Spa News Stories

LANSDOWNE RESORT UNVEILS SPA MINÉRALE

12,000 Sq. Ft. Luxury Spa Is a Highlight of $60 mil Expansion LANSDOWNE, VA, April 26, 2006. Benchmark Hospitality International has formally announced that Lansdowne Resort's Spa Minérale (pronounced Min-er-al), a new 12,000-square-foot, full-service luxury spa, is officially open. The new spa is one of the largest luxury spas in the Washington, DC, area. Spa Minérale is part of the resort's $60 million renovation and expansion program. Benchmark Hospitality International operates Lansdowne Resort. 'Spa Minérale has been designed to give our guests a true spa experience, not just a spa treatment,' said Tom Manno, managing director for Benchmark Hospitality at...

NEW TRAVEL STUDY REVEALS BABY BOOMERS MOST LIKELY TO BOOK ONLINE

A new travel study, "Online Travel Comes of Age" from Compete reveals that consumer's travel planning preferences vary dramatically across generations. Compete's research revealed that Baby Boomers (aged 45 to 64) are a travel distributor's best bet to capture a booking. Over 10% of the 17 million Baby Boomers who research travel online each month will also book online, considerably more than Young Travelers who tend to window-shop, and Seniors who may be uncomfortable purchasing over the web. Compete's research points to an opportunity to provide savvy marketers the opportunity to create distinct strategies for targeting specific generational segments. "Travel...

SEPHORA TO OPEN STORES INSIDE J.C. PENNEYS

J.C. Penney Co. announced that it will open Sephora stores within its department stores starting this fall. Sephora will open "store-within-stores" and be the exclusive seller of beauty products in J.C. Penney--which has been trying to upscale its image and attract young female customers. "We see this initiative with JCPenney as a way to dramatically increase our retail presence, while we continue our core strategy of aggressively building free-standing stores across the country,' said David Suliteanu, president and CEO of Sephora U.S.A. in a statement. 'JC Penney's focus on providing relevant merchandise to its broad customer base is consistent with...

PRESTON WYNNE PRESENTS IMPACTFUL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AT AMERICAN SPA EXPO

Peggy Wynne Borgman & Lisa Star Peggy Wynne Borgman, CEO of Preston Wynne , headlined the medical spa conference at the American Spa Expo in New York, April 30-May 2. Ms. Borgman's keynote presentation on Sunday, April 30. 'Evaluated the Med Spa Opportunity: First Steps to Getting Started ' addresses the 'big ticket' issues every medical spa entrepreneur must tackle. Ms. Borgman demonstrated her trademark no-punches-pulled style. 'I consider our Real World Startup Workshop a success if someone in the class tells me, 'I don't think I'm going to open a spa after all,'' she says. 'We are not spa...

CORNELIA WINS 5-STAR DIAMOND AWARD FROM AMERICAN ACADEMY OF HOSPITALITY SCIENCES

From left to right: Ellen Sackoff , Cornelia Day Resort, Joseph D. Cinque , President/CEO, American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, Cornelia Zicu , Cornelia and Rick Aidekman , Cornelia The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS) proudly bestows the prestigious Five-Star Diamond Award upon Cornelia Day Resort. Cornelia Day Resort is the first free standing spa to receive this rare distinction. The Five-Star Diamond Award Committee recognized in Cornelia Day Resort exceptional quality and character commensurate with the world's finest hotels, resorts, restaurants & chefs which have been previously honored with this esteemed award. Cornelia Day Resort's exceptional service performed...

JOHNS HOPKINS BACKS OFF EQUITY STAKE IN SKIN CARE LINE

Johns Hopkins Medicine has backed away from endorsing a skin-care line. Following criticism that the relationship verged on a product endorsement, the leading medical research institution issued a statement declining an equity stake in Klinger Advanced Aesthetics—a unit of the publicly-traded company TrueYou.com. John Hopkins consulted on the design and information analysis of tests performed on Klinger's Cosmedicine TM products—launched in Sephora stores in February. The controversy over Hopkins' role in creating and selling a commercial beauty product came to light last week when The Wall Street Journal reported on the details of the relationship, including Klinger's plans to give...

AMERICANS CONTINUE THEIR LOVE AFFAIR WITH THEIR PETS

Luxury pet products and services continue to proliferate in the United States. Fueled by "empty nest" syndrome and a huge segment of young professionals who turn to pets until they're ready to raise a family, Americans' spending on their pets is making a whole new breed of entrepreneurs rich. Products such as dog collars with cell-phone technology and dental products like whitening strips are flying off the shelf, as well as services such as pet psychic readings and doggie birthday parties. "Pet spas" feature big fenced-in enclosures and lounge areas with a TV, couches, pillows and blankets.' Hotels and resorts...

LUXURY INSTITUTE SURVEY FINDS RITZ CARLTON THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS HOTEL BRAND

Ritz-Carlton edged out Peninsula as the most prestigious luxury brand hotel in the 2006 Luxury Brand Status Index survey of Luxury Hotels conducted by the New York City-based Luxury Institute. Small Luxury Hotels of the World placed a strong third despite its low awareness, tied with Four Seasons. The Luxury Institute surveyed a nationally representative sample of more than 500 households with a minimum of $200,000 in gross annual income and a minimum net worth of $750,000 (including home equity). Wealthy customers rated 19 of the leading Luxury Hotels brands based on their perceptions of critical brand reputation metrics. These...

JET BLUE TO OFFER BLISS PRODUCT KITS ON REDEYE FLIGHTS

JetBlue airline has begun giving overnight passengers kits that contain eye masks, earplugs, moisturizer, lip balm and a promotional offer from Bliss. 'We thought this would be a unique way to differentiate ourselves from our competitors,' said Eric Brinker, JetBlue's director of product development and customer experience. 'JetBlue is not going to be the airline to nickel and dime its customers. New York-based Bliss has spas in the United States, London and W Hotels. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc, which owns the W brand, bought Bliss in 2004.

CLASS ACTION SUIT BROUGHT AGAINT SUNSCREEN MANUFACTURERS

Two law firms -- Lerach Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP Abraham Fruchter & Twersky LLP -- are litigating coordinated class actions, alleging systematic fraud, false advertising and persistently misleading claims that exaggerate the ability of sunscreens to protect against the sun and reduce the risk of cancer and other skin ailments. The suits state that manufacturers are making deliberately fraudulent and misleading claims on their labels and websites and in their advertising and seeks an injunction on the claims, compensation for consumers and other remedies, including a public education program concerning sun protection paid for by the industry...

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