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Atlantis Paradise Island Joins Marriott International's Autograph Collection

Marriott International announced that the Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas will become part of its Autograph Collection , a growing portfolio of more than 60 independent hotels in key locations across the globe. The 3,400-room Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas will operate under a franchise agreement with Marriott. This marks the collection's first member resort in the Bahamas and will be the largest hotel in the portfolio. The property, which is owned by Brookfield Asset Management and independently managed, is expected to officially join the Autograph Collection in the fall. "Having Atlantis Paradise Island join our Autograph Collection is a milestone achievement...

L’Oréal Acquires Decléor and Carita Brands

L'Oréal USA has acquired global skincare brands Decléor Paris , a leader in aromatherapy skincare, and Carita Paris , an anti-aging skincare line. Formerly held by the Shiseido Group , both companies have been integrated into L'Oréal’s Professional Products Division. With a portfolio of 28 existing beauty brands and a presence in hair and nail salons across the U.S., the addition of Decléor Paris and Carita Paris marks L’Oréal’s entrance into new distribution channels within the professional beauty market, including day, resort, and destination spas.

Green Spa Network Introduces Sustainability Assessment Tool

The Green Spa Network (GSN) released its first Sustainability Assessment Tool (SAT) and Toolkit for the spa industry. Designed to help spas and industry resource partners measure their green progress and potential and understand the components of a more sustainable spa, the online tools are available free of charge for members of the spa industry. Available at www.greenspanetwork.org/toolkit , the SAT is an online questionnaire to assess a business’ sustainability across 15 categories, including water management, energy use, waste reduction, laundry processes, food and beverage, textiles leadership, and community connection. Upon completion, the user submits the results electronically and receives...

WTS International Wins Management Contract for Spa Evangeline at The Epicurean Hotel

The Epicurean Hotel (Tampa, FL) has become the first U.S. property to join the Autograph Collection of Marriott International .
 WTS International (WTS), a global spa consultancy and contract operator, was involved with the creation of the hotel’s Spa Evangeline , developing the concept for the spa. “We worked with the Epicurean on design and then went on to support the opening,” says Susie Hammer, vice president of spa operations at WTS. “This included the development of marketing materials, the menu, and other collateral, as well as the hiring and training of staff. Today, we continue our involvement by providing...

Massage Heights Announces New Chairman of the Board of Managers

Massage Heights , a family-owned wellness franchise, announced the appointment of David Humphrey, a franchise industry consultant and the former CEO of Massage Envy Spa , as chairman of the board of managers. Humphrey will help guide the growth of Massage Heights as it expands its service offerings throughout the U.S. and Canada while also preparing for a wider international rollout. Through his investment and advisory services firm, DTH Capital Ventures , Humphrey has consulted with a wide variety of franchise companies, and worked closely with several private equity firms that invest in the franchise industry. “I know what it...

Performance Health Acquires Thera °Pearl

Performance Health , manufacturer and marketer of TheraBand , Biofreeze , Perform , Cramer , Bon Vital' , and Hygenic branded products, announced their acquisition of Maryland-based Thera °Pearl , creator of hot and cold therapy products using its proprietary pearl technology. “Thera °Pearl brings proven strength and additional scale to our emerging retail business,” says Marshall Dahneke, president and chief executive officer of Performance Health. “The alignment for us is both natural and exciting as Performance Health is well positioned to introduce and promote Thera °Pearl’s unique portfolio more broadly while Thera °Pearl’semphasis on resolving pain and promoting wellness...

Fashionizer Couture Uniforms Partners with Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Fashionizer Couture Uniforms announced its first global partnership with Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas (multiple locations), who has chosen the UK design company to create a new uniform concept for its spas and resorts worldwide. Last year, under its new management, Six Senses developed a fresh corporate identity, focusing on establishing high standards across its business while creating partnerships with companies that share their values. The refocus included rebranding its uniform designs, which have been inspired by the new color palette of bright olive, pebble grey, and pearl white. The uniform collection consists of tunics, trousers, skirts, and jackets for...

Pivot Point International Appoints Kevin Cameron as Vice President of Global Marketing & Business Development

Pivot Point International , a leader in beauty education, announced the appointment of Kevin Cameron as vice president of global marketing and business development to strengthen the company’s marketing and product positioning efforts, as well as oversee the brand overall. “In Kevin we found a proven leader with an acute sense for market trends and vision for the beauty industry,” says Robert Passage, chairman and CEO of Pivot Point. “This is exactly what Pivot Point needs as the company enters its next phase of expanded innovation and growth while preserving the legacy of my father Leo Passage.” Cameron joins Pivot...

LaVida Massage Opens New Location in South Carolina

LaVida Massage , a national massage franchise, has opened its newest store, LaVida Massage of Hanahan (South Carolina), which is the first—and only—massage center in the area. Specialized modalities include Swedish and relaxation treatments, couples’ sessions, deep tissue, hot stone, prenatal, chair massages, corporate massages, oncological-focused therapies, and more. Opening with strong community and charitable ties, the new center welcomed a therapist who recently overcame breast cancer, Mary Jeffries, who worked in the therapeutic massage industry for 12 years, but lost her previous job due to scheduling conflicts while enduring treatments. “Undergoing radiation therapy physically weakened and fatigued me,” says...

Booker Teams Up with Yelp and MapQuest

Booker , a leading marketing and business management software, has partnered with Yelp and MapQuest to expand the marketing reach of SpaBooker clients. The partnership will provide merchants with automated listings, real-time booking, and expanded local visibility. “By partnering with Booker, MapQuest offers our users the ability to secure appointments around the corner, across town, and even around the world with our local discovery tool already used by millions every day,” says Brian McMahon, general manager of MapQuest. “For the myriad of consumers using MapQuest for travel planning, the ability to book spa appointments is a relevant enhancement to the...

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