Spa News Stories

Couples Products a Big Hit at ISPA

As a first time exhibitor and the only company offering couples products at this year's, ISPA Expo held in Las Vegas November 6-9, C&M Couples TM ( www.cmcouples.com ) turned heads. "It's a beautiful, tasteful and perfectly thought out collection. I would even introduce it to my parents!" said Robert Seibel, Assistant Spa Director at The Ritz-Carlton in Naples Florida. "Today's busy couples are looking for ways to reconnect. They're going to destination resorts and spas that offer special packages that enhance their romantic weekends and are designed to be playful and educational. However, these resorts and spas haven't had...

Westin Examines Travelers Health

Westin Hotels & Resorts revealed the results of an attitudinal research study on the physiological and psychological effects of travel. The Travel-Related Responses in Passengers: TRIP Study was developed in collaboration with International Communications Research, a full-service research firm. The study revealed that travelers are often stressed and lonely, feeling out of control and even sick on the road. The study examined the experiences of frequent business travelers to better understand what physiological changes occur and how travelers feel when they arrive at their destinations. To leverage these valuable insights, Westin partnered with editors from Prevention magazine, the country's largest...

More than Half of Travelers Interested in Spa Vacations

The Travel Industry Association (TIA) and Synovate recently released a survey conducted in May 2006 that is a representative sample of 1,500 adults. Here is a brief snapshot of the results. SPA VACATIONS: More than half (54%) of travelers said they were currently interested in going to a spa or a place where they can relax and rejuvenate themselves. The majority (40%) are 35-54 years old; however, interest is strong among 18-34 year-olds (37%). VOLUNTEER VACATIONS: One-quarter (24%) of travelers said they were currently interested in taking a volunteer or service-based vacation. Interest was strongest among boomers, with the largest...

Luxury Travel Trends for 2006

Organic Chic Dubbed "Organic Chic", natural luxury products are hot in 2006. "There is a movement towards authenticity, simplicity, and environmentally correct consumption. It's the new luxury, an indulgence that doesn't seem harmful, and appeals to consumers who feel the need to express their individual values and moral responsibilities," says travel expert Karen Weiner "Celebrities and consumers alike are taking the plunge, but in a way that makes the right political, environmental, or philosophical statement, by adorning themselves in non-conflict diamonds, organic fiber gowns, and leather-free shoes." From the food in the fridge to the sheets we sleep on, organic...

Intelligent Spas Releases First Spa Industry Survey Results for The Philippines

Intelligent Spas has conducted the inaugural survey of spa facilities in the Philippines and found the industry has grown 74% since 2003, with 87 spas currently open and operating. The research achieved an excellent response rate of 54% of all spas in the Philippines, enabling very reliable industry benchmarks to be calculated. The report, entitled Spa Industry Profile Philippines 2003-2007, features over 500 quantitative statistics on the Philippines spa market as well as supporting qualitative trends and observations from spa owners and managers. It is a valuable tool for businesses competing in, or supporting the Philippines' spa industry, to more...

German Government Promotes Dead Sea Spas

The German government will encourage tourism to Israel for citizens who suffer from psoriasis and other conditions that can improve at the Dead Sea, German Health Minister Ursula Schmidt told Tourism Minister Isaac Herzog during a recent visit to her country. Herzog called her decision to include Dead Sea treatment in the German basket of health services 'a significant breakthrough, and a great opportunity to reestablish the Dead Sea on the world tourism map.' The two ministers agreed that senior officials and doctors from both countries would meet to discuss therapeutic services available at Israel's Dead Sea spa and medical...

Christmas 2006 Gift Spending Expected to Rise 9.1 Percent Over Last Year

New survey of gift givers points to positive mood in gift shoppers reports Unity Marketing Stevens, PA November 7, 2006 — Christmas 2006 will turn out to be a particularly strong holiday season for the nation's retailers. Based upon Unity Marketing's latest survey of over 700 gift givers (average age 43 years and household income $61,700), gifters are expected to spend a total of $949 on Christmas gifts this year, up 9.1 percent from the average of $870 spent last year. "Throughout the 2006 year, consumers have been generous with their gift spending. We don't expect that to change during...

Spa Treatments Overtake Golf as Most Popular Activity at Corporate Meetings

Spa treatments have overtaken golf as the most popular attendee activity during corporate meetings and events, consultants said, and the hotel industry is rushing to keep up. Resort spa managers said as much as half of their current customer base is coming from corporate groups, and the growing demand is not expected to peak anytime soon. Forty percent of new luxury and upper-upscale lodging projects under development include spa facilities, compared with 27 percent of existing hotels in that segment that offer spas, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. 'It clearly is a dramatic change,' said Bjorn Hanson, head of the PwC hospitality...

Coyle Hospitality Group 2006 Survey Finds Spa and Fitness Facilities Favorites for Frequent Travelers

In an effort to measure interest in utilizing fitness and spa facilities while traveling, Coyle Hospitality Group surveyed 1482 frequent travelers, representing consumers throughout the United States. The survey also queried what features were most important in hotel or affiliate fitness facilities; spa spending trends and the likelihood of different segments of travelers to utilize spa services. Detailed results have been broken down into the following sections: Hotel Fitness Facility Usage; Fitness Facility Preferences; Spa Spending Trends; and Hotel Spa Usage. In an effort to measure interest in utilizing fitness and spa facilities while traveling, Coyle Hospitality Group surveyed 1482...

Industry News

Morphosis Celebrates Third Anniversary Morphosis Rejuvenation Studio (San Jose, CA) recently celebrated its third anniversary. Opened September 2003 on Santana Row, the studio's program includes customized treatments, a vitamin regimen, and a product regimen designed to enhance and maintain the health and beauty of skin. As part of the anniversary celebration, Morphosis offered special pricing on all treatments. Morphosis Rejuvenation Studio is still attracting clients after three years. Jane Iredale Sponsors Eco Lounge Jane Iredale sponsored an eco-living lounge at the W Hotel in Los Angeles during the Emmy Awards weekend. Stars like Andrea Bowen, Kathy Griffin, Daryl Hannah, Sharon...

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