Spa News Stories
September 13, 2000
Marriott plans to break ground next month on a 950-room, upscale property, which when completed in 2002, will become the largest resort in Arizona. Marriott's Desert Ridge Resort & Spa will feature a 28,000-square-foot spa, a 7,500-square-foot island, two 18-hole golf courses, eight tennis courts, and 10 restaurants. The resort is designed in a contemporary Southwestern style and carries a reported price tag of up to $300 million. When completed, it will supercede the 730-room Arizona Biltmore as Arizona's largest resort. Marriott targets project completion for November 2002.
September 11, 2000
The true number of spas in the United States continues to allude the spa industry, primarily due to the lack of definition of a spa. Much like you will find 2 star motels named 'XYZ Resort,' it is common to find two-chair hair salons hanging the 'spa' sign outside their door. A recent 'Talk of the Nation' special on NPR said the spa industry has 'grown to 450 properties.' A recent dot.com business plan boasts of 32,000 US spas. So where is the reality? To the best of our knowledge, probably somewhere between 5,000 and 6,000 spas in the US,...
September 11, 2000
The International Spa Assocation (ISPA) travel agent training program, 'Becoming a Spa Specialist', has been accredited by the Institute of Certified Travel Agents to serve as an elective in its Certified Travel Associate program. ISPA is the 22nd such program in the non-profit organization's history.
September 11, 2000
Cosmetology enrollment down in the United States according to a recent report. The Annual cosmetology school reports show that enrollment continues to decline each year, as it has over the past five years. The drop in new student enrollment went from 89,000 in 1994 to 71,000 in 1999. This could spell an even greater labor shortage than the spa industry is currently experiencing. Advanced training and employee incentives will be a key to keeping good people working in your spa.
August 29, 2000
Leading Hotels of the World has announced the creation of Leading Marketing Services, a joint venture with Yesawich, Pepperdine & Brown -- one of the most recognized marketing companies in the travel industry. Leading Marketing Services is a full-service marketing, advertising and public relations firm specializing in the development of communications programs targeted at the affluent customer with a highly disposable income. Lori Sachs, Managing Director of Leading Marketing Services, says the new company combines the brand equity of Leading Hotels of the World with the services of YP&B. It offers a long menu of services, including: market research, media...
August 29, 2000
The October/November 1999 issue of WE, a magazine catering to the disabled, featured 18 spas that are accesible to the disabled. Canyon Ranch is among the best, actively marketing to individuals with disabilities. Almost all of Canyon Ranch's signature spa treatments are available to the disabled, including all types of massage, facial and body treatments, and certain exercise programs such as Tai Chi and stretching. Their Life Enhancement Center currently has specialty weeks dedicated to clients with diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. Other programs offer assistance with smoking cessation, healthy weight and optimal aging. Canyon Ranch also offers therapeutic aquatic...
August 27, 2000
Prof. Dr. J. Paul De Vierville, Director, Alamo Plaza Spa, San Antonio, Texas, has expanded his KUR SPA COURSES in Europe. Karlsbad 2001: 'King of Spas' takes place in Marienbad, Jáchymov Spas & Prague, Czech Republic May 13th - May 27th, 2001 International Training Institute & Studies in Interdisciplinary Spa Programs, Activities & Services is a two-week intensive, yet relaxing, Classical Kur Spa Experience is for persons interested in destination, resort, amenity, day, adventure, clinical &/or medical Spas that include massage, bodywork, fitness, aesthetics, nutrition, nursing, mindbody and other wellness, preventative, complementary, alternative, and medical health care spa services. An...
August 26, 2000
Spas are increasingly attracting the younger set. Driven by the growth of day spas, the popularity of alternative medicine, and a new generation concerned with taking responsibility for their own health, the average age of spa-goers will continue to decline. Hot new Aqua Day Spa in Santa Monica boasts a stong repeat following of 20-somethings. 'And they are educated about health and wellness, says an Aqua attendant,'One sixteen year old asked me, will I lose fluids during my hydrotherapy treatment.' The spa experience has even may its way into the college experience. The latest campus housing trend is 'health and...
November 1, 1999
Cosmetic Executive Women is looking for A FEW GOOD PRODUCTS to join a host of other amazing new beauty products in skincare, fragrance, hair, sun, body & bath, plus color cosmetics for the annual beauty awards extravaganza! Winners will receive national acclaim & recognition from the media and consumers. Previous winners include fabulous 'must have' products from some of the top brands in the world as well as fresh & innovative newcomers. For deatils on how to enter your product or to recommend one that should be entered, contact the CEW office at 212-717-2415 or log onto their website at...
September 14, 1999
Opening in September 1999, the Spa at Bernardus Lodge is located within Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley, California. The Spa is situated on property grounds and is easily accessible. A total of eight rooms are dedicated to specific treatments and include five massage and body treatment rooms, two facial rooms and a private steam room with vichy shower. One of the massage and body treatment rooms, the Vineyard Room, is designed specifically for couples as it offers over-sized treatment tables, a duo shower and an outdoor aromatherapy bath with private Meditation Garden.