Spa News Stories

Spa Finder's Top Ten European Spa Trends

As many of you know, Europe can lay claim to coining and popularizing the word 'spa.' It actually began as an acronym for the Latin 'Sanitas per aqua' (health through water), as noted by archeological findings in Italy, and later became the proper name of a town in Belgium famous for its healing mineral springs. But it is only in recent history that 'spa' has been used to describe an industry and that its use has spread all over the world. Here is a look then at the spa trends that seem to be unfolding in the place that started...

SpaTrade and Spa Finder Endorse UC Irvine Spa & Hospitality Management Program

The Spa & Hospitality Management Program at UC Irvine Extension has earned the respect and support of SpaTrade and Spa Finder . Nancy Griffin, CEO of SpaTrade, and Susie Ellis, President of Spa Finder, have joined the UC Irvine's Spa & Hospitality Advisory Board, and will take an active role in the program's strategic vision. "Spa Finder is pleased to support UC Irvine's Spa & Hospitality program,' says Ellis. 'The spa industry is in dire need of qualified spa managers, and my husband Peter and I believe this program is a great step in the right direction. UC Irvine also...

New SpaTrade Webinar & Special Report: <b><i>Analysis of the Medical Spa Industry</b></i>

SpaTrade's new webinar from Feedback.com Analysis of the Medical Spa Industry offers a candid look at the current state of the industry-based on in-depth interviews with actual U.S. Medical Spas. Medical spa owners, managers, and suppliers will take away insights on market growth, revenues, services, legislation, and retail issues-'from the horse's mouth.' Key Webinar Findings: "Medical Spa" is not well-defined for consumers. They are often confused about 'what puts the 'spa' in medical spa'. US Medical Spas are focusing on aesthetics rather than spa services. The spa industry talks a good line about wellness and prevention in medical spas, however...

Could 'No Smoking' be the Next Hotel Marketing Strategy?

Offering a completely smoke-free environment is poised to become the latest differentiator in the competitive hotel industry, according to a new study from J.D. Power and Associates . The J.D. Power and Associates 2006 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study found that 79% of hotel guests prefer a smoke-free environment that exceeds the boundaries of their guest room. While guests of luxury hotels (such as Four Seasons or Ritz-Carlton) are most likely to prefer a non-smoking environment, upscale hotels (such as Hilton, Westin, and Marriott) have been quicker to adopt this policy. Marriott International, for example, recently announced that...

Highlights from ISPA 2006 Consumer Trends Reports

The International SPA Association gave a peak at the results of their 2006 Consumer Trends Report at their Media Event on July 27, 2006. ISPA contracted The Hartman Group to conduct qualitative and quantitative research to gain greater understanding of spa going and non spa going consumers in the US and Canada. During the months of January through April 2006, For the qualitative research, The Hartman Group conducted in-home interviews, observation at spas and language analysis of 25 spa goers and 11 non spa goers in Seattle, Atlanta, Toronto and Vancouver. For the quantitative research, they conducted a telephone survey...

Luxury Travel Market Booms

Luxury consumers are expected to spend 8 percent more on luxury travel in 2006, reports Unity Marketing . In 2005 the typical luxury consumer spent $25,972 on luxury travel. That is up a stunning 41 percent over the average amount spent in 2004 of $18,474. Based upon new research from Unity Marketing, luxury consumers' spending on luxury travel in 2006 is predicted to exceed $28,000 on average, an 8 percent increase over previous year. In the latest survey of luxury consumers, some 40 percent say they will spend more on luxury travel this year than last, while a near equal...

UVA-Blocking Sunscreen Receives FDA Approval for Sale in U.S.

The sunscreen Anthelios SX has finally received approval from the Food and Drug Administration. Anthelios is made by the French cosmetics company L'Oreal SA , and will be distributed by L'Oreal's brand LaRoche-Posay . The Anthelios formula underwent 28 safety and effectiveness studies before being approved by the FDA. The sunscreen contains ecamsule or Mexoryl SX, an ingredient better at blocking ultraviolet A, or UVA, radiation than other sunscreen ingredients currently sold in the United States. Mexoryl SX has been patented by L'Oréal, and has been used in the Group's sunscreen formulas sold in Canada and Europe since 1993. Savvy...

FORBES.COM Announces Most Luxurious Spas

Forbes.com has compiled their 2006 list of the most luxurious spas in the U.S. and the most luxurious spas in the world. Forbes.com most luxurious spas in the U.S. Canyon Ranch , Lenox, Mass. Cornelia Day Resort , New York City Enessa Wellness Spa , Los Angeles, Calif. Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Maui, Hawaii Golden Door , Escondido, Calif. The Lodge at Woodloch , Hawley, Penn. The Mandarin Oriental , New York City The Mayflower Inn , Washington, Conn. Miraval , Catalina, Ariz. Okeanos Club Spa , New York City Forbes.com most luxurious spas in the U.S. Ana...

US Medical Institutions Embrace Traditional Chinese Medicine

More Americans are turning to traditional Chinese medicine on the advice of doctors at prestigious medical institutions. Harvard, Columbia, and Stanford Medical Centers are among a growing number of medical institutions that offer traditional Chinese approaches such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, and meditation. Hundreds of clinical studies show significant results with these treatments, including a 2002 review from Harvard Medical School that concluded that acupuncture can safely ease chronic pain as well as nausea caused by chemotherapy and pregnancy. A 2004 Tufts-New England Medical Center review of 47 studies on tai chi found the Chinese discipline of meditative movements promoted...

Retailers See Strong Growth in Bath and Beauty Products

Spas will have to fend off increasing competition from retailers such as Target and Gap, as they step up sales of bath, beauty, and at-home spa products. The trend is fueled by mass market interest in luxury goods, and by harried consumers who don't have the time or inclination to go to a spa. 'Ten years ago, most Americans hadn't even heard of a spa outside of a small group of higher-income consumers,' says Tom Vierhile, director of Product Scan Online a division of researcher Datamonitor. 'Today, you can get spa products everywhere.' (See SpaTrade.com, 2/19/06 'Self-Prescribed' Home Spa Products...

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