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20 Jun 2014
CIDESCO announces two new professional spa and beauty diplomas
CIDESCO announces two new professional spa and beauty diplomas   Spa training organisation, Comité International d'Esthétique et de Cosmétologie (CIDESCO) has announced the addition of two more diplomas to its portfolio of world-renowned qualifications – the Spa Therapy Diploma and the Beauty and the Media Make-up Diploma. These two courses join another CIDESCO spa management course announced last month, the Post Graduate Beauty .... More>>
20 Jun 2014
Malaysia to determine sharia compliance benchmark for tourism services
Malaysia to determine sharia compliance benchmark for tourism services   The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) has been appointed by the National Council for Islamic Affairs to determine the sharia compliance benchmark for tourism services, including those for spas and hotels. Datuk Seri Jamil Khir .... More>>
20 Jun 2014
Spa owner charged with prostitution after fondling undercover police agent
Spa owner charged with prostitution after fondling undercover police agent   The owner of a spa in a suburb of Los Angeles, California, has been charged with prostitution after allegedly touching an undercover, and undressed, police officer on 4 June. Mei Hai, a 52-year-old female therapist at Hot Li’s Massage Spa in Los Angeles was arrested the same day an investigation was launched, .... More>>
20 Jun 2014
IHG's wellness hotel brand Even Hotels launches healthy food and beverage platform
IHG's wellness hotel brand Even Hotels launches healthy food and beverage platform   InterContinental Hotels Group’s new wellness brand Even Hotels has introduced a health-inspired food and beverage platform called Cork & Kale which will be available at all Even Hotels properties – the first of which are set to open before the end of June 2014 in Norwalk, Connecticut and Rockville, Maryland, US. .... More>>
19 Jun 2014
Tribal Nalai Spa concept revealed for Park Hyatt New York
Tribal Nalai Spa concept revealed for Park Hyatt New York   Park Hyatt’s upcoming flagship hotel in New York will feature an artisanal spa called Nalai, which means ‘serenity’ in the language of the Lenape people – the original tribe of Manhattan. Scheduled to open in Q3 of this year, the 13,000sq ft .... More>>
19 Jun 2014
Auberge Resorts reveals new hospitality brand VieVage for property in Napa Valley, US
Auberge Resorts reveals new hospitality brand VieVage for property in Napa Valley, US   Boutique hotel owner and operator Auberge Resorts will manage a new resort and destination spa in Napa Valley Carneros, US – on the site of the former Stanly Ranch – under a new lifestyle hospitality brand called VieVage. The 110-key resort, .... More>>
19 Jun 2014
Thai operator AHMS launches Ayurah Wellness Centre concept
Thai operator AHMS launches Ayurah Wellness Centre concept   Thai resort operator Akaryn Hospitality Management Services (AHMS) has launched its first Ayurah Wellness Centre at the Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga resort as part of the site’s THB100m (US$3.5m, €2.6m, £2m) renovation. The operator plans to roll out .... More>>
18 Jun 2014
Starwood hopes to sell its Baccarat hotel in Manhattan for US$230m
Starwood hopes to sell its Baccarat hotel in Manhattan for US$230m   Starwood Capital Group hopes to sell the hotel section of its Baccarat Hotel and Residence on New York's Manhattan Island for as much as US$230m (€170m, £136m) – setting the city record at .... More>>
18 Jun 2014
WTS celebrates 40th anniversary
WTS celebrates 40th anniversary   WTS International has published a book to mark its 40th anniversary. It covers the evolution of the firm, which was founded in 1973 as a tennis and racketsports management specialist, into a full-service global business. The book explains how the company works, from the early stages of feasibility and concept development to design consulting, pre-opening and daily management of facilities such as spas, sport and health and fitness businesses. On the operational side, .... More>>
18 Jun 2014
Canadian Spa Association spotlights nation's changing medi-spa landscape in latest webinar
Canadian Spa Association spotlights nation's changing medi-spa landscape in latest webinar   As spas decide to keep up with the trend of becoming more technical, and consequently more solutions-based, the implications of incorporating safe medical services into spas are becoming more acute, according to Dr Diane Wong, owner and founder of Glow Medi Spa in Toronto’s Yorkville, Canada. The Spa Industry Association of Canada’s (SIAC) subsidiary of leading .... More>>
18 Jun 2014
Nairobi's resilient hotel sector to recover from terrorism and political controversy
Nairobi's resilient hotel sector to recover from terrorism and political controversy   Nairobi’s hotel sector has demonstrated unprecedented resilience in the wake of a turbulent 18 months and is expected to reach its true potential during an upcoming period of political and .... More>>
17 Jun 2014
World's first La Prairie boutique launches at the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
World's first La Prairie boutique launches at the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland   The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz in Switzerland – a wellbeing and medical health centre – has opened the world’s first La Prairie hotel boutique to showcase the cosmetics collection which is tailored for different skin types. Located in the hotel's spa foyer, the 18sq m (194sq ft) retail outlet is manned by .... More>>
17 Jun 2014
W Hotel to debut in the Chinese city of Shenyang
W Hotel to debut in the Chinese city of Shenyang   Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide have agreed with real estate developer Shenyang Huaqiang Jinlang City Square Properties, to create the first W Hotel-branded site in Shenyang, a northeastern province in China. Scheduled to open in January .... More>>
17 Jun 2014
MGM gaming site at National Harbor to begin construction in July
MGM gaming site at National Harbor to begin construction in July   Prince George’s County Council is expected to approve an application for construction of the US$925m (€681m, £545m) MGM casino complex at National Harbor in Maryland, US, on 14 July. MGM .... More>>
17 Jun 2014
Plans for £7.8m Welsh hotel don't meet local social housing rules
Plans for £7.8m Welsh hotel don't meet local social housing rules   Plans for a £7.8m five-storey hotel in Abersoch, North Wales, have been turned down by local authority planners over the developers’ “inadequate” offer of £150,000 for social housing. The planning application, submitted by Manchester-based .... More>>
17 Jun 2014
UK's Buxton Crescent and Thermal Spa turns up the heat
UK's Buxton Crescent and Thermal Spa turns up the heat   The Buxton Crescent and Thermal Spa project in Derbyshire, UK, is moving forward with tenders for the building works to be issued in July with a view to commencing work in October 2014. The 79-bedroom five-star spa hotel – jointly owned by .... More>>
16 Jun 2014
Rosewood Guangzhou to open in one of the 10 tallest buildings in the world
Rosewood Guangzhou to open in one of the 10 tallest buildings in the world   The new Rosewood Guangzhou hotel, located on the top 16 floors of Guangzhou, China’s tallest building will be home two a two-level Sense spa. Coming in 2017 and located in the heart of Tianhe District’s central business area, near the Zaha Hadid .... More>>
16 Jun 2014
Hyatt to restore and convert 16th Century castle into a luxury hotel
Hyatt to restore and convert 16th Century castle into a luxury hotel   Hyatt Hotels & Resorts has entered into an agreement with Badriah Investments to develop a Hyatt-branded hotel within a 16th Century castle in the southwest German spa town of Baden-Baden. Scheduled to open in 2018, the Neues Schloss Baden-Baden .... More>>
16 Jun 2014
Outrigger expands into Asia Pacific and prepares for launch of new hotel brand
Outrigger expands into Asia Pacific and prepares for launch of new hotel brand   Outrigger Hotels & Resorts has revealed its plans for a multi-brand expansion strategy in the Asia Pacific region with the addition of multiple beach resorts and a new range of upscale urban leisure hotels under an entirely new brand. Hawaii-based Outrigger has two resort projects in Vietnam and China and will .... More>>
16 Jun 2014
Gap between luxury and budget hotels widening
Gap between luxury and budget hotels widening   The gap between luxury hotels and more financially-conscious accommodation facilities is widening according to a report by The Associated Press/ABC News. High-end hotels are rolling out increasingly extravagant offerings to satisfy the most affluent guests, such as helipads, suites with their own postal codes and extremely short notice bookings. .... More>>
16 Jun 2014
Buyers and suppliers hatch deals at Spameeting Asia
Buyers and suppliers hatch deals at Spameeting Asia   Spa industry buyers from Asia and worldwide suppliers gathered to do business and learn about the latest industry developments at Spameeting Asia in Vietnam from 12-13 June. Three key speakers delivered lectures over the two-day event, with the topics focused on employee engagement, differentiating to survive in an increasingly generic marketplace, and the need .... More>>
13 Jun 2014
Canyon Ranch plans destination resort on Indonesian island
Canyon Ranch plans destination resort on Indonesian island   US wellness group Canyon Ranch has announced plans for its first resort on foreign soil – an integrative retreat on the Indonesian island of Bintan. The company, which operates high-profile facilities across the US, told Spa Opportunities that it already considers its SpaClub facilities on cruise ships .... More>>
12 Jun 2014
Hyatt's latest Andaz hotel towers over Tokyo
Hyatt's latest Andaz hotel towers over Tokyo   Hyatt has announced the official opening this week of the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills hotel, boasting vertiginous views over Japan’s capital from the top six floors of the 52-storey Toranomon Hills tower. The twelfth hotel to join the Andaz brand .... More>>
11 Jun 2014
Expansion plans revealed to create iconic £25m wellness resort in Cornwall, UK
Expansion plans revealed to create iconic £25m wellness resort in Cornwall, UK   St Michael’s Hotel and Spa in Falmouth, Cornwall, UK, has revealed £25m (US$41.9m, €30.9m) plans to expand its facility into a progressive complex featuring new wellness and health offerings, hotel suites, restaurants, apartments and woodland eco lodges. The project would see the current hotel and spa become .... More>>
10 Jun 2014
Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel with 'twisting' glass tower to open in 2015
Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel with 'twisting' glass tower to open in 2015   Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Emirates Pearl for Development & Investment have signed a management contract for the Grand Hyatt hotel in Abu Dhabi, which is expected to open in 2015. Emirates Pearl is a joint venture between a subsidiary of Atlas .... More>>
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