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Neil Palmer named Six Senses’ new chief operating officer
BY Megan Whitby | 28 Sep 2021
Neil Palmer has been appointed as Six Senses’ chief operating officer (COO) to look after the brand’s growing portfolio of hotels, resorts and spas in 20 countries, with a further 34 properties signed into the development pipeline.
Xponential Fitness takes Rumble to Australia with master franchise deal
BY Tom Walker | 27 Sep 2021
Boxing-inspired fitness operator Rumble has signed a master franchise agreement in Australia, which could see at least 100 studios open in the country over the next five years.
Fittr raises US$11.5m In Series A round to grow its digital services
BY Tom Walker | 27 Sep 2021
Digital health and fitness platform Fittr has raised US$11.5m in a Series A funding round.
Pullman Hotels and Les Mills launch new boutique offering driven by team of global fitness ambassadors
BY Tom Walker | 27 Sep 2021
Hotel giant Accor has launched a new bespoke, premium fitness service for its upmarket Pullman Hotels & Resorts.
Report: Leisure shift drives wellness real estate during the pandemic
BY Megan Whitby | 24 Sep 2021
Hotels with wellness revenues exceeding US$1m (€852,700, £731,700) generated nearly 75 per cent more in total revenue per available room (TRevPAR) in 2020, compared to locations with wellness revenues of less than US$1m.
Canyon Ranch’s first urban wellness club to debut in Texas in 2023
BY Megan Whitby | 23 Sep 2021
US wellness lifestyle brand Canyon Ranch is curating a members-only urban wellness club concept to help its guests lead healthier happier lives.
Study: focus on fitness, not weight loss, to cut dangers of obesity
BY Tom Walker | 23 Sep 2021
People deemed obese should concentrate on exercise and staying fit – rather than dieting and weight loss – when it comes to cutting the risk of dying early.
Themed Entertainment Association sets up presence in China
BY Tom Walker | 23 Sep 2021
The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) has established an official presence in China, with a company registered in Shanghai.
Sibec Europe cancelled
BY Tom Walker | 22 Sep 2021
The Sibec Europe show, scheduled to take place in Cologne, Germany, from 2 to 5 November 2021, has been cancelled.
Alchemy Springs Communal Bathhouse to revive San Francisco’s social bathing culture
BY Megan Whitby | 22 Sep 2021
Alchemy Springs Communal Bathhouse, a planned hydrothermal spa located in San Francisco’s Lower Nob Hill neighbourhood, has announced a vision to revive the city’s bathhouse culture and provide a place for community and wellness to intersect through social bathing.
Bjarke Ingels and Marc Lore reveal plans for Telosa, 'world's most sustainable city'
BY Tom Walker | 22 Sep 2021
Plans have been revealed for a US$400bn city which could be the home for up to 5 million people in the US.
Trilogy Spa Holdings purchases spa asset management firm and its proprietary Spa Audit Service
BY Megan Whitby | 22 Sep 2021
Spa management and operations company Trilogy Spa Holdings has announced the purchase of Trinity Spa Advisors – a boutique spa asset management firm.
Swim England: 2,000 pools in danger of being lost forever
BY Tom Walker | 22 Sep 2021
Swim England has warned that 2,000 swimming pools could be lost forever unless the government and local authorities "act immediately" and invest in replacing or refurbishing ageing facilities.
National Fitness Day to get millions of people physically active
BY Tom Walker | 22 Sep 2021
Sports Minister, Nigel Huddleston, has joined gym-goers this morning to kick-off the annual National Fitness Day, with thousands of free activities taking place across the UK.
Healing Hotels of the World taps Marina Efraimoglou and Mahesh Natarajan to host masterclasses on healing in hospitality
BY Megan Whitby | 21 Sep 2021
Global consortium of holistic hotels, resorts and retreats Healing Hotels of the World is hosting two online webinars aimed at finding answers as to how people can travel consciously as they face the effects of climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Until to launch high-end workspaces for fitness professionals
BY Tom Walker | 21 Sep 2021
A new high-end workspace, designed for the use of personal trainers, coaches and other health and wellness professionals, will open in central London in November.
Elegant spa opens in Budapest inspired by the River Danube and its native swans
BY Megan Whitby | 21 Sep 2021
A new spa has opened in Budapest, with design influenced by the city’s historical links to thermal bathing and the graceful forms of swans.
UK fitness sector could gain 5 million new members 'with right support'
BY Tom Walker | 21 Sep 2021
VAT reform, adjustments in business rates and a fitness-led high street regeneration push could see the UK's fitness sector gain 5 million more paying members by 2030.
WTS International announces Barry Goldstein as chief executive officer
BY Megan Whitby | 20 Sep 2021
Spa consultancy and management firm WTS International has today announced the appointment of Barry Goldstein as chief executive officer (CEO).
Peloton's new commercial arm sets aim on the hospitality market
BY Tom Walker | 20 Sep 2021
Peloton has completed the merging of its commercial operations with Precor, the equipment brand it acquired earlier this year.
     
 


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13 Mar 2021
Battle for Virgin Active: restructure 'still possible'
Battle for Virgin Active: restructure 'still possible'   A battle to save Virgin Active is continuing, as the company works to secure a restructuring plan which would be approved by its creditors. Investors are understood to be ready to provide a £60m+ funding injection into the fitness operator, in a bid to secure its future. Any fresh investment, however, .... More>>
12 Mar 2021
Welsh government considering splitting gyms into categories based on 'risk' and phasing reopening of larger and smaller sites
Welsh government considering splitting gyms into categories based on 'risk' and phasing reopening of larger and smaller sites   Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford, says the Welsh government is considering breaking the gym sector down into different categories, based on 'risk', and reopening some gyms and health clubs before others. "I've been reading evidence recently that says we shouldn't treat all gyms the same," he said. "Up until .... More>>
12 Mar 2021
Irish Spa Association urging Government for commercial rent relief to protect spa businesses
Irish Spa Association urging Government for commercial rent relief to protect spa businesses   The Irish Spa Association (ISA) is urgently calling upon the Irish Government to provide full commercial rent relief to safeguard spas, salons and beauty businesses. Ireland is in the highest level of lockdown, with all spa and salons closed, and the Government announced this week that these restrictions will .... More>>
12 Mar 2021
Six Senses’ Israeli desert retreat to open in August offering CBD-infused camel milk massages
Six Senses’ Israeli desert retreat to open in August offering CBD-infused camel milk massages   Six Senses’ highly anticipated retreat in Israel’s Southern Negev Desert is set to open on 5 August 2021, complete with a 1,900sq m spa and wellness sanctuary. Six Senses Shaharut and its spa have been realised by Tel Aviv-based Plesner Architects to offer a contemporary interpretation of nomadic structures, .... More>>
12 Mar 2021
Madame Tussauds figures helping out at famous New York steakhouse
Madame Tussauds figures helping out at famous New York steakhouse   Peter Luger Steak House in New York has recruited in some unusual help to ensure diners adhere to social distancing measures – while giving guests a photo opportunities. The iconic restaurant has teamed up with Merlin Entertainments to bring in famous A-listers in the form of Madame Tussauds wax figures. The wax .... More>>
11 Mar 2021
Universal Japan's Super Nintendo World theme park to open in March
Universal Japan's Super Nintendo World theme park to open in March   The Super Nintendo World theme park at the Universal Studios Japan resort in the city of Osaka will finally open its doors this month (March 2021). Initially scheduled to open before the now-delayed Tokyo Olympics in July 2020, the new attraction is set to launch on 18 March. Attractions and locations within .... More>>
11 Mar 2021
Changes in consumer spending on online fitness 'here to stay', says McKinsey report
Changes in consumer spending on online fitness 'here to stay', says McKinsey report   A new report shows how the pandemic is shifting consumer behaviours in fitness, sport and physical activity – and how those changes are likely to be permanent when it comes to the consumption of goods and digital services. The Sporting Goods 2021 – The Next Normal for an Industry in Flux report, from .... More>>
11 Mar 2021
New launch, Bande, offers digital fitness with social interaction
New launch, Bande, offers digital fitness with social interaction   A new digital fitness platform provides the social aspect of a boutique studio at home. Launching this week, Bande offers "intimate live-stream and on-demand classes" in a wide variety of formats, optimised for at-home participation. The platform utilises technology that encourages connections between .... More>>
10 Mar 2021
COVID vaccine less effective in people with obesity
COVID vaccine less effective in people with obesity   At least one of the vaccines approved for use against COVID-19 could be less effective in obese people, according to a new study. Research shows that healthcare workers with a body mass index (BMI) of more than 30 (the standard definition for obesity) produced only about half the amount of antibodies from the .... More>>
10 Mar 2021
Peloton tackles Australian market – continues global expansion
Peloton tackles Australian market – continues global expansion   Peloton is launching in Australia, marking the brand's entry to the Asia Pacific region. The launch, set to take place during the second half of 2021, will see the indoor cycling giant offering consumers its original Peloton Bike, the Peloton Bike+ and the Peloton App. In preparation, Peloton is setting up .... More>>
10 Mar 2021
Julie Bach launches wellbeing app for people touched by cancer
Julie Bach launches wellbeing app for people touched by cancer   Wellness for Cancer (WFC), the charity founded and led by industry figure Julie Bach, has launched a wellbeing app for people touched by cancer, featuring content from established wellness brands including Six Senses, Kamalaya and Biologique Recherche. The app is called Kaleidoscope View and gives people tools .... More>>
10 Mar 2021
'Much-needed' independent review launched into Destination Management Organisations
'Much-needed' independent review launched into Destination Management Organisations   The UK government has announced an independent review to assess the way destination management organisations (DMO) operate across England. The review, led by Nick de Bois, chair of the VisitEngland Advisory Board, will look at how DMOs are funded and structured – and how they perform their roles. The review .... More>>
10 Mar 2021
Merlin reveals plans to open first ever stand-alone Peppa Pig theme park in Orlando
Merlin reveals plans to open first ever stand-alone Peppa Pig theme park in Orlando   Merlin Entertainments will open the first ever stand-alone Peppa Pig theme park at its Legoland Florida Resort in the US. Set to open in 2022, Peppa Pig Theme Park will feature multiple rides, interactive attractions, themed play-scapes and water play areas and daily live shows. The separately ticketed park's .... More>>
10 Mar 2021
Rene Moos: 2020 Basic-Fit's 'toughest year', but outlook is encouraging
Rene Moos: 2020 Basic-Fit's 'toughest year', but outlook is encouraging   Rene Moos, CEO of European health club giant Basic-Fit, has described 2020 as the most difficult faced by the group – but remains positive about the outlook for the fitness industry. “2020 was the toughest year in the history of Basic-Fit and the fitness industry," Moos said. "We started the year strongly, .... More>>
10 Mar 2021
Norway's Kon-Tiki Museum to reopen in 2025 after redesign by Snøhetta
Norway's Kon-Tiki Museum to reopen in 2025 after redesign by Snøhetta   The Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo, Norway, will undergo a redesign and expansion expected to be completed in 2025. The ambitious works will transform the attraction, which charts the travels of Norwegian adventurer, Thor Heyerdahl. Located on the forested Bygdøy peninsula in Oslo, the Kon-Tiki Museum is already one .... More>>
10 Mar 2021
Genting reveals plans to open SkyWorlds theme park in 2021
Genting reveals plans to open SkyWorlds theme park in 2021   Resort and casino operator, Genting, will open the doors to its long-awaited SkyWorlds theme park in Malaysia during 2021. First announced in 2013 and initially scheduled to open in 2016 at the Resorts World Genting near Kuala Lumpur, the park was first delayed due to an economic downturn, then legal battles .... More>>
09 Mar 2021
Marriott appoints new CEO and president, marking new era for the company
Marriott appoints new CEO and president, marking new era for the company   Marriott International’s Board of Directors has announced Anthony Capuano has been appointed CEO and joined the company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Prior to the appointment, Capuano was Marriott’s group president, global development, design and operations services. He’s spent 26 years at the .... More>>
09 Mar 2021
Four Seasons and Omnam Group announce plans for luxury retreat in Southern Italy
Four Seasons and Omnam Group announce plans for luxury retreat in Southern Italy   Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and global real estate firm and developer Omnam Group have revealed plans to build a new resort and spa in Puglia, the stunning coastal region of southern Italy. Located on a pristine beachfront property, the upcoming 150-key resort will offer guests views of the Adriatic Sea and .... More>>
08 Mar 2021
New design details for 92-island luxury megaproject on Saudi Arabian coast
New design details for 92-island luxury megaproject on Saudi Arabian coast   Progress is forging ahead for the expansive Red Sea luxury tourism destination spread across 28,000km sq of the Saudi Arabian Coast, including an archipelago of 92 islands. The project was originally unveiled in 2017 by His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudia Arabia and chair of .... More>>
08 Mar 2021
Health clubs make case for 'essential service' status with COVID rehab programmes
Health clubs make case for 'essential service' status with COVID rehab programmes   As health clubs prepare for reopening, some are introducing programmes designed to help people recovering from the effects of COVID-19. In the latest issue of HCM magazine, industry organisations and operators involved with these initiatives explain their work in an extended feature, researched and .... More>>
05 Mar 2021
83% of US gyms survived 2020, but revenues fell 58% and a million people lost their jobs
83% of US gyms survived 2020, but revenues fell 58% and a million people lost their jobs   US fitness industry revenue dropped 58 per cent during 2020 – from the US$35bn all-time high recorded in 2019 to US$15bn. The figure comes from industry body, IHRSA, which estimates that the industry lost US$20.4bn in 2020, just one year after the sector generated its highest-ever revenues. The US has been .... More>>
05 Mar 2021
Fabletics joins the at-home fitness boom with the launch of its own workout app
Fabletics joins the at-home fitness boom with the launch of its own workout app   US-based sportswear giant Fabletics has launched its own, branded fitness offer, as part of a strategy to develop a "360-degree health and wellness experience" for its customers. Fabletics FIT will feature on-demand workouts, meditations and more, designed to meet the growing demand for immersive, at-home fitness .... More>>
05 Mar 2021
Fitness and treatments based on local resources identified among the future growth opportunities in wellness tourism
Fitness and treatments based on local resources identified among the future growth opportunities in wellness tourism   Fitness, medical wellness propositions and spiritual practices and treatments based on local, natural resources are areas with the highest growth potential within wellness tourism. The findings come from a pioneering study by Health Tourism Worldwide (HTW), which looks to identify the main global and regional .... More>>
04 Mar 2021
Bjarke Ingels-designed Oakland baseball stadium a step closer
Bjarke Ingels-designed Oakland baseball stadium a step closer   A proposed Major League Baseball (MLB) stadium in Oakland, US – designed by Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) – is a step closer to reality following the publication of an environmental report by city authorities. The Oakland Ballpark Waterfront District Project will be anchored by a 35,000-capacity .... More>>
04 Mar 2021
Heartfelt messages from spa industry 'flourishing in adversity' panel
Heartfelt messages from spa industry 'flourishing in adversity' panel   Leading spa figures Marina Efraimoglou, Dr Daniel Friedland, Corinna Yap and Ophelia Yeung, came together in an inspirational virtual panel on 1 March to share their experiences of fighting cancer and to shine a light on an increasingly important area for the global wellness industry. "When we've spoken about .... More>>
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