Frequently Asked Questions
Does my membership include entrance into the show?
While the ISPA Conference & Expo is a member benefit, the registration cost is not included in your membership unless you join as a nonmember.
Who can attend?
What is included in a full-Conference registration?
Full-Conference registration includes access to three inspirational keynote presentations, 20+ Education Sessions developed for spa professionals, Expo floor access (200+ exhibitors), Welcome Party entrance, complimentary lunch and refreshments and networking opportunities galore.
What are the dates and location of the 2019 show?
The 2019 ISPA Conference & Expo will be held September 11 – 13 at The Venetian in Las Vegas, NV.
Are hemp-based or CBD products allowed onsite at The Venetian or the Sands Expo Convention Center?
Unfortunately, the answer is NO. The Venetian strictly prohibits hemp-based products and all CBD products to be sold or advertised for commercial purposes within their facilities.
Throughout the last three months, ISPA and The Venetian have worked together to define the venue’s position on hemp-based CBD products in light of the 2018 Farm Bill. Unfortunately, per an official statement from The Venetian received by ISPA on June 18, 2019, The Venetian will not allow hemp-based products (which includes CBD products) to be sold or advertised for commercial purposes on property at The Venetian or Sands Expo Center.
Official Statement from The Venetian:
“Based on the 2016 Statement issued jointly by the USDA, the DEA, and the FDA, hemp-based products may be sold in or among states with an agricultural pilot program for purposes of marketing research ‘but not for the purpose of general commercial activity.’ Because hemp-based products cannot be sold for commercial purposes, The Venetian cannot allow hemp-based products (i.e., CBD products) to be sold or advertised for commercial purposes on property.”
Can companies that carry hemp-based or CBD products attend the ISPA Conference & Expo?
Was ISPA aware of the CBD product restrictions when selecting The Venetian and Sands Expo Convention Center as the 2019 ISPA Conference & Expo venue?
No. ISPA selects Conference locations three to five years in advance due to the complex nature of finding the perfect fit for the event’s space and rooming needs. At the time the contract was signed with The Venetian in 2016, the 2018 Farm Bill was not in place and CBD products were considered a banned substance. As noted above, The Venetian’s official stance following the passing of the Farm Bill was provided to ISPA in writing on June 18, 2019, well after the selection and promotion of the venue.
What is the dress code?
Most attendees dress in business casual attire. Comfortable shoes are recommended. The venue tends to be cool, so veteran attendees typically recommend dressing in layers or bringing a light jacket/shawl.
Does ISPA offer group rates?
I’ve never attended what should I expect?
The annual ISPA Conference & Expo brings professionals from all spa industry sectors together in one location. This is the spa industry’s “must-attend” event that features three days of speaker presentations covering a range of topics including business strategy, customer service and management. The Expo floor offers the latest spa products available on the market to set your business apart. Last year’s Week in Review is a great way to get a better picture of what to expect.
What is the official hashtag for the event?
How can I join the online conversation about #ISPA2019?
Is there a mobile app for the event?
Yes! The mobile app is currently under development and will be released in July.
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