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11 Aug 2014
Malaysia wants 1,500 new spa therapists by 2020
Malaysia wants 1,500 new spa therapists by 2020   The Malaysian government is looking to train 1,500 new spa therapists over the next five years to support the country’s ever-growing spa industry, which is expected to contribute RM400m .... More>>
08 Aug 2014
Spafinder's Susie Ellis advises national tourism bodies to categorise their wellness activities
Spafinder's Susie Ellis advises national tourism bodies to categorise their wellness activities   Spa expert Susie Ellis has encouraged countries around the world to categorise their tourism activities accurately, so that global wellness tourism research and analysis can be carried out more efficiently and accurately, as she prepares the latest Global Spa and Wellness Economy report for the 2014 Summit. Speaking exclusively to Spa Opportunties, Ellis – president of Spafinder Wellness and chair and CEO of the .... More>>
07 Aug 2014
Spa details revealed for Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Bali jungle
Spa details revealed for Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Bali jungle   The Ritz-Carlton Reserve property in Bali – Mandapa – is set to open later this year in the district of Ubud, famous for its arts and crafts, with views of terraced rice paddy fields adjacent to the village temple, lush gardens, meditative spaces and .... More>>
07 Aug 2014
Injuries from unlicensed massage parlours on the rise in Japan
Injuries from unlicensed massage parlours on the rise in Japan   The Japanese Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry has identified approximately 330 unlicensed massage parlours in Tokyo and 38 other prefectures, plus 110 qualified spas, that are responsible for injuring customers. The nation’s consumer affairs .... More>>
06 Aug 2014
New Zealand massage therapist referred teen to local healer for 'exorcism'
New Zealand massage therapist referred teen to local healer for 'exorcism'   A massage therapist in New Zealand has been censured after sending a 16-year old client to a healer from a Maori tribe to cleanse her “auric field” without explaining that the teenager would be repeatedly immersed in a river. Names of the parties .... More>>
06 Aug 2014
Thai Healing Academy specialises in long distance online massage therapy training
Thai Healing Academy specialises in long distance online massage therapy training   The Thai Healing Massage Academy, based in Thailand’s city of Chiang Mai, has introduced a new and improved system for long distance online massage therapy training. The academy – which markets itself as the only school in the world that specialises exclusively in online distance video training courses for Thai .... More>>
05 Aug 2014
The first Peninsula-branded hotel on European soil opens in Paris
The first Peninsula-branded hotel on European soil opens in Paris   Luxury Asian hotel collection The Peninsula Hotels has entered Europe for the first time with the opening of the brand new Peninsula Paris property. Katara Hospitality Hotels owns 80 per cent of The Peninsula Paris hotel and the remaining 20 per .... More>>
05 Aug 2014
Decision-making improved by just 15 minutes of meditation: study
Decision-making improved by just 15 minutes of meditation: study   Research has found that just 15 minutes of mindful meditation can help people make more rational decisions, suggesting a way to boost business performance by improving employee health via corporate meditation programmes. Researchers from INSEAD – .... More>>
05 Aug 2014
Four Seasons Resort Orlando launches at Walt Disney World Resort
Four Seasons Resort Orlando launches at Walt Disney World Resort   Special guest Mickey Mouse attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially mark the opening of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World. Developed by Silverstein Properties and .... More>>
04 Aug 2014
Regent Porto Montenegro Hotel and Residences debut in super-yacht marina resort
Regent Porto Montenegro Hotel and Residences debut in super-yacht marina resort   The Regent Porto Montenegro Hotel and Residences are now open in Tivat, in the 250-berth super-yacht marina resort of Porto Montenegro. The 51-bedroom and 35-suite property was designed by ReardonSmith Architects, inspired by the area’s 400 years .... More>>
04 Aug 2014
California's Bacara Resort & Spa enhances its spa menu
California's Bacara Resort & Spa enhances its spa menu   The 42,000sq ft (3,902sq m) Bacara Resort & Spa on the Gaviota Coast in Santa Barbara, US, has enhanced its spa experience with a new menu of services and a new rooftop Mud Bar bathing zone. Located on one of the last remaining intact coastal .... More>>
01 Aug 2014
Malaysia competes with Singapore and Thailand for medical tourists
Malaysia competes with Singapore and Thailand for medical tourists   Malaysia is seeking to overtake its neighbours Singapore and Thailand as the prime destination for medical and wellness tourism, appealing to less affluent international consumers, including visitors seeking spas. The number of foreigners seeking .... More>>
31 Jul 2014
Intravenous hydration hangover therapy grows in popularity in the US
Intravenous hydration hangover therapy grows in popularity in the US   Intravenous treatment ‘bars’ are growing in popularity in the US, offering customers ‘hydration therapy’ for ailments ranging from acute illnesses to the more common hangover. Customers are pricked in the arm with a needle and hooked up to an IV .... More>>
31 Jul 2014
The Langham, Sydney closes for AUS$30m revamp
The Langham, Sydney closes for AUS$30m revamp   The Langham, Sydney, closed its doors on 24 July to begin its AUS$30m (US$28m, €21m, £17m) refurbishment of the lobby, dining areas, guestrooms, ballroom and the addition of signature Langham Hospitality features, such as the afternoon tea room called Palm Court and a luxury Chuan Spa. The redevelopment is .... More>>
31 Jul 2014
Revitalize Wellness Center launches in Nairobi, Kenya
Revitalize Wellness Center launches in Nairobi, Kenya   The Revitalize Wellness Center has opened in the commercial neighbourhood of Westlands in Nairobi, Kenya, offering a new gym, group fitness classes, spa treatments, nutrition consultations, meditation, yoga, a hair salon, plus a coffee and juice bar. .... More>>
30 Jul 2014
No clear benefits to eating more than five portions of fruit and veg
No clear benefits to eating more than five portions of fruit and veg   There are no added benefits to eating more than five 80g portions of fruit and vegetables daily, according to researchers from Chinese and US universities including the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. The research, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), has pulled together the results .... More>>
30 Jul 2014
Stakeholders at Indian medical tourism summit focus on improvements
Stakeholders at Indian medical tourism summit focus on improvements   Major stakeholders at the Medical & Wellness Tourism Summit 2014 in New Delhi, India, discussed the need for a national accreditation body for the sector, in addition to improvements to infrastructure and a reduction in visa process complications for .... More>>
30 Jul 2014
Steiner extends spa operations contract with Windstar Cruises
Steiner extends spa operations contract with Windstar Cruises   Steiner Leisure has entered into an amendment to its operating agreement with cruise line company Windstar Cruises, maintaining Steiner’s longstanding role as the exclusive provider of on-board spas, salons, fitness and wellness services. The amended contract will see the extension of the original agreement .... More>>
30 Jul 2014
Medi-spa and art gallery enhances aesthetic treatment menu, Florida
Medi-spa and art gallery enhances aesthetic treatment menu, Florida   The La Vida Bella MediSpa & Art Gallery on the Davis Islands in Florida has appointed a Master Aesthetician to lead its wellness programmes, including yoga sessions, weight loss workshops, DNA testing and other spa treatments. Monica Grajales, an .... More>>
30 Jul 2014
Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa unveils So Spa gourmet menu
Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa unveils So Spa gourmet menu   The Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa has launched its So Spa on the Denarau Island, Fiji, in the South Pacific, complete with a French-style gourmet menu of pampering rituals. Led by spa .... More>>
29 Jul 2014
Westin Well-being Movement targets nutrition
Westin Well-being Movement targets nutrition   Westin has unveiled the next stage of its year-long Well-being Movement with the announcement of a new member on the Westin Well-being Council and two new nutrition-focused partnerships. The Westin Well-being Council is made up of an advisory board comprised of thought leaders who align with a specific Westin wellness pillar: Feel Well, Work Well, Move Well, Eat .... More>>
29 Jul 2014
David Lynch directs Christian Louboutin beauty advert
David Lynch directs Christian Louboutin beauty advert   Surrealist film director David Lynch has directed an advertisement for US$50 (€37, £29) nail polish to match French footwear designer Christian Louboutin’s signature shiny red-lacquered soles. The designer has teamed up with New York-based Batallure Beauty – the creative minds behind Material Girl by Madonna and the Justin Bieber fragrance – to form Christian Louboutin Beauté: a line of luxury cosmetics. Lynch’s The .... More>>
29 Jul 2014
Ayurvedic wellness retreat planned for monsoon season tourism in Goa, India
Ayurvedic wellness retreat planned for monsoon season tourism in Goa, India   The Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC), India, is creating an ayurvedic wellness retreat at Selaulim in Sanguem Taluka as part of a plan to promote tourism during monsoon, which is currently considered as ‘off-season’ in the national .... More>>
29 Jul 2014
Dusit International increases African portfolio
Dusit International increases African portfolio   Bangkok-based Dusit International has signed a management contract for a new hotel, the Dusit Thani Samara Beach resort, in a mixed-use development in Sousse, Tunisia, as part of its plans for expansion. The 307-bedroom five-star Dusit Thani .... More>>
29 Jul 2014
Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in Puerto Rico to reveal spa sanctuary in December
Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in Puerto Rico to reveal spa sanctuary in December   The Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, will unveil the second stage of its long-awaited revival, including extra luxury guestrooms, a spa sanctuary and what it claims to be the first hammam on the island. By December, the US$200m (€149m, £118m) revitalisation of the five-star property, built in .... More>>
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