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Icy volcano leaves us in hot water

What's better than a soak in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland? Aaahh....now that's Spaaah. But now that Mount Eyjafjallajokull has split open, the spa delegates at SpaTec EU 2010 are stranded in Split (Croatia that is, not Iceland)...
What's better than a soak in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland? Aaahh....now that's Spaaah. But now that Mount Eyjafjallajokull has split open, the spa delegates at SpaTec EU 2010 are stranded in Split (Croatia that is, not Iceland). For those of you who don't stay on top of European news, the ash from Iceland’s erupting volcano has shut down European...

Sparty by the Sea

It was an enlightening and very educational day meeting with European vendors at SpaTec EU Day 2 held in meeting rooms with serene views of the sapphire Adriatic Sea.
First things first -- the Brits LOVE to party! More about that later. It was an enlightening and very educational day meeting with European vendors at SpaTec EU Day 2 held in meeting rooms with serene views of the sapphire Adriatic Sea. Seems like USA and European spas still have a long way to go in order to meet eye...

Tales from the Adriatic

Starting in Sonoma, California, the destination was SpaTec EU in Split, Croatia at the Le Meridian Lav direclty on the spectacular Adriatic Sea.
Starting in Sonoma, California, the destination was SpaTec EU in Split, Croatia at the Le Meridian Lav direclty on the spectacular Adriatic Sea. Split is one of the oldest cities in the region surrrounded by 1700 years of rich history and culture intertwined with a pristine environment and Mediterranean lifestyle. The region has been discovered by savvy travelers with new...

March retail sales increase biggest in decade!

The results of March retail sales are in, and they were good. In fact, better than good, better even than the modest increases that were projected. Retail across the U.S. was up 1.6%, but apparel retailers fared much better, with increases ranging from
The results of March retail sales are in, and they were good. In fact, better than good, better even than the modest increases that were projected. Retail across the U.S. was up 1.6%, but apparel retailers fared much better, with increases ranging from 10% for Macy's to 22.5% for Kohls. The glass half-empty viewpoint: Yes, sales were up, but they...

More competition for your retail sales...

Today's Women's Wear Daily reports that Zappos.com is looking to ramp up their beauty business from the current level of less than $1 million to $75 million a year within the next five years.
Today's Women's Wear Daily reports that Zappos.com is looking to ramp up their beauty business from the current level of less than $1 million annually (a drop in the bucket for a business that grosses over $1 B illion) to $75 million a year within the next five years. It makes perfect sense, really. I mean, we've all bought shoes...

Day 2 of Global Shop, March 2010

Read my report on conference sessions from day two of Global Shop, www.globalshop.org; much for spas to take away.
Day Two of Global Shop began with a keynote presentation by Wendy Liebmann, CEO and Chief Shopper of WSL Retail Strategies. Liebmann’s session was entitled “ Hope for Retail .” According to Liebmann, we’ve had a decade of calamitous change, and the crisis is over, but the behaviors and impact are not; fear and uncertainty remain. Some aspects of the...

The Best Spas are Social Hubs

Creating a nurturing community environment in your spa has direct and indirect benefits. The longer your clients remain in your spa, the more likely they are to buy additional products, try new services, and make the spa experience part of their everyday
Creating a nurturing community environment in your spa has direct and indirect benefits. The longer your clients remain in your spa, the more likely they are to buy additional products, try new services, and make the spa experience part of their everyday life. Experts predict that day spas will become social centers, much like the traditional health spas of Europe...

Wellness Tourism Trend to Grow in Strength According to Experts

Wellness Tourism is receiving more recognition as a growing trend across the globe. The Global Spa Summit and SRI International are currently conducting a survey on wellness trends throughout the spa industry.
Wellness Tourism is receiving more recognition as a growing trend across the globe. The Global Spa Summit and SRI International are currently conducting a survey on wellness trends throughout the spa industry. Professors at The Research Institute for Leisure and Tourism in Bern Switzerland identified Wellness Tourism as an emerging trend in a 2001 White Paper, Wellness Tourism: A market...

Report from Day 1 of Global Shop, March 2010

Read my report on some fascinating conference sessions, and how they apply to spas, at the largest trade show for the retail industry in the world.
On March 10, I attended the first day of Global Shop 2010 ( www.globalshop.org ) at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. Global Shop is the largest annual in-store marketing and store design event in the world, featuring over 700 exhibitors and 16,000+ buyers. This is where over 80% of the top retailers go to see thousands of ideas...

What's up for this year? - synopsis of Spa Exec NY

The SpaExec event in New York presented both a fact-filled report from a research organization, and the a great panel discussion with a lot of contribution from the audience. The main themes were:
The SpaExec event in New York presented both a fact-filled report from a research organization, and the a great panel discussion with a lot of contribution from the audience. The main themes were: 1) The recession isn’t over yet; not a surprise to most of us. Conditions are better, but not great. The road to recovery looks different depending on...

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