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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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01 Mar 2022
Chiva-Som’s first international outpost Zulal Wellness Resort launching in March
Chiva-Som’s first international outpost Zulal Wellness Resort launching in March   Established wellness resort brand Chiva-Som is preparing to operate and manage its first international location outside Thailand, named Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som. The resort is situated in a private coastal location in Qatar and has a grand opening scheduled for 29 March 2022. Qatar-based .... More>>
01 Mar 2022
Merlin acquires Cadbury World from Mondelez
Merlin acquires Cadbury World from Mondelez   Merlin Entertainments has acquired the operations and brand licenses for Cadbury World, the popular chocolate-themed visitor attraction in Birmingham, UK. Opened in 1990, Cadbury World attracts more than 600,000 people each year and offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the Cadbury chocolate brand and .... More>>
01 Mar 2022
Disney's groundbreaking Galactic Starcruiser experience has opened
Disney's groundbreaking Galactic Starcruiser experience has opened   Disney has opened its long-awaited, Star Wars-themed Galactic Starcruiser resort. The ambitious new attraction at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, US, is ​​a combination of a luxury hotel, interactive theatre, theme park ride and immersive role-playing game – with 'food as entertainment' also in the mix. .... More>>
28 Feb 2022
UK government must drive through plans to build fitter, stronger nation, says Huw Edwards
UK government must drive through plans to build fitter, stronger nation, says Huw Edwards   The UK government must offer greater clarity on how it plans to support the health and fitness industry when it comes to re-engaging people with exercise – especially in city and town centres – according to UK Active CEO, Huw Edwards. “The government cannot ignore the impact health inequalities have had on the .... More>>
28 Feb 2022
The Ranch plans first permanent retreat in Europe at Palazzo Fiuggi
The Ranch plans first permanent retreat in Europe at Palazzo Fiuggi   US-based destination fitness and wellness retreat operator The Ranch is partnering with Palazzo Fiuggi Wellness Medical Retreat in Italy to launch its first permanent international programme. Already operating two Californian retreats in Malibu and Sonoma, The Ranch is launching in Italy with a retreat .... More>>
28 Feb 2022
Merlin opens first stand-alone Peppa Pig Theme Park in Florida
Merlin opens first stand-alone Peppa Pig Theme Park in Florida   The world’s first stand-alone Peppa Pig Theme Park has opened at the Legoland Florida Resort in Florida, US. The attraction is part of Merlin Entertainments' growing portfolio in Orlando and features multiple rides, interactive attractions, themed play-scapes and water play areas and daily live shows. The .... More>>
27 Feb 2022
Gympass signs deal with Les Mills
Gympass signs deal with Les Mills   Gympass has signed a partnership deal with Les Mills to make the fitness platform's 1,500 on-demand workouts and virtual training sessions available to Gympass corporate clients. Clive Ormerod, Les Mills CEO, said: “We're providing Gympass corporate customers with our unique Les Mills digital offering to bring .... More>>
27 Feb 2022
Exercise improves episodic memory at every age
Exercise improves episodic memory at every age   All adults can prevent declines in episodic memory with regular exercise. Researchers led by psychologists at the University of Pittsburgh investigated more than 1,279 studies, eventually narrowing them down to just 36 that met specific criteria which were then analysed. The search was limited to particular .... More>>
25 Feb 2022
Anantara expanding China portfolio with plans for retreat in nature haven
Anantara expanding China portfolio with plans for retreat in nature haven   Anantara will open its third Chinese property in ecotourism destination Anji County, in the northwestern Zhejiang Province. A popular escape for nature lovers, Anji County is renowned for its clean air and scenery. Anantara’s new 162-key resort – named Anantara Anji – is being designed to emphasise the beauty of .... More>>
24 Feb 2022
Island getaway Radisson Blu Zaffron Resort launching in Santorini
Island getaway Radisson Blu Zaffron Resort launching in Santorini   New beachfront resort Radisson Blu Zaffron Resort will open its doors on the popular Greek island of Santorini as of 18 April, following a €20m (US$22.3m £16.7m) investment. Nestled just steps away from Karma beach, the new 103-room resort will launch with a spa offering treatments by Korres that tap into the .... More>>
23 Feb 2022
Geothermal Forest Lagoon opening in Iceland overlooking one of the country’s longest fjords
Geothermal Forest Lagoon opening in Iceland overlooking one of the country’s longest fjords   A brand new geothermal forest spa is set to launch in April near Akureyri, in Northern Iceland. The story behind Forest Lagoon began in 2014 when workers digging inside the Vaðlaheiðargöng heath – for an unrelated project – accidentally discovered a new geothermal hot water spring. Now, the water source will .... More>>
22 Feb 2022
Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth unveils rebranded spa offering ancestral Caribbean healing rituals
Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth unveils rebranded spa offering ancestral Caribbean healing rituals   Rosewood’s Caribbean island retreat on St. Barth has undergone an extensive four-year overhaul and rebranded its wellness facility into a Rosewood Sense spa. As part of the overhaul, the 600sq m wellness centre at Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth has had a comprehensive design refresh directed by architectural .... More>>
21 Feb 2022
Mayan gods, shamanism and herbalism inspire Conrad’s first destination spa in Mexico
Mayan gods, shamanism and herbalism inspire Conrad’s first destination spa in Mexico   Hilton has unveiled a secluded beachfront resort named Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya in Mexico, marking Conrad’s debut in the Mexican Caribbean. Located in a secluded bay surrounded by tropical forest and pristine Caribbean waters, the 349-room resort is complete with a destination spa and designed to offer a .... More>>
21 Feb 2022
Peloton gets into gamification with launch of Lanebreak workout
Peloton gets into gamification with launch of Lanebreak workout   Peloton has released a new workout option that moves away from its previous instructor-led content and instead relies on gamification to engage users. The new Lanebreak workout is a music-based exercise that requires riders to match and sustain their cadence or resistance with on-screen cues. Users control .... More>>
21 Feb 2022
GLL facilities get a battering during storm Eunice
GLL facilities get a battering during storm Eunice   Two staff were injured and Twenty Six GLL leisure facilities had to close their doors on Friday 18 February, as Storm Eunice swept west across the UK and Europe with devastating force and speed. Mark Sesnan, CEO of GLL, told HCM "We operate all the main public leisure centres in Cornwall and Cardiff and we .... More>>
18 Feb 2022
Hervé Blondel joins Glen Ivy Hot Springs following US$2.5m renovation
Hervé Blondel joins Glen Ivy Hot Springs following US$2.5m renovation   Southern California wellness destination Glen Ivy Hot Springs has announced the appointment of Hervé Blondel as the property’s new general manager. Blondel has a background in managing luxury resorts in international destinations, including Europe, the US and South America. In his most recent role, Blondel led .... More>>
17 Feb 2022
New UK Active membership council revealed – Dave Courteen to chair and also join the UK Active board
New UK Active membership council revealed – Dave Courteen to chair and also join the UK Active board   Industry body, UK Active, has revealed a new council to represent the voice of members to its board. The group will be chaired by industry veteran, Dave Courteen, and will be responsible for shaping and informing UK Active’s work while also helping ensure the membership is “engaged and up-to-date” with UK .... More>>
17 Feb 2022
Global Massage Makes Me Happy and Healthy Day scheduled for March
Global Massage Makes Me Happy and Healthy Day scheduled for March   20 March 2022 will mark Global Massage Makes Me Happy & Healthy Day (MMMHH Day), hosted by the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) Massage Initiative. The event is organised to celebrate and spread awareness of the positive impacts of touch therapies to both consumers and medical professionals. Launched in 2018, .... More>>
16 Feb 2022
Carillon Miami announces culinary residency with two Michelin-starred chef Tristan Brandt
Carillon Miami announces culinary residency with two Michelin-starred chef Tristan Brandt   Carillon Miami Wellness Resort is set to partner with chef Tristan Brandt to introduce a new destination restaurant at the resort in Q2. Brandt is an award-winning chef with two Michelin stars and will oversee culinary operations for the new dining concept. His signature style is defined by a focus on modern .... More>>
15 Feb 2022
F45 loses lawsuit against Body Fit Training in the Australian courts
F45 loses lawsuit against Body Fit Training in the Australian courts   Body Fit Training (BFT), the Australian fitness franchise, has successfully defended a court action brought by F45 in the Australian Federal Court. The lawsuit between the two Australian companies is part of an ongoing global dispute over business strategies and the use of technology. It began in late 2019, when .... More>>
15 Feb 2022
Mandarin Oriental planning first Greek property with luxury spa
Mandarin Oriental planning first Greek property with luxury spa   Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will manage a new hotel and spa in Costa Navarino, Greece, scheduled to open in Q1 2023. The group’s first property in Greece – named Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarino – will be located on the southwest coast of the Peloponnese and be part of Costa Navarino, a well-established .... More>>
15 Feb 2022
Physical activity sector essential to UK government’s levelling up ambitions
Physical activity sector essential to UK government’s levelling up ambitions   The physical activity sector will have an essential role to play in delivering the UK government's plans to "level up" and tackle longstanding economic, social, and health inequalities. The government this month published its much-awaited, flagship Levelling Up White Paper, which sets out plans to .... More>>
14 Feb 2022
Six Senses to launch in UAE with coral-inspired wellness sanctuary
Six Senses to launch in UAE with coral-inspired wellness sanctuary   Six Senses will enter the UAE market in 2024 with a 61-room hotel and 162 branded residences along a private stretch of beach on Palm Jumeirah’s West Crescent in Dubai. The project is the result of a management agreement signed between Six Senses, real estate developer and investment company Select Group and .... More>>
14 Feb 2022
Exercise during chemotherapy shrinks tumours
Exercise during chemotherapy shrinks tumours   Ground-breaking research has shown that cancer patients who followed a course of exercise ahead of surgery saw their tumours shrink markedly when compared to patients who followed the standard care pathway. The study specifically examined the role of exercise prehabilitation in oesophageal cancer treatment. .... More>>
14 Feb 2022
Diageo to build £73m Guinness visitor attraction in London
Diageo to build £73m Guinness visitor attraction in London   Brewing giant Diageo has revealed plans to create a Guinness-themed cultural hub and microbrewery in London, UK, with design by London-based agency, Hot Pickle. Called Guinness at Old Brewer’s Yard, the visitor attraction is set to open in London’s Covent Garden in Autumn 2023. Located on a historic brewing .... More>>
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