Germany, which takes place just before the start of Interbad, an international trade show and conference for swimming pools, sauna and spas in Stuttgart, Germany.

The book is can be purchased from the GSWS website and retails for $35.99. Bulk discounts are available for educators and other qualifying purchasers.

To learn more about the 2014 GSWS, visit: http://www.gsws.org.

About the Summit: The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) is an international organization representing senior executives and leaders joined by a common interest in driving economic development and understanding of the spa and wellness industries. Delegates from diverse sectors, including hospitality, tourism, health and wellness, beauty, finance, medical, real estate, manufacturing and technology attend the organization’s annual Summit, which is held in a different host country each year and attracts attendees from over 45 countries. The GSWS is considered the leading global research and educational resource for the $3.4 trillion spa and wellness industry. It's known for introducing major industry initiatives such as the Global Wellness Tourism Congress, whose global forums bring public and private stakeholders together to chart the course of the fast-growing wellness travel sector, and WellnessEvidence.com, the world’s first online portal to the medical evidence for common wellness approaches. For more information, visit http://www.gsws.org.

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