Like many industries affected by the economic crisis, the spa industry is adapting to the shifting business climate. Many within the industry are hopeful that with the new year will come new opportunities. In response, UC Irvine Extension presents an exclusive preview of “SpaFinder’s Top Spa Trends for 2010,” a free online webinar event offering a much-anticipated forecast of the top trends on the horizon.

The informational one-hour Webinar event, scheduled for Dec. 7 from 10 to 11 a.m. PST, will feature industry expert Susie Ellis, president of Spa Finder and advisory board member of UC Irvine Extension’s Spa and Hospitality Management certificate program. Ellis will spotlight new emerging concepts impacting spa, wellness, fitness and the ever-evolving consumer that should shape the industry next year and beyond. Representatives from UC Irvine Extension’s nationally renowned Spa and Hospitality Management Certificate Program will also share relevant courses that offer students the tools necessary to succeed in today’s market.

Ellis is one of the most respected analysts and commentators in the global spa industry. She leads the world’s most prominent spa media, marketing and research company—connecting the largest global network of spas to millions of spa consumers worldwide through and its media properties. Ellis is also author of the popular “Ask Susie” column in various publications; “Susie’s Blog” on, the SpaFinder Industry e-newsletter; and a contributor to a variety of spa lifestyle-related publications. 

Ellis is a frequent speaker at industry events around the world, and her spa industry insight has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, Time magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Newsweek and other well-known media. She also has served on the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, chaired by Arnold Schwarzenegger, and is a current board member of the Global Spa Summit.   

To register for the free Webinar and obtain the enrollment password, or for more information, visit  

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