Spa News Stories

Questex Media Acquires International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conferences (IECSC)

Questex Media Group, Inc., a global, diversified business-to-business media provider, and owner of American Spa magazine, Medical Spa Report, American Spa Expo, American Salon magazine, and the International Beauty Show today announced the acquisition of the International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference (IECSC), and the Las Vegas Hair & Nail Conference from Show Management, Inc. Founded by Magda E. Fichter in 1991, the International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference quickly found success and became the two largest professional esthetics, cosmetics and spa conferences in the world. Jointly, it has grown to 190,000 net square feet with 1,100 exhibitors and 56,000...

Aveda To Launch Residential Spa Community In Florida

Estée Lauder Co.'s Aveda Corp. is building a $500 million oceanfront community on Singer Island in Florida called the Amrit Resort and Residences with Aveda Lifestyle. The resort, where villas and apartment residences are priced from $1.1 million to $5 million, is scheduled to open in 2008. The Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy of the USA, based in Honesdale, Pa., will offer wellness programs like yoga therapy, homeopathic consultation and therapeutic massage. Spa Finder Inc., which runs the Web site SpaFinder.com, currently has about 100 residential spa properties in its database, compared with about 25 in 2004, says President Susie Ellis.

Gene Juarez Sold to Local Private Equity Firm; Janet Denyer Appointed CEO

Gene Juarez Salons & Spas, the Pacific Northwest's fashion and beauty icon, today announced the sale of the company to Evergreen Pacific Partners (EPP), a $275 million buyout fund. It also announced that Janet Denyer, a veteran of the salon & spa industries, will join the company as Chief Executive Officer. As a result, Gene Juarez Salons & Spas will expand the number and variety of services and products it offers its current customers, upgrade a number of existing salons and spas and increase the number of locations throughout the Puget Sound Region. Founder Gene Juarez opened his first salon...

Starwood Moves From "Selling Beds To Selling Experiences"

Steven J. Heyer, CEO of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide , has unveiled an all-new brand positioning strategy to make the comapny's eight hotel chain's into cult brands. "Starwood's brands must be ideas and feelings attached to rooms, but not just words...we've moved from selling boxes and beds to selling experiences," said Heyer at a recent New York media event. In the past year, Starwood purchased the luxury hotel brand Le Meridien and launched aloft , a concept developed by the W design team. Starwood's proposed growth strategy is to move from the current 850 properties in 95 countries, to...

LPG ONE Joins SpaTrade as Corporate Partner

SpaTrade welcomes LPG One as our new corporate partner. LPG One is the designer, manufacturer, and distributor of Endermologie®, a non-invasive anti-cellulite technology used in hundreds of spas and medical offices worldwide. The treatment is available in 95 countries, with over 100,000 treatments given by professionals daily. Over 85 clinical studies have proven its efficacy, granting LPG unanimous FDA approval to make the first ever claims for cellulite reduction and body contouring. 'SpaTrade is pleased to be working with a company that has contributed so much to the growth and success of the spa industry, says SpaTrade's CEO Nancy Griffin...

Scrip To Sponsor Royal Treatment Workshop In The Wine Country

Scrip Massage & Spa will sponsor The Royal Treatment spa therapist workshop September 25-26 in beautiful Sonoma County, California. Steve Capellini, principal of The Royal Treatment and a celebrated author and educator, will be hosting the event. Capellini has been offering seminars to massage therapists, estheticians and spa entrepreneurs for fifteen years, and this year he decided to make the experience more immersive. "Why not have a spa seminar in the heart of the U.S. spa country?" he said. Spa country, in this case, turns out to be wine country, too, a pleasant combination for Capellini. Capellini and his wife,...

Experts Discuss Future Of Luxury Travel

A recent roundtable with senior management of the six Luxury Alliance member companies examined trends in the luxury travel market. In attendance were Paul McManus, President & CEO, The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd., Marshall Calder, Senior VP, Marketing, The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd., Jacques-Olivier Chauvin, Directeur Genéral, CEO, Relais & Chateaux, Alistair Ballantine, Director of Sales and Marketing — The Americas, Orient-Express Trains & Cruises, Albert Peter, CEO, Silversea Cruises, Bill Smith, Senior VP Sales and Marketing, Crystal Cruises, and Dennis Pinto, Managing Director, Micato Safaris, an Adventure Collection company. Here are some highlights from this...

Florida Bill Limiting Satellite Offices & Medical Spa Procedures Passes

Last week Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida signed into law a bill to limit the number of satellite offices certain physicians can have and what type of procedures they can do in them. Starting July 1, the law restricts the number of satellite offices for primary care physicians to four. For specialists, excluding dermatologists, the limit will become two. For dermatologists and offices with aesthetic skin care services, the restriction will initially be two satellite offices no more than 25 miles apart in the same county or 75 miles apart in contiguous counties. As of July 1, 2011, dermatologists could...

First Beer Spa Opens In Czech Republic

The Czech town of Chodova Plana has opened the world's first beer spa, with the drink being marketed as the cure for a range of ailments. More than 1,000 'patients' have taken the beer kur in three months since the Pivovar Chovar clinic opened. The spa's feature guests a bath in a spa tub of the locally brewed speciality dark lager. The treatment consists of soaking for 20 minutes in a lukewarm solution of the beer, which is about 2% alcohol - any stronger and the bather would become intoxicated by the fumes - and contains crushed herbs. The beer...

UC Irvine Extension Offers Spa And Hospitality Management Internship Course

Course Provides Practical, On-the-Job Experience in Today's Booming Spa Industry UC Irvine Extension presents "Internship in Spa and Hospitality Management" course. The course provides practical, on-the-job experience and behind-the-scenes looks at the exploding spa industry. The internship course is a valuable element to the "Spa and Hospitality Management" certificate program and a key component in fast-tracking one's career in the marketplace. Students are placed with a spa or resort facility and have the opportunity to participate and learn directly from such job functions as marketing, client communications, customer service, finance and the overall process of providing spa and hospitality services...

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