Announcements

5th Annual Green Spa Network Congress Announces Agenda

The Green Spa Network has announced the agenda to its annual congress, the longest-running and most successful event dedicated to spa industry sustainability. Held at the Sunriver Resort in Oregon from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, 2012, the congress will feature groundbreaking presentations, interactive workshops and state-of-the-art panels led by wellness visionaries, sustainability experts and thought leaders from the health, beauty, natural products and media industries–all in a spectacular setting. Open to all and with day spas, resorts spas, corporate spas, greening experts and suppliers expected, the congress is recognized as the leading educational forum for promoting health and wellness...

Spas2b Online Spa Management Courses #1 & 2 are now classified as CIBTAC Endorsed

After rigorous testing, CIBTAC have awarded the Spas2b Inc. Online Spa Management Distance Learning Courses with their sought after authenticated accreditation status which classifies the Spas2b Inc. training programs as CIBTAC Endorsed . Now with CIBTAC's endorsement of quality assurance for the best training and Spas2b's established reputation in over 50 countries around the globe; you, your customers, your students and staff can feel secure in knowing your Spa Management credentials are recognized as being among the highest business standards in the world; tailored to provide for the requirements of the international industry. "I have spent the last couple of...

Sanitas Skincare Accepting Donations for the American Red Cross Colorado Wildfire Relief Fund

Boulder, CO (July 2, 2012) – As fires continue to rage along the Front Range of Colorado, Sanίtas Skincare is collaborating with partner spas to collect donations to be given directly to the American Red Cross Colorado Chapters. Sanítas Skincare recognizes the need to provide financial support to the victims as well as firefighters and emergency personnel who are currently working around the clock to contain these wildfires. In addition to the collection of partner spa donations, Sanítas Skincare will also make a donation to the American Red Cross Colorado Chapters. Sanítas Skincare was founded almost 20 years ago and...

Westin Hotels & Resorts continues to expand Spa footprint globally

Source: breakingtravelnews.com Westin Hotels & Resorts announced plans to continue the global expansion of its signature spa brand as it continues to enhance its footprint in the world’s fastest growing markets. Propelled by a growing demand for luxury services, Westin will increase its robust portfolio of Heavenly Spas with 13 openings by 2014, with all but two located outside the United States. The brand’s signature spa concept is currently in 28 Westin Hotels & Resorts around the world. By 2014, Heavenly Spa will make its debut at The Westin Lagunamar, The Westin Chennai Velachery, The Westin Xiamen, The Westin Changbaishan,...

Bikram Originator Sues Yoga to the People for 'Stealing' Poses

From DNAinfo.com EAST VILLAGE — Yoga to the People has been forced into a painful pose. Yoga guru Bikram Choudhury, creator of the worldwide yoga craze known at Bikram Yoga , has sued the East Village-based yoga studio, claiming its founder Gregory Gumucio ripped off his style by illegally using Bikram's copyrighted poses and super-heated rooms inside Yoga to the People classes. “The particular class identified in the case is a virtual mirror image of Bikram Yoga and it used virtually verbatim the Bikram Yoga dialogue,” Choudhury's lawyer, Robert Gilchrest, told DNAinfo, adding that they sent an undercover investigator into...

Suite Spa® Cart Debuts at 2011 ISPA Conference

The Suite Spa ® cart, an all-purpose offering that allows spas, wellness center, hospitals and retail boutiques to create in-room services, made its debut at this year's ISPA conference. Born out of a need to create in-room spa services for luxury hotels, the Suite Spa is compact enough to fit into a hotel or hospital room and can be purchased independently or combined with turn-key products and protocols. “The Suite Spa concept is timely because the footprint of the urban hotel spa is shrinking,” says Ryan Crabbe, Senior Director of Spa Operations and Development The Americas for Hilton Hotels &...

AH&LA offers primer for creating an ADA-friendly website

A new resource from the American Hotel & Lodging Association , Creating an Accessible Web Presence for the Lodging Industry , teaches hoteliers how to create an online accessibility strategy, while increasing business, boosting customer loyalty, and complying with the law. Ensuring an accessible Web site is equally important as ensuring accessible physical facilities – and, it’s the law. A disability is not simply blindness, deafness, or paralysis. Many impairments – from arthritis to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to color blindness – prevent people from fully utilizing the Internet. Additionally, the population of people with disabilities is a large one,...

FAROUK SHAMI JUDGING 60th ANNUAL MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT LIVE from Sao Paulo, Brazil

Fresh from escorting Miss Universe 2010 Ximena Navarrete to opening ceremonies at Beauty Fair in Sao Paulo, Brazil and attending the ribbon cutting with business partner John McCall and distributors Ikesaki Cosméticos, Farouk Shami, founder and chairman of Farouk Systems , makers of CHI and BioSilk brands and presenting sponsor of the Miss Universe Pageant, is set to judge at the live televised 60th Annual Miss Universe Pageant in Sao Paulo. Hair King Farouk will join the distinguished televised judging panel that includes: TV personality Adrienne Maloof, Miss Universe 2003 Amelia Vega, respected journalist Connie Chung, Brazilian auto racer Helio...

NEW HYBRID WELLNESS, SPA & FITNESS CONCEPT TO LAUNCH GLOBALLY

Denver, Colorado, July 22, 2011 – Uspa Immersion, a new hybrid of wellness, spa and fitness, is the collaborative offspring of three pioneering industry-leading firms with unparalleled development and project planning expertise and expansive facility management, operational, and retail experience. Uspa Immersion is a fully integrated brand featuring a focus on green and sustainable principles and an emphasis on innovations in design, education / training, services, products and business tools. Inspired by traditional indigenous rituals and by the science of nature, Uspa Immersion uses only natural and organic products with an emphasis on performance and offers a full range of...

InterContinental Montelucia Resort sold to KSL Capital Partners

Denver private-equity firm KSL Capital Partners LLC has purchased the InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa, a 293-room luxury property in Scottsdale, Ariz., near Phoenix. A statement Monday from KSL did not indicated the seller or the purchase price. However, the Wall Street Journal reports that KSL paid $115 million to five banks, led by Germany's Eurohypo AG, that foreclosed on the property two years ago, shortly after it opened in late 2008. The Spanish-style resort cost $270 million to build, the Journal's Kris Hudson reports. He said the development project was plagued by cost overruns, construction delays and unlucky timing,...

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