CSPA announces educational line-up for this year’s 2016 Summit at ME, Cancun an all-inclusive resort, July 10th- 13th

Michael Tompkins, Chairman of the International Spa Association (ISPA), will kick-off the 2016 Caribbean Spa Association Summit with opening remarks. Following his remarks, Spa Operator and Retail Vendor business-to-business meetings will begin. Tompkins comments will focus on “What is in the Future for Spa Operations”. He will call on attendees to confront their fears and tackle innovative changes with grace.

With over 30 years in the wellness and spa industry, Tompkins has spent the last 6 years of his career traveling on behalf of the International Spa Association. He has brought awareness to the therapeutic benefits of Spa and supported industry members through development. “Tompkins has his finger on the spa pulse. The International Spa Association is the umbrella that supports our region, and I am thrilled to bring the larger spa outlook to the Caribbean.” said Stephanie Rest, CSPA Co-founder.

CSPA has a focus on Education and is adding it as a new addition to the Summit. Professional Development Sessions will include Tracie Wertz, newly appointed Vice President of Retail Sales for Universal, who will present on “Promoting Wellness through Retail”, and Ann Brown, Owner of Saltability, will speak on “How to Incorporate Natural Elements in Your Spa”. Attendees will take-away applicable information to implement into their businesses.

Spa participants of the second annual CSPA Summit comprise of the most prestigious properties throughout the Caribbean Nations and Mexico. Lilianna Grajales, CSPA Co-founder said, We are thrilled our member spas had a rewarding experience at our first Summit and want to return this year.Participants will include a blend of previous attendee Spa Operators, such as El Conquistador Puerto Rico and The Reefs Bermuda. New attendees to this year’s summit will be represented by islands throughout the region, including Peter Island Resort and Zemi Beach House Anguilla, along with a host of spas throughout the Mexican Caribbean region.

“We are grateful to our vendor partners who support the Caribbean,” said Alena Stavnjak, CSPA Co-founder “We have found that when a spa brand is placed in a prestigious location in the Caribbean, travelers return home to seek out their once in lifetime spa experiences, after having made an emotional connection with the brand on vacation.”

The second annual Caribbean Spa Association Summit will commence on Sunday July 10th with the new educational line-up and welcome reception. The Summit will also include a host of networking activities that allow for personal and lasting connections. The Caribbean has seen its sixth year of incremental growth.

“The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association shows an active pipeline of 49 hotels in various stages of development,” stated Matt Cooper, CMO of Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association. The Caribbean Spa Association aims to support existing spas and new growth through collaboration, innovation, engagement and communication.


The Caribbean Spa Association, CSPA encompasses over 27 countries and is recognized as the bridge between Caribbean spas, educators, wellness professionals and product suppliers. CSPA is dedicated to connecting the Caribbean spa industry to the international community by providing invaluable research, marketing, educational and networking opportunities. For more information on Caribbean Spa Association visit www.caribbeanspaa.com.