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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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06 Apr 2022
Natural history museum planned for Abu Dhabi
Natural history museum planned for Abu Dhabi   A new natural history museum in Abu Dhabi will take visitors on a 13.8-billion-year journey through time and space. Called the Abu Dhabi Natural History Museum and set to open in 2025, the museum will be located on Saadiyat Island, in the Saadiyat Cultural District. The project was officially unveiled by Sheikh .... More>>
06 Apr 2022
Controversial London music venue, MSG Sphere, gets full planning permission
Controversial London music venue, MSG Sphere, gets full planning permission   The MSG Sphere, a controversial auditorium and music globe designed by Populous, has been given full planning permission by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC). If built, the Sphere would tower 90m above Stratford, London, and in addition to the auditorium, would include a nightclub, bars, .... More>>
06 Apr 2022
Deloitte says European fitness sector is recovering: memberships and number of clubs up in 2021
Deloitte says European fitness sector is recovering: memberships and number of clubs up in 2021   The number of people with a gym membership in Europe increased by 1 million (or 2 per cent) during 2021 – up from 55.2 million in 2020 to 56.3 million by year-end 2021. Membership growth was driven mainly by the 20 largest European health club operators, which saw their membership numbers increase by 0.7 .... More>>
06 Apr 2022
Clifford's Tower opens to the public after £5m redevelopment
Clifford's Tower opens to the public after £5m redevelopment   Clifford’s Tower in York, considered one of England’s most important buildings, has opened to the public following a £5m redevelopment. The structure is all that remains of York Castle, which was built on the orders of William I and once dominated the former Viking city of Jórvík. While the landmark has .... More>>
06 Apr 2022
Energised EHFF Conference kicks off in Cologne after three-year hiatus
Energised EHFF Conference kicks off in Cologne after three-year hiatus   The ninth European Health & Fitness Forum (EHFF) has kicked off at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany today (5 April). This is the first time the event has taken place since 2019. Under the theme “Moving Forward Together – Collaborating to Rebuild and Renew the Fitness & Physical Activity Sector”, the .... More>>
06 Apr 2022
The Spa and Wellness Hall of Fame announced – Deborah Szekely to be first inductee on her 100th birthday
The Spa and Wellness Hall of Fame announced – Deborah Szekely to be first inductee on her 100th birthday   Liz Terry, CEO of Leisure Media, has announced the creation of The Spa and Wellness Hall of Fame. To be known as WellHOF, the digital hall of fame will be incubated by Leisure Media’s global spa and wellness title, Spa Business magazine, while running independently through a board of trustees. Terry .... More>>
06 Apr 2022
Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som opens with spa rituals rooted in Qatari and wider Arabic culture
Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som opens with spa rituals rooted in Qatari and wider Arabic culture   Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som – claimed to be the world’s first resort to showcase Traditional Arabic and Islamic Medicine (TAIM) – has begun welcoming guests following a two-and-a-half-year project. The resort marks the first instance when integrative health resort operator Chiva-Som has embarked on a .... More>>
05 Apr 2022
World Spa and Wellness Awards 2022 winners unveiled
World Spa and Wellness Awards 2022 winners unveiled   The winners of the World Spa and Wellness (WSW) Awards have been crowned as part of the official 2022 WSW Conference, hosted on 3 and 4 April at Excel Centre in London. The accolades recognise destinations that set the standards in client service and care, business management and leadership. The winners – .... More>>
05 Apr 2022
Andrea Bell is the new chair of the Global Health & Fitness Alliance
Andrea Bell is the new chair of the Global Health & Fitness Alliance   The Global Health & Fitness Alliance (GHFA) has announced Andrea Bell is to serve as the new chair of its advisory council. She replaces Greg Oliver, CEO of the Fitness & Lifestyle Group, who took up the role in October 2021. Oliver will continue to be part of the GHFA Advisory Council. Exercise New Zealand’s .... More>>
05 Apr 2022
Glasgow's iconic Burrell Collection reopens after five-year, £68.5m revamp
Glasgow's iconic Burrell Collection reopens after five-year, £68.5m revamp   The Burrell Collection in Glasgow, UK has reopened following a £68.25m refurbishment which took five years to complete. Exhibiting objects from Europe and Asia, the vast collection was donated to the city and people of Glasgow by art collector Sir William Burrell in 1944. A museum housing the collection, which .... More>>
01 Apr 2022
Six Senses Kaplankaya hosting wellness festival Harvest Kaplankaya in May
Six Senses Kaplankaya hosting wellness festival Harvest Kaplankaya in May   Wellness festival Harvest Kaplankaya will return to Six Senses Kaplankaya, Turkey, from 11– 15 May 2022. Harvest is a bi-annual meeting of ideas, discovery, music and connection. The meeting sees attendants discuss and experiment with new ways of thinking and living in relation to oneself, one another and the .... More>>
01 Apr 2022
Stylish Armani hotel and luxury spa coming to Saudi Arabia
Stylish Armani hotel and luxury spa coming to Saudi Arabia   High-end fashion house Armani has chosen to open its third global hotel location in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. In line with Armani’s existing hotels in Dubai and Milan, Armani Hotel Diriyah will feature a luxury Armani/SPA and be managed by Dubai’s Emaar Hospitality Group. Overlooking Diriyah's luxury .... More>>
01 Apr 2022
Trib3 enters Greek and Cypriot fitness markets with 10-site development deal
Trib3 enters Greek and Cypriot fitness markets with 10-site development deal   Trib3 is accelerating the pace of its expansion plans with a multi-site development deal across Greece and Cyprus. The latest deal will see 10 Trib3 studios open across Greece and Cyprus over the next five years. Operated by franchisees George Tselingas, Soti Michael and Zino Michael, the first flagship site .... More>>
31 Mar 2022
Digme denies reports of 'collapse'
Digme denies reports of 'collapse'   The founders of boutique operator Digme Fitness have dismissed reports in the UK's national press which claimed that the company has "collapsed". The Times and the Daily Mail are among the outlets reporting that Digme had ceased trading, highlighting the fact that chancellor Rishi Sunak's wife, .... More>>
31 Mar 2022
Auberge Resorts to manage Wildflower Farms retreat in New York's Hudson Valley
Auberge Resorts to manage Wildflower Farms retreat in New York's Hudson Valley   Auberge Resorts Collection has been appointed to manage Wildflower Farms, a new resort nestled on 140 secluded acres in New York’s Hudson Valley. Located 90 minutes from New York City, the 65-key Wildflower Farms, Auberge Resorts Collection is being designed as an oasis of nature underpinned by wellness. The .... More>>
31 Mar 2022
Legoland Korea park completed - set to open on 5 May
Legoland Korea park completed - set to open on 5 May   Merlin has confirmed that Legoland Korea Resort in the city of Chuncheon, the country’s first global theme park, will open to the public on 5 May 2022. Construction work on the park was completed earlier this month and to mark the occasion, Merlin hosted a commemorative ceremony during which a giant symbolic key .... More>>
30 Mar 2022
Forte Village’s Acquaforte Spa receiving nature-inspired makeover
Forte Village’s Acquaforte Spa receiving nature-inspired makeover   Sardinian resort Forte Village is revealing its refreshed spa and wellness facility next month after undergoing a large-scale redevelopment programme costing €2.5m (£2.1m, US$2.8m). The destination’s Acquaforte Thalasso & Spa is anchored by six seawater pools – varying in salinity levels and temperature – and set .... More>>
29 Mar 2022
Research: music enhances wellbeing and quality of life
Research: music enhances wellbeing and quality of life   Singing, listening to or playing music can improve mental wellbeing and quality of life, according to a recent research review. Results were concluded following a meta-analysis of 26 existing studies which explore the effect of musical interventions on wellbeing. 10 of the studies involved participants .... More>>
29 Mar 2022
4Global reveals growth plans following IPO, hires Kerstin Obenauer to drive global expansion
4Global reveals growth plans following IPO, hires Kerstin Obenauer to drive global expansion   Sports data analysis and consultancy firm 4Global has appointed Kerstin Obenauer as chief customer officer as part of a new growth strategy. The company, which holds substantial public sector contracts for organisations such as Sport England, did an IPO in January 2022 valuing it at £24m. Obenauer will head up .... More>>
29 Mar 2022
Biologique Recherche unveils new Parisian institute and plans sites in LA, Rome and Shanghai
Biologique Recherche unveils new Parisian institute and plans sites in LA, Rome and Shanghai   French skincare brand Biologique Recherche has opened its second urban beauty institute in Paris named Ambassade Biologique Recherche Rive Gauche. Biologique Recherche co-owner Rupert Schmid told Spa Business this new facility’s design will be used as a blueprint for the future Ambassades Biologique .... More>>
28 Mar 2022
TLEE Spas appoints Jeanie Klueter to spearhead design
TLEE Spas appoints Jeanie Klueter to spearhead design   Spa development firm TLEE Spas + Wellness has named Jeanie Klueter as its new architect and design specialist. Klueter brings over 30 years of experience in the architectural profession, including a focus on spa and wellness design for over 20 years. A licensed architect and certified LEED AP, she spent .... More>>
25 Mar 2022
First Mandarin Oriental spa and hotel launching in Egypt in 2024
First Mandarin Oriental spa and hotel launching in Egypt in 2024   Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group (MOHG) has announced a management agreement to rebrand the Shepheard Hotel in Cairo, marking its first foray into Egypt. First opened in 1841, The Shepheard Hotel is undergoing a comprehensive renovation with Paris-based interior designer Sybille de Margerie tasked with preserving .... More>>
24 Mar 2022
Mud baths return to Dr Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs following extensive overhaul
Mud baths return to Dr Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs following extensive overhaul   Dr Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs, the resort and spa claimed to first bring mud baths to the Californian spa town of Calistoga, has completed a multimillion-dollar restoration. Founded in 1952 by wellness pioneers Dr John “Doc” and Edy Wilkinson, the resort has become a celebrated wellness .... More>>
24 Mar 2022
Hot springs industry to reunite in Hot Springs National Park this May
Hot springs industry to reunite in Hot Springs National Park this May   The North American thermal spa industry will come together once again on 9-12 May in Hot Springs, Arkansas, for the annual Hot Springs Connection conference. US and Canadian owners and operators of thermal mineral pools, spas and resorts will meet at Hot Springs National Park to celebrate the fourth installation .... More>>
23 Mar 2022
GLL to manage Lee Valley's sporting venues
GLL to manage Lee Valley's sporting venues   Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA) has appointed Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) to manage its range of sports facilities on a 10-year contract. GLL, a charitable social enterprise which operates facilities under its "Better" brand, is set to take over the LVRPA's six venues from 1 April 2022. Located .... More>>
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