Spa News Stories

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...

Spa.com Succumbs to Dot.com Bust

Redwood City, Califoria. Spa.com has become another victim of the dot.com bust. The company has closed its doors and will be filing bankrupcy, leaving their employees among the 50,000 to be layed off as a result of the end of the dot.com mania. The Silicon Valley online reservations company had a promising start, with marketing savvy co-founders Jackie Herman and Junko Io, and a heavy-hitting board of directors. The company never received venture capital funding, but had accomplished a lot with a little. They built up some good will in the industry, but were a no-show at the ISPA conference...

Unique New Hydrotherapy Solutions

'Hydrotherapy treatments offer your spa clients a unique range of healing, soothing, relaxing, enlivening, spiritual treatments. Most spa experts agree that hydrotherapy treatments are an essential component of a complete spa. Two concerns of hydrotherapy treatments are the potentially large amount of water needed and also the purity of the water used in certain treatments. Vichy showers use more water than any other hydrotherapy treatment. A 10 minute vichy shower will use between 100 to 120 gallons of water per treatment and also requires more water to be used to clean the equipment and the wet-room. To minimize this, we...

Preventative Care Program Hit at Spas

Dr. Florence Comite, an associate clinical professor at Yale University School of Medicine, has successfully implemented Destinations Health at two major spas. Destinations health is a customized preventative care program for 35-55 year-old women. Available at Noelle Spa and Spa Ojai. Pre-visit questionnaire evaluated at Yale and longevity portfolio is created that makes recommendations in diet, exercise, and stress reduction. The price per participant for the program is $1,800 at Ojai and $1,500 at Noell.

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