I SPA expands beyond China into Thailand

I SPA expands beyond China into Thailand
First one opens August 1 in Bangkok; five to open by 2013

Bangkok, July 31, 2012 – I SPA, the leading operator of 15 luxury Thai-inspired spas in China, is expanding into Thailand with the opening of two new spas in five-star hotels in Bangkok and Phuket and the launch of the boutique “I SPA life” brand in August.

Sirirat Fungkhajon, co-founder of I SPA China and Thailand, said that after seven years as the operator of traditional Thai spas in China and enjoying a rapid growth from just one spa in Beijing in 2005 to 15 spas to date, it was high time the company brought the brand back to its origin. I SPA currently operates in Beijing, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Tangshan, Nanjing, Xian and Sanya,
In China, she said I SPA pioneered the traditional Thai spa concept with a focus on Thai health and beauty treatments and the use of imported Thai herbal and natural skin products, complete with Chinese and Asian body therapies.

“In Thailand, I SPA brings a range of ancient health and beauty therapies from China, India, Indonesia, Japan and Thailand to create a sanctuary of well being in line with our slogan, ‘I SPA Thailand, where legendary Asian therapies live on,'” said Sirirat.

I SPA opens the first spa in Thailand at The Landmark Bangkok on Sukhumvit Road on August 1, 2012. Occupying a 750 square meter section of the hotel’s ninth floor, I SPA at The Landmark Bangkok takes on a Thai-inspired architecture and design and features 10 treatment rooms with 12 spa beds and four foot therapy rooms with five loungers.

In response to demand for boutique spa operations, I SPA Thailand has launched the boutique “I SPA life” brand for hotels with a small-scale spa that operate with a flexible setup and treatment range.

Sirirat said Bangkok and Phuket are the perfect locations to launch the first spas under the I SPA and I SPA life brands in Thailand. “We are under negotiations with other hotels in Thailand and Cambodia, and we look forward to continuing to expand the I SPA and I SPA life brands to major destinations in Thailand and its neighboring countries.”

To support its expansion in Thailand, I SPA opened a training centre in Bangkok in August 2011 and has already sent a few batches of Thai therapists for on-the-job training at various I SPA outlets in China. I SPA therapists must pass 10 weeks of theoretical and practical training and two weeks of practice with model guests.

About I SPA China
I SPA pioneered the traditional Thai spa concept in Beijing in 2005, and has become one of the largest and fastest growing spa operators in China. It is currently operating 15 spas with 116 rooms and 184 beds in five-star hotels and serviced residences in Beijing, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Tangshan, Xian, Nanjing and Sanya, and has scheduled to open more spas in Beijing and Hangzhou this year. I SPA was founded by Chinese visionary entrepreneur, George Zhang, and experienced Thai spa executive, Sirirat Funkhajon. For more information, visit http://www.ispa.cn/en.

About I SPA Thailand
Established in 2011 to spearhead I SPA brand expansion from China, I SPA Thailand focuses on Asian spa concept under two brands, I SPA for luxury spa in five-star hotels and serviced residences and I SPA life for small-scale boutique spa in four-and five-star accommodation establishments. I SPA Thailand offers a turn-key solution to create a successful spa under a joint venture, management or consultancy service agreement. I SPA Thailand is managed by two experienced spa executives, Sirirat Fungkhajon (co-founder) and Soithip Boontho (director). The website http://www.ispathailand.com is currently under construction.

Media contact:
Sirirat Fungkhajon
Co-Founder, I SPA Thailand
The I SPA and Leisure Consultant Co., Ltd.
403/75 Casa City 2, Sukhontasawas Road,
Ladprao, Bangkok 10230 Thailand
Tel/Fax: (66) 2553 0047
Email: sirirat@ispathailand.com

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