Spa News Stories

SPACIFICALLY AND AAEA FORM ALLIANCE

AMERICAN AESTHETICIANS EDUCATION ASSOCIATION TO OFFER SEMINARS AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE & EXPOSITION FOR SPA, RESORT & HOTEL EXECUTIVES New York, NY — The American Aestheticians Education Association and Spacifically, The Conference & Exposition for Spa, Resort & Hotel Executives, announced today that they will create a special seminar program exclusively for aestheticians and skincare specialists at the October 2002 event in Atlanta. 'Spacifically is delighted to be working with Bonnie Day, founder and executive director of the AAEA on this exciting new program for AAEA members and other skincare specialists,' said Karen Crawford, vice president and show director. 'In the...

EXECUTIVE SPA FORUM HOST "WHO'S WHO" OF HOTELS, RESORTS, AND SPAS

Spacifically's Executive Spa Forum hosts the "who's who" of hotels, resorts & spas — Over 30 senior executives signed up, including KSL, Wyndham, Hyatt, Bliss, Sandals and more New York, NY — As of March 1st, more than 30 of the highest-placed senior-level executives in the spa industry had contracted to attend the Executive Spa Forum, the new, invitation-only gathering produced by Spacifically, The Conference & Exposition for Spa, Resort & Hotel Executives. In all, more than forty senior executives from spas, resorts, fitness organizations, medical facilities, hotels and hotel chains will attend. The Forum is scheduled for June 6...

SECOND ANNUAL MILLENNIUM HOSPITALITY SUMMIT TO TAKE PLACE IN LAS VEGAS

LAS VEGAS-February 25, 2002-Top hospitality, restaurant and gaming executives join influential government officials, business leaders and regulatory officials from around the globe to debate travel and tourism industry challenges and opportunities at the second annual Millennium Hospitality Summit May 2-5th in Las Vegas, Nevada. This 'insiders only' event targets CEOs and corporate leaders, and presents an unparalleled line-up of executive events covering the most salient business, regulatory and workforce issues and themes in hospitality, travel, gaming, entertainment and tourism today. The Millennium Hospitality Summit 2002 (MHS 2002) is sponsored by The Cornell Hotel School, and corporate sponsors include The Venetian...

INTERNATIONALLY-THEMED TREATMENTS A GROWING TREND IN SPA SERVICES

Whether it's a Javanese Wedding Ritual, Indian Ayurvedic-based treatments or a bathing ritual just the way the Japanese do it, themed international treatments are the latest thing beckoning spa-goers to their favorite spa, says Spa Finder ( www.spafinder.com ). With many Americans reluctant to fly long distances, they are trading in their passports for exotic journeys that evoke distant lands and cultures at local spas. 'Spas are recreating a vast array of treatments and mind/body therapies that have previously been available only to those who travel extensively,' says Susie Ellis, Vice President of Industry Development for Spa Finder, a leading...

RAFFLES INTERNATIONAL TO EXPAND GLOBAL SPA PRESENCE

Raffles International Hotels and Resorts, of Singapore, which acquired Swissotel in June 2001, plans to introduce expand their presence in the spa industry in 2002, beginning with the first Raffles Amrita Spa in the United States at L'Ermitage in Beverly Hills. The 2,800 sq. ft. deluxe spa is expected to open later this year. Raffles International--Asia's largest luxury spa operator—conceived Amrita Spa as part of its unique brand development program. Amrita Spa Raffles City, Singapore is the flagship of Amrita Spas by Raffles worldwide. Seven Amrita Spas have opened since last year -- at Raffles Hotel Singapore, Hotel Le Royal...

ASTECC STRENGTHENS SPA CERTIFICATION SERIES

Post-Graduate Curriculum Now Includes Ayurveda, ThermaStone® and More WEST PALM BEACH, FL—The American Spa Therapy and Education Certification Council (ASTECC) has expanded the course offerings for its Spa Certification Program in 2002: the post-graduate curriculum now includes ThermaStone and Ayurveda classes. The complete ASTECC Spa Certification Program is a 264-hour curriculum and the only one of its kind offered in the United States: empowering students to build results-oriented spa programs and guaranteeing, through strict exams, a comprehensive knowledge of basic European spa therapies and more. 'The additional Spa Certification courses match the demands of the industry,' said Anne Bramham, ASTECC...

NCBTMB REACHES MILESTONE

THE NATIONAL CERTIFICATION BOARD FOR THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE AND BODYWORK (NCBTMB) REACHES 50,000 NATIONALLY CERTIFIED PRACTITIONERS Nearly 1,500 Candidates Take National Certification Exam Each Month MCLEAN, Va. ­ March 7, 2002 - The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), a not-for-profit organization that certifies professionals in the massage therapy and bodywork industry through a recognized credentialing program, today announced that its certificant population has reached 50,000. To obtain the NCTMB credential, over 50,000 practitioners have completed a rigorous training process including a minimum of 500 in-class hours of education and training, as well as passing the National Certification...

DAY SPA BUSINESS REPORT 2002 AVAILABLE

The Day Spa Association has released its report on a groundbreaking industry study of day spa user behavior and demographics. The study was conducted in late 2001 by Beta Research, which counts among its clients the Wall Street Journal, Condé Nast and the National Football League. The $7.3 billion day spa market has been growing dramatically, but until now virtually no reliable data had been collected about spa-goers' past, current and future behavior. The Day Spa Association, an organization of some 600 businesses and spa professionals founded in 1994, recognized that the industry needed access to current demographic and psychographic...

SPA THERAPISTS AT CLAREMONT RESORT ATTEMPTING TO FORM UNION

Massage therapists and other spa employees could be starting an industry trend at the Claremont Resort in Oakland, Calif. 140 massage therapists and other spa workers at the elegant Claremont Resort and Spa here are trying to form a union. The hotel, an 87-year-old landmark that straddles the border of Oakland and Berkeley, is resisting the effort. Politicians in both cities have stepped in on the side of the employees. Spa workers at the Claremont Hotel told Sacremento Bee reporter Herbert Sample that 'discontent has brewed for much of the 1990s over wages, benefits and conditions. The anger boiled four...

SPA INDUSTRY SHOWS HINTS OF RECOVERY

Hints of recovery from the spa industry: Though the recession that began in 2001 will probably not end in 2002, the first quarter is showing distinct changes in the San Francisco Bay Area. By February 2002, spa-goers in the Bay Area were embracing the benefits of stress relief and self care with renewed vigor, and demand was already on the rise. Pent-up consumerism and a desire to 'live in the moment', enjoying life fully were psychological themes that seem to be stimulating spa activity. At Preston Wynne, January sales yielded the first same-month sales growth in close to a year...

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