Boost for spa tourism industry

SPA owners and employees around the country will have an opportunity to lift the quality of their services and receive international accreditation after the setup of a CIDESCO branch in Fiji.

CIDESCO is the world’s leading international committee of beauty and cosmetics whose accreditation is considered one of the highest accolades for education in beauty and spa therapy.

They offer training programs, standards and qualifications in beauty and spa therapy.

The new arm of CIDESCO in the country will be headed by Fiji Spa Academy owner Deborah Sadranu..

“CIDESCO has arms of their brands in majority of counties and to have one in Fiji is something because they wouldn’t normally align themselves with a country that isn’t of equal standards,” Ms Sadranu said at the media launch in Nadi on Saturday.

“Their interest shows we do have expertise and we do have standards and it is starting to be recognised by these international organisations.”

Eighty per cent of Fiji’s 396 resorts have spas.

“This shows that spas are a key component in our tourism industry. It is also a key component for employing women around the country.

“The trainings would also look into the health of a customer and where not to massage things like that.

“Previously we would get women from the village to come and do massages but they were not knowledgeable of illnesses a person may have. Standards are changing across the globe and people can tell the difference in quality of services.”

The launch of the CIDESCO Fiji section is the final step in establishing quality assurance (QA) mechanisms for Fiji and the Pacific Islands in ensuring support for resorts and spa tourism industry towards becoming one of the leading spa tourism destinations in the world.

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