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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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15 Jun 2022
Industry leaders write to government asking for help with soaring energy prices
Industry leaders write to government asking for help with soaring energy prices   Key organisations from the UK’s leisure industry are lobbying the government for financial support to help operators manage the impact of rising energy prices. A newly-formed coalition sent a signed letter giving evidence on why the sector needs help and outlining the consequences if economic relief does not .... More>>
14 Jun 2022
Chester Zoo and Nothe Fort among Visit England Awards winners
Chester Zoo and Nothe Fort among Visit England Awards winners   Chester Zoo, Nothe Fort and Black Country Living Museum are among the 19 winners of this year's Visit England Awards for Excellence. Picking up the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year award, Chester Zoo pipped Bletchley Park (Silver award) and Pensthorpe Natural Park (Bronze award) in Norfolk to the gong. .... More>>
14 Jun 2022
Whoop pushes deeper into corporate wellbeing
Whoop pushes deeper into corporate wellbeing   Connected performance wearable company Whoop has launched Whoop Unite for businesses. Whoop has built up its business-to-business operation since undertaking a Series F funding round of US$200m last August – when the tech unicorn was valued at US$3.6bn – and now has 200 corporate customers, including Hitachi .... More>>
01 Jun 2022
ALVA's Bernard Donoghue awarded OBE for his extraordinary work supporting the attractions sector
ALVA's Bernard Donoghue awarded OBE for his extraordinary work supporting the attractions sector   Bernard Donoghue, director of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Donoghue has been Director of ALVA since 2011 and in that time has doubled the membership of the organisation. ALVA represents the UK’s largest museums, galleries, .... More>>
13 Jun 2022
Wellness drives record TRevPAR results thanks to pandemic, reports RLA Global
Wellness drives record TRevPAR results thanks to pandemic, reports RLA Global   Hotels with wellness revenues exceeding US$1m generated 126 per cent more in total revenue per available room (TRevPAR) in 2021 than those with wellness revenues of less than US$1m, according to the latest Wellness Real Estate Report by RLA Global*. Average TRevPAR at properties with significant wellness .... More>>
10 Jun 2022
European wellness industry gathers in Paris for the 14th Forum HOTel&SPA
European wellness industry gathers in Paris for the 14th Forum HOTel&SPA   After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the 14th annual HOTel&SPA event returned last week, bringing together top hospitality and spa executives from across Europe and beyond for a day of talks and networking. The one-day event took place at the Four Seasons George V Hotel in Paris, and included .... More>>
09 Jun 2022
Nobu to grow Spanish footprint with new hotel and spa in Madrid
Nobu to grow Spanish footprint with new hotel and spa in Madrid   Global lifestyle brand Nobu Hospitality, founded by Robert De Niro, Nobu Matsuhisa and Meir Teper, has announced plans to open its fifth Spanish destination in Madrid. Centrally positioned in the heart of the Spanish capital’s Cortes District, Nobu Hotel Madrid will be home to a tri-level Nobu restaurant and .... More>>
09 Jun 2022
Kabata’s haptic-enabled dumbbells described as category killer
Kabata’s haptic-enabled dumbbells described as category killer   Following Kabata’s recent US$2m raise to propel its AI-powered haptic dumbbells onto the market, the startup has confirmed it’s aiming to launch between the end of 2022 and early 2023. An immersive workout platform, Kabata’s smart, connected dumbbells – which offer users data-driven coaching, with haptic .... More>>
09 Jun 2022
Basic-Fit opens 600th club in France
Basic-Fit opens 600th club in France   Basic-Fit has opened its 600th club in France in Sablé-sur-Sarthe, in the Pays de la Loire region. The fitness chain – which is also active in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Spain – now operates 1,109 clubs and plans to launch its first facility in Germany later this year. The company’s long-term goal is .... More>>
09 Jun 2022
Lanserhof Sylt opens after five-year-project costing more than €120m
Lanserhof Sylt opens after five-year-project costing more than €120m   Medical spa brand, Lanserhof Group, has welcomed the first guests to its all-new coastal health resort on the German island of Sylt. With plans for the 55-key property first revealed in 2017, Lanserhof has invested more than €120m (US$128.6m, £102.6m) to bring the property to fruition. Currently in a soft .... More>>
08 Jun 2022
Grotta Giusti reopens spa and ancient thermal caves following extensive renovation
Grotta Giusti reopens spa and ancient thermal caves following extensive renovation   Italian destination spa and resort Grotta Giusti Thermal Spa Resort in Tuscany has begun a new chapter following the completion of a two-year-long resort-wide refurbishment. Located in the spa town of Montecatini Terme, the historic 19th-century property is the former residence of Italian poet Giuseppe Giusti. .... More>>
07 Jun 2022
Obesity causes 1.2m premature deaths a year in Europe, says World Health Organization
Obesity causes 1.2m premature deaths a year in Europe, says World Health Organization   According to The World Health Organization's recently-released research study, WHO European Regional Obesity Report 2022, a third of children and almost two-thirds of adults in Europe are obese. The research found obesity causes 1.2m deaths each year across WHO's 53 member states in Europe. Researchers .... More>>
05 Jun 2022
Strength-training startup Grndhouse launches new app
Strength-training startup Grndhouse launches new app   Strength training startup Grndhouse has launched a new app following 18 months of development. The app is available through Apple’s App Store and Google Play and will help users keep up their daily strength training schedule by making its sessions more easily accessible. “We want to be the leaders in .... More>>
05 Jun 2022
70 years of World Leisure celebrated with historic podcast series
70 years of World Leisure celebrated with historic podcast series   The World Leisure Organization (World Leisure) has launched a podcast series as part of its 70th-anniversary celebrations called World Leisure Pathways – Past, Present and Future Conversations. A global NGO, World Leisure was first registered on 28 May 1952 with the goal of promoting leisure as integral to .... More>>
03 Jun 2022
Kids’ mental health app Aumio raises €3m for European and US expansion
Kids’ mental health app Aumio raises €3m for European and US expansion   Aumio, a new sleep, relaxation and meditation app for children has raised €3m to drive market expansion across Europe and the US. The seed funding round was led by investment platform Partech and venture capitalist fund byFounders. The team is aiming to treble its team of psychologists, educators, and tech .... More>>
02 Jun 2022
LA Fitness co-founder David Turner acquires the assets of The Leisure Database Company following its liquidation
LA Fitness co-founder David Turner acquires the assets of The Leisure Database Company following its liquidation   LA Fitness co-founder, David Turner, has acquired the assets and IPs of The Leisure Database Company Ltd out of liquidation via his company, Addleisure. It will trade as LeisureDB. The Leisure Database Company – led by David Minton – has been providing market intelligence and research-driven reports on the .... More>>
01 Jun 2022
Paris hotel unveils luxury NFTs to combat plastic waste and engage eco-conscious guests
Paris hotel unveils luxury NFTs to combat plastic waste and engage eco-conscious guests   A boutique Parisian hotel named Hotel Lancaster has partnered with plastic recovery marketplace Plastiks to launch a range of NFTs (non-fungible tokens). The 15 NFTs – which went on sale yesterday (1 June) – have been created to support a reverse logistics startup in Brazil named Green Mining, which focuses on .... More>>
01 Jun 2022
Vana aligns with Six Senses with aims to become world’s most iconic wellness retreat
Vana aligns with Six Senses with aims to become world’s most iconic wellness retreat   Established Indian destination spa and retreat Vana has been taken over by global hotel group Six Senses. The property in Dehradun, India, has since been renamed Six Senses Vana. Launched in 2014 by Veer Singh, Vana is a 21-acre wellness destination surrounded by clusters of Sal forest, and set within its own .... More>>
31 May 2022
RSG exits Polish market to focus on US growth
RSG exits Polish market to focus on US growth   Medicover, the private medical insurance provider, has acquired the Polish network of budget gym mega-brand McFit, owned by RSG Group. There are 14 McFit clubs in Poland across ten cities, including Warsaw, Wroclaw, Katowice and Szczecin. The deal brings the size of Medicover’s steadily growing gym network to .... More>>
30 May 2022
Countdown begins on Museum of London's epic move to Smithfield Market
Countdown begins on Museum of London's epic move to Smithfield Market   Museum of London in the UK will move to its new home in Smithfield in the heart of the capital at the beginning of 2023. The popular attraction is moving to the historic General Market buildings that have remained derelict for more than three decades. Described as one of Europe's biggest cultural projects, .... More>>
30 May 2022
Hussle owner goes bust owing £5.4m – pre-pack deal snapped up by Tegelaars and Chmyshuk
Hussle owner goes bust owing £5.4m – pre-pack deal snapped up by Tegelaars and Chmyshuk   The company behind fitness aggregator Hussle – Sandcroft Avenue Ltd – has collapsed, owing £5,362,000. A new company, Archway Fitness Ltd, set up on 12 April, has acquired the Hussle name and assets for £175,000 as part of a pre-pack administration deal which concluded on 6 May. Archway is owned 50:50 by .... More>>
31 May 2022
Countdown kicks off for Global Wellness Day 2022 this June
Countdown kicks off for Global Wellness Day 2022 this June   Saturday 11 June 2022 will mark the 11th anniversary of Global Wellness Day (GWD), an annual event hosted to emphasise the importance of wellness and taking care of health and wellbeing. Belgin Aksoy founded GWD in 2012 and it has since been celebrated annually on the second Saturday of June with free wellness .... More>>
30 May 2022
Industrial Light & Magic creates groundbreaking virtual ABBA concert
Industrial Light & Magic creates groundbreaking virtual ABBA concert   ABBA, the 70s icons behind hits such as Dancing Queen and Mamma Mia, has returned to live concerts after a 40-year break – in digital form. Featuring ground-breaking augmented reality and other digital technologies, the new ABBA Voyage concerts recreate the sights and sounds of Abba in their 1970s heyday. .... More>>
27 May 2022
New ISPA research shines spotlight on consumers' spa habits and concerns
New ISPA research shines spotlight on consumers' spa habits and concerns   The International Spa Association (ISPA) Foundation has released the 11th volume of its Consumer Snapshot initiative titled New Era, New Consumer. The study sought to examine the habits, attitudes and expectations of consumers as they consider the pandemic’s lingering effects and continue to evaluate .... More>>
26 May 2022
Science Museum's major exhibition on cancer opens to the public
Science Museum's major exhibition on cancer opens to the public   A major free exhibition on the treatment and understanding of cancer has opened at the Science Museum in London, UK. Described as a "world-first", the Cancer Revolution exhibition reveals the past, present and future of how cancer is prevented, detected and treated. With more than 100 objects and numerous .... More>>
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