Spa News Stories

CALLING ALL "SPA STARS" - SPATRADE WANTS TO FEATURE YOU!

Starting in May, we will be starting a new feature in the SpaTrade Newsletter, the Spa Stars Profile. We receive many emails each month from members asking questions about ways to increase their profitability — but we also get messages from time to time from spa employees who want to tell us about a great boss or mentor they've had. We believe it's time that we start sharing some of these stories with you, our members. So, we are asking for your input: if you know a "Spa Star" that you would like SpaTrade to profile in an upcoming newsletter,...

A CHALLENGE: TRY SOMETHING NEW THIS MONTH

Feeling a bit different lately? We moved our clocks ahead last weekend; spring has sprung according to the calendar (though maybe not if you live on the East Coast of the US, where the snow has been hitting hard this past week). And we're in the middle of a serious, deadly, full-blown war for the first time in decades. Are you burned out on hearing about the war? Getting allergic to CNN? Do you get home from work with a little more daylight, and the time and desire to get out and move in the fresh air? Well, why not...

ISPA EUROPE CONGRESS CANCELLED

The International Spa Association (ISPA) has issued a press release stating that the 2003 ISPA Europe Congress--scheduled for May 29 through June 1 in Stockholm, Sweden--has been cancelled. Although the release stated that the annual event was "cancelled by the former ISPA Europe president and treasurer," no explanation for the cancellation was given. Industry insiders speculate that the event coincides with ISPA's decision to end their "chapter model" and pull financial support from the European Chapter. ISPA Executive Director Lynne Walker McNee's assures that the change is in the members' best interest. "The organization is large enough that a chapter...

BRITAIN'S ONLY THERMAL SPA TO REOPEN AFTER 25 YEARS

THERMAE BATH SPA Britain's original and only natural thermal Spa As the site of one of the UK's natural hot springs, Bath's status as a unique destination has endured for thousands of years. That status will be significantly enhanced in early Summer 2003, when the new Thermae Bath Spa will reopen for the first time since 1978. The Spa development — which was made possible through a £7.78 million grant from the Millennium Commission — involves the restoration of five historic buildings, including the 18th century Hot Bath and Cross Bath, and the construction of a stunning new glass and...

GEORGETTE KLINGER AQUIRES THREE GREENHOUSE LOCATIONS

Georgette Klinger, renowned for it's expert, skin-perfecting facial treatments and individualized skincare products, has announced the acquisition of three of the famed Greenhouse Spas — Manhasset, New York; Dallas, Texas and Beverly Hills, California. The Manhasset Spa will continue to serve clients at the Americana Mall. In Dallas, Georgette Klinger will maintain operations at The Galleria in addition to the Greenhouse location at Inwood Village. In Beverly Hills, The Greenhouse has relocated to the Georgette Klinger Salon at 131 South Rodeo Drive. All three locations will soon offer the complete range of exclusive Georgette Klinger treatments and skincare products, as...

MIDWEST DESTINATION SPA OPENS SUCCESSFULLY DESPITE TURBULENT TIMES

Sundara Spa, Wisconsin's first luxury destination spa, has officially opened. Sundara, which is the Sanskrit word for 'beautiful,' is nestled on 26 acres of wooded hills on the outskirts of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Programs and spa treatments "blend modern wellness techniques with ancient wisdom." The intimate spa includes 26 luxury suites, each with a distinctive spa-quality bath and fireplace. Outside, guests can enjoy the patios, fireplaces, and infinity-edge pools heated year-round. Winter snowshoe treks will lead way to spring hiking and golf. "The spa is very unique and incredibly beautiful," says Eva Jensch of Spa Concepts International, who consulted on...

NON-INVASIVE SKINCARE HOT TOPIC AT AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY CONFERENCE

The American Academy of Dermatology's 2003 Annual Meeting in San Francisco March 21st through 25th featured some of the newest technologies in skincare. One of the hottest topics in skincare is the use of non-invasive skin rejuvenation techniques that offer minimal recovery time. Dermatologist Robert A. Weiss, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md., discussed the latest advancements in non-ablative skin rejuvenation and their effectiveness in treating common signs of aging, such as wrinkles, mottled skin tone and broken blood vessels. Photomodulation Photomodulation is a non-invasive breakthrough technology procedure that works by activating...

"IRAQWARPHOBIA" LIKELY TO AFFECT SPA INDUSTRY

'Iraqwarphobia' will plague the travel industry, and the fall-out most likely hit the spa industry as well. '2003 will be a hard year for travel,' predicts Peter Yesawich, managing partner of Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown & Russell. "Iraqwarphobia" a term defined by Yesawich as "generalized anxiety about traveling as a function of what is happening half a world away,' will affect the entire hospitality industry, lowering occupancy rates and decreasing travel. Yesawich sees a number of trends resulting from the war, starting with slow-down in international travel. 'We're now seeing a migration toward destinations that are closer to home," Yesawich told...

ERICA MILLER TRUST

Erica Miller is generous even in her absense. Before her death, she formed the Erica Miller Trust, with funds being donated to her favorite charities. The charities are the Northwest Bible Church Missions Fund, The American Cancer Society, and the DFW Dachshund Rescue Foundation. Anyone who knew Erica will know that the choice of charities reflect what was important to Erica. 'Her favourite charities tell you many things about herself,' said Pat Corbett of the Hills Health Ranch, home of the Erica Miller Spa School. 'She loved her Lord, and her Daschund dogs!!' Send donations for the Erica Miller Trust...

STEINER CLOSES 17 DAY SPAS

Steiner Leisure Limited (Nasdaq:STNR) closed Greenhouse day spas in New York City; Troy, Michigan; Newtown, Pennsylvania; Houston, Texas; San Diego and Encinitas, California. The Company announced on March 3rd that it is in negotiations to dispose of or otherwise close eight of its remaining day spas. Steiner Leisure Limited is a worldwide provider of spa services. The Company's operations include spas and salons on 106 cruise ships, and in 52 resort spas and 11 luxury day spas. Our cruise line and land-based resort customers include Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Disney Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise...

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