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Thailand - Spa Capital of Asia by Karen Emmons
Date:12/1/2009

BANGKOK, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- What many spa clients have thought for years, a jury of industry insiders and journalists has proclaimed in the 2009 AsiaSpa Awards: Thailand is indeed Asia's spa capital.

Taking five citations including "Asian Spa Capital of the Year", Thailand was one of the big winners in the fifth AsiaSpa Awards, presented by AsiaSpa magazine, the region's most recognized spa and wellness publication, during a glittering ceremony recently in Hong Kong.

"Thailand deserves this title," says Chami Jotisalikorn, a Bangkok-based author of books on Asian spas, design, lifestyle and travel, and one of 28 judges for the competition. "Thailand has the most outstanding spa and wellness offerings in the region in terms of quality, quantity, diversity, authenticity of treatments, service and design. Thailand also tends to lead the way when it comes to new and innovative spa concepts, spa design and service."

In addition to being named Asian Spa Capital of the Year, Thailand received the top recognition for "Destination Spa of the Year" for Six Senses Destination Spa Phuket; "Medi-Spa of the Year" for S Medical Spa in Bangkok; "Spa Personality of the Year" for Karina Stewart, Co-founder, Brand & Concept Director, Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary; and "Men's Spa Treatment of the Year" for "Man Space Healing Balance Massage", i.sawan Residential Spa & Club, Grand Hyatt, Erawan Bangkok.

While a recipient of many AsiaSpa Awards in the previous four competitions, this is the first year Thailand has won the Asian Spa Capital of the Year honour. The award goes to the country perceived by the judges as providing the best in innovation, variety and quality.

Explains Rebecca Walker, Editor-in-Chief of AsiaSpa, "Among other things, judges took into consideration the growth of the spa industry in each nominated country and the quality of services represented in each. Beyond five-star hotels an
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SOURCE The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)
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