Spa News Stories

Hilton Hotels Partners with LVMH and Spa Chakra To Offer Spa Services And Products

Hilton Hotels Corp. has entered into a partnership with LVMH brands Guerlain and Acqua di Parma and with Spa Chakra to offer exclusive spa services and boutique products in many of its luxury and upscale hotels. The company noted that the agreement impacts Waldorf=Astoria Collection hotels, Conrad Hotels & Resorts and selected Hilton hotels. Company representatives noted that Guerlain and Acqua di Parma, both of which are wholly owned by LVMH, will create spa treatments, amenities and related products for selected hotels, while Spa Chakra will provide design and operational consulting services to Hilton Hotels Corporation and its hotel owners...

Explosion at Tokyo Spa

A BOILER in a women's spa in central Tokyo exploded yesterday, killing three women and injuring at least three. The injured were believed to be two employees and a passer-by, firefighters said. The afternoon explosion was caused by a malfunction in the boiler in the one-storey annexe of the popular Shiespa bathhouse, said a police official, Junko Tada. Shiespa has a natural hot spring, an open-air bath, a sauna and salon, according to its website. The main building did not sustain major damage, but was being examined by officials. After the flames had been extinguished, fire officials swarmed the blasted...

Cortiva Institute Launches Online Registration for CE Courses

Continuing Education is an important tool for continuing success as a Massage Therapist and Cortiva Institute is now offering a variety of courses, with ease of online registration. 'There is a tremendous demand for continuing education. In some cases, massage therapists are required to take continuing education courses in order to renew their state licenses or certification, therapists are looking to expand their knowledge and enhance their skills says Jan Schwartz, VP of Education for Cortiva. We have created numerous CE courses , which are now being offered at all of our schools and provide massage therapists with geographic options,...

U.S. Timeshare Sales Top $10bil in 2006

Timeshare sales climbed 16 percent during 2006 to $10 billion over 2005 sales of $8.6 billion, according to a study of the U.S. vacation ownership industry conducted by Ernst & Young, LLP and released today by the ARDA International Foundation (AIF). The survey of 625 timeshare resorts throughout the country shows robust growth over a five-year period, with sales up 81 percent and average resort size growth of 32 percent. As of January 1, 2007, there were 1,615 vacation ownership resorts operating in the U.S. There are a total of 4.4 million U.S. timeshare owners, up from 4.1 million in...

Spas Bank on New Mini Treatments for Busy Professionals

21st century maladies like 'Blackberry Thumb' and 'Tech Neck' have been the inspiration for a number of new mini-treatments that cater to the business professional LeSpa at the new spa at the Sofitel Los Angeles offers a 'Taming Technology' treatment, which includes a 15-minute hand massage plus manicure. 'We stretch the hands, fingers, and wrists, and we massage the palms, extending up the forearm,' says spa director Maureen Schumacher says. The price is $15 more than the regular manicure. Pure spas at Hyatt hotels around the U.S. feature the Blackberry Balm Hand Massage ($80, 30 minutes) with natural blackberry powder...

ISPA to Release Inaugural Research on Global Spa Consumers

As the voice of the global spa industry for nearly 20 years, the The International SPA Association is building on its reputation for producing the most comprehensive and respected research with the launch of the first ISPA Global Consumer Report. Some initial findings point to more than 150 million active spa-goers worldwide; from Singapore to Spain, stress is sending people to spas; and though the drivers are different between men and women, these spa-going differences remain consistent. "As ISPA is a spa community encompassing nearly 3,000 members in 75 countries, it is a natural step forward for the association to...

Delegates at First-Ever Global Spa Summit Cite Labor Shortage As Top Industry Challenge

A shortage of high-quality, trained labor — including spa managers and directors, aestheticians, and therapists — is the major challenge facing the global spa industry today, according to a survey of more than 160 world spa and wellness industry leaders who attended the first-ever Global Spa Summit earlier this week in New York. The three day, invitation-only gathering, held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, brought together leaders from the global spa, real estate, investment, travel, spa education, beauty, and wellness sectors to chart the future of the booming $40 billion plus spa industry, which has seen double digit growth for the...

Six Leading North American Spas Launch Green Spa Network To Connect Personal and Planetary Wellness

San Francisco, CA (April 16, 2007) Contact: Sally Robb Haims, 415/254-5884 Highlights: Group of prominent US spas forms environmentally themed trade network Will provide spa community with tools for greening spa operations First gathering of founding spas April 27-29 will discuss their environmental assessments and how to develop greening benchmarks Six prominent North America spas announce the formation of a network dedicated to bringing environmentally sustainable operating practices to the burgeoning spa industry. A much-needed resource for the spa community, the Green Spa Network seeks to help spas and spa professionals reap the financial and social benefits from implementing environmentally...

Foot Care Products Market to Surpass $900 Million by 2011

The U.S. foot care market kicked up its heels for the first time in several years with a 5.7% sales increase in 2006, reaching $793 million in over-the-counter medication and device sales. Sales are expected to continue growing at a conservative pace, exceeding $900 million by 2011, according to Foot Care Products in the U.S., a new report from Packaged Facts. Private-label sales, which accounted for 44% of the $43 million increase in 2006, have taken a step forward in the market as consumer demand for both premium and value-priced products increased and as consumers become increasingly loyal to store...

L'Oréal Purchases PureOlogy

L'Oréal, the world's largest beauty company, announced that it has acquired, through its subsidiary L'Oréal USA, PureOlogy Research LLC, a luxury American brand sold through hairdressers in the professional haircare market. Based in Irvine, California, the company was founded by the American hairdresser Jim Markham. PureOlogy is a luxury brand of high performance haircare products uniquely developed for hair colorists to use and recommend to their clients. The brand is notable for its range of highly concentrated sulfate free shampoos with AntiFade Complex TM . PureOlogy's sales in the last 12 months were $57 million. The company is one of...

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