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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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10 May 2022
Vitruvian raises US$15m to accelerate production and US expansion
Vitruvian raises US$15m to accelerate production and US expansion   AI-driven home-strength platform, Vitruvian, has raised US$15m Series A funding to ramp up production. Investors include Larsen Ventures and Steve Baxter’s Ten13. Baxter is known for his TV role as a “shark” in Australia’s Shark Tank. The company's V-Form Trainer was launched in 2020 following a US$2.5m raise .... More>>
10 May 2022
Puy du Fou to create first US attraction
Puy du Fou to create first US attraction   Puy du Fou is set to enter the US attractions market with its iconic, immersive themed visitor experience, after securing a partnership with the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian (ECBI). The EBCI Tribal Council has approved plans to provide US$75m worth of funding for phase 1 of The 407: Gateway to Adventure .... More>>
10 May 2022
Mather & Co-designed Gretna Green Experience opens to the public
Mather & Co-designed Gretna Green Experience opens to the public   A visitor attraction celebrating the history of the Scottish parish of Gretna Green – and its heritage as a destination for 'runaway marriages – has opened to the public. Gretna Green, located just inside Scotland on the border with England, first became famous for its weddings nearly 260 years ago, following .... More>>
09 May 2022
Energy sobriety will be the key theme at European Energy Transition Conference
Energy sobriety will be the key theme at European Energy Transition Conference   How can organisations, including health club and leisure businesses, decarbonise, generate clean energy and harness attitudes of 'energy sobriety' to reduce CO2 emissions? These are some of the issues to be discussed at this year’s European Energy Transition Conference. Held from 31 May to 2 June at Palexpo, .... More>>
09 May 2022
bbspa_Group reimagines classical Roman baths to create new spa in Florence
bbspa_Group reimagines classical Roman baths to create new spa in Florence   A new urban wellness sanctuary has opened in the heart of Florence, Italy, inspired by ancient civilisations and their tradition of thermal bathing. Italy-based spa and wellness consultancy bbspa_Group oversaw the realisation of the new spa at the five-star Helvetia & Bristol hotel. The team chose to channel a .... More>>
06 May 2022
Global Wellness Institute announces new respiratory wellness initiative
Global Wellness Institute announces new respiratory wellness initiative   As climate change, air pollution and COVID-19 impact millions worldwide, the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) is uniting physicians, scientists, and health and wellness business leaders to improve the quality of the air we breathe. The GWI is bringing these specialists together to form its new Respiratory .... More>>
06 May 2022
Research provides new evidence of how exercise can counter diabetes damage
Research provides new evidence of how exercise can counter diabetes damage   Being physically active can counter the damage of diabetes by enabling the activation of a natural system that grows new blood vessels. Diabetes not only damages existing blood vessels, but it also hinders the innate ability to grow new ones in the face of disease and injury. Scientists at Medical College of .... More>>
06 May 2022
AI-driven personal trainer platform Altis secures investment after signing LA Fitness deal
AI-driven personal trainer platform Altis secures investment after signing LA Fitness deal   Altis, an artificial intelligence-based personal trainer solution, has secured more than US$3m worth of financing, bringing the total investments made in the fit tech brand to date to US$10.5m. The latest round of funding included investments from Mike Capps, former head of gaming at Epic Games; Bill Flynn, .... More>>
05 May 2022
Zoe Wall hints future One&Only spas may partner with iconic fashion house
Zoe Wall hints future One&Only spas may partner with iconic fashion house   In the latest issue of Spa Business, Kerzner’s new global wellness director Zoe Wall gives the lowdown on the resort developer and operator’s long term wellness gameplan. The overall strategy “We want to position our hotels with wellness as a central resort hub and not just an add-on or an .... More>>
05 May 2022
US Congress Physical Activity Challenge uses Myzone’s MZ-Switch
US Congress Physical Activity Challenge uses Myzone’s MZ-Switch   Members of the United States Congress and Washington DC staff are competing against each other in this year’s Congressional Physical Activity Challenge. The annual event – hosted in collaboration with Myzone and the Physical Activity Alliance – runs throughout May, officially National Physical Fitness and .... More>>
04 May 2022
1Rebel snaps up Core Collective in pre-pack administration deal – reveals international growth plans
1Rebel snaps up Core Collective in pre-pack administration deal – reveals international growth plans   1Rebel has acquired two Core Collective clubs as part of a pre-pack administration deal, along with London studio Sweat It which it bought from liquidators in February. The Core Collective clubs, located in High Street Kensington and St John’s Wood, London, will continue to operate under their current brand for .... More>>
04 May 2022
Perspire Sauna Studio signs 28 new US franchise deals
Perspire Sauna Studio signs 28 new US franchise deals   Perspire Sauna Studio, the infrared and red light therapy (RLT) sauna franchise, has reported a record-breaking first quarter in 2022. The wellness company announced it has signed 28 franchise agreements since the beginning of January, the most it has ever signed in one quarter. In February, Perspire also .... More>>
03 May 2022
US spa industry hit more than US$18bn in revenues in 2021, reports ISPA
US spa industry hit more than US$18bn in revenues in 2021, reports ISPA   Spas across the US generated US$18.1bn (€17.2bn, £14.4bn) in revenues in 2021, marking an almost 50 per cent increase compared to 2020 (US$12.1bn, €11.5bn, £9.7bn). This is according to data from the annual 2022 US Spa Industry Study, conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on behalf of the International .... More>>
03 May 2022
Basic-Fit membership numbers up 46 per cent in Q1 2022
Basic-Fit membership numbers up 46 per cent in Q1 2022   Basic-Fit opened a record number of 72 clubs in the first quarter of 2022. Fifty-five in France, eight in the Netherlands, two in Belgium and seven in Spain, despite closures and restrictions caused by the pandemic. The operator grew by 182 clubs in 2021, of which 136 are in France. Overall, the network now .... More>>
03 May 2022
Wellness Hall of Fame announces Deborah Szekely as inaugural Fellow on her 100th birthday
Wellness Hall of Fame announces Deborah Szekely as inaugural Fellow on her 100th birthday   Deborah Szekely, philanthropist, social activist, teacher and entrepreneur, has been inducted into the Wellness Hall of Fame (WellHOF) as its inaugural Fellow on the day of her 100th birthday. Szekely co-founded destination spa, Rancho La Puerta, and founded the Golden Door, as well as being a driving force .... More>>
03 May 2022
Urban Gym Group raises €16m to fuel European expansion
Urban Gym Group raises €16m to fuel European expansion   Multi-brand fitness chain Urban Gym Group (UGG) has raised €16m in capital. The funds will be used to drive company growth through acquisitions, branching out to new locations and territories, and expanding the management team. Currently, UGG’s brands include TrainMore, Clubsportive, High Studios, BTY CLB and .... More>>
03 May 2022
Great Spa Towns of Europe celebrate creation of new industry association
Great Spa Towns of Europe celebrate creation of new industry association   The Great Spa Towns of Europe, one of UNESCO's newest World Heritage Sites, has launched an association to deliver the future management and protection of its member spa towns and cities. The World Heritage Site was established in July 2021 and comprises 11 famous historic thermal spa towns and cities in seven .... More>>
28 Apr 2022
Wahoo acquires RGT Cycling and Launches Wahoo X subscription service
Wahoo acquires RGT Cycling and Launches Wahoo X subscription service   Wahoo has acquired virtual cycling platform RGT Cycling as part of plans to strengthen its ecosystem of integrated smart training solutions. The connected fitness provider, which specialises in serving endurance athletes, has rebranded the cycling training software as Wahoo RGT. Powered by an advanced physics .... More>>
28 Apr 2022
Project to save last major bellfoundry which cast bells for St Paul's and Washington National Cathedral
Project to save last major bellfoundry which cast bells for St Paul's and Washington National Cathedral   A project to save the UK's last major bellfoundry has moved to the next stage, with the launch of a tender to find contractors for the redevelopment work. The Loughborough Bellfoundry was built in 1859 and has since ​​cast and sent 25,000 bells to more than 100 countries. Bells made at the foundry can be found .... More>>
28 Apr 2022
Hettema Group and Themespace merge to form THG
Hettema Group and Themespace merge to form THG   Experiential design firms The Hettema Group and Themespace have merged to create a new company called THG. The new creative agency is dedicated to creating "awe-inspiring attractions around the world" and will focus on theme parks, museums and leading consumer brands. To be based in Pasadena, California, US, .... More>>
28 Apr 2022
Berlin cools its famous pools to make political statement on Russian gas
Berlin cools its famous pools to make political statement on Russian gas   Those looking to have a dip in Berlin's famous heated outdoor pools this summer will be in for a chilly surprise. Water temperatures at the German capital’s 16 gas-heated lidos – or Sommerbäder – will be kept two degrees celsius lower than normal. The decision to lower the temperature was made by the pools' .... More>>
28 Apr 2022
Zero carbon health club and sports centre planned for Toronto
Zero carbon health club and sports centre planned for Toronto   Global design practice Perkins & Will has unveiled plans for a net-zero operational carbon community sports centre, health club and cultural hub in Toronto, Canada. A first-of-its-kind for Ontario, the multi-purpose centre is set to achieve net-zero status through energy-efficient design and renewable energy .... More>>
27 Apr 2022
Egym acquires Gymlib to expand corporate fitness portfolio
Egym acquires Gymlib to expand corporate fitness portfolio   Fitness tech firm Egym has acquired French corporate fitness and wellbeing business Gymlilb for what has been described as a "high double-digit million" purchase price. Gymlib offers a corporate wellness membership service for companies and their employees and has a network of more than 4,000 gyms and health .... More>>
27 Apr 2022
Svart Eiendom chooses Six Senses to run the world's first off-grid hotel in the Arctic Circle
Svart Eiendom chooses Six Senses to run the world's first off-grid hotel in the Arctic Circle   Svart Eiendom AS, owner and developer of Svart, one of the world’s first energy-positive hotels, has brought in Six Senses as its management company. Designed by the Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta – with interiors by Space Copenhagen – Svart will be located in Arctic Norway at the base of the Svartisen .... More>>
27 Apr 2022
W3Spa EMEA sees spa and wellness industry gather in Spain
W3Spa EMEA sees spa and wellness industry gather in Spain   Industry event W3Spa EMEA has kicked off in Tarragona, Spain, hosted at Le Méridien Ra Beach Hotel & Spa. The three-day wellness-centric event represents the first edition of W3Spa EMEA by We Work Well – the spa, fitness and hospitality buyer event company. The conference sees spa suppliers and .... More>>
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