Spa News Stories

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...

Spas on Cruise Ships Boost Revenues

A recent New York Times article states that spas outrank all other cruise ship amenities in terms of popularity and revenue potential. 115 cruise ships have full-service spas spas, 90 percent of which are operated by Steiner Transocean, based in Nassau (104 spas). In 1985, Steiner had 3 on-board spas, growing to 54 in 1994. Judith Jackson operates a spa on aboard Radisson's Seven Seas Navigator, with a second spa scheduled for opening the Seven Seas Mariner. The article reports that from a cruise lines' point of view 'spas are a great moneymaker.' More men are frequenting the spa, and...

$40 Million Spa Opens at The Grove Park Inn Resort

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (February 28, 2001) — What hotel officials are calling the finest spa in North America opened at The Grove Park Inn Resort today. The $40 million, 40,000 square foot subterranean Spa, located in the heart of the resort complex, took nearly two years to build, and is unique both experientially and architecturally, according to Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa Vice President and General Manager Craig Madison. "The opening of our Spa is a major step towards becoming one of America's truly legendary resorts," Madison said. Madison praised Elaine D. Sammons, hotel owner, for her vision and commitment...

Rio Systems acquired by AremisSoft

(Atlanta, GA — February 26, 2001) AremisSoft Corporation (Nasdaq:AREM), an international supplier of enterprise-wide software and Internet-enabled solutions for the manufacturing, hospitality, healthcare and construction industries, today announced the acquisition of Rio Systems International, a supplier of an integrated hospitality suite of applications that serve the spa, resort, and premium hotel markets. This acquisition reflects AremisSoft's plan to serve the entire hospitality market with leading edge enterprise applications. With this acquisition, AremisSoft intends to further broaden its enterprise product offering to include comprehensive spa management, retail point of sale (POS), restaurant, fine dining, golf/tennis scheduling and other hospitality related applications...

Blue Spas, Inc. Provides Award-winning Spa Designs

(Los Angeles) ­ Blu Spas, Inc., an international spa design, consulting and management company, was formed recently by principals Cary Collier, Doug Chambers and Joanie Neumayer. With over 100 innovative projects in 14 countries, the Blu Spas group leads the industry in award-winning spas. From their offices in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Bali, the new company plans to build on their award-winning reputation creating spas for exceptional hotels, resorts and real estate developments worldwide. 'We¹ve combined the best minds in spa and salon design and management with hospitality marketing and business development to provide hotels, resorts and developments with...

Compensation Strategies Examined Industry-Wide

Spas are struggling to attract and retain qualified employees at every level of employement. Develop a successful compensation package is crucial in an industry dependent on hiring top quality individuals. Finding experienced Spa Directors is especially difficult. The actual salary for Spa Directors will be reflected by the responsibility, organizational structure, experience, financial responsibility and type of spa.In general, spa directors are under-paid in relation to other management positions in the hospitality industry. A study by Spa & Salon Staffing Services, commissioned by Day Spa magazine, finds that there is a direct correlation between the size of the spa and...

Canyon Ranch Executive Joins ASTECC Board

Diane Trieste, Corporate Spa Treatment Director for Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, has joined the ASTECC (American Spa Therapies Education & Certification Council) Board of Directors. Trieste has a BS in Business Administration, is a licensed massage therapist and is Nationally Certified by NCTMB. She has been in the spa industry for the past nine years involved with management, operations and development. She is a commissioner on COMTA (Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation) and Chairs the Standards Committee. She sits on several advisory boards, provides educational lectures, and has created curriculum for spa massage programs. 'The spa industry is a dynamic...

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