Spa News Stories

KSL Capital Partners to Acquire ClubCorp

Private equity firm KSL Capital Partners has agreed to buy Dallas-based ClubCorp Inc. for $1.8 billion. ClubCorp owns 168 clubs and resorts across the country, including Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, The Homestead, Mission Hills Country Club, and Pinehurst Resort. Pinehurst is not included in the sale. Instead, the company's primary owner will take 100 percent control of Pinehurst. KSL Capital Partners' independent management company, KSL Resorts, currently manages three of the premier resort destinations in California, including the historic Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, renowned La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad near San Diego, and...

SpaQuality LLC Updates The International Standards of SpaExcellence<SUP><FONT SIZE="-1">SM</FONT></SUP>

Utilizing information and experiences gained during the past year as well as input from Spa professionals worldwide, SpaQuality LLC has completed the third annual update of The International Standards of SpaExcellence SM . The International Standards of SpaExcellence SM provide a framework for Spa owners, directors and managers who wish to achieve a sustainable Spa business with loyal clients, dependable staff, smooth operations every day, and financial success. Key changes to the 2007 Standards include: ? the addition of environmental considerations, ? the addition of Spa quality system objectives, ? the addition of Guest orientation, ? expanded Spa culture content,...

The Seven Key Luxury Consumer Trends for 2007

There are seven key trends that will characterise the luxury consumer market throughout 2007, according to Milton Pedraza of the US-based Luxury Institute , who begins his look ahead with the cultural differences in 'luxury minorities'. The seven luxury consumer trends foreseen by the Luxury Institute are: Luxury minorities cause specialised products & marketing Innovative luxury goods and services firms are already beginning to realise that African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Asian-Americans are emerging in large numbers to form potent and profitable demographic segments of the wealthy consumer population. While wealthy actors, athletes, and entertainers from minority groups are the most conspicuous...

American Society of Plastic Surgeons Offers Members Medical Spa Success System

Beautiful Forever Medical Spa Consulting Firm today announced that the American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (ASPS®) now offers the Medical Spa Success System (MSSS) to its members. The Beautiful Forever Medical Spa Success System is an educational tool that provides a do-it-yourself business supported approach to creating a successful medical spa. Cheryl Whitman, president of Beautiful Forever, says, 'We are very proud that the American Society of Plastic Surgeons now offers the Beautiful Forever Medical Spa Success System to its members at a special rate on their website. We have received amazing feedback from the physicians who have used our...

Preston Wynne Success Systems Changes Name To Wynne Business

Preston Wynne Success Systems, the business-to-business division of Preston Wynne, Inc., has changed its name to Wynne Business as of October 1, 2006. Wynne Business caters to the needs of spas throughout North America and Asia, providing management seminars, employee training and spa management services. Headquartered in Saratoga, California, Wynne Business was launched in 1994 in response to the meteoric growth of the spa industry. Consulting projects include dozens of resort, day, medical and hotel spas, and the company's seminar division has trained management personnel for the top tier of the international hospitality industry. Its highly respected spa management and...

SpaBoom Unveils Online Spa Marketing Guide

Albuquerque, New Mexico -- SpaBoom has unveiled their free Spa Marketing Guide , a primer to online marketing. Far from intuitive, online marketing requires learning how to reach the online audience using a variety of methods and strategies. SpaBoom's Online Marketing Guide extends beyond traditional marketing and provides the guidance that spa owners need to get the online exposure they seek. "We're presenting the essence of online marketing with this Spa Marketing Guide," said Bill Bice, Founder, SpaBoom. "Spa owners are anxious to make the most of their online presence, but are often confused with the overwhelming amount of sometimes...

Coyle Hospitality Group Launches 'Peak Performances Module: Interactive Online Tool Helps Hype Hospitality Heroes'

Coyle Hospitality Group (CHG) has announced the successful launch and implementation of Peak Performances, an interactive online tool that allows hoteliers, spa directors and restaurateurs to identify, cull, and share Best Practices with their entire team; all with just a few mouse clicks. Simple to use, Peak Performance enables managers to promote teamwork and share heroic stories of outstanding performance. An excellent guest comment card, client letter, or memorable event is instantly memorialized and communicated to all stakeholders. Managers to login, post the information, and with one mouse click can disseminate it to every staff member in the field. Management...

Conde Nast Traveller's Readers' Travel Awards - Spas 2006

The results of the ninth annual Conde Nast Traveller's Readers' Travel Awards for Spas reveal the best spas the travel world has to offer. UK HOTEL SPAS 1 The Spa, Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire 2 Sequoia at The Grove, Hertfordshire 3 The Spa, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London 4 Aquarias, Whatley Manor Wiltshire 5 Serenity Spa, Seaham Hall County Durham 6 The Spa, The Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire 7 Bath House Spa, The Royal Crescent, Bath 8 ONE Spa at Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh 9 C-side, Cowley Manor, Gloucestershire 10 Cowshed, Babington House, Somerset 11 Olympus Suite, Claridge's, London 12...

Industry News

Universal Companies Joins Hands with Intrinsics Universal Companies joined forces with Intrinsics , a manufacturer of single-use spa products, to raise money for breast cancer research by introducing The Pink Glove. City of Hope, the Southern California biomedical research and treatment center and hospital for cancer and other life-threatening diseases, will receive $5.50 from the sale of each box of 100 pink vinyl gloves. By replacing their regular hygienic vinyl gloves with the pink version, not only will spa professionals help raise money for City of Hope, but they will also demonstrate their support for the cause by building awareness...

Canyon Ranch Abandons Plan for Maryland Condos

The Washington Post reports that the luxury Canyon Ranch condominium community in Bethesda, Maryland is now officially off. The announcement yesterday, informed potential buyers that the project would be reevaluated for 30 days because of a slowdown in the real estate market and rapidly increasing construction costs. In the past six months, developers of 31 condo projects with a combined 5,700 units have abandoned their plans, according to Delta Associates, an Alexandria real estate consulting firm whose clients include Penrose. Condos are taking much longer to sell, as speculators have all but abandoned the market and buyers have become cautious...

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