Spa News Stories

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...

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...

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