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HOW TO PROMOTE YOUR SPA BUSINESS USING VIDEO

"Tell me about your spa..." You've heard that before, when someone calls to ask about reservations. But what are they really asking? They're asking if they'll fit in, if they'll be happy with your facility, if your services and staff are high quality. You can tell them whatever they'd like to hear. However, if you show them, with a compelling video "business story" that conveys the essence of your spa, they will book that reservation. In addition to having this type of video as part of your sales and marketing arsenal, I'd like to suggest an equally effective type of...

SPA INDUSTRY MOURNS LOSS OF AN ICON

The spa industry is collectively mourning the loss of Alex Szekely, a spa industry pioneer and civic leader who passed away at the age of 44 after battling melanoma. Alex was buried at Rancho La Puerta, his family's internationally renowned health spa in Tecate, Mexico. Szekely managed his family's health resorts, the 'Ranch' and The Golden Door in Escondido, before the family sold The Golden Door in 1998. Mr. Szekely had been asked to author a book that would have been titled 'The Rancho La Puerta Way,' to have been published by William Morrow, but he had been forced by...

SPAFINDER HOSTS HISTORIC RETREAT FOR SPA THERAPISTS AND STAFF

Spa Finder Hosts Historic Retreat for Spa Therapists and Staff Therapists, Estheticians and Staff from Day Spas Throughout the U.S. Gather at Red Mountain Spa for First-Ever 'Spa Therapist Retreat.' New York, NY- December 4, 2002 - Spa Finder ( www.spafinder.com ), the leading spa travel, marketing and publishing company, hosted its first-annual Spa Therapist Retreat last month at Red Mountain Adventure Spa. Attended by massage therapists, estheticians and spa support staff from Spa Finder Partner Day Spas, the retreat was an enormous success. Next year's Spa Therapist Retreat will take place November 9-11 at Red Mountain Spa (St. George,...

SPATRADE EXPERTS IN THE NEWS

SpaTrade founder Nancy Griffin will join a panel of experts to teach "How to Start Your Own Day Spa" at The Learning Annex in San Diego February 24th and Los Angeles February 25th. Participants will learn how to make their dream spa a reality, and create a concept that will sell. The moderator of the event is Nancy Trent, owner of Trent & Company, a NYC-based marketing publicity firm that specializes in spas and spa products are teaching. Panelists include Judith Lazarus, author of "The Spa Sourcebook" and Deborah Woods, owner of Skin Deep Spa in Newport Beach, CA, and...

EXPERTS SEE INCREASE IN YOGA INJURIES

An increasing number of yoga-related injuries now being observed across the country. And experts say it's not just beginners who are injured, it's also experienced yoga practictioners who are being pushed by unqualified instructors. (In the US, there is currently no federal supervision of yoga programs.) Club Industry reports that part of the reason for the reported rise in yoga-related injuries can be attributed to the practice's recent spread into the mainstream along with other factors, such as inexperienced teachers and overcrowded classes, said Arkady Shirin, a 'traditional' yoga instructor who is an outspoken proponent of safety reforms for the...

ONLINE TRAVEL BOOKINGS JUMP IN 2002

NATIONAL REPORT— Travelers are using the Internet at a greater rate than the rest of the public, according to recently released research by the Travel Industry Association of America. This year about 64 million Americans are expected to have used the Internet to make travel arrangements, according to TIA. This is a huge leap from 1997 levels when only about 12 million Americans were planning and researching travel options online. This year's online usage is about flat with that of 2001, however these travelers are doing much more of their trip planning online than they did before. In fact, 42%...

SK SANCTUARY WINS LEADERSHIP AWARD FOR WORK WITH CANCER PATIENTS

SK Sanctuary recently received the Channel 10 Leadership Award for their work with cancer patients. Dr. Stephen Krant and Kelly Costa from SK Sanctuary in La Jolla created a unique spa program for women either fighting with, or in remission from, breast cancer. For the last year and a half, SK Sanctuary has opened its doors to anyone with a current or past diagnosis of breast cancer and offers them spa treatments for free. It happens on the last Tuesday of every month. "These women need pampering, especially with what they're going through. They really respond to the company of...

HOSPITALS OFFERING MORE CAM SERVICES

The use of complimentary and alternative medicine in a hospital setting has more than doubled in the past four years, recent research shows. A survey of more than 4,800 hospitals conducted by the Chicago-based American Hospital Association (AHA) reveals that more than 15 percent of hospitals are now offering complementary and alternative (CAM) healthcare services. In 1998, 6 percent of hospitals offered CAM services. Patient demand sparked the increase, AHA says. However, 24 percent of the CAM services currently offered come as a result of shifts in hospitals' missions. Other motivators include clinical effectiveness, strategies for attracting new patients and...

AMERICAN WHOLEHEALTH PARTNERS WITH AARP

American WholeHealth Selected by AARP to Provide Alternative Health and Wellness Services American WholeHealth, Inc., the country's leading provider of a nationwide network of Complementary Health and Wellness practitioners, is pleased to announce that it has been selected by AARP as the exclusive provider for AARP's Alternative Health and Wellness Network. AARP members will have access to American WholeHealth's network of practitioners and services, including acupuncture, massage, chiropractic care, nutritional counseling, yoga, personal trainers, spas, fitness centers and more through this program. "We are delighted to enter into this relationship with AARP. This program is important for members, practitioners, and...

FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS INC. TO ACQUIRE THE ORCHID AT MAUNA LANI

TORONTO, Oct 21, 2002 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) -- Strategic Acquisition Highly Complementary to Fairmont's Portfolio of Resorts Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Inc. ('FHR') (TSX/NYSE: FHR) today announced that it has agreed to acquire The Orchid at Mauna Lani on the Island of Hawaii from an affiliate of Colony Capital LLC. FHR's luxury management company, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts ('Fairmont'), will operate the property, which will be officially flagged 'The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii' in December 2002. The purchase price for the property is approximately $140 million plus closing costs and will be funded with existing credit facilities. The transaction is...

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