Spa News Stories

CONDE NAST RELEASES ANNUAL READERS SPA POLL

The 2002 Condé Nast Readers poll reveals travelers' top spas in North America and the Caribbean. 4,000 Condé Nast reader rated 230 cruise ship spas and destination, resort, and urban hotel spas in North America. Six criteria were used to evaluate destination spas: Location/Setting, Rooms, Diet/Cuisine, Staff/Service, Treatments, Spa Programs/Facilities. Resort spas were also rated on 'Other activities' and Urban Hotel Spas included Workout Facilities and no Room category. Highlights of the poll are as follows: • Hawaii was the most popular destination for resort spas, occupying almost one third of the resort spa choices (9 of the 25 slots)...

RESORT SPA DEVELOPMENT EXPECTED TO SLOW

The resort spa segment is expected to suffer along with the rest of the hotel industry post 9/11. The hotel industry is in a holding pattern; hotel companies and developers are modifying plans or postponing them indefinitely. In a recent article in Meeting News entitled "Hotel development grinds to a near halt," The publication reports, "growth is minimal as hoteliers tightly grasp their cash supplies." "There's no way we're going to see substantial new development now", said Chase Burritt, National Director of the Hospitality Service Group at Ernst and Young: "Lending and equity markets need to see several quarters of...

BOTOX BECOMING POPULAR MEDISPA TREATMENT

Spas considering the addition of medical services are partnering with physicians to offer in-spa Botox treatments. Botox ('botulinum toxin') is a chemical (technically a type of food poisoning) that blocks the stimulation of muscles and thus allows the muscles to relax. It is the most popular cosmetic procedure, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). A million injections were performed in 2000. The number of procedures has risen 2,356% in 5 years, with more than 1.6 million procedures performed in 2001, 89% on women. Each physician-administered Botox treatment consisting of one to several injections takes about 15...

SPA FINDER PARTNER RETREATS HELD AT REKNOWNED DESTINATION SPAS

Spa Finder, the largest spa media and travel company, is causing quite an industry buzz with its Partner Program. The Spa Finder Partner Program is an innovative travel referral program designed to introduce day spa professionals and their clients to the "stay" spa experience. "What started as a program for day spa clientele has become a great employee incentive program," says Nancy Griffin, Director of the Spa Finder Partner Program. "It turns out that Day Spa owners and their staff want to visit spas as much as, if not more, than their clients." Day spas make travel commissions when their...

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...

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