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ISPA Releases 2009 U.S. Spa Industry Statistics
Date:7/1/2009

LEXINGTON, Ky., July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The International SPA Association 2009 U.S. Spa Industry Update reveals a steady increase across the board in overall spa locations, revenues and visits. While this may seem unexpected given the current economic climate it's important to keep in mind that these numbers are from the calendar year of 2008, the first half of which was very profitable for many spas.

Geoff Thacker, Managing Partner of the Association Resource Centre suggests that, "Spa owners are starting to feel the impact of recent economic events." The annual study, conducted for nine consecutive years by Association Resource Centre Inc., is reflective of the entire U.S. spa industry.

"We are pleased to report that 2008 was another year of growth for the spa industry, but we know that we have a tough road ahead as our industry is not immune to the current economy," said ISPA President Lynne McNees. "Even though the number of spa locations are up, at a per spa level revenues and visits are slightly down and showing the early effects of the economic downfall."

                         2007           2008            Percent
                        (Year End)     (Year End)       Change
    Revenue            $10.9 billion  $12.8 billion       17.8%
    Spa Visits          138 million    160 million        15.8%
    Locations           17,900         21,300             18.8%

                         2008           2009            Percent
                        (June)         (March)          Change
    Total Employees     303,700        340,600            12.2%
      Full-Time         143,300        158,200            10.5%
      Part-Time         112,000        112,300             0.3%
      Contract          48,500         70,100             44.5%
    Square Footage      60 million     81 million
                        square feet    square feet        34.7%


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