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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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24 Jan 2022
How spas can make the most out of Valentine's Day, according to Verena Lasvigne
How spas can make the most out of Valentine's Day, according to Verena Lasvigne   “Valentine's Day should be a success both in terms of guest experience and securing success for your spa’s top and bottom line,” says Verena Lasvigne, industry figure, consultant and seasoned spa director. Speaking exclusively to Spa Business, Lasvigne explained that Valentine’s Day holds significant .... More>>
24 Jan 2022
Time to celebrate! Entries open for UK Active Awards
Time to celebrate! Entries open for UK Active Awards   Entries are now open for the annual UK Active Awards. Following two years of unparalleled disruption, UK Active has added two COVID-19-related award categories which will focus on the recovery, resilience and successes achieved throughout the pandemic. A Jan Spaticchia Special Recognition Award will also .... More>>
24 Jan 2022
Climate-neutral hotel with sea view spa to open in Sweden
Climate-neutral hotel with sea view spa to open in Sweden   Hotel operator Scandic Hotels has announced plans to create a climate-neutral hotel in the northern Swedish city of Sundsvall in 2024. The new 210-room location – called Scandic Sundsvall Central – is the product of a long-term lease agreement signed between Scandic and Sweden-based construction and development .... More>>
21 Jan 2022
Wellness Tourism Association aligns with World Wellness Weekend to appoint new ambassadors
Wellness Tourism Association aligns with World Wellness Weekend to appoint new ambassadors   The Wellness Tourism Association (WTA), is celebrating its fourth anniversary by striking up a partnership with World Wellness Weekend (WWW) – a global wellness event created to help people adopt healthier lifestyles. The new partnership will see select WWW Ambassadors, from various parts of the world, become .... More>>
21 Jan 2022
Four hours exercise a week can slow down development of Parkinson's
Four hours exercise a week can slow down development of Parkinson's   People with early-stage Parkinson’s should do regular exercise to slow down the progression of the disease. The finding comes from a six-year study that followed 237 people who were developing Parkinson’s. The participants in the study had an average age of 63. Their exercise levels at the start of the .... More>>
21 Jan 2022
Gympass acquires Andjoy and 7Card as it looks for European expansion
Gympass acquires Andjoy and 7Card as it looks for European expansion   Gympass has completed the acquisition of Spanish corporate fitness platform Andjoy and Benefit Seven (7card), a fitness subscription provider in Romania. The company acquired both businesses from French-owned catering and corporate services provider Sodexo for an undisclosed sum. Both Andjoy and 7card are big .... More>>
20 Jan 2022
Patrizia Bortolin joins WFTA to champion wellness food tourism
Patrizia Bortolin joins WFTA to champion wellness food tourism   The World Food Travel Association (WFTA) has named Preidlhof’s spa director and transformational wellness coach Patrizia Bortolin its global co-ambassador for wellness tourism. Launched in 2001, the WFTA is a non-profit organisation with a mission to preserve and promote culinary cultures through hospitality and .... More>>
20 Jan 2022
Celeb-driven brand, FitLab, raises $15m – plans 500 studios with at-home, in-club and events bundled in one membership
Celeb-driven brand, FitLab, raises $15m – plans 500 studios with at-home, in-club and events bundled in one membership   Hybrid fitness platform FitLab has closed its Series A financing, bringing total capital raised to more than US$15m. FitLab will use the funding to scale its portfolio of brands, which will see it accelerate the opening of boutique fitness studios, launch new mass-participation events and develop new .... More>>
19 Jan 2022
Trib3 takes fitness to the metaverse in deal to use The Sandbox
Trib3 takes fitness to the metaverse in deal to use The Sandbox   Boutique chain Trib3 will become one of the first fitness operators to establish a presence in the metaverse, making its workouts available in The Sandbox. Trib3 has struck a deal to enter The Sandbox – a blockchain-based decentralised metaverse – which joins companies and brands such as sports giant Adidas and .... More>>
19 Jan 2022
Sweet dreams: Rosewood rolls out Alchemy of Sleep retreats
Sweet dreams: Rosewood rolls out Alchemy of Sleep retreats   Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has launched a global sleep retreat collection designed to promote rest through sleep-inducing treatments, movement-driven activities and special amenities. Taking a holistic approach to sleep, the Alchemy of Sleep retreats address a variety of practices to ensure each guest finds .... More>>
19 Jan 2022
NordicTrack launches voice-controlled dumbbells that work with Amazon's Alexa
NordicTrack launches voice-controlled dumbbells that work with Amazon's Alexa   At-home fitness brand NordicTrack from iFIT has launched what it says are the first voice-controlled, adjustable dumbbells to work with Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa. The NordicTrack iSelect dumbbells can be electronically adjusted from five to 50 pounds in seconds with a voice command to a compatible .... More>>
19 Jan 2022
Seoul's Incheon airport reveals plans to host global museum
Seoul's Incheon airport reveals plans to host global museum   South Korea's largest airport could host an international museum as early as 2024. According to local media, the Incheon International Airport Corp (IIAC) – which operates the Incheon Airport – is launching a feasibility study into how best to accommodate a satellite site for a recognised museum "brand" at the .... More>>
18 Jan 2022
National survey to explore mental health of fitness sector workforce
National survey to explore mental health of fitness sector workforce   The Workforce State of Mind Survey, now in its second year, has begun to gather data to gain insights into how the mental health of people working in the sector has been faring since the https://www.healthclubmanagement.co.uk/health-club-management-features/Management-Mental-wealth/35026?source=search">inaugural .... More>>
18 Jan 2022
IHG's first Regent Resort in Vietnam to feature tropical wellness retreat
IHG's first Regent Resort in Vietnam to feature tropical wellness retreat   IHG Hotels & Resorts is set to launch the first resort from its recently acquired luxury brand, Regent Hotels & Resorts, in South East Asia in Q1 2022. Situated on a tropical island off Vietnam’s southwest coast, Regent Phu Quoc will feature 176 suites and 126 villas, set against the waterfront backdrop of Long .... More>>
18 Jan 2022
Healing Summit 2022 will take place in September
Healing Summit 2022 will take place in September   Annual industry event The Healing Summit has been rescheduled from May to new dates on 3-4 September 2022. As in previous years, the conference will be held at Pine Cliffs Resort in Albufeira, Portugal, but this year attendance is being capped at 130 delegates in light of the pandemic. The event’s theme – The .... More>>
18 Jan 2022
Motiongate Dubai launches first-ever John Wick rollercoaster
Motiongate Dubai launches first-ever John Wick rollercoaster   Motiongate Dubai in the UAE is launching two new rides this month (January 2022). The openings include the world's first rollercoaster using the IP of the Keanu Reeves-starred action-thriller franchise, John Wick, and another called ​​Now You See Me: High Roller. Both rides will be located at the .... More>>
18 Jan 2022
Hybrid brand LIT Method targets rapid growth through franchising
Hybrid brand LIT Method targets rapid growth through franchising   Wellness operator and fit tech company, LIT Method, (low-intensity training) is ramping up expansion after launching into the franchising market. The company's hybrid business model now combines studios with an at-home, digital fitness offering based on the proprietary LIT Strength Machine. The low-intensity, .... More>>
17 Jan 2022
Planet Fitness buys Sunshine Fitness for US$800m
Planet Fitness buys Sunshine Fitness for US$800m   Planet Fitness has signed an agreement to acquire Sunshine Fitness – an operator of 114 Planet Fitness fitness clubs in the US – in a deal worth US$800m. The cash and shares deal, which is expected to be finalised during the first quarter of 2022, will allow Planet Fitness to diversify across more geographies, .... More>>
17 Jan 2022
Sensei expands leadership team in preparation for new retreat opening 2022
Sensei expands leadership team in preparation for new retreat opening 2022   Sensei, the wellness brand owned by tech billionaire Larry Ellison, has appointed Annika Jackson as general manager and Michael Conte as retreat director of the brand’s upcoming second outpost Sensei Porcupine Creek. Sensei has also appointed Catherine Phillips as retreat director at Sensei Lanai, A Four .... More>>
14 Jan 2022
Londoners told to avoid exercise today due to very high levels of air pollution
Londoners told to avoid exercise today due to very high levels of air pollution   People living in London have been advised to avoid or reduce strenuous exercise today (Friday 14 January) – especially outdoors – due to exceptionally high levels of air pollution caused by an area of high pressure over western Europe. This weather system means emissions and pollutants are not dispersed by the .... More>>
14 Jan 2022
Hussle says partnership with McDonald's led to 'massive rise' in number of people looking at gyms
Hussle says partnership with McDonald's led to 'massive rise' in number of people looking at gyms   A marketing partnership between fitness marketplace Hussle and fast-food giant McDonald's resulted in a significant increase in the number of people looking at gyms via the platform. The campaign saw Hussle offer fitness-based prizes as part of the fast-food chain's annual Monopoly promotion, which took place .... More>>
14 Jan 2022
Como Shambhala to debut in France with countryside wellness retreat
Como Shambhala to debut in France with countryside wellness retreat   The Como Group has announced plans to open its first luxury boutique hotel in France in the world-famous wine region of Burgundy. Como Le Montrachet will open in phases, with stage one scheduled for completion in late 2022. The hotel’s gradual opening will see the launch of one of its signature .... More>>
13 Jan 2022
Vinotherapy and mud rituals inspire Four Seasons Napa Valley spa programming
Vinotherapy and mud rituals inspire Four Seasons Napa Valley spa programming   The new spa at the recently-opened Four Seasons Napa Valley in Calistoga, California, has been inspired by the resort’s onsite vineyard and local Native American healing wisdom. The 13,050sq ft Spa Talisa is inspired by a Native American term for ‘beautiful water’ and was chosen as a homage to Calistoga’s .... More>>
12 Jan 2022
Soneva's new spa and wellness brand blends ancient and modern healing techniques
Soneva's new spa and wellness brand blends ancient and modern healing techniques   Barefoot luxury hotel and wellness brand Soneva has concocted a new spa and wellness concept combining ancient healing wisdom with modern science. Named Soneva Soul, the launch is guided by the principle of ‘lifestyle evolution’ and sees wellness teams tailor personalised care plans to help guests realise their potential and achieve long-term wellness goals. It's .... More>>
12 Jan 2022
Rancho La Puerta names Luis Arturo Aguilar new spa manager
Rancho La Puerta names Luis Arturo Aguilar new spa manager   Luis Arturo Aguilar has been appointed the new spa manager at wellness destination and spa Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico. In his role, Aguilar will oversee three health centres within the destination’s 4,000 acres of private gardens, mountains and meadows, as well as manage a team of health and fitness .... More>>
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