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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>>
13 May 2014
Andrew Gibson focuses on spa strategies for FRHI brands Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel
Andrew Gibson focuses on spa strategies for FRHI brands Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel   The new vice president of spa and wellness at Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI), Andrew Gibson – formerly group director of spa at Mandarin Oriental – has revealed spa development strategies for the private company’s three chains – Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel. In an exclusive interview for Spa .... More>>
12 May 2014
Female-only spa owner jailed for attempting to bribe inspector to overlook men's treatments
Female-only spa owner jailed for attempting to bribe inspector to overlook men's treatments   A businesswoman has been jailed for six months for offering a bribe to an inspector because she didn’t want him to report she was still offering massages to men at her women-only spa in the Persian Gulf – despite having previously received a ban due to the practice. On 5 May the 46-year old Chinese .... More>>
12 May 2014
Liz Terry: Franchises are reshaping the spa market
Liz Terry: Franchises are reshaping the spa market   The increasing number of massage franchise businesses in the US are drawing new types of consumers to the spa industry and accelerating the sector’s growth, according to Spa Business editor Liz Terry. One example of rapidly expanding franchise businesses is market leader Massage Envy which reached the US$1bn (€726m, £592m) turnover mark last year and will have more than 1,000 spas by the end of 2014. New entrants in the US such as Massage Green Spa, Hand and .... More>>
12 May 2014
Five to seven hotel plans revealed by Filinvest Development Corp for Philippines
Five to seven hotel plans revealed by Filinvest Development Corp for Philippines   Filinvest Development Corp, (FDC) led by Chinese Filipino entrepreneur Andrew Gotianun, is increasing its investments in the hospitality sector with five to seven hotels in the pipeline. One such property is the five-star 192-key Crimson Resort .... More>>
12 May 2014
Demolition of Foster + Partners’ unopened Las Vegas Harmon Hotel approved
Demolition of Foster + Partners’ unopened Las Vegas Harmon Hotel approved   Foster + Partners' unfinished Harmon Hotel on the Las Vegas strip in the US is set to be demolished without even opening its doors. On 22 April, MGM Resorts International received approval to tear down Foster + Partners’ failing structure owing to reinforcing steel not being correctly installed on 15 floors of .... More>>
12 May 2014
Entrepreneur Gerald Forsythe buys full ownership of Blue Harbor Resort & Spa
Entrepreneur Gerald Forsythe buys full ownership of Blue Harbor Resort & Spa   Chicago-based American entrepreneur Gerald Forsythe has acquired full ownership of the Blue Harbor Resort & Spa by Lake Michigan in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Known for being one of the three men that owned the Champ Car World Series, Forsythe is an auto racing magnate who also owns a team called Forsythe Championship Racing. Following a partnership with the Massachusetts-based Claremont Companies to buy the resort in 2011 .... More>>
12 May 2014
Ritz-Carlton to operate hotel and apartments in Mumbai's Worli Development
Ritz-Carlton to operate hotel and apartments in Mumbai's Worli Development   Mumbai-based company Oberoi Realty announced The Ritz-Carlton Hotel company as its hospitality partner for the 2.1 millionsq ft (0.2 millionsq m) mixed-use Worli Development in Worli District on 8 May. The two high-rise towers are being developed by Oasis Realty – a joint venture between Oberoi and Sahana Group. The project will include a 140-apartment tower and a mixed-use tower comprising commercial office space and the .... More>>
09 May 2014
Crete's Six Senses Spa to offer medically-enhanced programmes
Crete's Six Senses Spa to offer medically-enhanced programmes   The Six Senses Spa in Elounda on the Greek island of Crete has partnered with a local medical therapy company called Eucrasia to provide customised wellness programmes for guests from the Elounda Mare Hotel, Porto Elounda De Luxe Resort and Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel. Maria Kavousanou, assistant spa .... More>>
09 May 2014
Moevenpick Hotels seeks harmonising structure for expansion into Africa
Moevenpick Hotels seeks harmonising structure for expansion into Africa   Moevenpick Hotels plans to create a spa management structure for its North African and Tunisian forays, according to the Moevenpick Gammarth Tunis spa manager Jihen Derbel. “We are hoping .... More>>
09 May 2014
World's first wellness travel awards announced for 2014
World's first wellness travel awards announced for 2014   Spafinder Wellness 365 has announced the first ever awards programme totally dedicated to spas, hotels, resorts and retreats offering wellness experiences. The annual Wellness Travel Awards will be given to top properties worldwide in .... More>>
08 May 2014
Industry networking event SPATEC Europe 2014 kicks off
Industry networking event SPATEC Europe 2014 kicks off   The three-day SPATEC Europe 2014 has begun at the 401-bedroom Sheraton Rhodes Resort in Greece. Talks will be led by John Frieda Salons’ general manager Berni Hawkins and panelists such as Andrew Gibson of Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI); Brian Hunter, operations director at Lifehouse Spa and .... More>>
08 May 2014
Seaton Leisure Complex gains approval after bat dispute
Seaton Leisure Complex gains approval after bat dispute 
  Plans for a £15m leisure complex in Seaton, Devon, are finally set to commence after being stalled by local bats. The hilltop scheme – which will include a boutique hotel, restaurant, .... More>>
08 May 2014
Cherkley Court regains planning permission after Appeal Court overturns rejection
Cherkley Court regains planning permission after Appeal Court overturns rejection 
  The much disputed former home of press baron Lord Beaverbook will now be turned into a hotel, spa and golf course following a ruling from the court of appeal. The High Court had previously quashed plans for Cherkley Court near Leatherhead, amid local opposition. But the decision was then overturned after .... More>>
08 May 2014
Middle East and Africa primed for wellness tourism surge suggests GWTC study
Middle East and Africa primed for wellness tourism surge suggests GWTC study   Although the smallest global wellness travel market, the Middle East/African region will lead the industry charge as the largest driver of growth until 2017, according to newly-released data from the Global Wellness Tourism Congress (GWTC). The .... More>>
07 May 2014
Palazzo Versace Dubai opening delayed by another 12 months
Palazzo Versace Dubai opening delayed by another 12 months   The Dubai resort development, Palazzo Versace, has had its opening date pushed back by another 12 months, having originally been expected to launch in 2010. Developer Enshaa Services .... More>>
07 May 2014
Raffles Hotel and W Hotel expected at US$1.3bn 'megasuperblock' in Jakarta
Raffles Hotel and W Hotel expected at US$1.3bn 'megasuperblock' in Jakarta   A IDR15trn (US$1.3bn, €937m, £768m) project in the business district of Jakarta, Indonesia, – described by developers as a "megasuperblock of buildings" – is to feature a range of leisure .... More>>
06 May 2014
Kempinski The Spa branches out into Equatorial Guinean rainforest
Kempinski The Spa branches out into Equatorial Guinean rainforest   Kempinski The Spa will branch out into Central Africa with the launch of a new location at the Equatorial Guinea Conference and Golf Hotel. The 450-bedroom hotel is one of many new-builds taking place in the heart of Equatorial Guinea’s .... More>>
06 May 2014
Minor Hotel Group reveals first resort in Seychelles
Minor Hotel Group reveals first resort in Seychelles   Minor Hotel Group has unveiled its first resort in the Seychelles after the company took over management of the former Le Meridien Barbarons Beach Hotel. The Thai hotel group will .... More>>
03 May 2014
Jeremy McCarthy appointed Group Director of Spa for Mandarin Oriental
Jeremy McCarthy appointed Group Director of Spa for Mandarin Oriental   Jeremy McCarthy, formerly Director of Global Spa Development and Operations at Starwood Hotel and Resorts has accepted a new position as Group Director of Spa for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. He will be based in Hong Kong. He replaces Andrew Gibson who held the role at Mandarin Oriental from 2007 to January this year, when he moved on to take up the post of VP Spa and Wellness at Fairmont Raffles Hotels and Resorts. .... More>>
02 May 2014
Going organic for seven days can reduce pesticide absorption by up to 90 per cent
Going organic for seven days can reduce pesticide absorption by up to 90 per cent   Pesticide exposure in adults can be reduced by almost 90 per cent by eating a mainly organic diet for just seven days, according to a study from the Australian RMIT University’s School of Health Sciences. Supervised by Professor Marc Cohen, professor of complementary medicine at RMIT, the research is the first to compare the differences in pesticide residues in .... More>>
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