Spa News Stories

Could 'No Smoking' be the Next Hotel Marketing Strategy?

Offering a completely smoke-free environment is poised to become the latest differentiator in the competitive hotel industry, according to a new study from J.D. Power and Associates . The J.D. Power and Associates 2006 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study found that 79% of hotel guests prefer a smoke-free environment that exceeds the boundaries of their guest room. While guests of luxury hotels (such as Four Seasons or Ritz-Carlton) are most likely to prefer a non-smoking environment, upscale hotels (such as Hilton, Westin, and Marriott) have been quicker to adopt this policy. Marriott International, for example, recently announced that...

Highlights from ISPA 2006 Consumer Trends Reports

The International SPA Association gave a peak at the results of their 2006 Consumer Trends Report at their Media Event on July 27, 2006. ISPA contracted The Hartman Group to conduct qualitative and quantitative research to gain greater understanding of spa going and non spa going consumers in the US and Canada. During the months of January through April 2006, For the qualitative research, The Hartman Group conducted in-home interviews, observation at spas and language analysis of 25 spa goers and 11 non spa goers in Seattle, Atlanta, Toronto and Vancouver. For the quantitative research, they conducted a telephone survey...

Luxury Travel Market Booms

Luxury consumers are expected to spend 8 percent more on luxury travel in 2006, reports Unity Marketing . In 2005 the typical luxury consumer spent $25,972 on luxury travel. That is up a stunning 41 percent over the average amount spent in 2004 of $18,474. Based upon new research from Unity Marketing, luxury consumers' spending on luxury travel in 2006 is predicted to exceed $28,000 on average, an 8 percent increase over previous year. In the latest survey of luxury consumers, some 40 percent say they will spend more on luxury travel this year than last, while a near equal...

UVA-Blocking Sunscreen Receives FDA Approval for Sale in U.S.

The sunscreen Anthelios SX has finally received approval from the Food and Drug Administration. Anthelios is made by the French cosmetics company L'Oreal SA , and will be distributed by L'Oreal's brand LaRoche-Posay . The Anthelios formula underwent 28 safety and effectiveness studies before being approved by the FDA. The sunscreen contains ecamsule or Mexoryl SX, an ingredient better at blocking ultraviolet A, or UVA, radiation than other sunscreen ingredients currently sold in the United States. Mexoryl SX has been patented by L'Oréal, and has been used in the Group's sunscreen formulas sold in Canada and Europe since 1993. Savvy...

FORBES.COM Announces Most Luxurious Spas

Forbes.com has compiled their 2006 list of the most luxurious spas in the U.S. and the most luxurious spas in the world. Forbes.com most luxurious spas in the U.S. Canyon Ranch , Lenox, Mass. Cornelia Day Resort , New York City Enessa Wellness Spa , Los Angeles, Calif. Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Maui, Hawaii Golden Door , Escondido, Calif. The Lodge at Woodloch , Hawley, Penn. The Mandarin Oriental , New York City The Mayflower Inn , Washington, Conn. Miraval , Catalina, Ariz. Okeanos Club Spa , New York City Forbes.com most luxurious spas in the U.S. Ana...

US Medical Institutions Embrace Traditional Chinese Medicine

More Americans are turning to traditional Chinese medicine on the advice of doctors at prestigious medical institutions. Harvard, Columbia, and Stanford Medical Centers are among a growing number of medical institutions that offer traditional Chinese approaches such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, and meditation. Hundreds of clinical studies show significant results with these treatments, including a 2002 review from Harvard Medical School that concluded that acupuncture can safely ease chronic pain as well as nausea caused by chemotherapy and pregnancy. A 2004 Tufts-New England Medical Center review of 47 studies on tai chi found the Chinese discipline of meditative movements promoted...

Retailers See Strong Growth in Bath and Beauty Products

Spas will have to fend off increasing competition from retailers such as Target and Gap, as they step up sales of bath, beauty, and at-home spa products. The trend is fueled by mass market interest in luxury goods, and by harried consumers who don't have the time or inclination to go to a spa. 'Ten years ago, most Americans hadn't even heard of a spa outside of a small group of higher-income consumers,' says Tom Vierhile, director of Product Scan Online a division of researcher Datamonitor. 'Today, you can get spa products everywhere.' (See SpaTrade.com, 2/19/06 'Self-Prescribed' Home Spa Products...

Blu Spas, Inc. and Yamaguchi Enterprises, Inc. Announce Partnership

Blu Spas, Inc. and Yamaguchi Enterprises, Inc. have joined forces to create a new strategic alliance. The internationally-acclaimed Yamaguchi Enterprises will be the salon partner in select Blu Spas' future projects. Both Yamaguchi and Blu Spas have extensive histories in the beauty industry. "Individually, each organization has its own strengths," says Doug Chambers, co-principal of Blu Spas, "but the synergy of the merged organization is going to allow a solid core of unique, unsurpassed beauty industry services, training, and products, centered around the revolutionary Yamaguchi Feng Shui Beauty concept and Yamaguchi coloring techniques." Billy Yamaguchi, president of Yamaguchi Enterprises, adds,...

California State Bill 1423 Held Back

The proposed bill that would have made constant supervision by a physician necessary for any type of medical spa treatment has been held back momentarily because of an extremely negative reaction from vast amounts of California physicians and medical spa personnel. Democrat Sen. Liz Figueroa struck the entire body of Senate Bill 1423 that would have required physicians be in the office for all laser and cosmetic medical procedures. Another related bill, also introduced by Figueroa, would have made it a misdemeanor for anyone but a physician, nurse or a physician's assistant to use laser devices. Figueroa argument is that...

Questex Media Acquires International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conferences (IECSC)

Questex Media Group, Inc., a global, diversified business-to-business media provider, and owner of American Spa magazine, Medical Spa Report, American Spa Expo, American Salon magazine, and the International Beauty Show today announced the acquisition of the International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference (IECSC), and the Las Vegas Hair & Nail Conference from Show Management, Inc. Founded by Magda E. Fichter in 1991, the International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference quickly found success and became the two largest professional esthetics, cosmetics and spa conferences in the world. Jointly, it has grown to 190,000 net square feet with 1,100 exhibitors and 56,000...

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