Spa News Stories

STATE OF CALIFORNIA HALTS HEALTHWEST'S SALE OF MEDSPA FRANCHISES

Los Angeles-based medical company HealthWest has been ordered by the California Department of Corporations to stop offering "medspa" franchises and licenses. Department officials content that HealthWest's promise to provide medical spa services without a physician onsite is in violation of the Medical Practice Act. According to the web site www.franchiseforsale.com , "HealthWest, Inc has 13 opened Inaara Spa franchises and/or affiliated locations with 33 additional locations in various stages of development across the United States." Six "medspa" franchises were sold to in California without approval by the Department of Corporations as required by California law. The non-physician franchisees were illegally...

NEW STUDY SHOWS THE AFFLUENT PREFER "EXPERIENCES" OVER MATERIAL POSSESIONS

A new study of wealthy consumers shows that, fopr the majority of respondents, experiences provide them with the most satisfaction. The study, performed by luxury marketing firm Unity Marketing and sponsored by American Express, included "upscale restaurants, travel, entertainment and cultural/art events, sports events, personal health and beauty services , and home services in the 'luxury experiences' category. Unity Marketing defines 'affluents' as the 10.1 million U.S. households with incomes from $100,000 to $149,999, and 'super affluents' as the 5.6 million households whose incomes exceed $150,000. The affluent, according to Unity, tend to be members of the Baby-Boom generation. In...

AMERICAN SPA EXPO TO HOST 54TH CIDESCO WORLD CONGRESS

CIDESCO Beauty Therapy, Esthetics and Wellness Congress April 17-19, 2005 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center New York City Held for the first time together in the world's beauty capital - New York City, the American Spa Expo promises to be the most prestigious gathering of beauty professionals ever held in the Northeast. The 54th CIDESCO World Congress, co-sponsored by the EstheticsAmerica branch of the National Cosmetology Association (NCA), will feature the esteemed CIDESCO education conference for skincare professionals who wish to obtain the most impressive esthetics credentials available in the world. These two events will concur with the 88th annual...

HEALING THE WATERS INITIATIVE GAINS STEAM

Debra Szekeley, at the 2002 ISPA conference, challenged the spa industry to "Green" itself. That challenge was taken by Loma Alexander, and "Healing the Waters" was formed to deliver on that promise. Healing the Waters was chosen as a context for putting forth the challenge to other members of the spa industry to take on sustainable practices in their businesses. It is also a call to return to source. The spa industry began in ancient times around the healing waters in the world. As an industry we are bound to nature by our very definition, "Sanitas per Aqua." The industry...

MARRIOTT AND LEISURE SPORTS TO OPEN SECOND RENAISSANCE CLUBSPORT

Marriott International and Leisure Sports, Inc have announced plans to open a second Renaissance ClubSport Hotel in Aliso Viejo, an upscale planned community in Orange County. The unique boutique-style hotel and sports and fitness resort is scheduled to open in early 2006. 'The reaction to the first Renaissance ClubSport was overwhelmingly positive and we're very excited to again be partnering with Leisure Sports on a second project,' said Sid Yu, senior vice president, full-service brand management, Marriott International. The Aliso Viejo location will mirror the Renaissance ClubSport in Walnut Creek, CA, and will feature a 175-room hotel and a 67,300...

HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY BENEFITS FROM "BABYMOONERS"

Expect to see more expecting couples frequenting spas and resorts. The Wall Street Journal reports that couples preparing to have their first child are vacationing in droves—even warranting their own buzz words: the 'babymoon' or the 'last hurrah.' After noticing an increase in the number of pregnant women frequenting their properties, hoteliers are designing packages to attract them. The Five Gables Inn & Spa in St. Michaels, Md., created a two-night 'Bundle of Joy' package, and the Planters Inn in Charleston, S.C., launched a three-night, 'Baby's on the Way' package, which includes a gift of pickles, a cigar and cognac...

STONEWATER MERGES WITH PREMIER SALONS

Falconhead Capital, owner of the Stonewater Group of Spas, has acquired a majority stake in Premier Salons, a Toronto-based spa and hair salon chain. In a deal valued at more than $100 million, Premier will merge with Stonewater Spas to create one of the largest salon and spa businesses in North America. Falcon is expecting the merger to breathe new life into the 20 Stonewater day spa properties, which insiders say have been struggling since the group began to acquire upscale spas around the country five years ago. Premier Salons operates more than 400 service-oriented salons and spas throughout Canada...

American Spa Expo in NYC

The third annual american spa expo & skin care congress was held this past April in conjunction with the International Beauty Show (IBS) at New York City's Javits Center. Approximately 52,150 industry professionals attended to experience new products, services, and educational seminars on a variety of topics. The American Spa Expo featured more than 200 exhibitors, including a range of skincare, nailcare, equipment, and other spa-related companies. "We've been a part of the American Spa Expo since its inception, and I have to say that this year offered the best classes and educational opportunities yet," says Elizabeth Myron, vice president...

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION ISSUES WARNING ON ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced in Geneva on Wednesday that is has "sounded the alarm" on unsafe use of alternative medicine (Reuters). The agency issued new guidelines to help health authorities deliver reliable consumer information. In addition to the lack of standards and controls on alternative medicine, research shows that herbal medicines and supplements are often purchased over-the-counter without physician input. According to the WHO, there are increasing reports of adverse and even fatal reactions to alternative medicines as their use spreads worldwide. For example, the number of adverse reactions from alternative medicine in China more than doubled since...

SPATRADE AND FEEDBACK RESEARCH FORM ALLIANCE

Feed-back.com's Briefings Reports Reach Expanded Audiences Through Spa Trade June 3rd, 2004 (Jacksonville, Oregon): Since November 2003, Briefings reports from Feedback Research Services (Feed-back.com) have provided affordable market overviews for health care and spa industry participants. The series began with Medical Spa & Specialty Hospital Markets, a preliminary analysis of annual revenues and growth rates for physician-owned and operated facilities. A second report, Fitness & Lifestyle Product Markets, focuses on consumer demand for body analysis, heart rate, and pedometer equipment. Customers enthusiastically acknowledge the value of Briefings reports as business planning tools, especially for entrepreneurs and start-up companies. A distribution...

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