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30 Jan 2015
US obesity rate rises to 27.7 per cent in 2014: Gallup
US obesity rate rises to 27.7 per cent in 2014: Gallup   The percentage of US adults who are obese increased in 2014 to reach 27.7 per cent – up from 27.1 per cent in 2013 and 25.5 per cent in 2008, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index study. Based on more than 167,000 interviews .... More>>
30 Jan 2015
Weekend lie-ins driving obesity: study
Weekend lie-ins driving obesity: study   Social jet lag, which occurs when the body clock becomes confused by changing sleep patterns - such as weekend lie-ins - may be driving obesity and illness, according to a study. Researchers from the UK Mammalian Genetics Unit at Medical Research .... More>>
30 Jan 2015
Minor expands into Europe and South America
Minor expands into Europe and South America   Minor Hotel Group (MHG) has completed the strategic acquisition of six hotels in Portugal and Brazil and the rights to the Tivoli Hotels & Resorts brand for Brazil. MHG has thus chosen Portugal and Brazil as the starting points for future expansion .... More>>
29 Jan 2015
Piscina & Wellness Barcelona 2015 announces dates and second spa experiences event
Piscina & Wellness Barcelona 2015 announces dates and second spa experiences event   The industry event Piscina & Wellness Barcelona will be held between 13-16 October 2015 at Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via Exhibition Centre to cater for a Spanish, and global, increase in demand for water-related facilities associated with health, wellbeing and leisure. Featuring a full range of aquatic facilities and installations, the event already attracts 62 per .... More>>
29 Jan 2015
PGA National golf resort in Florida to revamp its spa
PGA National golf resort in Florida to revamp its spa   PGA National Resort & Spa, home to the PGA Tour Honda Classic golf tournament, in Florida, will undergo a multi-million dollar renovation to include upgrades to its spa, dining and health .... More>>
29 Jan 2015
Thai spa chain eyes tie up with international hotelier for debut in Myanmar
Thai spa chain eyes tie up with international hotelier for debut in Myanmar   Siam Wellness Group, a spa chain in Thailand, will launch its first luxury spa outlet in Yangon, Myanmar, by Q4 2015. The company expects to sign a memorandum of understanding with an international hotel chain by Q3 of this year, before opening its .... More>>
29 Jan 2015
Aimbridge Hospitality to manage newly-acquired Hilton in Jamaica
Aimbridge Hospitality to manage newly-acquired Hilton in Jamaica   Aimbridge Hospitality has been selected to manage the oceanfront Hilton Rose Hall Resort & spa on the Caribbean island of Jamaica, following the acquisition of the resort by Sagicor – a financial services group that owns three Jewel Resorts in Jamaica. The 489-guestroom resort in Montego Bay will operate as .... More>>
29 Jan 2015
Wahanda acquires Lithuanian mobile app consultancy
Wahanda acquires Lithuanian mobile app consultancy   European health and beauty online booking platform Wahanda has acquired an app development consultancy called Lemon Labs as part of a strategic focus on becoming a mobile-first company. Wahanda has more than 8,000 spas and salons signed up to its health and beauty marketplace and is growing at 280 per cent .... More>>
28 Jan 2015
Sanctum Inle Resort to open on Inle Lake in Myanmar
Sanctum Inle Resort to open on Inle Lake in Myanmar   A 96-bedroom resort and spa is planned to open on Myanmar’s Inle Lake in March 2015, further signs of the southeast Asian nation's growing appeal as a tourism destination. It is set to be managed by owner/operator Apple Tree Group – which also owns .... More>>
28 Jan 2015
Cosmetic surgery 'popularity declines'
Cosmetic surgery 'popularity declines'   The popularity of cosmetic surgery in the UK plummeted in 2014, according to figures from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps). There had been 45,406 surgical procedures in 2014, down nine per cent from 50,122 in 2013. Breast enlargement is the most common procedure among women, but eyelid surgery has overtaken nose jobs to be the most .... More>>
28 Jan 2015
GWI roundtable discussion on the science of wellness set for February
GWI roundtable discussion on the science of wellness set for February   The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) is hosting a roundtable discussion in partnership with Scientific American on the topic “The science of wellness: hype or hope?” The roundtable will be moderated by CEO and chair of GWI, Susie Ellis, and Jeremy Abbate – publishing director of Scientific American Worldview. The discussion will take place at the Everyday Health Headquarters on Hudson Street, New York City, .... More>>
27 Jan 2015
£12m luxury eco-lodge project proposed for North Yorkshire
£12m luxury eco-lodge project proposed for North Yorkshire   A proposal for a five-star luxury lodge at the edge of Sutton on the Forest in Yorkshire, near Easingwold, has been submitted by Yorkshire-based developer Luxury Lodge Group. The £12m (US$18m, €16m) Forest Lakes development plans to feature 46 eco-friendly wooden lodges, a spa, clubhouse, brasserie, .... More>>
27 Jan 2015
Santavenere hotel to launch Pompeii-bath spa with snail and donkey essence spa products
Santavenere hotel to launch Pompeii-bath spa with snail and donkey essence spa products   The Italian Santavenere Hotel has announced the launch of its new Le Terme Spa, a Roman-inspired retreat that is set to open at the end of February 2015 with an unusual access policy. The spa has stipulated that only a single party (couple or family) .... More>>
27 Jan 2015
Taj Coromandel opens its three-floor Jiva Grande spa
Taj Coromandel opens its three-floor Jiva Grande spa   The Taj Coromandel in Chennai, India, has opened a 12,000sq ft (1,115sq m) Jiva Grande Spa that spans across three floors. The Jiva Grande brand is the large scale format of the Taj Group’s Jiva spa brand and is used at flagship properties .... More>>
26 Jan 2015
The Ritz London's recently refurbished spa partners with Elemis
The Ritz London's recently refurbished spa partners with Elemis   Following a recent refurbishment, The Ritz Salon at The Ritz London has partnered with luxury British skincare range Elemis, which will be the sole spa brand used at the hotel. Now home to a double treatment room, single treatment room, manicure .... More>>
26 Jan 2015
Christian Kiefer moves from Starwood to private equity firm
Christian Kiefer moves from Starwood to private equity firm   Christian Kiefer, director of spa and leisure for Starwood’s Middle Eastern St Regis brand, is leaving five-star hospitality to work for a private equity firm, focusing on business expansion and operations at 17 wellness centres in Dubai. Following three years of working for Starwood, and more than 10 years in the spa and leisure industry, Kiefer will be appointed general manager for Cedar Bridge – a private equity group that focuses on healthcare, education, plus retail and consumer sectors. Speaking .... More>>
26 Jan 2015
Le Meridien Columbus hotel debuts in Ohio
Le Meridien Columbus hotel debuts in Ohio   The Le Meridien Columbus hotel has opened in the Joseph, a US$68m (€49m, £40m) mixed-use development in the Short North neighbourhood of Columbus, Ohio, US. Owned and developed by the Columbus-based Pizzuti Companies, the 10-storey high-rise broke .... More>>
26 Jan 2015
Fiji fund converts bungalows into beachfront resort
Fiji fund converts bungalows into beachfront resort   The Yatule Resort and Spa at Natadola Beach soft-opened last week, after the beachfront property in Fiji was rebranded and refurbished by owner Fiji National Provident Fund Investments, a .... More>>
23 Jan 2015
Medi-spa cosmetic surgeon certification rules to change
Medi-spa cosmetic surgeon certification rules to change   The UK’s Royal College of Surgeons wants a new system to certify surgeons for separate cosmetic procedures to prevent doctors from carrying out surgeries outside their specialities. Medi-spas will be affected by the new system that will stop GPs .... More>>
23 Jan 2015
Middle East Spa Benchmark Report for first three quarters of 2014: PwC
Middle East Spa Benchmark Report for first three quarters of 2014: PwC   PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has released its latest edition of the Spa Benchmark Report covering the Dead Sea, Doha and Beirut spa regions. This publication analyses 11 key metrics in the industry for the first three quarters of year 2014. .... More>>
23 Jan 2015
Lakeway Resort and Spa in Texas, US, to sell for US$33.5m
Lakeway Resort and Spa in Texas, US, to sell for US$33.5m   The Lakeway Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas, is being acquired by Dallas-based Ashford Hospitality Trust for US$33.5m (€29m, £22m) from current owner CRP Dow Lakeway Owner LP. The deal .... More>>
23 Jan 2015
Coniston Hotel breaks ground on 16,500sq ft spa in Yorkshire Dales
Coniston Hotel breaks ground on 16,500sq ft spa in Yorkshire Dales   The Coniston Hotel and Country Estate has announced the development of a spa adjacent to the property’s hotel building in the UK's Yorkshire Dales. Set to open in Q4 2015, the 16,500sq ft (1,533sq m) spa will offer views over the estate’s 24 acre (10 hectare) lake. Expected to create at least 35 new jobs for .... More>>
22 Jan 2015
Andakira Group to develop rainforest resort on Thai peninsula
Andakira Group to develop rainforest resort on Thai peninsula   Andakira Group will soft-launch the Andakira Crest Tri Trang Resort & Spa Pool Villas this December, on the southern tip of the Thai peninsula of Patong. Andakira Group is a .... More>>
22 Jan 2015
Researchers work to reset circadian rhythms to prevent illnesses caused by disrupted sleep
Researchers work to reset circadian rhythms to prevent illnesses caused by disrupted sleep   Doctors from Canadian universities in Montreal have conducted a study to explore the possibility of resetting circadian rhythms – sleep cycles – with the aim of adjusting to atypical work schedules and other sleep disruptions to prevent related .... More>>
22 Jan 2015
Wellness expert Anni Hood to lead GWI's 2015 wellness tourism congresses
Wellness expert Anni Hood to lead GWI's 2015 wellness tourism congresses   The Global Wellness Institute (GWI), an international think tank that develops research and resources to positively impact the global wellness industry, announced plans to deliver its Global Wellness Tourism Congress (GWTC) in multiple cities during 2015. International wellness expert Anni Hood will highlight .... More>>
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