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Exclusive: HCM talks to Rainer Schaller about buying Gold’s Gym
BY Tom Walker | 23 Jul 2021
Rainer Schaller, founder of budget gym megabrand McFIT, says that the global fitness industry will have to prepare for permanent life with COVID-19 – but that the future will also present plenty of opportunities for the sector.
Arena gets US$5.2m seed financing to enter connected strength training market
BY Tom Walker | 23 Jul 2021
Fitness startup Arena Innovation has secured US$5.2m worth of seed funding, as it looks to launch its robotically-assisted resistance training product to the market.
Customised gyms are supporting Tokyo's Olympic athletes as the Games kicks off
BY Tom Walker | 23 Jul 2021
The most high-risk and controversial Olympics of modern times begin today (23 July) in Tokyo, having been delayed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fairmont Taghazout Bay launches in Morocco with Berber-inspired spa purification rituals
BY Megan Whitby | 22 Jul 2021
Fairmont’s second Moroccan outpost has opened in the bay of Taghazout, renowned for its golden sand beaches, azure waters and extraordinary sunsets.
EuropeActive to publish new study on COVID-19 cases and health club visits
BY Tom Walker | 22 Jul 2021
Further research into the levels of positive COVID-19 cases among those to have visited fitness clubs and leisure facilities is currently being developed by EuropeActive.
Revolutionary new Passivhaus leisure centre gets the go-ahead. Will reduce energy costs by 60%
BY Tom Walker | 22 Jul 2021
Planning approval has been granted to what is set to become one of the first wet and dry Passivhaus-certified leisure centres in the world.
Wexer launches into wellness in partnership with Mind123
BY Tom Walker | 21 Jul 2021
Digital fitness content provider Wexer is launching a new wellness resource on its connected Web Player.
Anne Dimon announces Wellness Tourism Association’s first International Wellness Tourism Conference
BY Megan Whitby | 21 Jul 2021
The Wellness Tourism Association (WTA) will host its inaugural International Wellness Tourism Conference at the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, Florida, between 28-30 September 2021.
$25m hot springs retreat and spa planned for Perth to set new standards for Australian wellness scene
BY Megan Whitby | 20 Jul 2021
Proposals have been submitted for a AUS$25m (€15.5m, £13.4m, US$18.3m) hot springs development on the banks of Swan River in Perth, Australi
F45 Training valued at US$1.4bn after IPO
BY Tom Walker | 20 Jul 2021
F45's IPO on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has revealed a strong appetite from investors, with 18.75 million shares sold, priced at US$16 each, raising around US$300m and giving a market value of around US$1.5bn at float.
New Youth Zone for Grimsby will have fitness club, boxing gym and health and wellbeing space
BY Tom Walker | 20 Jul 2021
A fitness club with a boxing studio, dance and performing arts studio and a four-court sports hall are just a few of the facilities included in plans for the new Horizon Youth Centre in Grimsby.
Microsoft's Israel campus designed to focus on 'evolution of work' features large corporate gym
BY Tom Walker | 19 Jul 2021
A large health club plays a major role in tech giant Microsoft’s recently opened R&D campus in Israel, which was designed to "re-define office working".
Aspria gets €50m warchest to drive acquisition programme
BY Kate Cracknell | 19 Jul 2021
Aspria Holdings, the group of eight premium wellbeing clubs in Germany, Belgium and Italy, has entered into a financial partnership with Fortress Investment Group.
One&Only and Chenot to grow partnership with new Grecian retreat on Athenian Riviera
BY Megan Whitby | 16 Jul 2021
Kerzner International, the owner of One&Only Resorts, is set to open a brand new Greek destination in Athens in 2022, in partnership with Grivalia Hospitality S.A.
ukactive and Nike partner to open UK school sports facilities during summer holidays
BY Tom Walker | 16 Jul 2021
Vulnerable young people will be given opportunities to take part in sport and physical activity over the summer holidays by utilising school sports facilities that would usually be behind locked doors.
Gurney’s Montauk Resort's refreshed thalassotherapy spa to be unveiled in December 2021
BY Megan Whitby | 15 Jul 2021
Gurney’s Montauk Resort’s luxurious waterfront spa in Long Island, US, is being reimagined by architect Ignacio Alonso of Alonso Balaguer Designs – the mastermind behind four of Aire Ancient Baths global locations.
IAAPA joins calls to ease border entry restrictions in the US and to revive tourism sector
BY Tom Walker | 14 Jul 2021
IAAPA has joined a range of US travel and tourism trade organisations in calling for the lifting of border entry restrictions and to help revive the visitor flow into the country.
Elevate moves to June 2022
BY Tom Walker | 14 Jul 2021
Organisers of the Elevate event – scheduled to be held at London’s ExCeL on 28 and 29 September 2021 – have confirmed that the two-day show will now be held in June 2022.
Coalition of sports-focused NGOs call on global health protocols for venue operations
BY Tom Walker | 14 Jul 2021
A number of leading sports NGOs have joined with the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) to launch a campaign calling for independently-assessed health and safety practices at sports venues.
iFIT makes big move in digital fitness with acquisition of Kayla Itsines' Sweat app
BY Tom Walker | 14 Jul 2021
iFIT Health & Fitness has acquired Sweat, the popular, female-focused fitness platform set up in 2015 by Australian fitness trainer and entrepreneur Kayla Itsines and co-founder Tobi Pearce.
     
 


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23 Jul 2021
Exclusive: HCM talks to Rainer Schaller about buying Gold’s Gym
Exclusive: HCM talks to Rainer Schaller about buying Gold’s Gym   Rainer Schaller, founder of budget gym megabrand McFIT, says that the global fitness industry will have to prepare for permanent life with COVID-19 – but that the future will also present plenty of opportunities for the sector. Earlier this year, Schaller's RSG Group (Rainer Schaller Global Group) added iconic .... More>>
23 Jul 2021
Arena gets US$5.2m seed financing to enter connected strength training market
Arena gets US$5.2m seed financing to enter connected strength training market   Fitness startup Arena Innovation has secured US$5.2m worth of seed funding, as it looks to launch its robotically-assisted resistance training product to the market. Investors include Wellness Holding, the investment office of the founders of Technogym, Courtside Ventures and Powerhouse Capital. Angel .... More>>
23 Jul 2021
Customised gyms are supporting Tokyo's Olympic athletes as the Games kicks off
Customised gyms are supporting Tokyo's Olympic athletes as the Games kicks off   The most high-risk and controversial Olympics of modern times begin today (23 July) in Tokyo, having been delayed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, around 85,000 people – from athletes and trainers to officials, dignitaries and media personnel – are expected to have arrived in the Japanese .... More>>
22 Jul 2021
Fairmont Taghazout Bay launches in Morocco with Berber-inspired spa purification rituals
Fairmont Taghazout Bay launches in Morocco with Berber-inspired spa purification rituals   Fairmont’s second Moroccan outpost has opened in the bay of Taghazout, renowned for its golden sand beaches, azure waters and extraordinary sunsets. The 146-room Fairmont Taghazout Bay stretches over 18-hectares of beachfront land and is anchored by a 1,400sq m spa haven, conceived as a sanctuary of calm and .... More>>
22 Jul 2021
EuropeActive to publish new study on COVID-19 cases and health club visits
EuropeActive to publish new study on COVID-19 cases and health club visits   Further research into the levels of positive COVID-19 cases among those to have visited fitness clubs and leisure facilities is currently being developed by EuropeActive. The study is the second cycle of the SafeACTiVE Study. The first edition, published in December 2020, found that the number of cases .... More>>
22 Jul 2021
Revolutionary new Passivhaus leisure centre gets the go-ahead. Will reduce energy costs by 60%
Revolutionary new Passivhaus leisure centre gets the go-ahead. Will reduce energy costs by 60%   Planning approval has been granted to what is set to become one of the first Passivhaus-certified leisure buildings in the world. The new Spelthorne Leisure Centre in Staines, Surrey – which will be owned by Spelthorne Borough Council – has been designed by GT3 Architects and Passivhaus specialists Gale and .... More>>
21 Jul 2021
Wexer launches into wellness in partnership with Mind123
Wexer launches into wellness in partnership with Mind123   Digital fitness content provider, Wexer, is launching a new wellness resource on its connected Web Player. Called Mind123, it will focus on wellness rather than exercise. Created by the team behind Move123 – which offers virtual workouts across the Wexer ecosystem – the new channel will aim to help people .... More>>
21 Jul 2021
Anne Dimon announces Wellness Tourism Association’s first International Wellness Tourism Conference
Anne Dimon announces Wellness Tourism Association’s first International Wellness Tourism Conference   The Wellness Tourism Association (WTA) will host its inaugural International Wellness Tourism Conference at the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, Florida, between 28-30 September 2021. For the first time, the association’s annual two-day event – formerly an AGM – is being opened to non-members. The event will be .... More>>
20 Jul 2021
$25m hot springs retreat and spa planned for Perth to set new standards for Australian wellness scene
$25m hot springs retreat and spa planned for Perth to set new standards for Australian wellness scene   Proposals have been submitted for a AUS$25m (€15.5m, £13.4m, US$18.3m) hot springs development on the banks of Swan River in Perth, Australia. Formerly Dalkeith Hot Pools, the site used to be a popular bathing spot for tourists and the local community in the 1920s and 50s. After reading articles about the .... More>>
20 Jul 2021
F45 Training valued at US$1.4bn after IPO
F45 Training valued at US$1.4bn after IPO   F45's IPO on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has revealed a strong appetite from investors, with 18.75 million shares sold, priced at US$16 each, raising around US$300m and giving a market value of around US$1.5bn at float. IPO statements suggest the company – F45 Training Holdings Inc – released 20 per cent .... More>>
20 Jul 2021
New Youth Zone for Grimsby will have fitness club, boxing gym and health and wellbeing space
New Youth Zone for Grimsby will have fitness club, boxing gym and health and wellbeing space   A fitness club with a boxing studio, dance and performing arts studio and a four-court sports hall are just a few of the facilities included in plans for the new Horizon Youth Zone in Grimsby. The 5,440sq m centre will also include a climbing wall, health and wellbeing room and an outdoor 3G pitch. The .... More>>
19 Jul 2021
Microsoft's Israel campus designed to focus on 'evolution of work' features large corporate gym
Microsoft's Israel campus designed to focus on 'evolution of work' features large corporate gym   A large health club plays a major role in tech giant Microsoft’s recently opened R&D campus in Israel, which was designed to "re-define office working". Located in the city of Herzliya, the campus has been designed ​​in partnership with Vered Gindi Architects and GSArch and utilises Microsoft’s concept of .... More>>
19 Jul 2021
Aspria gets €50m warchest to drive acquisition programme
Aspria gets €50m warchest to drive acquisition programme   Aspria Holdings, owner of eight premium wellbeing clubs in Germany, Belgium and Italy, has entered into a financial partnership with Fortress Investment Group. The deal makes over €50m of investment available to Aspria, accelerating its emergence from COVID-19 lockdowns and placing the company on the acquisition .... More>>
16 Jul 2021
One&Only and Chenot to grow partnership with new Grecian retreat on Athenian Riviera
One&Only and Chenot to grow partnership with new Grecian retreat on Athenian Riviera   Kerzner International, the owner of One&Only Resorts, is set to open a brand new Greek destination in Athens in 2022, in partnership with Grivalia Hospitality S.A. Named One&Only Aesthesis, the 21-hectare beachfront estate within a six-hectare forest reserve, will be the brand’s second European destination. It .... More>>
16 Jul 2021
ukactive and Nike partner to open UK school sports facilities during summer holidays
ukactive and Nike partner to open UK school sports facilities during summer holidays   Vulnerable young people will be given opportunities to take part in sport and physical activity over the summer holidays by utilising school sports facilities that would usually be behind locked doors. The Open Doors programme will be run in partnership between industry body, ukactive, and sportswear giant Nike, .... More>>
15 Jul 2021
Gurney’s Montauk Resort's refreshed thalassotherapy spa to be unveiled in December 2021
Gurney’s Montauk Resort's refreshed thalassotherapy spa to be unveiled in December 2021   Gurney's Montauk Resort's luxurious waterfront spa in Long Island, US, is being reimagined by architect Ignacio Alonso of Alonso Designs. The year-round 158-room resort in New York’s affluent Hamptons area dates back to 1926. It consists of a two-story building that sits on top of an oceanfront promontory with .... More>>
14 Jul 2021
IAAPA joins calls to ease border entry restrictions in the US and to revive tourism sector
IAAPA joins calls to ease border entry restrictions in the US and to revive tourism sector   IAAPA has joined a range of US travel and tourism trade organisations in calling for the lifting of border entry restrictions and to help revive the visitor flow into the country. The visitor attractions industry body is one of 24 trade organisations which are backing a set of recommendations and guidelines – .... More>>
14 Jul 2021
Elevate moves to June 2022
Elevate moves to June 2022   Organisers of the Elevate event – scheduled to be held at London’s ExCeL on 28 and 29 September 2021 – have confirmed that the two-day show will now be held in June 2022. The decision was made partly due to the delay in the lifting of the final COVID-19 restrictions (or Step 4) in England, which had created .... More>>
14 Jul 2021
Coalition of sports-focused NGOs call on global health protocols for venue operations
Coalition of sports-focused NGOs call on global health protocols for venue operations   A number of leading sports NGOs have joined with the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) to launch a campaign calling for independently-assessed health and safety practices at sports venues. Sport and Sustainability International (SandSI), Green Sports Alliance (GSA), Sports Environment Alliance (SEA), .... More>>
14 Jul 2021
iFIT makes big move in digital fitness with acquisition of Kayla Itsines' Sweat app
iFIT makes big move in digital fitness with acquisition of Kayla Itsines' Sweat app   iFIT Health & Fitness has acquired Sweat, the popular, female-focused fitness platform set up in 2015 by Australian fitness trainer and entrepreneur Kayla Itsines and co-founder Tobi Pearce. The deal is believed to be worth around US$400m and will see Sweat become a standalone brand in the iFIT portfolio – which .... More>>
14 Jul 2021
Merlin hits the market with surge of new openings
Merlin hits the market with surge of new openings   Merlin Entertainments has been busy with a raft of new openings and future project announcements, as the global visitor attractions industry begins to emerge from COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions. This month, Merlin has opened its much-anticipated Legoland New York Resort, with all seven of its lands .... More>>
14 Jul 2021
Anantara plans retreat on Zambezi River banks incorporating traditional African massage techniques
Anantara plans retreat on Zambezi River banks incorporating traditional African massage techniques   Marrying indigenous wellness culture and breathtaking scenery, The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara in Zambia, Africa, will host an immersive holistic wellness retreat from 19-22 August 2021. Set on the banks of the Zambezi River in full view of the spray of the iconic Victoria Falls, Anantara Spa will .... More>>
13 Jul 2021
South Korea's new COVID rule bans fast workout music in gyms
South Korea's new COVID rule bans fast workout music in gyms   Health clubs and fitness studios in South Korean capital city Seoul have been told to implement a new COVID-19 prevention measure and stop playing "fast music". Amid rising cases of the coronavirus, the country's health ministry has issued a number of new restrictions on specific business operations. One .... More>>
13 Jul 2021
Global Wellness Summit 2021 relocates from Tel Aviv to Boston
Global Wellness Summit 2021 relocates from Tel Aviv to Boston   The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has today announced a new location and dates for its 2021 conference. Originally scheduled to be held in Tel Aviv, Israel, in mid-November, it will now take place in Boston, Massachusetts, from 30 November till 3 December 2021 at the five-star Encore Boston Harbor – a Wynn .... More>>
13 Jul 2021
Sustainability: circular skincare brand launches with 'buy the product and borrow the packaging' model
Sustainability: circular skincare brand launches with 'buy the product and borrow the packaging' model   Today’s consumers have high expectations for brands to tackle sustainability head-on. In early 2021, a new US beauty and wellness brand named Ace of Air raised the bar for the industry by launching with a fully circular shared packaging model which operates with a Buy the Product and Borrow the Packaging .... More>>
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