Spa News Stories

WAGEWATCH UPDATES SPA INDUSTRY COMPENSATION STUDY

Updated data for the Spa Industry Compensation Survey is being collected by Scottsdale-based WageWatch, Inc., the leading online compensation and benefits survey company. Preliminary results reveal that there are typically three components of pay for Massage Therapists — pay by the hour, commission pay, and fee for service. Half of the spas reporting data on Massage Therapists pay a combination of hourly pay plus commission or fee for service pay. One fourth of the spas pay commission only, and the other fourth pay fee for service only. The average hourly rate paid to a Massage Therapist is $12. Fee for...

AVON ANNOUNCES THE CLOSURE OF ITS FLAGSHIP NYC DAY SPA

Avon announced that it is closing its salon and spa in Manhattan on June 16, after eight years of operation. Avon's only spa is prominently located in Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. The ground floor retail space will also be closing, but no date has been set yet, a spokesman said. Avon is the world's leading direct seller of beauty and beauty-related product. Founded in 1897, the company did $8 billion in sales last year. The New-York based company suffered losses in 2005, however, due to increased competition in the skin care market. Management changes to overcome last year's setback...

PENINSULA HOTELS INTRODUCE COMPREHENSIVE WELLNESS PROGRAM

Exceptional, personalised service, long a tradition at The Peninsula Hotels, is being taken to new levels with the launch of Peninsula Wellness - a lifestyle programme that touches every aspect of a guest's lifestyle, both during their stay and beyond, and which focuses on providing a sanctuary for the five senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. As well as staying in luxurious hotel accommodations with the finest amenities, guests will now be able to renew themselves in mind, body and spirit through an integrated approach to help them escape stress, and to relax and rejuvenate in a deeply...

MANDARIN ORIENTAL NEW YORK EARNS MOBIL FIVE-STAR STATUS

The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, New York has become the second spa to earn Mobil Travel Guide's five-star status. The 35th-floor, 14,500-square-foot sanctuary overlooking Central Park and the Hudson River features Chinese, Ayurvedic, Balinese, and Thai healing. The spa is known for creating Time Rituals, where guests are encouraged to book blocks of time instead of a particular service. In the guide's third annual hotel spa ratings, Mandarin joins the Spa Montage at the Montage Resort & Spa in Laguna Beach, Calif. Five-star spas offer 'a wow factor that's hard to put into words,' says Shane O'Flaherty, Mobil Travel...

PERFECT BALANCE - AMERICAN SPA EXPO 2006

'A Perfect Balance of Wellness, Body & Business' was the theme for the 2006 American Spa Expo presented April 30-May 2 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. Co-located with the International Beauty Show ('IBS'), American Spa Expo is regarded as the premier East Coast event for the spa and skincare industry professionals, attracting more than 50,000 international buyers, owner/operators, educators and journalists in search of educational programs, technology, equipment, amenities, products, services and venues for this rapidly-growing spa industry. Since revenues for medical spas are estimated to reach over $400 million and growing, American Spa debuted a new...

NUMBER OF DENTAL SPAS REVEALED IN FIRST OF ITS KIND STUDY

The International Dental Spa Association reports an initial count of 'dental spas.' Pacific Palisades, CA (PRWEB) April 26, 2006 -- The International Dental Spa Association ( www.internationaldentalspaassociation.org and www.dentalspaassociation.com ) has released a first of its kind study revealing an initial count of the number of dental spas across the United States. The study revealed between 125 to 200 dental spas exist across the nation. These numbers parallel estimates by the International Medical Spa Association. Dr. Lynn Watanabe, IDSA founder, cautioned these numbers depend largely on how they operate as dental spas. She stated, 'We are now seeing an increase...

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...

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