Trends & Research

Top 10 Spa Trends for the Past DECADE

While SpaFinder has been predicting spa trends yearly for most of the last decade, this is the first time I've had the opportunity to sum up the top 10 spa trends that developed over the past 10 years. And what a decade it was! From organic to indigenous, social spa-ing to the online spa scene, 'spa' was transformed as the industry met global challenges with innovations that will positively impact us all for years to come. Our list of the decade's 'Top 10' includes trends that we forecast over the years that proved to be the most enduring. However, I...

Intelligent Spas Found Most Reliable Spa Benchmark Company

Intelligent Spas is the most reliable spa benchmark and research company according to an independent review conducted by US-based spa consulting company, Health Fitness Dynamics, Inc. (HFD). The review aimed "to determine if the studies are 'real research' or 'press-release' research, e.g., are they following the best practices for valid, reliable research or are they providing information that get people's attention." Judy Singer, President of HFD stated "there are lots of established, well-known as well as new research and consulting companies that are conducting various types of spa benchmarking studies, but their reputation and expertise in one area does not...

Well and Good's Top 10 NYC Wellness Trends

There's virtually a yoga studio on every block, a spa for every Starbucks, and an acupuncturist for every ailment. And the quickly changing well-being landscape means this year's health innovation is next year's New York Magazine coverline. Everyone's a trend-predicting psychic this time of year, including us. Of course, we think our crystal ball reads pretty accurately, since our trends were divined from hundreds of interviews we've done with the city's top wellness experts. And in addition to working the phones, our front line experience includes vetting yoga classes, trying facials we won't do twice, and giving up food for...

Mintel Predicts 2010 Global Beauty Trends

Though manufacturer and consumer attitudes were changed by the recession, innovation and resilience have shaped a new landscape for beauty in 2010. 'Austerity chic" ruled the beauty industry in 2009, but as this challenging year comes to a close, Mintel Beauty Innovation forecasts the top beauty trends for 2010. Though manufacturer and consumer attitudes were changed by the recession, innovation and resilience have shaped a new landscape for beauty in 2010. "While 2009 brought its challenges for the industry, beauty brands and suppliers have continued to seek creative new ways to merge science, nature and sustainability for better results and...

Intercontinental Hotels Group Predicts 2010 Travel Trends

Nick Rich, IHG's director of consumer insights for Europe, Middle East and Africa gives his predictions for business and leisure travel in 2010 Introduction from Kirk Kinsell, IHG's president for Europe, Middle East and Africa "The long-term future of the travel industry looks healthy. The internet is making travel more accessible, passenger numbers continue to rise on low cost airlines and people are now living longer than at anytime in our history — when you retire you don't go to the old people's home, you head for the airport! On top of this, new markets are beginning to travel. The...

2010's Top Travel Trends

Compiled by Juliet Kinsman, Mr & Mrs Smith 1. Cheap-chic holiday houses and apartments A high level of looks and service in a traditional setting; the self-catering cottage. 2. Boutique B&Bs Guesthouses with gusto adopt come-hither sexiness from the boutique big boys. For the US, boutique motels like made-over motel Hotel San Jose in Austin, Texas. 3. Upmarket all-inclusives Money is still a major issue for people - even at the luxury end - so we're looking for value more than ever: upscale packages are desirable as there aren't any hidden costs or room service extras above and beyond what...

SpaFinder Unveils Seventh Annual 'Top 10 Global Spa Trends' to Watch in 2010

SpaFinder, Inc., the global spa and wellness resource, today revealed its "2010 Spa Trends Forecast," naming global spa trends that will influence spa experiences for both consumers and the industry in 2010 and for years to come. Now in its seventh year, SpaFinder's annual forecast is widely anticipated by the $255 billion-plus global spa and wellness industries and the business community. SpaFinder President, Susie Ellis, previewed the trends at a special online presentation attended by press and industry professionals, held in association with The University of California, Irvine, Spa and Hospitality Management Program. Recognized for being the first to forecast...

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