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05 Jan 2015
Turkey's LifeCo Bodrum to receive facelift, with guests diverted to Antalya property
Turkey's LifeCo Bodrum to receive facelift, with guests diverted to Antalya property   The LifeCo Bodrum Detox Centre in Turkey well undergo renovations during January and February 2015, which will see the addition of a new clinic building and a LifeCo Academy wellbeing school and kitchen. In the meantime, guests can visit LifeCo’s .... More>>
24 Dec 2014
Experts challenge ROI definitions at corporate wellness roundtable
Experts challenge ROI definitions at corporate wellness roundtable   Evaluations of corporate wellness programmes need to expand beyond the conventional financial parameters of return on investment (ROI) and include physiological, psychological and social factors to truly gauge their effectiveness. That was the .... More>>
24 Dec 2014
Reynolds' flagship health club and spa opens
Reynolds' flagship health club and spa opens   The Reynolds Group has opened its new flagship health club, The Retreat at Borough Green in Kent, attached to the Victorian Basted House property it bought last year. The 28,000sq ft (2,601sq m) health club build included the construction of a new wing for beauty, spa and changing facilities – costing £8m. The .... More>>
24 Dec 2014
Virgin Hotels reveals New York City hotel designs
Virgin Hotels reveals New York City hotel designs   Virgin Hotels and owner/developer Lam Group have revealed building designs for their first project together in New York City, expected to open in 2017. VOA Architecture has been appointed .... More>>
24 Dec 2014
Yoga as beneficial as high impact sport: study
Yoga as beneficial as high impact sport: study   Increasing evidence that yoga is at the forefront of health and wellness improvement is backed up by a new study which shows it can also help those with heart disease. The report, published in the European Journal of Preventative .... More>>
23 Dec 2014
Inaugural UK spa statistics highlight key growth opportunities
Inaugural UK spa statistics highlight key growth opportunities   The UK spa industry has huge potential for growth in terms of product sales and treatment room optimisation if managers can harness their resources and foster stronger upselling. Those were some of the key findings from the inaugural set of data produced by the UK Spa Association’s benchmarking system, which showed product revenues currently make up just nine per .... More>>
23 Dec 2014
SHA Wellness Clinic to open two mini spas in Spanish airport
SHA Wellness Clinic to open two mini spas in Spanish airport   The SHA Wellness Clinic, a medi-spa in Spain, is launching two new mini spas at Madrid-Barajas Airport in March 2015. One of the two Esenza by SHA spas will be located in Terminal 4 and will measure 60sq m (646sq ft). It will feature one .... More>>
22 Dec 2014
NHS England unveils major project to explore secrets of DNA
NHS England unveils major project to explore secrets of DNA   The National Health Service (NHS) in England has unveiled a major genetics project which will seek to unravel the mysteries of DNA and disease. The publicly-funded health service is to establish 11 Genomics Medicine Centres in hospitals across the .... More>>
22 Dec 2014
Spa & Wellness Africa Association announces two major industry events
Spa & Wellness Africa Association announces two major industry events   The Spa & Wellness Africa Association (SWAA) has announced its second ever Network event will take place in Mombasa, Kenya, on 22 January 2015 at the Sarova Whitesands Resort & Spa. The first SWAA Conference will take place in Mauritius later in the year. Led by SWAA president Elaine Okeke-Martin, the Network event – which is set to take place on a yearly basis – will include speeches, round-table discussions and Q&A .... More>>
19 Dec 2014
Emaar unveils wellness retreat The Burj Club in Downtown Dubai
Emaar unveils wellness retreat The Burj Club in Downtown Dubai   Dubai developer of integrated communities, Emaar Properties, has opened The Burj Club – an exclusive fitness and wellness retreat in Downtown Dubai, adjacent to the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa. The 6,320sq m (62, 028sq ft) five-storey health club comprises a fitness centre, spa, juice bar and rooftop .... More>>
18 Dec 2014
Hitler's seaside resort to be converted into tourism hub
Hitler's seaside resort to be converted into tourism hub   Developers are cashing in on the redevelopment of a resort originally built by the Third Reich in the run-up to World War II – part of a Nazi vision for the future of tourism. The project saw blocks of six-storey buildings, stretching 2.8 miles .... More>>
18 Dec 2014
Liquor sales expert and hotel collection owner team up to buy Sheraton Noosa Spa and Resort
Liquor sales expert and hotel collection owner team up to buy Sheraton Noosa Spa and Resort   Arthur Laundy, owner of Laundy Hotel Group, and the former liquor-shop chain owner turned property investor Theo Karedis have partnered to purchase the Sheraton Noosa Spa and Resort in Queensland, Australia, for AU$110m (US$90m, €72m, £57m). Blackstone-controlled Valad Property Group originally failed to sell .... More>>
17 Dec 2014
Andrew Gibson outlines industry hot topics at Spameeting Middle East
Andrew Gibson outlines industry hot topics at Spameeting Middle East   Andrew Gibson, VP of spa and wellness for FRHI Hotels & Resorts, identified several key factors currently affecting the spa industry during a speech at Spameeting Middle East in Abu Dhabi last week. During the twelfth edition of Spameeting – a trade industry event that allows buyers and suppliers to network and .... More>>
17 Dec 2014
Government approval for new industry-led hair and beauty apprenticeships
Government approval for new industry-led hair and beauty apprenticeships   Hair and beauty apprenticeships that ensure trainees are ‘salon-ready’ when they qualify have been given government approval. Statistics from the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority (Habia) indicate that in 2013, there were 12,922 apprentices in the UK sector. With this number set to increase over the next few years, the new standards have been developed by a group of industry experts to make apprenticeships easier for .... More>>
17 Dec 2014
Five Four Seasons properties to open in 2015 around the world
Five Four Seasons properties to open in 2015 around the world   Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts has five new openings planned around the world for 2015 in Hawaii, Morocco, Korea, the Kingdom of Bahrain and Florida. The first to open, in early 2015, is .... More>>
16 Dec 2014
WTS International teams up with hair experts Paul Labrecque
WTS International teams up with hair experts Paul Labrecque   Global spa and leisure consultancy WTS International has teamed up with luxury hair care brand Paul Labrecque (PLB) to provide customers of spas in five-star destinations with expert hair treatments. While most spa management companies do not have expertise in the area of hair care, WTS has identified this as an area with significant potential for growth in the spa industry. The Paul Labrecque brand has been selected to .... More>>
16 Dec 2014
'Everyone needs a daily dose of touch,' says touch doctor
'Everyone needs a daily dose of touch,' says touch doctor   A cuddling shop has opened in Oregon, US, charging US$60 (€48, £38) for an hour of hugging – highlighting the potential for the spa industry to cash in on physical contact. The shop, called Cuddle Up To Me, is located in Portland. It offers .... More>>
16 Dec 2014
Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa launches in Mauritius
Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa launches in Mauritius   Starwood’s Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa has opened in the historic Turtle Bay of Balaclava on the north west coast of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. Located 15km (9m) from the island’s leisure hub Grand Baie and 15km (9m) from the capital of .... More>>
16 Dec 2014
Early bed time reduces negative thoughts: study
Early bed time reduces negative thoughts: study   People who sleep for short periods of time and go to bed very late at night are often overwhelmed with more negative thoughts than those who keep more regular sleeping hours, according to a recent study by researchers at Binghamton University in New .... More>>
15 Dec 2014
Slovenia appoints spa resort manager as economy minister
Slovenia appoints spa resort manager as economy minister   Slovenia has appointed a national thermal spa resort manager Zdravko Pocivalsek as its economy minister after his predecessor resigned over allegations of fraud in October. The 57-year-old was proposed by Prime Minister Miro Cerar’s centre-left .... More>>
15 Dec 2014
Nikki Beach Hotels & Resorts to open first property in the Middle East
Nikki Beach Hotels & Resorts to open first property in the Middle East   Nikki Beach Hotels & Resorts, a division of Nikki Beach Worldwide, plans to open its first Middle Eastern property in Dubai, working alongside local development company Meraas Holding. .... More>>
15 Dec 2014
Botox could help stroke patients regain movement in paralysed limbs
Botox could help stroke patients regain movement in paralysed limbs   Botox injections and extensive physiotherapy are being trialled to overcome paralysis of the arm in victims who have suffered a stroke. Researchers from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, have conducted a pilot study that show three .... More>>
13 Dec 2014
Bannatyne finance director arrested – accused of multi-million pound fraud
Bannatyne finance director arrested – accused of multi-million pound fraud   The Bannatyne Group's director of finance, Christopher Watson, has been arrested by Durham Police on suspicion of fraud. He sits on the company's main board. Durham Police have made a short statement, saying: "We confirm a 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a multi-million pound fraud on a Darlington-based business and the man has been bailed pending further inquiries.” A spokesperson for Bannatyne said "We have no comment to make except to say that it does not affect the current operation of our .... More>>
12 Dec 2014
Obesity cuts lives short by ‘up to 8 years’
Obesity cuts lives short by ‘up to 8 years’   Being severely obese can cut a person’s life short by up to eight years and cause decades of ill health, according to a study carried out by researchers from McGill University in Canada. The findings, published in the Lancet Diabetes and .... More>>
11 Dec 2014
Bulgarian tourism chief decries balneotherapy shortcomings
Bulgarian tourism chief decries balneotherapy shortcomings   Rumen Draganov, director of the Bulgarian Institute for Tourism Analyses and Assessments, has recently lamented the poor use of the country’s mineral water springs, noting the country should take cues from rival EU destinations. “Instead of building new balneotherapy centres, we destroy and close the existing .... More>>
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