Spa News Stories

Marriott and Bulgari Hotels & Resorts Plan 8 Luxury Hotels By 2006

Marriott International plans to open eight "super luxury" hotels by 2006 under the Bulgari Hotels & Resorts joint venture, which was announced in February. Two of the Bulgari hotels are slated to open as early as next year, said Anton Najjar, Marriott's VP/International Hotel development. The eight properties in the first phase of development will be located in: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, Paris, London, and Italy. All properties are expected to have full-service spas.

SpaTrade Partners with GiftTracker

Following their commitment to provide spa professionals with the best business solutions the Internet has to offer, SpaTrade has sealed a partnership agreement with GiftTracker, Inc.--the nation's leading provider of private-label gift certificate technology and fulfillment services to the retail, restaurant, beauty salon and spa industry. SpaTrade will promote GiftTracker's unique email gift certificates to the spa industry, which are redeemable by printing the certificate from any computer and bringing it into a day spa or beauty salon for redemption. Gift certificates are second only to cash in popularity as gifts. It is estimated that Americans spend $27 billion per...

Online Travel Purchases Predicted to Explode

Expenditures for online travel are expected to rise, according to travel and Internet experts. The increasing usage of the web for booking airline, hotels, and rental cars puts even more pressure on the spa industry to 'jump on the Internet bandwagon'. Consumers will demand a one-stop shop online, for all their vacation and business-travel needs. Travel purchases online will more than triple from $18 billion last year to $63 billion in 2006, according to predictions made by analysts of Jupiter Media Metrix during the company's travel forum, which concluded April 24th. The results of Gomez Travel's report 'The State of...

Revolutionary Technology Reduces Laundry & Preserves Resources

Newport Beach, CA.- "Beyond Disposable" is how consultants at TOSS Disposables describe the benefits of their new Eco-Toss Disposable Linens. If you ask their clients or focus groups they'll confirm with surprising enthusiasm "It feels like cotton" and " it's sooo much nicer then the paper stuff!" Why so much excitement about disposable sheets, towels and headrest covers? As if west coast energy black-outs, and east coast strict municipal water usage regulations aren't enough, now add 1,000 dirty towels and sheets to your laundry list per week, and "Houston we (every spa and medical facility in the nation) have a...

Vendors Forge Strategic Partnerships with Spas

Much like department store's and the brands they represent, vendors are deepening the relationship with spa properties. Product and eqipment vendors are offering deep discounts and an array of value-adden services--wooing the larger pcompanies for coveted 'preferred vendor' status. In an attempt to lower the 'transaction costs' involved in procuring product, large hospitality companies and day spa chains are developing preferred vendor programs. Preferred vendor status means that chains and management companies will 'recommend' certain vendors to the properties they represent, with the understanding they will receive the best quality and price. In general, the fewer vendors a spa deals...

EBeauty Provides Technology Solutions to Spas

Beginning this month, EBeauty and Compaq will offer spa and salon owners the opportunity to link up to the Internet via their own iPAQ computer for a special low monthly rate. Spas and salons that have previously been out of the high-tech loop will now be able to keep their businesses up-to-date with concierge and ordering services through our interactive site. On November 5, EBeauty launched this exciting new program in San Francisco by signing up over 100 spas and salons to receive the iPAQs.

History of Spa Treatments Traced Back to Ancient Egypt

The history of many beauty treatments,cosmetics,grooming tools, anti-aging techniques...and even plastic surgery scalpels we use in modern times can be traced back to ancient Egypt. I recently visited Egypt for the first time on a press trip hosted by the Egyptian Tourist Authority, Egypt Air, the Four Seasons Hotel in Cairo, the Ritz Carlton in Sharm El Sheik and Wing's Tours. On display at the Cairo Museum are excavated beauty items such as: the first tweezers, combs, mirrors, intricate hair extensions and wigs, wands used to rim the eyes with kohl made from the soot of burned candles, perfume bottles...

American Hotel & Motel Association Supports Resort Conference

The American Hotel & Motel Association will be a major financial sponsor of the Resort Management Conference, to be held in Vail, CO April 8-10. William P. Fisher, president and chief executive officer of AH&MA announced. In addition, AH&MA Vice Chairman Kirby D. Payne, president of American Hospitality Management Company will address the opening session of the Resort Conference. The conference was jointly developed by the International Resort Managers Association (IRMA) and the University of Denver (DU) in cooperation with Resort Management magazine. 'As the all-inclusive spokes-organization for the U.S. lodging industry, we are always pleased to see communities of...

Wellness Resource & Crier Communications Join Forces

Petaluma, CA., March 9 - The Wellness Resource, a leading industry trends and analysis firm, has joined forces with Crier Communications, a Los Angeles based public relations firm, to offer spa, resort, fitness and wellness clients full-service marketing and communications campaigns and individualized consultation programs designed to maximize profitability, enhance market penetration, solidify brand definition and generate positive media exposure. The announcement was jointly made today by Nancy Griffin, founder of the widely-respected Wellness Resource, and Crier Communications partners J.P. Lincoln, Susan Robbins and Peter Berk. According to Griffin, 'Although The Wellness Resource has been able to provide spa and...

Number of New Spa Projects in Development Declines

3/2/2001 Experts in the spa industry are noting a sharp decline in the number of spa project moving forward, especially in high-end hotel and resorts. According to Aquatic Designer Fred Baker of Olsen Lavoie Architects: 'Project delays as reported by developers are widespread. 'Many multi-million dollar spa projects are on hold or cancelled.' Construction of the two 320-passenger Canyon Ranch cruise ships is postponed indefinitely, according to a recent article in the New York Times. More expensive labor and materials are increasing construction costs and, with higher interest rates, fewer projects 'feasibility out.' 'The primary contributor to the fall-off in...

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