Trends & Research

Cosmetic Surgery Procedures Increase by 5% in 2010, Says ASPS

As the U.S. economy pulls out of the recession, so are nips, tucks and lifts. According to statistics released this week by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 13.1 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, including those that are minimally invasive or surgical, were performed in the United States in 2010, up 5% from 2009. In addition, more than 5.3 million reconstructive plastic surgery procedures were performed last year, up 2%. The increase in cosmetic plastic surgery mirrors the rise in consumer confidence throughout most of 2010. 'The economy is showing signs of improvement and, financially, things are a little...

Men's Cosmetics Take Off in China

More and more Chinese men are looking to the power of skin creams and anti-age serums to help them get ahead professionally, sparking a booming new market that has major cosmetics firms salivating. Chinese men have fewer hang-ups than Western men about using skin care products -- and keen customers, especially in urban areas, are even snapping up pots of foundation, toners and whitening creams traditionally bought by women. Industry giants such as France's L'Oreal and German group Beiersdorf, which makes the Nivea line, are spending big on ads and distribution in China to conquer the promising market -- and...

Top Ten Fitness Trends for 2011

The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America's leading authority in fitness and the largest nonprofit fitness certification, education and training organization in the world, today announced the top ten fitness trends for 2011 based on an annual survey of its extensive worldwide network of personal trainers, group fitness experts, advanced health and fitness specialists and lifestyle and weight management consultants. With over 2,700 responses, the findings conclude that consumers have a more positive outlook on the future economy and also realize the importance of taking care of themselves – inside and out. 'After what has been a tough couple of...

Global Spa Summit Reports Asia-Pacific Spa Industry's Healthiest Region

The Global Spa Summit reports that it is excellent timing for the Global Spa Summit (GSS) to be in Asia this year because of positive growth aspects and the region’s healthy spa development pipeline. 'The industry analysts and regional experts speaking and facilitating discussions at this year’s Summit will share the most cutting-edge information about this region as well as other parts of the globe that affect your business today. I can’t imagine anyone missing this opportunity. Here are a few facts about the Asia-Pacific region from GSS board member Susie Ellis, president of SpaFinder . Quickest Economic Rebound: For...

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...

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