Trends & Research

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...

The future of spa tourism

At the recent Global Spa Summit in Bali, Dr. László Puczkó of Xellum , presented a report "Health And Wellness Tourism" , about the current state of the spa industry. Dr. László Puczkó is managing partner at Xellum and has been working in health related travel for over 15 years, on development projects, strategies, forecasting, trends, trend definition and on planning on a regional or national level. Caroline Ratner of the IMTJ spoke to him about the report and his view of spa and wellness tourism today. Why was the report commissioned? The aim of the report is to identify...

SpaEvidence.com Launches

New York, NY July 25, 2011 – SpaEvidence.com launched today, the world's first online resource dedicated to the medical evidence that exists for spa and wellness therapies. With thousands of clinical studies evaluating the effectiveness of approaches like hydrotherapy, massage or meditation, SpaEvidence makes it easy (and free) for people — and medical, wellness and spa professionals — to research what's proven to work, what isn't and for what conditions. "People assume that the clinical evidence always sides with conventional Western medicine, but the 'gold standard' for medical research, the Cochrane Reviews, indicates that only 30%-35% of conventional medicine is...

ISPA Releases New U.S. Spa Industry Statistics

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The International SPA Association (ISPA) has released new statistics from the ISPA 2011 U.S. Spa Industry Study. ISPA commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to conduct the survey which is updated every year with five key statistics crucial to the spa industry including revenue, spa visits, the number of spa locations, total employment in the industry and square footage. "The key message from the survey is the spa industry in the U.S. is recovering from the worst recession to hit the country in living memory," said Colin McIlheney, Global Research Director at PwC. "The most positive takeaway from the study...

“Sold Out” 2011 Global Spa Summit Makes Presentations, And Historic Amount of New Research, Available to World

"We’re thrilled to offer the presentations and research to the entire spa and wellness industry, so they can benefit from much of the knowledge and insight shared this May." New York, NY (PRWEB) June 09, 2011 The Global Spa Summit reported today that its recent conference in Bali, Indonesia from May 15-18 was sold out. The fifth-annual conference, held for the first time in Asia, attracted a record number of executives (275) from 35 nations. And, as the only industry conference that travels to a new global region each year, the Summit attracted both a strong Asian, and globally balanced,...

Sunscreens remain safe, effective form of sun protection

*/ SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (May 23, 2011) The American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) today reiterated the safety and effectiveness of sunscreens to protect against the damaging effects from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. As one component of a daily sun-protection strategy, sunscreen is an important tool in the fight against skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Unprotected sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer. More than 3.5 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year, affecting 2 million people. At current rates, one in five Americans...

Recent Studies Link Indoor Tanning Bed Use to Melanoma

Recent studies provide evidence linking indoor tanning bed use to melanoma and reinforce the declaration by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that indoor tanning devices are carcinogenic to humans. “While the medical community has known anecdotally that indoor tanning is linked with melanoma, it has been difficult to provide the evidence. These new studies show conclusively that indoor tanning bed use can lead to melanoma,” said Steven Q. Wang, MD, member of The Skin Cancer Foundation’s independent Photobiology Committee and Director of Dermatologic Surgery and Dermatology at Memorial Sloan Kettering, Basking Ridge, NJ. In June 2010, researchers...

Top 10 Consumer Trends for 2011

The 2011 consumer is branching out: mobile and online, making time for self-care to stay ahead and well. Consumers are reaching out to higher-end products, greener consumption if the price is right and experience-based consumption while considering purchases more. Brands need to tap into the on and offline cultural zeitgeist to best connect with their existing and potential customers. 1. DOLPHINS, YOUNG VALUE-SEEKERS AND OTHER FRESH TAKES ON THRIFT For consumers worldwide, thriftier lifestyles and considered purchasing, even when buying luxury, are now the norm, fuelled by the 24/7 'servant' that is online value checking. This is impacting on the...

New Survey Finds Teen Girls and Young Women Need a Lesson on Dangers of Indoor Tanning

Despite repeated warnings from dermatologists on the health dangers of tanning, results of a new survey by the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) confirmed that a large percentage of Caucasian teen girls and young women admitted using tanning beds or intentionally tanning outdoors in the past year. Thirty-two percent of respondents had used a tanning bed in the past year, and of those respondents, one-fourth (25 percent) used a tanning bed at least weekly, on average. An overwhelming majority (81 percent) of all respondents reported that they had tanned outdoors either frequently or occasionally in the past year. “Our survey...

Survey Shows Spa Days and Gift Cards Most Desired Mother's Day Gifts

With less than two weeks until Mother's Day on May 8, the best bet this year is giving mom her choice for gifts and pampering, according to a new survey(1) conducted by independent research firm Toluna and released today by Buy.com®. Over one third of Americans (35 percent) will find out from mom what she wants before shopping – and topping her list this year is a day at the spa or a favorite gift card as the most desired gifts. In the survey of more than 1,000 adults, which included nearly 200 moms, a day at the spa ranked...

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