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Spotlight On Holistic Fitness At Spa Montage

Innovative Series of 60-minute Classes Adds Cultural and Personal Growth Components to Enhance Wellbeing Laguna Beach, CA, Spa Montage has introduced a new series of 60-minute wellness classes that adds an intriguing mix of cultural and personal growth elements to more traditional fat- and calorie-burning exercises. WHAT: Each quarter, a new group of wellness classes, selected from among dance, martial arts, mind-body or cardio/strength-training, is added to the rotating array of fitness options at Spa Montage. WHY: Spa Montage is dedicated to helping each guest achieve optimum wellbeing and vitality. Offering holistic wellness classes that engage the mind with different...

State Lawmakers Propose Controversial Medical Spa Regulation

State law state lawmakers are taking a closer look at the medical spa industry in response to an increasing amount of consumer complaints, At issue is a physician's ability to supervise multiple locations, and which type of professional will be able to perform certain types of procedures. Florida and California are at the forefront of medical spa regulation. Florida is the first to limit the type of physicians who can oversee the treatments. The bill would also limit the number of practices a physician can supervise other than the doctor's primary practice to two and, starting in July 2011, to...

<b><i>Spa: The Sensuous Experience</i></b> Features 50 Extraordinary Sites

Spa: The Sensuous Experience takes readers on a worldwide tour of the most spectacular spas, hand-picked by spa aficionados Robert D. Henry and Julie D. Taylor. The 256-page book—published by The Images Publishing Group—is available in stores for retail price of $65. Award-winning architect Robert D. Henry, AIA, has not only studied the art of spas, but his New York City firm has also designed a number of spa facilities. Author and public relations expert Julie D. Taylor's specialties include architecture, design, building, and other creative industries involved in the built environment. "What makes this book different," states Henry, "is...

Steiner Leisure Announces New Agreement To Operate Spas At Atlantis And One&Only Ocean Club Resorts

NASSAU, The Bahamas | Steiner Leisure Limited (Nasdaq:STNR) announced today that its premier luxury spa division, Mandara Spa, has entered into a new agreement with Kerzner International Bahamas Limited to continue to operate the luxury spas at Atlantis and One&Only Ocean Club resorts, both on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Under the new Atlantis agreement, Mandara would operate its spa at Atlantis within a new 30,000 square foot facility currently under construction. This new facility is anticipated to open in January 2007. The fitness facility operated by Mandara at Atlantis is also being expanded. The new lease for this spa...

Global Strategy Continues With Launches Of Spa Finder Europe And Spa Finder Japan

Spa Finder, Inc., the global spa resource, is stepping up its international marketing strategy with the launches of Spa Finder Europe and Spa Finder Japan this month. The new Spa Finder ventures will offer regionally targeted spa consumer websites throughout Europe ( www.spafindereurope.com ), beginning with the UK ( www.spafinderuk.co.uk ) and Ireland ( www.spafinder.ie ), and in Japan ( www.spafinderjapan.jp ). The new sites feature Spa Finder's industry-leading spa property database and research tools, each tailored to reflect the spa-going tastes and preferences of its market while promoting visits to local, regional and global spa destinations. Online shoppers will...

Hotel Industry Posts Record Profits

The U.S. hotel industry enjoyed its most profitable year ever in 2005 as measured in absolute dollars, $22.6 billion, according to lodging industry tracker Smith Travel Research. The record profit exceeds the industry's previous best year, 2000, by about $100 million. Revenue last year reached $122.7 billion. The average daily rate nationwide rose 5.4 percent last year over the year before, to $90.91, and occupancy rose nearly 3 percent, to 63 percent. 'The U.S. hotel industry is firing on all cylinders,' Randy Smith, chief executive of Smith Travel, said last week in announcing the 2005 results. Smith predicted smooth sailing...

U.S. Luxury Market Continues To Boom

The international luxury market continues to generate dynamic revenue growth for the leading marketers. The aggregate results of the 25+ leading global luxury marketers in 2005 show average revenue growth of 10.9 percent. This follows average growth of 14.5 percent in 2004, according to a new study on the luxury market from Unity Marketing. The fastest growing luxury companies in Unity's longitudinal study of the luxury market include Orient Express Hotels, Compagnie Financière Richemont, Coach and Polo Ralph Lauren, all reporting growth of 18 percent or higher in 2005. U.S. luxury market reaches $1 trillion in 2005 The luxury market...

ISPA and The Canadian Tourism Commission Unveil First-Ever Spa Traveler Study

The International SPA Association and the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) have collaborated for the first time on a groundbreaking new spa traveler study. The study, titled "Identifying the Spa Traveler: A Look at U.S. and Canadian Consumer Attitudes and Motivators for Spa Vacations," was released at the Leading Spas of Canada Conference on April 10 in Vancouver, British Columbia. "ISPA's relationship with the CTC has proven to be an invaluable partnership," said ISPA Chairman Kate Mearns. "By pooling the resources of both groups, we are able to provide our members with insight on niches that have not previously been studied."...

OPRAH Show Critisized for Touting Risky Cosmetic Procedures

The 'Oprah' show drives enormous traffic to spas and doctors' offices when it features a new treatment, but concern over the ramifications is gaining momentum. Critics argue that, in the interest of getting something on the air before it has been shown elsewhere, Winfrey's producers are showing procedures without a discussion of risks and potential complications. 'People see a physician on 'Oprah' touting a new procedure, and they think that if it's coming from Oprah, it must be gospel," said Dr. Roy G. Geronemus, a clinical professor of dermatology at New York University Medical Center. Doctors worry that some techniques...

Third Canyon Ranch Living Planned for Chicago

Canyon Ranch is planning to build a third 'healthy living' residential community in Chicago. The 67-story tower overlooking the Magnificent will include 256 residential condominiums, 128 hotel condominiums, a world-class 65,000-square-foot health and wellness center, a gourmet healthy restaurant. This will be the first urban location of Canyon Ranch's innovative hotel-residence-wellness center concept. Canyon Ranch has partnered with Chicago's LR Development Company to create the luxury condominiums. Robert D. Henry Architects will design the hotel and wellness center. 'For many years we have been looking to find the right partner and location in the great city of Chicago, which is...

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