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22 May 2014
TV channel operator to launch luxury hot spring resort later this year
TV channel operator to launch luxury hot spring resort later this year   Cable TV system and channel operator Dafeng Media Group is launching a luxury hot-spring resort in Taipei, Taiwan in Q3 of this year as it expands into the wellness tourism market. The group bought the Pacific Wellness Spa & Club – originally a .... More>>
22 May 2014
200 years of health and wellness trends charted by market research company
200 years of health and wellness trends charted by market research company   A ‘Road to Wellness’ infographic which maps 200 years of vital dates to the US health and wellness industry has been created by the consumer research consultancy company The Hartman Group. The infographic highlights the talking points for the ACT .... More>>
22 May 2014
Hartman to publish consumer perceptions of 'organic' food report in Q3
Hartman to publish consumer perceptions of 'organic' food report in Q3   The Hartman Group’s Organic & Natural syndicated report for 2014 – the study which tracks changes in consumer segments and attitudes to organic and natural food and beverage products – will publish its latest results in early Q3. The study, which is conducted every other year in the US, delivers strategic and .... More>>
21 May 2014
World's first online Perfume Society has launched, with plans for a scent database
World's first online Perfume Society has launched, with plans for a scent database   UK entrepreneur, writer and co-founder of Green & Black’s chocolate, Jo Fairley has teamed up with perfume expert Lorna McKay to launch a website and subscription organisation for scent-lovers called The Perfume Society. “Until now, there has been .... More>>
21 May 2014
CIDESCO to launch spa management course starting in August this year
CIDESCO to launch spa management course starting in August this year   The prestigious spa training organisation, Comité International d'Esthétique et de Cosmétologie (CIDESCO) is launching a spa management training course, which will start in August or September of this year. “The education programme is the only International Beauty and Spa Management Diploma which is marked by examiners from all around the world,” Anna-Cari Gund, .... More>>
21 May 2014
Oetker Collection's flagship property, Brenners Park to open Villa Stephanie health spa
Oetker Collection's flagship property, Brenners Park to open Villa Stephanie health spa   The Brenners Park Hotel & Spa in Baden Baden, Germany – the flagship property of the Oetker Collection – is on track to open its Villa Stéphanie destination health spa this summer, with 5,000sq m (53,820sq ft) of treatment facilities. In an exclusive interview at SPATEC Europe 2014, Oetker Collection's director .... More>>
21 May 2014
CHF485m Bürgenstock Resort in Switzerland will be complete by 2017
CHF485m Bürgenstock Resort in Switzerland will be complete by 2017   The CHF 485m (US$545m, €397m, £323m) Bürgenstock Resort at Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, is on track for an opening in Q2 of 2017. The 400-bedroom resort with 68-suites, is owned by Katara Hospitality, which is in turn owned by the state of Qatar. Katara Hospitality Switzerland AG – a subsidiary of Katara Hospitality – is the developer and operator of the Bürgenstock. .... More>>
21 May 2014
Fairmont Nanning hotel to open in 2019 as part of mixed-use development
Fairmont Nanning hotel to open in 2019 as part of mixed-use development   FRHI's luxury brand Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Guangxi Detai Real Estate Co have announced that development is underway for a new-build hotel to open in 2019. Set to be the first Fairmont hotel in southern China, the Fairmont Nanning will feature 350 guestrooms, five dining outlets, 3,000sq m (32,291sq ft) .... More>>
21 May 2014
First Carlson Rezidor property to open in Chisinau, Moldova in late 2015
First Carlson Rezidor property to open in Chisinau, Moldova in late 2015   Carlson Rezidor’s first property in Moldova – the Radisson Blu Leogrand Hotel in the country’s capital city Chisinau – will open in late 2015 after a complete renovation and conversion of the existing Leogrand Hotel & Convention Centre Chisinau. The hotel will offer 140 bedrooms and suites, three restaurants, a .... More>>
20 May 2014
The Huma Island Resort & Spa has opened on the last frontier of the Philippines
The Huma Island Resort & Spa has opened on the last frontier of the Philippines   The five-star Huma Island Resort and Spa, located on the last frontier of the Philippines, opened in April with 15 beach villas, 64 water villas – built on stilts over the beach water – and two presidential suites. The 81 tropical villas are .... More>>
20 May 2014
Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage finally opens after 7 years of delays
Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage finally opens after 7 years of delays   The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage, in southern California, US, opened on 15 May after seven years of delays. Originally scheduled to open in December 2007, before the financial crisis, the .... More>>
20 May 2014
Dubai healthcare laws are too tough on existing massage therapists: Daniella Russell
Dubai healthcare laws are too tough on existing massage therapists: Daniella Russell   Previously qualified beauty and massage therapists are struggling to meet the regulatory requirements of the Dubai Health Authority’s (DHA) professional licensing unification laws for medical practitioners – launched in 2013 – according to Daniella .... More>>
20 May 2014
Administrators put Welsh Quay Hotel and Spa on the market for £7m
Administrators put Welsh Quay Hotel and Spa on the market for £7m   The Quay Hotel and Spa in Deganwy, North Wales has been put up for sale for £7m (US$11.7m, €8.6m) after its holding company called in administrators. The hotel and spa, which overlooks the Conwy estuary, is currently owned by the non-trading .... More>>
16 May 2014
So Spa at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa to open in Q3
So Spa at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa to open in Q3   The So Spa at the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa will open in Q3 this year as part of an estimated 12 to 18-month HK$20m (US$2.6m €1.8m, £1.5m) refurbishment of all accommodation, .... More>>
16 May 2014
SPATEC Europe 2014 review: perfect personnel are the priority
SPATEC Europe 2014 review: perfect personnel are the priority   More than 150 spa-related businesses attended the eighth SPATEC Europe networking conference in Rhodes from 7-10 May, which focused heavily on the importance of employee engagement. The educational seminar, led by John Frieda Salons’ general manager Berni Hawkins, spotlighted employee engagement in spas .... More>>
16 May 2014
French Spa-A association president Aldina Duarte Ramos to become Accor's global spa brand manager
French Spa-A association president Aldina Duarte Ramos to become Accor's global spa brand manager   Accor Hotels has named Aldina Duarte Ramos as the director of its global wellness facilities – filling a position that has been vacant for some time. Known for her role as president of the French Spa-A Association, which she will continue, Duarte Ramos will head up spa brand development for Accor – overseeing international openings and maintaining high quality performance across the hotels’ luxury brands. Formerly the director of development for wellbeing activities .... More>>
15 May 2014
State of Qatar steps up employment transparency ahead of 2022
State of Qatar steps up employment transparency ahead of 2022   The State of Qatar has announced it will replace the current sponsorship – or kafala – system for foreign workers with a system based on employment contracts to strengthen existing labour laws in time for the 2022 World Cup. The reforms follow heavy scrutiny of working conditions in the country, .... More>>
15 May 2014
Princess Cruises' Regal Princess cruise liner to debut with Lotus Spa
Princess Cruises' Regal Princess cruise liner to debut with Lotus Spa   The Regal Princess, a luxury cruise ship owned by Princess Cruises, will debut on 16 May after completing successful sea trials. The new 141,000-tonne 3,600-passenger ship – sister to the .... More>>
15 May 2014
TOWIE's Ferne McCann launches St Nicholas Café, Bar and Spa in Shrewsbury
TOWIE's Ferne McCann launches St Nicholas Café, Bar and Spa in Shrewsbury   The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE) star, Ferne McCann, officially launched the St Nicholas Café, Bar and Spa in Shrewsbury last night – located within a converted church which dates back to 1865. Ferne McCann, of the BAFTA-winning ITV2 reality TV show, celebrated the launch of all three parts of the mixed-use facility - situated near Shrewsbury Castle. The top floor hosts the bar, the middle floor is home to the spa and event space is located on the ground floor. The café .... More>>
15 May 2014
Hyatt plans to open hotel in Kazakhstan in 2017
Hyatt plans to open hotel in Kazakhstan in 2017   Hyatt has entered into a management agreement with real estate developers, Tavros Investment Holding, for a hotel in Almaty, Kazakhstan – set to open in 2017 as part of Hyatt’s expansion plans. The 270-bedroom Hyatt Regency Almaty hotel will be .... More>>
15 May 2014
Study spotlights critical success factors for destination spas
Study spotlights critical success factors for destination spas   The secrets to success for destination spas have been outlined by hospitality consulting firm Horwath HTL in a report which provides an overview of the growing market. Horwath HTL Health and Wellness consulted experts specialising in the design, .... More>>
14 May 2014
Anne McCall Wilson questions poor participation in spa benchmarking programmes
Anne McCall Wilson questions poor participation in spa benchmarking programmes   Former head of global spa operations at FRHI, Anne McCall Wilson, has revealed she is perplexed by the continued lack of participation in benchmarking programmes by spas. Having launched her own boutique strategic advisory consultancy, McCall & Wilson, McCall Wilson advocated the standard reporting system for spas set up by Smith Travel Research (STR) – prompted by a benchmarking session at the first Global Spa & Wellness Summit in 2007. STR collects statistics on spa .... More>>
14 May 2014
'Natural' trend sparks sales stall for haircare products, says research
'Natural' trend sparks sales stall for haircare products, says research   Sales of hair styling products have stalled as consumers opt for the fashion-led ‘natural look’, according to a UK study by Mintel. The leading global supplier of consumer, product and media intelligence, Mintel, has found that while total sales .... More>>
13 May 2014
Spa bookings agency adds 'plus size' category to its search criteria
Spa bookings agency adds 'plus size' category to its search criteria   UK spa bookings agency, spaseekers.com has introduced a ‘plus size’ spa category to its website to help visitors identify the nation’s size-friendly wellness facilities. The agency – which represents over 500 spas across the UK – has .... More>>
13 May 2014
Investors plan major refurb of former Talisman Resort
Investors plan major refurb of former Talisman Resort   The former Talisman resort in the Canadian municipality of Grey Highlands in Ontario has been sold to investors who plan to restore the buildings and turn the property into an all-year destination. With hopes to open by Q3 of 2015, the .... More>>
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