Spa News Stories

Spafinder Announces Brand Evolution

For more than 25 years, Spafinder has been the global leader for spa travel and information, and this week, the company got a makeover, rebranding itself as Spafinder Wellness 365 . A comprehensive resource created to make everyday healthy living easier and more accessible, Spafinder.com’s new platform features 20,000-plus fitness, wellness, and spa partners worldwide. The revamped website, which was designed to inspire people to find their own path to wellness by providing access to experiences, influencers, tips, and trends, offers expanded lifestyle content and video, new mobile technology, such as geo-targeting and enhanced on-the-go access, and more. “We believe...

Sofitel Selects SpaBooker as Software Provider

SpaBooker , a spa management software that unifies operations and automated marketing on a single web-based system, announced that Sofitel , a global luxury hotel brand, selected the software company to streamline operations. “While evaluating the various spa solutions available on the market today, Sofitel identified SpaBooker as a partner with the technology breadth and infrastructure to facilitate our ambitious deployment plan,” says Richard Dubost, vice president of technology and information, Sofitel World Wide. “With a unified and web-based platform, we will achieve greater integration and elevate the level of guest satisfaction while reducing operational IT tasks.” SpaBooker’s business management...

2013 World Tourism Award Honorees Announced

Tony Potter, board director of Corinthia Hotels , representing Simon Naudi, Corinthia CEO, announced that the Born Free Foundation , Just a Drop , and Skål International will be the 2013 World Tourism Award Honorees. This award is presented annually at the World Travel Market in London by Corinthia Hotels, together with co-sponsors Delta Air Lines , The New York Times Global , and Reed Travel Exhibitions . The announcement was made at the annual Corinthia Hotels Press Breakfast at the Bryant Park Grill in New York City. The three honorees are being recognized for their commitment to conservation, sustainable...

Austrian Software Vendor TAC Opens New Headquarters

After a construction period of 11 months, The Assistant Company (TAC), which specializes in the development of software solutions for the hospitality industry, opened its three-floor headquarters in Hartberg, Austria. To celebrate, the company provided its 400 attendees, which included employees, customers, and partners, with tours of the new office. “With the new TAC Business Center, we created a building that provides our employees with the necessary space for innovation, where feeling comfortable and being efficient is no contradiction and which reflects the personality of our company,” says Thomas Rössler, managing director at TAC. “That all industries that we serve...

ResortSuite Releases Tablet-Based Food and Beverage Ordering App

ResortSuite , provider of integrated guest-centric hospitality solutions, has released a new Food and Beverage (F&B) ordering app for Android and Apple tablets. TabletSide POS, which is part of the ResortSuite Operations framework, allows a server to take an order quickly and efficiently, and send it to the kitchen immediately for preparation. It synchronizes real-time with the full ResortSuite F&B module for up-to-date menu and guest information. It also features an automatic offline mode for situations where the Wi-Fi might drop out in certain areas. "We are excited to announce the release of the TabletSide POS app to complement our...

Iredale Mineral Cosmetics Global Education Conference Recap

Earlier this month, representatives that carry jane iredale—The Skin Care Makeup cosmetics attended Iredale Mineral Cosmetics’ Global Education Conference at Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club (Lenox, MA) for a week of education and brand-focused activities. The conference was filled with presentations led by the U.S. Iredale Mineral Cosmetics team. “Our visitors from overseas love this area, so we thought we’d add some extra magic by bringing our international educators and brand managers here,” says Jane Iredale, founder and CEO of Iredale Mineral Cosmetics. “They worked hard to increase their knowledge about our brand, so we like to include some...

Noel Asmar Introduces New Spa Uniforms

This week at ISPA , Noel Asmar, founder of Noel Asmar Uniforms , is launching a series of four new runway-inspired uniforms. The styles feature fashion design elements like exposed zippers, tuxedo-like silhouettes, bell sleeves, mixed media, and innovative fabrics for added functionality. “Our design philosophy is to think about every moment of the experience and create styles that result in greater efficiency and a nicer experience on several levels,” says Noel Asmar, CEO and lead designer of the brand. The garments are antibacterial, odor resistant, hygienic, non-toxic, pill resistant, breathable, and fast-drying. The uniforms also are designed with side...

Vagaro.com Launches Client App

Vagaro.com , an online scheduling and marketing software for spas and salons, launched a new client app to enhance guest experience with online appointment booking. “The client mobile app was the next logical step for Vagaro.com in our quest to create the best spa and salon software in the industry,” says CEO Fred Helou. “From day one, I’ve stated that Vagaro.com will revolutionize the spa and salon industry, just as Opentable.com has done for patrons booking reservations with restaurants.” Available on iPhone and Android phones, iPad, and Kindle Fire, the app allows users to search for and book appointments with...

Primavera Life's Ute Leube Wins Visionary Leadership Award

Primavera Life co-founder Ute Leube was named winner of the Visionary Leadership Award as part of Green Spa Network ’s (GSN) 2013 Sustainability Awards , which celebrated overall leadership in environmental management, green techniques, and sustainability in the spa industry. Leube has been recognized by the GSN for her work with Primavera Life , which produces certified natural, plant-based skincare for the brands Primavera and Amala . Awarded to the foremost leaders pushing the edge of innovation, Leube was among 12 winners, chosen from categories including Innovative New Green Product, Balanced Guru ; Green Building, Proximity Hotel ; Leadership in...

Travelers Vote ESPA Life at Corinthia Hotel London Best European Spa

ESPA Life at Corinthia Hotel London has been voted Best European Spa in The Times , The Sunday Times , and The Sunday Times Magazine Travel Awards 2013. Votes were gathered from thousands of readers of the three media outlets. “We are delighted to have received this award and my congratulations go to all of our exceptional staff who made this happen,” says Matthew Dixon, general manager of Corinthia Hotel London. “This award is particularly gratifying as it was based on the votes of actual travelers and readers, as opposed to industry voting for industry or being an award that...

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