Trends & Research

Healthy Spa Industry Revives Interest In Management Courses

When deciding on a major, more students may soon focus on careers in healthy industries, such as spa management. According to the International Spa Association, the spa industry generates over $12 billion in revenues each year and there are over 20,000 spas in the U.S. Despite the healthy growth of the spa industry, currently, only three universities provide bachelor’s degree programs with a spa management concentration. At Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), the spa management program is offered in conjunction with the university’s Resort and Hospitality Management Bachelor of Science degree. Students receive a traditional food, beverage and lodging hospitality...

SpaFinder President Susie Ellis Names Top 10 Global Spa Trends for 2011

NEW YORK, NY – November 16, 2010 – SpaFinder, Inc., the global spa and wellness resource, today announced its annual spa trend forecast, now in its eighth year. SpaFinder’s Spa Trend Report ™ identifies global spa trends that will influence spa experiences for both consumers and the industry in the coming year and for decades to come. The report is based on analyses from a large team of experts who visit hundreds of day and stay spas each year; interviews with top industry analysts; ongoing research across the spa, travel and beauty sectors; and data derived from SpaFinder’s relationships with...

Holiday Gifting Made Simple at Spas

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Spas are uniquely equipped to help individuals manage the stress levels increasingly associated with the holidays, and this holiday season, spas offer opportunities to give gifts that keep on giving to everyone on your list. According to the ISPA 2010 US Spa Industry Survey, 80 percent of spas have introduced special packages targeted at diverse client groups, including men, couples, teens (13 to 19 years of age), families, athletes and seniors. In addition, most spas have incorporated gift cards to their offerings, making it easy to give the gift of spa to everyone on your list. “There...

16th Annual ISPA Media Event Introduces New Trends

The International SPA Association recently hosted the 16th annual ISPA Media Event at Cipriani 42nd St. in New York, NY. The annual gathering showcased a select number of ISPA member spas and was attended by leading beauty, business and travel media. The ISPA Media Event works to promote the spa industry, discuss the latest trends and release new ISPA research while the participating spas perform innovative and unique treatments on the media. “In its 16th year, the ISPA Media Event is the proven venue for spas to showcase their unique offerings, educating the media on not only the latest trends...

Cornell releases new report on service innovations

The Center for Hospitality Research at Cornell University has just released Set 4 of their study, ' Cases in Innovative Practices in Hospitality and Related Services .' This report identifies some intriguing new trends and innovations in hotels and restaurants around the world, including table-service dining with touch-screen ordering for a meal at the gate at JFK Airport, and a report on how Wendy's International is using an online training program to fast-track management candidates and reduce turnover. The CHR publishes new research reports frequently,and registration is free.

Master of Merchandising Charles Compton Featured Speaker at Spa Buzz/So. Cal Spa Directors's Meeting

The Southern California Spa Association partnered with The Spa Buzz to host an action-packed event on August 13, at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott. The featured speaker was Charles Compton of Mars Solutions--undisputed “Ruler of Retail”. Charles has worked with many 5 star resorts in North American and Mexico (Ritz Carlton, Mandarin Oriental, Hyatt, Hilton and Fountainbleu and Capella to name a few), and he and his wife operate a retail store in the Hyatt Huntington Beach featuring sustainable art, jewelry and textiles. Here are some of his Charles insights on the state of spa retail: The retail market is trending...

SpaFinder Releases 4th Annual "State of Spa" Travel Survey Findings

According to SpaFinder’s fourth annual State of Spa Travel survey released today, travel agents report spa travel performed surprisingly well across a depressed economy in 2009, and is clocking measurable, if modest, growth for the first half of 2010. A key finding: Despite the recovering economy, more than nine in ten travel agents report that global hotel, resort and destination spas are actually offering more, or holding firm on, special deals and low pricing in 2010 compared with 2009. Additionally, the two most powerful consumer trends this year are: 1) an increased interest in vacations/travel with a specific health/wellness focus;...

New research shows consumer interest in health and wellness on the rise

Consumers are continuing to increase spending on products for health and wellness – with a renewed focus on whole foods as a foundation, according to a new report from the Hartman Group. “More than ever, consumers view fresh, real and clean food as the foundation for health and wellness,” the market research organization reported. “Consumers believe that a fresh, real and clean diet is the first step to treating and preventing disease, supporting vitality and mental energy.” The organization carried out an online survey involving 2744 respondents to find out about US consumers’ attitudes toward health and wellness, their sources...

NMI Reports 2009 Health & Wellness Industry Sales at $125 Billion

Natural Marketing Institute (NMI) announced that retail sales within the U.S. consumer packaged goods health and wellness industry reached almost $125 billion in 2009, representing an overall growth of 5% over the previous year. This figure includes sales across all retail and direct-to-consumer channels for the six categories detailed below. These findings are part of NMI’s annual Health & Wellness Trends Database® (HWTD) research study, conducted in Q4 of 2009 among 5,607 U.S. households. While functional/fortified foods and beverages continue to represent the largest portion of sales, this category had the smallest growth rate (only 2%) over 2008. The majority...

Wellness Is No Passing Fad: Global Market Estimated at Nearly $2 Trillion, According to Landmark Study Unveiled at 2010 Global Spa Summit

Wellness is often represented as a passing fad or niche market, but a major study conducted by SRI International (SRI), released at the 2010 Global Spa Summit (GSS) in Istanbul, Turkey, reveals that the yearly worldwide wellness industry is poised to cross the $2 trillion mark. The report, titled “Spas and the Global Wellness Market,” represents one of the first analyses of the wellness industry and the consumer forces driving its growth. The study also for the first time presents wellness as an integrated industry cluster with nine core segments, adding definition to what has been an amorphous market. Global...

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