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Australisian Spa Association
International Spa Association
Asia Pacific Spa Wellness Council
Maria’s professional background includes working at some of the UK’s leading spa and health facilities. She practiced as a spa and massage therapist before moving into an educational role within the same field. After moving to New Zealand she managed and taught at as variety of training establishments before joining AUT in 1999.
The Wellness Spa: Construct Definition And Performance Evaluation(2013) Keynote speaker at ASPA Conference, QT Hotel Gold Coast, Australia.
Master Of Philosophy Thesis. The Wellness Spa: Construct Definition And Performance Evaluation (2012).
Planning A New Creative Spa Experience: Linking Products And Service To Your Market (2011). Keynote speaker with Dr. John Hull– 1st Bali Spa & Wellness Conference, Bali.
Benchmarking The Wellness Spa Industry (2011). Presenter at New Zealand Hospitality & Tourism Research Conference, AUT, Auckland.
Sustainability, Eco-Labelling And The Spa Industry (2009). Presenter with Dickson, G. at ASPA Seminar, Auckland (2009).
Eco-Labelling And Spa Wellness Tourism. Presenter at New Zealand Tourism Research Institute, AUT.
Examination Of Service Quality In A Wellbeing Training Centre 2005). Co Author. Presented at Australia New Zealand Association of Leisure Studies Conference, Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand.
Education Of Spa And Beauty Practitioners In The Context Of Health Disciplines (2002). Co presented with Shaw, S.,M., & Power, N.L. The International Spa Association (ISPA) International Conference, Rotorua, New Zealand.
Wellness Tourism. In Robinson, P. M. Luck & S. L. Smith, (2013), Tourism. Cabi: Wallingford. Author with Dr. John Hull. Book Chapter/ Section.
Te Aroha: A Wellness Tourism Case Study. Health & Wellness Tourism (2nd Ed.). In M. Smith, & L. Puczko, (2013). Health & Wellness Tourism. Oxford, England; Elsevier. Book Chapter/ Section. Author with Dr. John Hull.
Spa Industry Education Report (2011). Spa Australasia (47), 47-57.