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"Sustainable Spas" Wave of the Future

Spas catering to environmentally-conscious consumers will be popular into the future, especially with 'cultural creatives' who want to integrate their values with the products and services they buy and use. Designing an environmentally friendly spa saves resources, creates goodwill, and improves the bottom line. The spa industry would benefit from a national energy conservation program similar to the ski industry of America's "Sustainable Slopes" program, a voluntary commitment on the part of all the major ski resorts to protect nature through more efficient use of energy, safer waste disposal and water conservation. Organic food and fiber products is important as...

"Diva of Retail" Hit at ISPA Conference

J'Amy Owens, the "diva of retail" was a favorite keynote speaker at the ISPA Conference last month. As president of The Retail Group, whose client-list reads like a veritable who's who of mass-market success stories (think Gap, Starbucks), Owens drove home this message: "Consumer behavior is very hard to change. We must balance what people really do with global changes." Owens encouraged spa managers to "know thy customer," giving an example of how spas fail at this task. "We know women are vain and insecure, yet spa locker rooms have florescent lights that make people look horrible. Bath them in...

Intention Key to Successful Spas

Intention was a word heard again and again at the keynote speeches, breakout sessions, roundtables, and hallways at the International Spa Association (ISPA) conference in Las Vegas last month. It seems that intention, or integrity of word, thought, and deed, is finally being recognized as a crucial component of the hard, cold bottom line. Founder of Canyon Ranch Mel Zuckerman began the conference with a key-note speech entitled "Intention: The Key to the Spa Experience." He invited the audience to ask themselves, "how can you contribute to a higher purpose." Zuckerman spoke of the media's lack of understanding of the...

Wellness Resource Study Reveals Continued Growth

The Wellness Resource has completed a primary marketing research study on spas in AAA 4 and 5 star Hotels and Resorts. Preliminary results show that 50% of all 4 and 5 star AAA hotels and resorts have a spa. 93% of AAA 4 and 5 star resorts have a spa. Properties were marked as having a spa if the spa is on the grounds of the hotel or resort. Spas were either managed by the hotel/resort or out-sourced to a third party. The Wellness Resource telephoned the front desk of every 4 and 5 star hotel and resort in the...

Pilates Trademarks Overturned

The Pilates method, currently one of the hottest fitness trends in America, was the subject of a landmark decision today in Manhattan's federal district court. In a case pitting Sean Gallagher, owner of the Manhattan-based Pilates Studio, against Balanced Body Inc., a Sacramento-based company and the world's largest manufacturer of Pilates equipment, U.S. District Court Judge Miriam Cedarbaum ruled that Pilates, like yoga and karate, is a type of exercise and not a trademark. The written decision follows an 11-day trial last June. The Court established that 'Pilates' is a generic term. Since 'consumers identify the word 'Pilates' as a...

Reflexology Possible Help For Infertility

Reflexology has come under medical scrutiny for fertility benefits. After strong anecdotal evidence of conceptions following reflexology, doctors at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, England have begun a comprehensive clinical study of the possible link between the treatment and fertility. Propelling the interest in reflexology is Devon-based reflexologist Jane Holt, who presented compelling evidence suggesting reflexology increases the frequency of pregnancy. Over the next two years, 150 women will take part in trials aimed at determining whether pregnancy rates are affected. In the medical trials, 150 volunteers, who would have been treated with the drug clomifene to try to induce ovulation, will...

Lifestyle Key to Breast Cancer Prevention

The healthy lifestyle that spas promote contributes to the prevention of breast cancer, according to a landmark report from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) The AICR estimates that 33 percent to 50 percent of breast cancer could be prevented by a healthy diet and lifestyle, particularly if begun before puberty and continued throughout life. A recent review in the European Journal of Cancer concludes that in 17 studies, women who consumed the most vegetables faced a 25 percent lower risk of breast cancer than those who ate the least. Another study, reported in Nutrition and Cancer, found that...

Hotel Giants form B2B Web Site

In the spirit of 'co-opetition' Bass Hotels and Resorts has joined in with Marriott International, Hyatt Hotels Corp. and ClubCorp USA to become part of the newly named procurement company- Avendra LLC. The Internet-enabled business-to-business hospitality procurement company, announced earlier this year by Marriott and Hyatt, is destined to become a leading player in e-procurement in North America. The new procurement company, which is powered by GoCo-op, is designed to provide an electronic B2B procurement platform between hotel chains and vendors. In addition to lower costs and efficiencies, Avendra will create industry standards. Avendra's goal is to be inclusive rather...

HVS International and Health Fitness Dynamics form Spa Management Company

HVS International and Health Fitness Dynamics Inc. have formed a partnershipto form The Spa Resource Group, LLC(SRG). Stephen Rushmore, president and founder of HVS International, and Kathy Conroy, managing director of HVS' Miami office, with Judy Singer and Patty Monteson, the principals of Health Fitness Dynamics, Inc. (HFD) will head up SRG, a spa consulting firm that provides management services for resort, hotel, health club, and free-standing day spas. With Monteson and Singer's strength in the design and day-to-day operations of all types of spa facilities, and Rushmore and Conroy's expertise in the financial management of hotel and timeshare properties,...

Internet Powerful Force of Social Change

Barbara Caplan, keynote speaker at Spacifically 2000 at the Los Angeles Westin Bonaventure October 25th through the 28th, calls the Internet "the most powerful force of change in society today." Caplan drove home the message 'boot up or bow out', to the Spacifically audience, stressing the power of the Internet to serve customers and develop new markets. The Internet is the fastest growing technology in the history of the United States. It has taken only four years for the Internet to reach a penetration of 50 million users compared with 16 years for the PC, 13 years for television and 38 years for radio.

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