Spa News Stories

Spa Finder Announces 4th Annual Spa Trends to Watch for Calendar Year 2007

Sleep - A New Dawn in Spa Health Exercise, good nutrition and stress management have long been the domain of spa programs. Now healthy sleep is being added to the curriculum, inspired by the emerging field of sleep medicine, which has revealed that sleep has a profound effect on appearance, weight, and well-being—and that we, as a nation, are dangerously sleep deprived. Look for hotels and resorts to put even greater emphasis on creating ideal sleep environments through minimal light and sound, aromatherapy, ultra-relaxing spa treatments, etc. At destination spas (some of which already offer sleep programs) sleep specialists will...

2007 TripAdvisor Travel Trends Survey Reveals "Spas Losing Steam"

TripAdvisor(TM), the largest travel community in the world, announced the results of its annual travel trends survey. The study indicates that spas are losing steam: Fewer travelers (47 percent) intend to visit a spa this year, compared to last year (55 percent). 'Nearly 4,000 travelers have spoken about their vacation plans and preferences for 2007 and perhaps the most intriguing discovery is that adventures in the great outdoors has trumped luxuriating at the spa,' said Michele Perry, director of communications for TripAdvisor. Here are some other trends uncovered in the survey: Pining for Pine Trees: Forty-three percent of travelers are...

LPG Lowers Prices, Putting a New Face on Endermologie Technology

New E6 model offers spa entrepreneurs dramatically better value at a lower price. The most recent generation of the world's #1 body treatment technology, the FDA cleared E6, now includes automated programming for both body and face beautification — offering a comprehensive aesthetic business solution. Space-sensitive and lightweight, the streamlined, ergonomic E6 is now more efficient than ever - with 42 treatments for women and 25 for men. LPG has just announced U.S. pricing for the new 2007 E6 Endermologie technology, the latest incarnation of LPG's unmatched 20 year legacy as the world leader in connective tissue technology. With its...

Pevonia's Dori Soukup to Deliver Popular Marketing Seminar Live on SpaTrade

Dori Soukup On November 16th, SpaTrade will present the live webinar "Empower Your Success with Effective Marketing ," featuring Dori Soukup, Executive Vice President of Pevonia International . This 50-minute presentation will feature highlights from Dori's popular 2-hour presentation at the IECSC shows in Las Vegas and Orlando. Attendees had high praise for Dori's Orlando seminar: "I enjoyed Dori's presentation very much and know we will benefit from the ideas! Very dynamic!! I came away with a sense of urgency about how we must improve our marketing for our spa to be as successful as it should be." - Tom...

Starwood Capital to Develop 'Green' Luxury Hotels

Starwood Capital Group today announced plans to develop a chain of luxury hotels that will adhere to state-of-the-art standards for environmentally friendly construction, thus giving a big boost to what is known as the green building movement. Starwood Capital is led by Barry Sternlicht, who as chairman and chief executive of Starwood Hotels built the company into a major force in the lodging industry before departing last year. The two Starwood companies are separately managed. 'With such critical issues facing us as foreign energy dependence and global warming, we cannot afford to ignore the growing consumption of our natural resources...

Cortiva Joins SpaTrade as Corporate Partner

SpaTrade is pleased to welcome the Cortiva Education as our newest Corporate Partner. Launched less than three years ago, Cortiva owns ten schools, in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois, Colorado, Washington, Arizona and Massachusetts. "Education must be at the forefront for the long-term success of the spa industry, and Cortiva is raising the bar to benefit the entire profession," says SpaTrade CEO Nancy Griffin. "We are proud to support Cortiva's training, standards and practices." Cortiva's vision is to create a high standard of excellence in massage therapy education by establishing a benchmark of quality. All the schools Cortiva has purchased...

Cypress Hotel & Spa Unveils Unique New "Cypress Rewards" Bathrobe Program

Innovative Program Allows Hotels and Spas to Create Additional Revenue, Enhance Branding and Provide Added Guest Convenience Cypress Hotel & Spa, a leading global supplier of luxury bathrobes, towels, sheets, and related amenities to the lodging and spa industries, has introduced their exclusive "Cypress Rewards" Program as an added-value benefit to their hotel and spa clientele. This revolutionary new program provides Cypress clients with a unique opportunity to fund their bathrobe amenity program, while creating additional operational revenue. The "Cypress Rewards" Program is very simple to implement and administer. It requires no investment and minimal staff training. Cypress provides all...

KSL Capital Partners to Acquire ClubCorp

Private equity firm KSL Capital Partners has agreed to buy Dallas-based ClubCorp Inc. for $1.8 billion. ClubCorp owns 168 clubs and resorts across the country, including Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, The Homestead, Mission Hills Country Club, and Pinehurst Resort. Pinehurst is not included in the sale. Instead, the company's primary owner will take 100 percent control of Pinehurst. KSL Capital Partners' independent management company, KSL Resorts, currently manages three of the premier resort destinations in California, including the historic Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, renowned La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad near San Diego, and...

SpaQuality LLC Updates The International Standards of SpaExcellence<SUP><FONT SIZE="-1">SM</FONT></SUP>

Utilizing information and experiences gained during the past year as well as input from Spa professionals worldwide, SpaQuality LLC has completed the third annual update of The International Standards of SpaExcellence SM . The International Standards of SpaExcellence SM provide a framework for Spa owners, directors and managers who wish to achieve a sustainable Spa business with loyal clients, dependable staff, smooth operations every day, and financial success. Key changes to the 2007 Standards include: ? the addition of environmental considerations, ? the addition of Spa quality system objectives, ? the addition of Guest orientation, ? expanded Spa culture content,...

The Seven Key Luxury Consumer Trends for 2007

There are seven key trends that will characterise the luxury consumer market throughout 2007, according to Milton Pedraza of the US-based Luxury Institute , who begins his look ahead with the cultural differences in 'luxury minorities'. The seven luxury consumer trends foreseen by the Luxury Institute are: Luxury minorities cause specialised products & marketing Innovative luxury goods and services firms are already beginning to realise that African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Asian-Americans are emerging in large numbers to form potent and profitable demographic segments of the wealthy consumer population. While wealthy actors, athletes, and entertainers from minority groups are the most conspicuous...

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