Lynne McNees, president of the International SPA Association (ISPA) has announced the cancellation of the 2021 ISPA Conference & Expo. She issued the following statement:
Happy New Year from your ISPA Headquarters. We hope you are staying well.
One thing we know for sure is the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us more than we could have expected about ourselves, our resiliency, our ability to embrace change and most importantly – to cherish our health and the amazing people in our lives. We strive to maintain a steady focus on what’s within our control and not dwell on what is beyond our control. As we celebrate the start of a new year, ISPA has closely evaluated multiple scenarios for an in-person ISPA Conference & Expo in May. Many factors contributed to the evaluation process including the vaccination timeline, travel restrictions and reduced capacity requirements.
After much consideration and countless discussions with our partners and volunteers, the ISPA Board has made the unanimous decision to cancel the 2021 ISPA Conference & Expo in-person event. In lieu of being in-person, we will hold a virtual ISPA Stronger Together Summit in May with a heavy focus on educational content to help our industry thrive and move forward. While not being able to meet face-to-face at the ISPA Conference & Expo is a sad moment for us all, it’s essential that we continue to put the health of our members, staff and partners first.
We are thrilled to share that Seth Godin will lead an inspirational opening session at the virtual ISPA Stronger Together Summit to kickstart the event. Stay tuned for registration and event details to be released later this month.
If you have registered for the 2021 ISPA Conference & Expo, secured a booth or signed on as a sponsor, we will reach out over the next week with more details. We will issue full refunds for any payments that have been processed or assist you with applying those funds towards a future investment. As you can imagine, as a member-owned, non-profit organization this significantly impacts the association’s operating budget. As we roll-out new virtual events, additional exposure opportunities and ways to stay engaged, we hope you will remain committed to helping support ISPA in 2021 so we can emerge from this stronger than ever before.
Please know we appreciate you and your commitment to ISPA and the spa industry. We will embrace this change together and focus on our blessings as we experience new adventures in the coming year.
Lynne and the ISPA Team