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Gym membership fees – what's the 'quitting point' when it comes to price increases?
BY Tom Walker | 18 Aug 2022
Younger men at independent gyms are more likely than any other consumer group to accept increases in their membership fees, while older women at leisure centres are least accepting of price increases.
ISPA presents Dedicated Contributor Award to Jennifer Wayland-Smith
BY Megan Whitby | 18 Aug 2022
Jennifer Wayland-Smith has been recognised by the International Spa Association (ISPA) with the 2023 ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award.
Peloton becomes the latest pandemic boomtime business to announce restructuring, as out-of-home fitness bounces back
BY Tom Walker | 18 Aug 2022
Peloton is set to axe around 800 jobs, increase the price of its equipment and close some of its retail operations as part of efforts to turn around the decline in its business.
Hydrow cuts staff to "right-size the business"
BY Frances Marcellin | 15 Aug 2022
At-home rower maker Hydrow is one of the latest connected-fitness companies to announce staff cuts. The tech company which won celebrity backing from the likes of Justin Timberlake and actor Kevin Hart – who is also on board as creative director – confirmed it would be cutting 35 per cent of its workforce, just four months after raising US$55m in Series D funding.
Chanyapak Suwankantha promoted to Chiva-Som’s director of wellness
BY Megan Whitby | 15 Aug 2022
Integrative health and wellness resort operator Chiva-Som based in Hua Hin, Thailand, has announced the appointment of Chanyapak Suwankantha as wellness director.
Miraval’s Life in Balance Spa concept to arrive in California in 2023
BY Megan Whitby | 15 Aug 2022
Destination spa and wellness operator Miraval Resorts & Spas has revealed plans to open its fourth Life in Balance Spa in the US. The new facility will be located at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in San Diego, California, and open in early 2023.
World Gym launches strength-only club concept
BY Tom Walker | 14 Aug 2022
World Gym International has launched a strength-only gym concept, which it says will cater for a need to provide franchisees with the option of a smaller-sized footprint and strong unit economics.
Universal's Epic Universe set to open in 2025
BY Tom Walker | 12 Aug 2022
Building work on Universal's Epic Universe – a new theme park at the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida, US – is advancing and the park is set to open to visitors in 2025.
Open water swimming venue launched in London's Canary Wharf
BY Tom Walker | 12 Aug 2022
A new open water swimming venue will has been launched in the heart of Canary Wharf, London, UK – one of Europe's most prestigious office and commercial districts.
Seventh International Museum Construction Congress to be held in Norway this year
BY Tom Walker | 11 Aug 2022
The International Museum Construction Congress (IMCC) will take place in the Norwegian capital city, Oslo, from 6 to 8 November 2022.
The 'world's most anticipated museum' to finally open this year
BY Tom Walker | 11 Aug 2022
The Grand Egyptian Museum is set to finally open its doors after a design and construction project which has taken more than 20 years to complete.
Pure Gym founder, Peter Roberts, invests in personal training app Another Round
BY Tom Walker | 11 Aug 2022
Peter Roberts, former CEO and founder of Pure Gym, has invested in Another Round, a personal training app which utilises AI and machine learning.
Voya releases Cancer Wellness Training for spa therapists
BY Megan Whitby | 11 Aug 2022
Irish marine spa and skincare brand Voya is offering a new Cancer Wellness Training Programme as part of its in-house spa Training Academy offering.
IHRSA Global Report finds reassuring signs of recovery with some operators beating pre-pandemic numbers
BY Tom Walker | 10 Aug 2022
Fitness markets around the globe are demonstrating "reassuring signs of recovery" following the pandemic disruptions according to the new 2022 IHRSA Global Report.
Horniman Museum to return 72 looted artefacts to Nigeria
BY Tom Walker | 10 Aug 2022
Sesnan questions Tower Hamlet insourcing decision – says it will increase costs by £2.1m a year
BY Tom Walker | 09 Aug 2022
Mark Sesnan, CEO of GLL, has pushed back on Tower Hamlet Council’s decision to take the operation of its leisure services back in-house when GLL’s contract ends in April 2024.
Decommissioned oil rig transformed into See Monster art installation
BY Tom Walker | 09 Aug 2022
An oil rig that spent three decades in the North Sea before it was retired last year is being transformed into an interactive art installation in Weston-super-Mare, UK.
Remembering Olivia Newton-John – a champion of wellness
BY Megan Whitby | 09 Aug 2022
Actress, singer and long-term wellness advocate, Dame Olivia Newton-John has died aged 73.
Ohm Fitness opens first EMS studio – plans 45 US locations over three years
BY Tom Walker | 08 Aug 2022
Ohm Fitness, a new franchised fitness studio concept, has opened its first location in Scottsdale, Arizona.
'Highest quality' motion capture system could help transform recovery and rehabilitation
BY Tom Walker | 08 Aug 2022
A solution dubbed the 'world’s highest quality motion capture system' could help sports scientists, personal trainers and other professionals working across recovery and rehabilitation provide more accurate advice and exercise regimes.
     
 


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27 Oct 2021
UK Budget 2021: Business rates cut by half for health clubs, leisure and hospitality
UK Budget 2021: Business rates cut by half for health clubs, leisure and hospitality   UK Health clubs, gyms, hotels, pubs and other leisure businesses will all receive a 50 per cent cut in business rates over the next year. The cut was announced in today's Autumn Budget by chancellor Rishi Sunak and is part of the UK government's plans to provide a boost for the economy as it looks to recover .... More>>
27 Oct 2021
Six Senses, Raffles, Fairmont, St. Regis and Jumeirah ink deal to operate resorts at 92-island mega-project in Saudi Arabia
Six Senses, Raffles, Fairmont, St. Regis and Jumeirah ink deal to operate resorts at 92-island mega-project in Saudi Arabia   The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind the ambitious regenerative tourism project The Red Sea Project (TRSP) in Western Saudi Arabia, has announced the signing of nine hotel management agreements with international hotel brands. The following brands will operate resorts in the first phase .... More>>
27 Oct 2021
Fitness First UK drops prices by nearly 30 per cent and offers flexible contracts with no joining fee
Fitness First UK drops prices by nearly 30 per cent and offers flexible contracts with no joining fee   Fitness First UK has changed its pricing structure and is now offering a flexible membership with no contract and no joining fee, giving members the option to access up to all of its 45 clubs. Members opting for the new Fitness First FFX flexible memberships are signed up on a rolling contract which can be .... More>>
27 Oct 2021
Life Fitness launches new mobile App, Life Fitness Connect
Life Fitness launches new mobile App, Life Fitness Connect   Life Fitness today has unveiled a new free-to-download mobile app that offers advanced workout tracking capabilities and on-demand classes. The Life Fitness Connect app, which is available on all Apple and Android devices, will feature enhanced connectivity with Life Fitness and Cybex equipment, as well as .... More>>
26 Oct 2021
1Rebel launches Labs Studio concept for PTs
1Rebel launches Labs Studio concept for PTs   Boutique operator 1Rebel has launched its first 1Rebel Labs Studio at its club in Holborn. The new training studio concept will see 1Rebel instructors offer members one-to-one, personalised training in what the operator calls "a first in London’s boutique gym scene". Bespoke training plans and sessions will .... More>>
26 Oct 2021
Leading wellbeing organisations launch research to investigate links between built environments and human wellbeing
Leading wellbeing organisations launch research to investigate links between built environments and human wellbeing   Interest in how built environments can affect our health and wellbeing has become a major topic of discussion globally, especially as lockdown has seen people spending more time indoors. As a result, wellness architecture has grown into a major trend in the spa industry. To further this field’s progress, two .... More>>
26 Oct 2021
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey backs mindfulness app Open in US$9m funding round
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey backs mindfulness app Open in US$9m funding round   Mental health and mindfulness app Open has completed a Series A funding round worth US$9m, with Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey among the high-profile investors. The round was led by existing investors A.Capital Ventures and Founders Fund, alongside Susa Ventures and Aglaé Ventures. Tony Xu, the .... More>>
26 Oct 2021
Winners of first-ever Surf Park Awards revealed
Winners of first-ever Surf Park Awards revealed   Australian surf park operator URBNSurf and wave generating specialist Wavegarden are among the winners of the inaugural Surf Park Awards. The global awards, organised by Surf Park Central, were set up to gauge consumer sentiment on surf parks and to celebrate the best consumer experiences. Winners were based .... More>>
25 Oct 2021
Blu Spas creates social spa concept for US$4.3bn Las Vegas mega-resort
Blu Spas creates social spa concept for US$4.3bn Las Vegas mega-resort   Las Vegas’ vast new integrated mega-resort called Resorts World Las Vegas recently launched its 26,000sq ft wellness facility called Awana Spa & Wellness. Developed by publicly traded Malaysian corporation Genting Berhad, the newly-opened Resorts World features 3,506 rooms and has opened in partnership with .... More>>
25 Oct 2021
Lewis Hamilton's father Anthony launches fitness equipment brand FloatRower
Lewis Hamilton's father Anthony launches fitness equipment brand FloatRower   Anthony Hamilton, the father of F1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton, is launching a fitness equipment brand that will target both the commercial and at-home markets. FloatRower, marketed as the world's first rowing machine to simulate the experience of rowing on water, will offer a resistance training workout and is .... More>>
22 Oct 2021
A million people in England have stopped exercising due to COVID
A million people in England have stopped exercising due to COVID   The pandemic has had an "unprecedented" impact on physical activity levels in England, with 1 million more adults becoming physically inactive in the 12 months to May 2021. The figure comes from the latest edition of Sport England's annual Active Lives study – just published – which covers the period .... More>>
22 Oct 2021
Little Amal, a puppet of a refugee girl, has walked 5,000km across Europe
Little Amal, a puppet of a refugee girl, has walked 5,000km across Europe   A puppet of a refugee girl has 'walked' across Europe on a 5,000km (3,100m) journey, with the help of eleven puppeteers and is now nearing the end of her journey from Syria to the UK. Called Little Amal – a name meaning 'hope' in Arabic – she has been created as part of an artistic project representing the .... More>>
25 Oct 2021
Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong unveils new spa programming to promote female wellbeing
Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong unveils new spa programming to promote female wellbeing   A new spa ritual designed to promote feminine wellness, ease menstrual discomfort and improve blood circulation has launched at The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong. The 90-minute Ladies Wellness Therapy treatment begins with the application of a Womb Wellness mask on the guest’s lower abdomen, topped with a soothing .... More>>
22 Oct 2021
Fairmont Century Plaza’s 14,000sq ft spa opens to underpin hotel’s mission to become sanctuary for the health-conscious
Fairmont Century Plaza’s 14,000sq ft spa opens to underpin hotel’s mission to become sanctuary for the health-conscious   Fairmont Spa Century Plaza is now open at the new Fairmont Century Plaza hotel, in Los Angeles, formerly home to the iconic crescent-shaped former Century Plaza Hotel. Since opening in 1966, the property has hosted generations of Hollywood celebrities, foreign dignitaries and multiple US presidents. Fairmont's .... More>>
21 Oct 2021
énergie opens first club in Spain as part of global expansion
énergie opens first club in Spain as part of global expansion   The first énergie Fitness club has opened in Spain as part of a push for global expansion. énergie Barcelona St Cugat will be operated by industry veterans and business partners Rod Hill and George Houtenbos, who in 2020 signed a master franchise agreement with Empowered Brands – owners of énergie fitness – to .... More>>
21 Oct 2021
Eden Project Qingdao reaches construction milestone
Eden Project Qingdao reaches construction milestone   Construction work on the Eden Project Qingdao visitor attraction in China has reached a major milestone. The main truss of the large, single biome of the project has now been topped out It will then be enclosed with triangular ETFE-pillows, similar to the hexagonal ones used at Eden Project Cornwall. .... More>>
21 Oct 2021
ESPA designs holistic treatment series for One&Only and will plant at least one tree for every ritual booked
ESPA designs holistic treatment series for One&Only and will plant at least one tree for every ritual booked   Luxury resort operator One&Only Resorts and international skincare and spa brand ESPA have partnered to bring new spa programming to select One&Only resorts. Named Nature’s Resonance by ESPA, the concept is crafted to re-connect guests’ minds, bodies and senses to the environment around them through the use of .... More>>
21 Oct 2021
World’s first UNESCO digital trail launches in Scotland
World’s first UNESCO digital trail launches in Scotland   Scotland's UNESCO World Heritage Sites are being brought together through the world’s first ever UNESCO digital trail. The trail connects the country’s 13 place-based UNESCO designations, including World Heritage Sites, Biospheres, Global Geoparks and Creative Cities to form a dedicated digital trail. Designed .... More>>
21 Oct 2021
Marriott innovating to relaunch two of its major hotel spa concepts, reveals Kenneth Ryan
Marriott innovating to relaunch two of its major hotel spa concepts, reveals Kenneth Ryan   Marriott International's global head of spa Kenneth Ryan has revealed the company is preparing two new major spa concepts for its St. Regis and W Hotels hospitality brands, during an exclusive interview with Spa Business. The new concept for St. Regis – called simply, St. Regis Spa – will be rolled out .... More>>
20 Oct 2021
2021 World Spa and Wellness Award winners announced
2021 World Spa and Wellness Award winners announced   The winners of the World Spa and Wellness (WSW) Awards have been crowned as part of the official 2021 WSW Conference, hosted on 17 and 18 October at Excel Centre in London. Launched in 2012, the accolades recognise destinations that set the standards in client service and care, business management and .... More>>
20 Oct 2021
Jakob Wahl appointed IAAPA's chief operating officer
Jakob Wahl appointed IAAPA's chief operating officer   Jakob Wahl has been named executive VP and chief operating officer of global attractions industry body IAAPA. In the new role, Wahl – who has spent nine years at IAAPA across two stints – will oversee the regional operations of the global association. He will report directly to CEO Hal McEvoy and lead the .... More>>
20 Oct 2021
International Longevity Centre launches global fitness competition
International Longevity Centre launches global fitness competition   A global innovation competition has been launched to find ways to encourage and support more older workers to return or remain in the workplace. The "Work for tomorrow: Innovating for an ageing workforce" challenge aims to provide solutions to powering current and future organisations with more experienced .... More>>
20 Oct 2021
Virtual Healing Summit to explore how to heal the self, the community and the earth
Virtual Healing Summit to explore how to heal the self, the community and the earth   Anne Biging and Dr Elisabeth Ixmeier, founders of Healing Hotels of the World and the Healing Summit, are gathering activists, scientists and inspired leaders to host a virtual Healing Summit event on 23 October. Called the Visionaries’ Table, the three-hour event will explore the connection between healing and .... More>>
20 Oct 2021
World Food Center Experience will be ‘Silicon Valley’ of food
World Food Center Experience will be ‘Silicon Valley’ of food   Plans for the World Food Center Experience in Ede, Netherlands, have been given the final green light by the Provincial Executive of Gelderland. The approval means that the project can now move ahead and is set to open to the public in 2023. The visitor attraction will form part of the larger, World Food .... More>>
20 Oct 2021
Creative legends behind iconic Spider-Man ride team to give talk at IAAPA Expo
Creative legends behind iconic Spider-Man ride team to give talk at IAAPA Expo   The creative geniuses behind the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man darkride at Universal’s Islands of Adventure park in Orlando, Florida will offer their insights into the creative process behind the iconic attraction. When it opened in 1999, the ride – which combines 3D projection and other immersive effects .... More>>
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