Spa News Stories

WALL STREET JOURNAL REPORTS: "SPAS GO BACK TO THE WELL"

"Luxury-seekers pay top dollar for warm baths, cold showers, reports Candace Jackson of the Wall Street Journal . "The move toward water...comes as the saturated spa industry looks for new ways to continue expanding." Here's a look at some of the more innovative hydrotherapy programs featured in the WSJ article: Trilogy Spa in Manhattan Beach, Calif., spa-goers can buy a $45 day pass that includes a 'waterfall shower with Plumeria that showers guests with 20 gallons of water a minute. Manhattan's Fifth Avenue Cornelia Day Resort offers a Watsu pool hand-filled with salinated Evian water. (The Watsu pool at Cornelia...

INTERCONTINENTAL DEVELOPS FIRST HEALTHCARE HOTEL

InterContinental Hotels Group has announced the development of its first ever European hotel as part of a healthcare complex, the InterContinental Resort & Spa in Krems, Austria. A management agreement has been signed with IMC Beteiligungs GmbH, who will own and develop the 119 room hotel and 120 room healthcare clinic set to open in Autumn 2008. The newly built hotel will be adjacent to the healthcare clinic complete with five operating theatres. The healthcare clinic, which will specialise in treating heart diseases, is a separate enterprise and will be known as the Austrian Heart Centre. The resort has been...

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SPA INNOVATORS EVENT TO BE HELD AT LA COSTA RESORT & SPA

Attention Southern California Spa professionals! You are invited to attend the Southern California Spa Innovators Networking Meeting at La Costa Resort & Spa, Thursday, April 6th, 2006 from 7:00PM to 9:00PM. Join SpaTrade's Nancy Griffin in the Spa Courtyard at La Costa in support of this growing network of like-minded spa professionals. "The purpose of the spa innovators network meeting is to create a community of spa leaders for the exchange of ideas and the development of our industry, says founder Kristi Earles—a former spa director with Ritz Carlton and Morgan's Hotel Group. 'By bringing together spa professionals in an...

CBS'S <i>THE EARLY SHOW</i> FEATURES EXPOSÉ ON LASER SAFETY

on Monday, March 27th, CBS's The Early Show featured an exposé on the $2 billion laser hair removal and facial rejuvenation industry. 'ConsumerWatch' reporter Susan Koeppen warned viewers that the number of patients being injured by laser treatments is growing, and that the people doing the procedures often have very little training. With a hidden camera, Koeppen and her producer went to five New York spas to inquire about their laser treatments. Some were upfront about the risk. A technician at one is seen on tape saying, 'Any light, meaning like the light from the laser, can cause an immediate...

TARGET LAUNCHES BATH & BODY EXPANSION

Target, purveyor of premium merchandise without premium prices, has raised the beauty bar with the introduction of its Bath & Body department. An expansive collection of new and exclusive products and accessories, Target Bath & Body launches at stores nationwide in March 2006 and will focus on 20 unique brands that take their cue from beauty rituals and ingredients that span the globe. The new department is dedicated to offering luxurious and efficacious collections and will feature tester units and category signage in an easy-to-shop environment. Tapping into time-tested beauty rituals from countries like New Zealand, Scotland, England, Greece, Spain...

SPA FINDER AND VIRTUOSO TEAM UP TO PROMOTE SPA TRAVEL THROUGH VIRTUOSO'S TRAVEL NETWORK

Virtuoso Selects Spa Finder as the Spa Travel Resource for Its Elite Network of Consultants New York, NY — Spa Finder, Inc., the global spa resource, has formed a strategic agreement with Virtuoso, the upscale network of luxury travel consultants, that makes Spa Finder the spa travel resource for Virtuoso's 6,000+ member consultants. The multifaceted deal will promote Virtuoso's services as well as Virtuoso's preferred spa properties on Spa Finder's leading media outlets, including SpaFinder.com and the Spa Finder Worldwide Directory, which attract millions of spa consumers annually. "We're looking forward to educating Virtuoso's membership on selecting the best spa...

DISPELLING THE MYSTERY OF MARKETING TO MEN

In the spa business we now have access to an entire new market segment that is virtually untapped. One of the fastest growing trends in the spa industry is men's spa services and products created specifically for men. According to ISPA 2005 men now make up over 30% of spa clientele in the United States and that number is expected to increase substantially over the next few years. As the stresses of our world continue to build, men now realize that they need to do everything they can to reduce their stress, stay healthy and live longer, not to mention...

RANCHO LA PUERTA TO LAUNCH SPA COOKING SCHOOL

Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico, is to launch a spa cooking school in 2007 called Cocina Que Canta. The 4,500sq ft school will launch in the spring, and be located at the resort's six-acre organic farm, Rancho Tres Esrellas. The cooking school idea was born after spa residents increasingly began to request that the existing cookery classes occurred more often than once a week. The cooking school will offer a series of hands-on classes followed by meals over a four-day period alongside a special a la carte program tailored to individual needs. All recipes and cooking will be rooted...

HOT NEW PROFIT CENTER: SPAS PLUS HEALTH AND WELLNESS COACHING

Getting fit, losing weight, eating well and managing stress are among today's critical health issues. Spa-goers are struggling to find workable, one-stop shopping solutions to these health and wellness issues. People want to be healthy and to live a quality lifestyle. So where are consumers going for wellness information, products and services? According to the National Health, Wellness and Prevention Congress, consumers are getting direct healthcare information from spas, fitness centers and their workplace. Providing spa-goers with wellness information to meet their health challenges is a tremendous new profit opportunity for both destination and day spas. One of the best...

SCRIP MERGES WITH MASSAGE WAREHOUSE & DAY SPA WAREHOUSE

Scrip Chiropractic Supply, Massage Warehouse and Day Spa Warehouse Merge to Provide Largest Product Selection for Doctors of Chiropractic, Massage Therapists and Practitioners in Day Spas. Scrip Inc. is excited to announce that it has merged with Massage Warehouse and Day Spa Warehouse to create a newly formed entity, Scrip Products Corporation. The merger combines the leading product distributors in the chiropractic and massage therapy markets and creates the largest, single source supplier of professional products to Doctors of Chiropractic, massage therapists and practitioners in day spas. Beecken Petty O'Keefe & Company, a $475 million healthcare private equity fund, has...

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