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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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05 Aug 2021
John Teza named CEO of Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa
John Teza named CEO of Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa   US-based Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa has grown into a 490+ unit massage and facial spa franchise since its inception in 2004. Former Hand & Stone chief development officer and president John Teza will now helm the organisation after being appointed CEO. Teza oversaw two significant acquisitions for Hand & .... More>>
05 Aug 2021
TRX ramps up digital
TRX ramps up digital   TRX has launched a redeveloped version of its TRX Core digital platform, designed to help fitness professionals and personal trainers (PT) run their businesses better. The TRX Core allows PTs to communicate and train clients, generate leads, earn Continuing Education Credits (CECs) and scale their business .... More>>
04 Aug 2021
RAKxa’s Long-Covid retreat sees therapists burn herbal paste on guests’ stomachs to detoxify respiratory system
RAKxa’s Long-Covid retreat sees therapists burn herbal paste on guests’ stomachs to detoxify respiratory system   RAKxa, Thailand’s integrative wellness and medical retreat in Bangkok, has launched a new package designed for Long-Covid sufferers which blends Traditional Thai Medicine (TTM) and Western medicine. Available for three nights, the programme includes TTM’s established Ya-Pao ritual where a herbal paste is placed .... More>>
04 Aug 2021
UK aims to be most active nation on earth by 2030
UK aims to be most active nation on earth by 2030   Paralympic champion and ukactive chair Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has issued a rallying cry for the UK to become the most active nation in the world by 2030. Grey-Thompson made her comments to mark the 50-day countdown to the National Fitness Day, an annual event which will this year celebrate its 10th .... More>>
03 Aug 2021
Equinox and SoulCycle to require proof of vaccine at their studios
Equinox and SoulCycle to require proof of vaccine at their studios   Equinox Group will require customers and employees to provide proof of vaccine, if they want to enter its Equinox clubs, SoulCycle studios and corporate offices. The policy has been introduced after a company-wide survey showed an overwhelming majority of members expressing support for requiring vaccines in .... More>>
03 Aug 2021
Visiting practitioners: dance therapy specialist invites spa guests to reawaken energy through therapeutic movement and contemporary dance
Visiting practitioners: dance therapy specialist invites spa guests to reawaken energy through therapeutic movement and contemporary dance   The Ozen Collection has launched a brand new spa and wellness concept called Ele | Na Elements Of Nature at its two luxe resorts in the Maldives – Ozen Reserve Bolifushi And Ozen Life Maadhoo. The concept is designed to offer a 360-degree wellness experience and go beyond typical spa programming. To this .... More>>
03 Aug 2021
Experts tell UK government to launch 'Work Out to Help Out' campaign
Experts tell UK government to launch 'Work Out to Help Out' campaign   A cross-party DCMS Committee in the UK has called on the government to launch a Work Out to Help Out campaign to incentivise people to get involved in organised sport and physical activity. The recommendation was one of a number made in a cross-party DCMS Committee report Sport in our Communities, .... More>>
02 Aug 2021
Urban Health Club goes 24/7 and plans further growth
Urban Health Club goes 24/7 and plans further growth   Urban Health Club in Ludwigsburg, Germany, has introduced a 24/7 operation. The €2.8m hub for fitness, wellness, athletics, calisthenics – which forms part of the Urban Harbor regeneration project – has added a UHC The Gym concept, which includes an outdoor gym. UHC The Gym will be open to members 24/7 and .... More>>
02 Aug 2021
Unique immersive wellbeing retreat to open in Maldives backed by Gerry Bodeker and Claire Way
Unique immersive wellbeing retreat to open in Maldives backed by Gerry Bodeker and Claire Way   A brand new nature immersive wellbeing retreat island named Joali Being will launch on the tropical Maldivian island of Bodufushi in late 2021. The retreat is being designed as a haven of personalised and results-driven transformative programmes which leave guests feeling renewed, uplifted and inspired, with a .... More>>
02 Aug 2021
Half of lapsed US gym members plan to rejoin
Half of lapsed US gym members plan to rejoin   Nearly half (49 per cent) of health club members in the US who've cancelled their membership since the pandemic began are eager to rejoin their clubs within the next six to 12 months. This is one of the key findings of the The Next Fitness Consumer report, compiled by ClubIntel, the IHRSA Foundation and .... More>>
02 Aug 2021
Therme Group to expand global footprint with waterfront development in Toronto
Therme Group to expand global footprint with waterfront development in Toronto   Global wellbeing organisation, Therme Group, has today announced plans for a CAN$350m (€236.3m, £201.8m, US$280.8m) waterfront wellbeing resort in Toronto, Canada, at Ontario Place. Therme Canada Ontario Place will be a family-friendly experience with indoor and outdoor pools, waterslides and a wave pool, .... More>>
30 Jul 2021
ukactive: government’s Disability Strategy "falls short"
ukactive: government’s Disability Strategy   Industry body ukactive has joined the chorus of organisations across a number of sectors calling the government's new National Disability Strategy a "missed opportunity". While campaigners and charities have welcomed some of the measures introduced in the £1.6bn strategy – such as plans to increase the number of .... More>>
30 Jul 2021
BestFit continues on the acquisition trail – buys EuroFit
BestFit continues on the acquisition trail – buys EuroFit   German fitness operator BestFit Group has acquired regional gym chain EuroFit for an undisclosed sum. The deal will see BestFit add all five EuroFit clubs – in Kassel, Herford, Minden, Osnabrück and Marburg – to its portfolio. EuroFit was founded in 2009, with a business model that mixes large gym floors .... More>>
30 Jul 2021
Preidlhof celebrates the healing power of silence with five new journeys
Preidlhof celebrates the healing power of silence with five new journeys   Italian destination spa Preidlhof in South Tyrol has been certified as a “Quiet Stay” by Quiet Parks International, a non-profit organisation committed to the preservation of quiet places for over 50 years. Preidlhof’s certification follows a detailed audit involving the measurement of noise pollution as well .... More>>
29 Jul 2021
Jorvik's global art project will connect 14 cities
Jorvik's global art project will connect 14 cities   The Jorvik Group has launched a major global art project which will connect 14 cities around the world. Working in partnership with the York Guild of Media Arts, the visitor attractions operator will host South Korean media artist and film-maker, Taeheon Lee, for a virtual residency, in which he’ll collaborate .... More>>
29 Jul 2021
Waldorf Astoria Maldives’ spa launches new Aqua Wellness Centre and hydrotherapy programming
Waldorf Astoria Maldives’ spa launches new Aqua Wellness Centre and hydrotherapy programming   Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi has upgraded its spa with a new Aqua Wellness Centre to enhance guests’ wellness journey. The 7,735sq ft Aqua Wellness Centre features a custom-built hydrotherapy pool, ice fountain, steamroom and sauna, and also offers a new menu of water therapy treatments to relieve .... More>>
29 Jul 2021
Pandemic’s impact on US spa industry highlighted in ISPA’s 2021 Industry Study
Pandemic’s impact on US spa industry highlighted in ISPA’s 2021 Industry Study   The International Spa Association (ISPA) has released the full findings of the 2021 ISPA US Spa Industry Study, marking the 22nd anniversary of this annual research initiative. Following an initial preview of the research at ISPA’s Stronger Together Summit in May, the 85-page report is now available for all .... More>>
29 Jul 2021
Disney World show goes gender-neutral
Disney World show goes gender-neutral   The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida has changed some of its messaging as part of a strategy to become more inclusive to all guests. The greeting at its famous firework show, for example, no longer references gender. The message, which said "ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, dreamers of all .... More>>
29 Jul 2021
US fitness sector lost US$20bn in 2020 - but recovery is 'on the horizon'
US fitness sector lost US$20bn in 2020 - but recovery is 'on the horizon'   The US fitness industry lost around 58 per cent of its revenues during 2020, due to the pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns and club closures. According to the The 2021 IHRSA Global Report, the US health club market generated revenues of just US$15bn in 2020 – down from the record US$35bn it created in .... More>>
28 Jul 2021
FitnessConnected and IHRSA confirm event will go ahead in November 2021
FitnessConnected and IHRSA confirm event will go ahead in November 2021   Speaking exclusive to HCM, Ralph Scholz and Nathalie Smeeman have confirmed that B2B trade show FitnessConnected will go ahead this year as a face-to-face event. The news follows the postponement of FIBO to April 2022 earlier this week. The .... More>>
28 Jul 2021
Davines Group and Rodale Institute join forces to launch regenerative organic research centre
Davines Group and Rodale Institute join forces to launch regenerative organic research centre   " target="_blank">Davines Group has partnered with the Rodale Institute to unveil a dedicated regenerative organic agriculture research facility at Davines Group's headquarters in Parma, Italy. This integrated partnership is an effort to propel the regenerative organic movement beyond just food to both beauty .... More>>
27 Jul 2021
Humphrey Cobbold says Pingdemic is a huge challenge for the sector as up to a quarter of staff are isolating
Humphrey Cobbold says Pingdemic is a huge challenge for the sector as up to a quarter of staff are isolating   The Pingdemic of people receiving notifications on their phones, telling them to self-isolate because of contact with COVID-19 cases, is threatening to create staff shortages across health clubs and fitness studios in England and Wales. The fitness sector universally welcomed the lifting of all remaining .... More>>
27 Jul 2021
Xponential Fitness completes IPO, with share price slightly below estimates
Xponential Fitness completes IPO, with share price slightly below estimates   Xponential Fitness has completed its initial public offering (IPO), becoming the second major franchised operator – after F45 Training – to go public this month. The global boutique fitness giant listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on 23 July, with an opening share price of US$11.20 – below its .... More>>
27 Jul 2021
QC Terme to unveil US$50m Italian thermal spa on NYC’s historic Governor’s Island with sweeping skyline views
QC Terme to unveil US$50m Italian thermal spa on NYC’s historic Governor’s Island with sweeping skyline views   A 74,000sq ft Italian day spa is set to debut this September on New York’s picturesque Governors Island after a US$50m (€42.3m, £36.1m) investment and seven years of planning, building and restoration. Named QC NY, the destination is the 10th property in the portfolio of Milan-based wellness company QC Terme .... More>>
27 Jul 2021
Secluded boutique hotel and spa retreat set to debut in Arizona desert town
Secluded boutique hotel and spa retreat set to debut in Arizona desert town   Arizona’s Sedona Rouge resort is currently undergoing a property-wide transformation and will debut as The Wilde Resort & Spa in September 2021. Surrounded by the majestic red rock formations of Sedona and situated at the base of Thunder Mountain, the reimagined boutique resort is being designed to provide .... More>>
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