Announcements

SPATALITY Lends Global Touch To Latin American Spa

The new Ceiba Spa at Porta Hotel Antigua brings a touch of world-class to the culturally rich local spa market thanks in part to foundational and pre-opening services by Spatality. 'Ceiba will quickly be the market leader in Guatemala and set the standard for Spa in the country. The concept, design, service standards and product line all combine to make a world-class spa, something that Guatemala has not seen before,” said Spatality CEO, Ingo Schweder. Spatality was tasked to deliver a comprehensive range of pre-opening and technical services for the project including market research and feasibility, spa concept brief, design...

Cosmoprof North America tackles private label and social media

Private label and social media are two of the topics covered in the educational program of this year's Cosmoprof North America, taking place on July 18-20 in Las Vegas. The exhibitors at this year’s show include L’Oreal-owned Essie Cosmetics, Alberto Culver and HCT Packaging. According to the show organizers, more than 25,000 industry professionals – from manufacturers to distributers – visit the show. This year, the show features an exhibition area of over 15,000 square meters across four pavilions that are organized according to product area. Cosmetics and Toiletries and Professional Hair, Nail Products & Tools are the two biggest...

EarthBody Voted Best San Francisco DAY SPA 2010 by SF Weekly

Receiving the Best Day Spa in San Francisco is no small feat considering there are over 100 spa's in the city alone. From lush hotels spas, to mid sized massage studio's, EarthBody, an intimate three treatment room eco healing center, wins this years Best Day Spa of 2010. EarthBody opened its doors just this past August on Laguna Street in Hayes Valley. One of the only sustainable and eco conscious healing spa’s in San Francisco, EarthBody began as the private practice of owner and healer Denmo Ibrahim. In 2006, when Denmo began her practice she had a small following of...

The Mayflower Inn & Spa in foreclosure

The Mayflower Inn & Spa is in foreclosure, having defaulted on its $21.5 million mortgage. Papers filed in Connecticut superior court and Associated Press reports show that the Mayflower Inn & Spa is in the midst of true financial difficulties, but details were difficult to obtain at mid-week, according to an article by the Litchfield County Times. “We’re very far removed from that,” said General Manager John Trevenen. “We’re not in the least bit concerned. It has little bearing on the day-to-day operations of the Mayflower.” He went on to say the operation is in no danger of closing, staffing...

Universal Companies Promotes Corporate & Spa Sustainability

Universal Companies has taken many steps toward becoming more environmentally responsible over the past few years, and helping spas do the same. The spa industry leader now sells a sizeable collection of economical, earth-friendly products, all of which feature a green leaf symbol in its 2010 Spa Resource Book. This icon indicates that products have undergone conscientious examination for sustainable attributes. Universal Companies also offers customer green supply consolidation analysis. A full-time sustainability specialist is on staff to assist customers who are interested in greening their facilities. In addition, the company partners with the Green Spa Network, a community of...

ISPA To Recognize Deborah Szekely as a Visionary Leader During 20th Anniversary Celebration

The International SPA Association is pleased to announce Deborah Szekely, founder and creative director of Rancho La Puerta Fitness Resort Spa and the Golden Door as the recipient of the 2010 International SPA Association Visionary Award. Szekely, known as the founding 'godmother' of the mind, body and fitness movement, will be honored during the 2010 ISPA Conference & Expo, Nov. 15-18 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in the Washington, D.C. area. This award is especially significant since the association is celebrating its 20th anniversary at the Conference. 'Deborah Szekely is a true visionary leader who pioneered the...

SpaFinder Announces Fall Deal Days for September 20- 26, 2010

Building on the success of its first-ever nationwide Deal Days event in March, SpaFinder today announced that the promotion would return with expanded benefits for participating spas from September 20 – 26, 2010. Hundreds of spas across 46 states participated in the first Deal Days, which was held in March, making it the first truly nationwide spa event of its kind. Thousands of spa-goers booked treatments during Deal Days, with many spas selling out appointments for the week before the event even started. A SpaFinder survey of Deal Days customers found that over 90% said they would return to the...

MetWest appoints Terra Resort Group for Madrona Hotel & Spa

Terra Resort Group, the Jackson Hole, WY-based hotel management company, announces today that will assume management of Sausalito, California's Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa, which was recently acquired by MetWest SIMA Real Estate Fund I, an affiliate of MetWest Realty Advisors ('MetWest') of Los Angeles, California. Located in the heart of Sausalito, Casa Madrona includes 62 rooms, a 3,000-square-foot spa and 5,000 square feet of event space. A vibrant centerpiece set on the Sausalito hillside, Casa Madrona was originally constructed in 1885 as a mansion for the Barrett Family of San Francisco. At the turn of the century, the home...

Wynn Resorts Declines Participation in Foxwoods Casino Project in Philadelphia

Wynn Resorts, Limited /quotes/comstock/15*!wynn /quotes/nls/wynn announced today that Development Associates, LLC, and certain other of its wholly owned subsidiaries have terminated all agreements and negotiations with respect to a potential investment in the Foxwoods Casino project in Philadelphia, PA. 'We are fascinated by the legalization of full gaming in Pennsylvania and stimulated by the opportunity that it presents for Wynn Resorts, but this particular project did not, in the end, present an opportunity that was appropriate for our company,' commented Stephen A. Wynn, Chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts, Limited. Wynn Resorts, Limited /quotes/comstock/15*!wynn /quotes/nls/wynn announced today that Development Associates,...

Hilton completes debt restructuring

Hilton Worldwide said Friday completed a debt restructuring on April 9th that lowers its total debt by nearly $4 billion. The deal included buying and retiring $1.8 billion of debt and converting $2.1 billion of a type of debt called junior mezzanine to preferred equity, a stake in the company that pays a dividend. Hilton Worldwide is owned by Blackstone, one of the world's largest buyout firms, with $93.5 billion assets under management. The New York-based firm's portfolio includes stakes in German telephone giant Deutsche Telekom, newspaper publisher Freedom Communications and casino operator Harrah's Entertainment.

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