Spa News Stories

Auberge Resorts Launches New Susantainable Development Program

Auberge Resorts, a leading resort development and management company, today demonstrated its commitment to the sustainable development and operation of its resorts with the appointment of Patrick S. Freeman as Director of Sustainable Development, a newly created position. In this role, Freeman will develop sustainable initiatives for Auberge's four existing properties, Auberge du Soleil and Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley; Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and The Inn at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina, and guide sustainable development at four additional Auberge properties currently being designed. He will be based initially in St. Kitts, where Auberge is master-planning 2,400...

Job Market Tightens

The end of summer and the start of back-to-school season have tightened the job market another notch, according to a new survey by Monster, the online job site. Online recruitment activity in 25 of the top 28 markets tracked by the Monster Local Employment Index increased in August, led by Portland and San Diego. Both markets jumped by eight points, driven by higher demand for education, community, food services, and construction workers. The Houston market posted the biggest year-over-year gain. It now tops the list of fastest growing online recruitment markets, with a strong upsurge in demand for white- and...

Spa-Goers Name World's Top Spas in Spa Finder Readers' Choice Awards

Spa Finder, Inc., the global spa resource, announced the winners of its 2006 annual Readers' Choice Awards at Manhattan's Cornelia Day Resort during a champagne reception attended by spa luminaries and press from around the world. Spa Finder CEO Pete Ellis and President Susie Ellis presented the awards to the spas that were voted the world's best - covering six continents and 14 nations/regions - by Spafinder.com visitors and Luxury SpaFinder Magazine readers, which together attract millions of spa consumers annually. 'This year's awards are our most comprehensive yet - with more people voting for more spas across the globe,'...

Spa Mystique to Transform into an Equinox Fitness Club and Spa

When Spa Mystique opened at the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa in 2001, it was billed as Los Angeles' largest luxury spa—at 35,000-square-foot. Around New Year's 2007, Spa Mystique at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza will transform into an Equinox Fitness Club and Spa. Effective September 1, 2006, the hotel's fitness center will close, followed by the closing of Spa Mystique on September 5, 2006. Equinox Fitness Clubs, voted "Best gym in America," by Fitness Magazine, will come Hyatt's exclusive partner with their opening of Equinox Fitness Club and Spa in Century City. Equinox Century City will be an advanced,...

NCEA Receives Endorsement from the State Boards of Cosmetology

The National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/ Distributors & Associations (NCEA) was represented today by their Executive Director, Susanne S. Warfield at the Annual Conference of the National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC) being held August 26-28, 2006 in Portland, Maine. NCEA has had a presence at the NIC meetings for over 6 years, however, what was achieved today is a giant step forward for estheticians in the United States. The NCEA secured the use of the National Esthetician 2nd Tier test for use in the NCEA Esthetician Certification that will be launched early 2007.. (To review NCEA's...

Endermologie® Body and Face: A Pretty Economical Edition

In celebration of Endermologie's 20th anniversary as the world's #1 cellulite treatment, LPG is launching its latest innovation, the state-of-the-art E6 therapeutic massager. The E6 device, created expressly for the aesthetic trade professional, is more competitively priced than its medically aligned predecessors and offers expanded programming for both face and body beauty-treatments. Combining the patented, dual-motorized-rollers and the active flap technology of LPG's distinctive L6 and Cellu M6 Keymodule therapeutic massagers, the E6 provides long-lasting cellulite reduction, body reshaping and anti-aging skin rejuvenation. That's right; Endermologie is getting 'tougher on pretty' with its newest generation treatment machine, the patented E6...

Industry News

Avancé Expands to Asia Avancé Skincare has added a new distribution partner in South Korea. Fine.M. Company , a seven-year-old distributor of cosmetics, skincare, and medical equipment, will distribute Avancé products in the region. A launch training seminar took place in South Korea earlier this year and was attended by more than 125 resort, destination, and day spa owners. "Partnering with Fine.M. is a major step towards meeting Avancé's goal of global expansion," says Dee Deluca Mattos , vice president of Avancé. "The introduction of Avancé products in South Korea will allow the company to begin to establish a presence...

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...

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