Spa News Stories

Aromatherapy Candles Under Fire

Candle sales have been growing rapidly in the last 10 years (10 to 15% per year), fueled by consumer interest in aromatherapy and increased demand for home fragrance products in general. However, candles have raised various health and environmental hazards of late. According to a recent study by the environmental protection agency (EPA), the estimated total sales of candles in 1999 varied between $968 million and $2.3 billion. The EPA recently performed an extensive research study, gathering information regarding the emission of various contaminants generated when burning candles and incense, as well as the potential health effects associated with exposure...

U.S. Sports and Fitness Nutrition Markets Go Mainstream

May 29,2001 San Jose, CA --Once considered a 'niche' market, sports and fitness nutrition has emerged as a large, distinct category in the United States. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan ( www.food.frost.com ), 'U.S. Sports and Fitness Nutrition Markets,' reveals that the industry generated revenues of nearly $2 billion in 2000 and projects this number to reach $4.5 billion by 2007. 'Over the past decade, the desire to enhance personal fitness among mainstream consumers has spawned significant market growth,' says Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Girish Solanki. 'Although the percentage of disposable income spent on food has decreased, the...

Westin Unveils Heavenly Bath Program

Heavenly Bath--an in-room, do-it-yourself spa program--was unveiled by Westin Hotels & Resorts in New York City this week. The program featured a massaging shower and oversize spa amenities. The new program was introduced in style by Barry Sternlicht, chairman/CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. The upscale bathroom concept follows Westin's successful Heavenly Bed program, introduced two years ago. The new Heavenly Bath features a custom-designed Speakman shower with two heads (built for two persons), a new curved shower curtain rod with eight additional inches of elbowroom, an oversized Brazilian cotton bath towel, a velour bathrobe, and new spa amenities...

Steiner Leisure Limited Agrees to Acquire Greenhouse Day Spas

Steiner Leisure Limited (Nasdaq:STNR)--the leading provider of spa services to cruise industry plans to expand into the land-based luxury day spa business through the purchase of the Greenhouse chain of eleven spas. The spas are located throughout the U.S., including New York City; Beverly Hills; Houston; Greenwich, Connecticut; and Troy, Michigan. In a recent press release, Leonard Fluxman, President and Chief Executive Officer confirmed that Steiner Leisure Limited will pay for the Greenhouse Day Spas $24.7 million in cash and $3.0 million in Steiner Leisure stock. In addition, $3.0 million and 200,000 options in Steiner Leisure stock can be earned...

Safety & The Spa: Part I: Public Health

This is the first installment of a three-part series entitled Safety & The Spa. Part one tackles the issue of public health. Part II reviews OSHA regulations and employee safety, and Part III deals with sanitation issues regarding bodied so water and bathing, including pools, hot tubs, and hydrotherapy equipment. The Wellness Resource predicts that spas will be subjected to increasing government scrutiny in regards to both employee health (OSHA standards) and public health. The popularity of spas will increasing put the safety of spa services "under the radar" of state and local health departments. Spa directors must be ready...

Healthclub.com Announces Over 4000 New Listings in First 30 Days

Veteran Internet Fitness Directory Expands Rapidly After Relaunch - San Diego, Calif., May 1, 2001 — Healthclub.com announced today that over 4000 new listings have been added to their FindFitness Directory since the feature went live on their new web site last month. The FindFitness Directory is the only online global directory that features fitness trainers, facilities, suppliers and organizations in one Web location. The directory currently has over 29,000 listings. "We've had a very strong response from industry suppliers," said Marti West, Healthclub.com President and CEO. "At a time when the fitness market is relatively soft, companies are taking...

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...

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