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25 Jun 2014
GSWS invites spa stakeholders to complete vital industry survey
GSWS invites spa stakeholders to complete vital industry survey   The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) is inviting all spa businesses and stakeholders to participate in an important global industry survey which will provide up-to-date and robust spa economy data, vital for effective benchmarking. SRI .... More>>
25 Jun 2014
Conde Nast is to rename proposed Spafinder competitor
Conde Nast is to rename proposed Spafinder competitor   Spa Business understands Condé Nast Traveller magazine is to find an alternative name for its soon-to-launch online spa guide. It had previously announced the service would be known as The Spa Finder, however, global spa search, marketing and gifting outfit Spafinder challenged the move on the grounds of passing off, saying the name was too similar to its own and would cause confusion in the market. Spafinder CEO Pete Ellis – who has been robust in his defence of the Spafinder brand in the past – has .... More>>
24 Jun 2014
Malaysian ministry of tourism and culture offers spa training scholarships
Malaysian ministry of tourism and culture offers spa training scholarships   The Malaysian ministry of tourism and culture (MOTAC) has partnered with a local spa academy to provide scholarships for would-be spa therapists as part of the country’s project to become a high income economy by 2020. Malaysia’s Economic .... More>>
24 Jun 2014
Inn and spa development on Canandaigua Lake, US, seeks planning permission
Inn and spa development on Canandaigua Lake, US, seeks planning permission   Development of a 50-key inn and spa at Canandaigua Lake, New York state, on land which is currently zoned for housing, will be put to a vote by the local authority. The South Bristol town board voted against plans to develop 143.5 acres of land into Everwilde Inn & Spa in 2013, but the project has been adapted .... More>>
24 Jun 2014
Shangri-La signs letter of intent to manage hotel on the man-made Palm Jumeirah in Dubai
Shangri-La signs letter of intent to manage hotel on the man-made Palm Jumeirah in Dubai   Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has signed a letter of intent to manage a 290-bedroom hotel in The Palm Tower on the world’s largest man-made island, Palm Jumeirah in Dubai – owned by real estate developer Nakheel. Construction of The Palm Tower is .... More>>
23 Jun 2014
Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa sold for US$325.7m
Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa sold for US$325.7m   Sunstone Hotel Investors is purchasing one of the largest hotels on Maui – the second-largest Hawaiian Island – for US$325.7m (€240m, £191m) from an affiliate of Blackstone Real Estate .... More>>
23 Jun 2014
Sensitive skin product sales have taken off this year
Sensitive skin product sales have taken off this year   Almost a quarter of facial skincare users in the US say they look for products with natural, organic ingredients – claiming they have sensitive skin – according to Mintel’s Global New Products Database (GNPD) based on results from between 1 January and 1 April of this year. People who claim their skin is sensitive represent 25 per cent of total skincare users, compared to 15 per cent in 2009. Meanwhile, 71 per cent of .... More>>
23 Jun 2014
ESPA Life partners with VIVA Mayr Clinic at Corinthia Hotel London
ESPA Life partners with VIVA Mayr Clinic at Corinthia Hotel London   ESPA Life at Corinthia Hotel London is partnering with Austrian-based medi-spa VIVA Mayr Clinic from June 2014 onwards to offer treatment plans all based on the Modern Mayr Medical Philosophy – a fasting and intestinal cleansing programme developed .... More>>
20 Jun 2014
300 nominees announced for Spafinder's Wellness Travel Awards 2014
300 nominees announced for Spafinder's Wellness Travel Awards 2014   Nearly 300 nominees for the world’s first Wellness Travel Awards were announced yesterday (19 June) – a competition set up to honour hotels, resorts, destination spas and retreats offering the best wellness travel, vacations and experiences. An .... More>>
20 Jun 2014
Shangri-La signs management contract for Le Touessrok resort in Mauritius
Shangri-La signs management contract for Le Touessrok resort in Mauritius   Shangri-La and Resorts has signed a management contract for the Le Touessrok resort in Mauritius which will be reflagged and launched as Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa in September 2015 following a renovation. Shangri-La will take over .... More>>
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>>
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