Spa News Stories

Cornell Study - Consumers Concerned About Personal Data Protection

An exploratory study of 200 web-savvy respondents found that a majority are skeptical about how companies will use the personal data collected in the course of electronic transactions. The Cornell Hospitality Report, 'Data-driven Ethics: Exploring Customer Privacy in the Information Era,' by Erica L. Wagner and Olga Kupriyanova proposes an ethics-based approach to protect those personal data. Wagner, an assistant professor at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, and Kupriyanova, a recent graduate of the Cornell Hotel School, conducted their study among registered users of the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research website. The Report is available at no charge...

The Greening of The Spa Community

With nearly 100 million active spa-goers globally, the spa community casts a large net. Affecting society, the economy, culture and the environment, spa is synonymous with healthy lifestyles. And the eco-conscious roots of the industry are growing deeper still. "Environmental consciousness has always been there for the spa community. Sustainability is in the fabric of spa," said International SPA Association Chairman Jim Root. "Sustainability is based on the very same ideals as the timeless values of spa and Salus Per Aquum. Sustainability is not a passing fad; it's a deliberate lifestyle for those who work in the industry as well...

Maya Angelou to Close 2007 ISPA Conference

World-renowned author, actress and civil-rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou will inspire attendees of the 17th annual International SPA Association Conference & Expo , Nov. 12-15, in Kissimmee, Fla., U.S.A. The Grammy award-winning orator will be the keynote speaker for the final General Session on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Conference Center. "Dr. Angelou's messages of courage and confidence complement ISPA's mission to foster professionalism and growth within the spa community," said ISPA Chairman Jim Root. "She will certainly inspire attendees to prepare for the future and imagine the possibilities." ISPA President Lynne Walker McNees added, "With...

Dr. Jonathan Paul DeVierville Honored by ISPA as Dedicated Contributor

A respected leader in spa education will be honored during the 2007 International SPA Association's Conference & Expo, Nov. 12-15, in Kissimmee, Fla., United States. Jonathan Paul DeVierville, Ph.D., director of the Alamo Plaza Spa at the historic Menger Hotel and Professor of History, The Humanities, and Global Studies at St. Philip's College, San Antonio, Texas, is the recipient of the ISPA 2007 Dedicated Contributor Award. "ISPA is honored to recognize Dr. Jonathan Paul DeVierville as a true advocate for the deeper purpose of spa, spa culture and the spa experience," said ISPA Chairman Jim Root. "His tireless dedication and...

Proctor & Gamble Sells Belvedere USA to Company Principals

Proctor & Gamble has sold Belvedere USA Corporation after acquiring the furniture company as part of the Wella purchase in 2003. Belvedere is now a privately held company, and Belvedere past president Horst Ackermann and Barry Sanders, vice president of finance and administration, will now act as chief operating officer and president. Horst Ackermann told Behind the Chair's Mary Rector-Gable: ?e are very excited about our independence. It will allow us to serve a wider range of better salons, academies and other clients without issues of outside influences or alliances. We look forward to increasing opportunities with salons, academies and,...

Relaxing Treatments for Wannabe Mothers and Couples

Getting yourself "in the mood" is one thing; being "productive" about it is another entirely. In ancient Africa, women hoping to find themselves in a family way were encouraged to gobble hyena eyes dressed with licorice and dill, while ancient Hindus believed that passing through holes in trees or rocks could improve the odds of fertility. These days, nothing relieves the stress of possible conception better than a relaxing treatment at a luxury spa. Indeed, many spas now encourage fecundity with specific therapies to inspire warmth and well-being in wannabe mothers and couples. Considering that more than nine million U.S...

Red Door Launches Ayurvedic Program

Red Door Holdings is launching the brand's first Ayurvedic program with the addition of Abhyanga massage and Shirodhara therapy to the spa menu at the Red Door Lifestyle Spa, Elizabeth Arden, the latest addition to the company portfolio. "Through Abhyanga massage and Shirodhara therapy, we are introducing guests to a solid foundation of prevention and healing practices," said Gail Rush, Red Door Holdings senior training manager of massage and body services, who is helping design the program. "Ayurvedic treatments are perfect for a wide range of people, from spa savvy guests looking for something new and different to purists, the...

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Sued; Illegal Pay Deductions Alleged

The Business News has learned that a class action lawsuit against Grand Traverse Resort and Spa was filed today by six current and former Spa employees, alleging $1 million in cash was unilateraly deducted from their wages and tips. The suit, filed today in Circuit Court, alleges that the employees: had money deducted from their wages in violation of Michigan law had money deducted from their customer tips discounted or diverted by the Resort; and/or were denied commissions on the sale of products in violation of Michigan law. Specifically, the suit cites MCLA 408.477, which notes that employers may not...

Intercontinental Hotel Group Launches New Spa Brand

Hotel company InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is to roll out its Tea Tree wellness brand with 20 new spas planned to open within its Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza branded hotels over the next two years. A Tea Tree spa will range between 4,306sq ft (400sq m) and 8,611sq ft (800sq m) in size and have six treatment rooms, including one twin for couples and space for foot massages. Each Tea Tree spa will offer a simple menu with 15 treatments, supplemented by signature techniques which best represent the region, such as Thai massage in Thailand and Javanese in Indonesia...

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Offer Wellness Services by Expert Consultants

Responding to demand, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London is delighted to provide guests with services from a vetted list of leading wellness experts, offering the following: Nutrition Advice Medical Check-Up Yoga Pilates Tai Chi-Qi Gong Personal Training Building on the range of holistic treatments available at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, the Spa's concierge team will gladly build an overnight 'Wellness Retreat' from the above services, tailor-made to the needs of the individual. Equally guests are invited to request just one additional activity such as 'Personal Training' in the hotel's state of the art gymnasium, 'Tai Chi-Qi Gong' in the...

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