Trends & Research

SpaBooker Shares Insights from IECSC New York

With the the International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference (IECSC) New York behind us, thousands of spa professionals discovered what’s new, exciting, and innovative for the coming year. Based on a SpaBooker survey of more than 500 attendees and exhibitors from the show, the company revealed some of the year’s hottest trends. Here’s a helpful infographic designed by SpaBooker: Didn’t make it to IECSC New York? Check out this fun video from this year’s show:

The Spa Association Releases 2014 Spa Trends Report

The Spa Association (SPAA) recently published its 2014 Spa Industry Trends Report , which captures the global spa and wellness trends, offering insight to spa, beauty, hospitality, wellness, and travel firms that focus on the spa-goer demographic. “The spa dynamic is spilling over into complementary areas like fitness and food preparation,” says Melinda Minton, executive director of SPAA. “Wellness is an obvious good fit with spa. In fact, many of the elements now seen in the spa demographic are difficult to separate from wellness because they are so naturally blended.” Minton also adds that technology is moving at an exponential...

Trends & Stats: New lodging growth cycle under way, says LE

Source: www.hotelmanagement.net Lodging Econometric’s mid-year analysis spotlights lodging’s new growth cycle that is well under way. In 2013, average daily rate and revenue per available room will rise to exceed previous cyclical highs, perhaps occupancy rate, as well. LE’s metrics have shown the same marginal but steady improvements as other sectors of the economy, such as: technology, autos, housing and more. After the election, LE anticipates that Congress and the new administration will move to address the issues that are restraining economic growth. LE expects that in 2013, the economy and financial markets will turn more positive and be more...

Male grooming: market grows at rapid pace but brands need to adapt

Source: www.premiumbeautynews.com All surveys point to the same phenomenon: the global market for men’s cosmetics is booming. According to a recent study by Kline & Company, the male skin care market has nothing of a niche market anymore . In this context, even the term “metrosexual” - a portmanteau word that, throughout the first decade of the century, symbolised men’s new behaviour of towards beauty - has turned obsolete. “ It used to imply a certain niche group, whereas in 2012, all types of men, in urban and suburban areas, are using male grooming products, ” explains Nancy Mills, Consumer...

WAVES OF WELLNESS: Guidelines for safe, smart exercise while pregnant

Source: Jacksonville.com By Sayra Sievert, MD Most of us now know that regular exercise is important for our health, but women are often unsure of what they can and cannot do safely once they become pregnant. It is recommended that pregnant women engage in 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise per day on most, if not all, days of the week. However, before beginning any exercise program, it is important that a woman’s overall health and obstetrical risks be evaluated by her physician. There are some absolute contraindications to exercise in pregnancy, including preeclampsia, significant heart disease or incompetent...

Wellness sector growth likely to double in three years

Source: The Hindu Business Line Report says sector’s growth set to double by 2015 MUMBAI, AUG. 26: The Indian health and wellness industry is all set to double by 2015 if the current growth is maintained, a joint report by industry body FICCI and advisory firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said. At present, the sector is estimated at Rs 59,000 crore and is growing at a CAGR of 18-20 per cent. The wellness market comprises beauty and cosmetic products, healthy food and beverage, slimming products, fitness services, dietary supplements and spas and salons. These are roughly divided into three categories such as...

Employee wellness a growing hospital priority

Source: Fiercehealthcare.com Underscoring hospitals' interest in employee health, 84 percent of medical facilities in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut that responded to a new survey offer workers a wellness program or activity. And an additional 5 percent plan to establish a program in the next 12 months, according to a new survey conducted by Cammack LaRhette Consulting, a benefits and accountable care consulting firm based in New York City. Forty-five hospitals in the three states responded to the poll. At the same time, only one in five organizations has or is committed to having an accountable care organization in...

North Texas spas becoming “belly friendly” for soon-to-be moms

Source: Pegasus News Appropriately, Labor Day, September 3 is one of the first days of the month known as “the biggest birth month.” The timing is ideal to focus on health and well-being for expecting moms. A new spa education and recognition program, Belly Friendly aims to raise the bar for the prenatal service experience. Since launching earlier this year, 19 spas nationwide have become Belly Friendly, and more are joining the movement each week. The first Dallas-area spas to get Belly Friendly are Carrollton Square Salon & Spa (1026 South Broadway, Carrollton), La Bella Belly (3100 Ridge Road, Rockwall),...

Travelers return to luxury hotels for the pluses

By Chris Keane, for USA TODAY When frequent business traveler Jeff Rosenthal left behind a shirt and an important document at The Ritz-Carlton in Singapore in May, the advantage of staying at a luxury hotel hit home. Unaware anything was missing, Rosenthal was in a Singapore airport lounge when the hotel called about an hour before his flight to Bangkok. "They rushed the document and the shirt to the airport and were able to get an Emirates airlines staff member to run it to me with 15 minutes to spare," says Rosenthal, a New York-based senior vice president in the...

Hotels not on Facebook risk "losing credibility"

Hotel GMs were warned that they should employ a social media strategy or risk "losing credibility" at yesterday's Great GM Debate in Dubai. HOTELIERMIDDLEEAST.COM September 15, 2011 Martin Kubler, founder of Iconsulthotels who led a workshop for GMs entitled- Making Social Media Work for You, admitted that while it was still very difficult to measure a concrete return on investment from social media, success depended on a GM's ability to "think out of a revenue generation box". "Facebook fans are not yet financial assets in the traditional sense, but they are important indicators," he said. "A few years ago a...

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