For those who are interested in making a career in the Spa industry in India, the scenario looks promising indeed. The latest news has it that the spa trade is booming in South Asia, especially India and China.
According to a leading international expert, there has been an explosion of spas in Asia especially India lately. According to reputable reports, the Indian spa industry is growing at 20-30 percent annually, and is in great need of trained professionals. According to India’s nodal trade and corporate body - Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FIICI), the industry stands at over 1,500 crores currently. According to a leading industry professional, the spa industry in the country is still unregulated. However, the focus is on the need of trained spa therapists rather than the accreditation for the spa centers. The India spa industry is certainly looking up to trained spa therapists as currently there are only around 1000 trained therapists in India currently. Many industry professionals have pointed out that the lack of trained specialists is causing the industry more harm than good. By 2012, the number of trained spa therapists required in the spa industry is estimated to be around 20,000. Moreover, there are over 2300 spas in the country that have directly or indirectly benefited more than 400,000 people in the industry by creating employment opportunities for them. Currently, there is no fixed educational qualification required for a spa therapist or professional. Nevertheless, a background in naturopathy helps. For budding professionals, the good news is that there are no rigid or inflexible rules regarding professional qualifications in the industry currently. However, training from reputed academies definitely helps in securing a foothold in the industry. Most professionals who are at the helm of the Spa industry in India believe that there should be no restrictions on the eligibility and the industry should be open to people from labelerse backgrounds, whether he or she be an MBA or be just a graduate. Currently, India has many spas that have earned a reputable name in the industry on a global level. Although the growth of the spa industry was slow initially, the growth looks promising indeed in the coming years. Simultaneously, this field has immense entrepreneurship potential, so the scope for professionals who want to become successful entrepreneurs is very bright undoubtedly.