Spa News Stories

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...

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...

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