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Spafinder Wellness 365 Announces Winners of Global Wellness Travel Awards

Spafinder Wellness 365 , a media and marketing company for the spa and wellness industry, has announced the winners of the Global Wellness Travel Awards , which were presented at the World Travel Market (London). The awards reflect the significance of the $494 billion worldwide wellness tourism market and recognize destination spas, hotels, resorts, and retreats around the world dedicated to offering healthy experiences. A panel of wellness industry journalists and experts nominated 373 locations for the awards, and consumers across the globe cast votes for the nominees. “We are honored to recognize the importance of wellness tourism to consumers...

Delos Appoints New President of International and Signature Programs

Delos , the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate, has announced the appointment of Alfredo Carvajal as president of the international and signature programs divisions. In his new role, Carvajal will be responsible for the company’s signature overlay programs, offering wellness solutions to the hospitality and residential sectors. “With extensive experience in international management, global best practices, and creative strategic positioning from some of the world’s most recognized hospitality and wellness brands, Alfredo’s insight and leadership will serve as an invaluable asset to the Delos executive team,” says Delos founder Paul Scialla. “We look forward to having Alfredo on board, as...

PayPal Introduces New Mobile App

Transaction service provider PayPal has launched PayPal Here, a mobile payment solution and thumb-sized card reader that enables small businesses to accept payments on the go. Available on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets and ideal for spas looking to make payments easy for clients, the system accepts credit and debit cards at a 2.7 percent per swipe rate. With the app and hardware device, users can monitor sales activity, transfer funds, and track all transactions and reports. Integrated with the PayPal site, the app also supports multiple user access with different permissions; provides electronic receipts via email and text...

Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa Announces Leadership Appointments

Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa has appointed Grant Bruce as spa director of Life in Balance Spa . With more than 12 years of experience in the industry, Bruce is responsible for overseeing all spa operations and leading initiatives. Most recently, he spent more than three years in director roles at Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago , where he achieved Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond status for the spa and fitness operations. He has also served as the executive director for WTS International , a spa consulting and spa management firm. “Grant lives by the Miraval philosophy and...

Aware Products Hires New Ni’Kita Wilson as Vice President of Sales and Innovation

Aware Products , developer and manufacturer of hair-, bath-, body-, and skincare products, announced the addition of Ni’Kita Wilson as vice president of sales and innovation. Based in New Jersey, Wilson, an experienced cosmetic chemist and beauty expert, will be responsible for extending Aware Products’ geographic reach and bringing added depth to its team of sales, product development, R&D, manufacturing, and customer service professionals. “Ni’Kita is this great combination of serious cosmetic chemist and savvy beauty executive,” says Kristine Cryer, executive vice president of sales, marketing, and product development of Aware. “Editors for major beauty publications rely on her to...

Universal Companies Publishes Spa Inspiration Book

Universal Companies , supplier of professional spa products and equipment, has introduced The Spa Inspiration Book , a resource guide for professionals. Available on www.universalcompanies.com , the book features an assortment of treatment protocols, which include a menu description, an equipment and supplies checklist, and recommended retail products. “Our hope is that this book serves as a muse rather than just a resource for products,” says Brenda Elliott, CEO of Universal Companies. “In our search for products and solutions for our customers, we are continually inspired by a vast array of ideas and protocols that we are now excited to...

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts Unveil Spa by JW

As part of Marriott International ’s luxury portfolio, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts has launched Spa by JW. The new spa concept offers guests treatments and products designed to address the company’s four core pillars: Calm , which offers a moment of serenity and downtime to restore balance; Indulge , which features a range of therapeutic treatments to revitalize; Invigorate , which enlivens the body and clarifies the mind; and Renew , which purifies the mind and body so guests feel more centered and focused. Developed in collaboration with JW Marriott brand partner and skincare company Aromatherapy Associates , the...

Spa Industry Report Reveals Strong Growth

The International Spa Association (ISPA) has released new statistics from the 2014 U.S. Spa Industry Study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The annual survey includes data crucial to the spa industry, including revenue, spa visits, number of spa locations, and total employment. "What we are seeing with this year's study is the reflection of continued growth," says Colin McIlheney, global research director of PwC. "With the key indicators, including total revenue and spa visits increasing, this study highlights the positive trend across the board in the industry. The respondents to the survey also expressed confidence that growth will continue in the...

WTS International Collaborates with Coola Suncare and Living Earth Crafts

WTS International (WTS), a consulting and management firm for spas, fitness, and leisure facilities, has teamed up with skincare brand Coola Suncare and spa equipment manufacturer Living Earth Crafts to create the Coola Cart, a mobile retail and point-of-sale trolley. “We saw an opportunity for our spas to grow sales while giving great customer service and approached Coola and Living Earth Crafts with the concept for the cart,” says Alfredo Carvajal, chief operating officer of WTS. Designed to drive business to the spa and increase retail sales, the cart takes spa products poolside to hotel guests. “The purpose of this...

Total Woman Gym + Spa Welcomes New CEO

Total Woman Gym + Spa , California’s largest gym and day spa designed for women, appointed Corinne Perritano as the new chief executive officer. “As a woman, I am very excited to join Total Woman Gym + Spa, and to take the reins of such a successful female-focused business and help it grow to its full potential,” says Perritano. In her new position, she will be responsible for creating, communicating, and implementing the organization’s vision, mission, and overall direction. She will lead the development and implementation of the company’s strategy, brand development, and expansion. She comes to Total Woman Gym...

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