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El Paso Children’s Museum to be designed by Snøhetta
The Arts District in El Paso, Texas is to welcome a new addition in the form of the El Paso Children’s Museum, which will sit between the El Paso Museum of History and the El Paso Museum of Art.
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BY Luke Cloherty | 26 Oct 2019
International Spy Museum to double in size and relaunch in 2019
The International Spy Museum (SPY) has announced plans to relaunch on a new property next year.
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BY Andrew Manns | 26 Oct 2019
Welsh council launches company to operate leisure facilities
Gwynedd Council in north Wales has set up a company to operate leisure facilities in the region.
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BY Tom Walker | 23 May 2019
Aquarium of the Pacific envisions the future of ocean life with biomorphic expansion
The long-anticipated Pacific Visions wing at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, is set to open to the public on 24 May.
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BY Andrew Manns | 23 May 2019
Tech billionaire Tim Draper joins newly launched Grit Bxng as investor
American venture capitalist and tech billionaire Tim Draper has joined the team of investors behind newly launched luxury group fitness boxing chain Grit Bxng.
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BY Tom Walker | 23 May 2019
Connacht Rugby secures full planning approval for €30m stadium project
Connacht Rugby has been granted full planning permission for the €30m redevelopment of its Sportsground stadium in Galway, Ireland.
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BY Tom Walker | 23 May 2019
Spa Voyage partners with Amethyst Trust to launch Specialist Cancer Massage course
Spa Voyage, a UK-based distributor of natural beauty products, has partnered with cancer charity The Amethyst Trust to launch the Specialist Cancer Massage Course.
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BY Lauren Heath-Jones | 23 May 2019
Major expansion for Dubai's Atlantis Aquaventure with host of new water rides to open in 2020
Dubai's Atlantis Aquaventure waterpark has a major expansion on the cards, with plans to open a dozen new rides in the middle of 2020.
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BY Andy Knaggs | 23 May 2019
Disney-backed Tyffon raises US$7.8m with plans to expand free-roam VR experiences into US
Immersive entertainment company Tyffon has successfully raised new funding to help it expand its Tyffonium "free roam" virtual reality location-based experiences outside of Japan.
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BY Andy Knaggs | 23 May 2019
Airbnb teams up with 23andMe to promote DNA-based heritage travel
Online travel marketplace Airbnb has teamed up with genetic testing company 23andMe to make the finding of heritage travel experiences based on DNA tests simpler.
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BY Andy Knaggs | 23 May 2019
'A place of imagination': SO-IL and West 8 to devise master plan for revamped ArtPark
Design practice SO-IL and landscape architects West 8 have won a competition to redesign ArtPark – a 37-acre cultural hub and events venue located on the Niagara Gorge.
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BY Andrew Manns | 22 May 2019
Peloton to enter German fitness market
Indoor cycling giant Peloton has announced plans to enter the thriving German fitness market.
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BY Tom Walker | 22 May 2019
Outdoor waterpark completes Soundwaves expansion at Gaylord Opryland
Having opened the indoor part of its new Soundwaves Water Experience in December 2018, Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee, has now opened phase two of the waterpark – the outdoor part of its offering.
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BY Andy Knaggs | 22 May 2019
All England Club completes work on No 1 court roof
There will be more guaranteed play at this year's Wimbledon Tennis Championships – thanks to the completion of a three-year project to cover the famous No. 1 Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC).
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BY Tom Walker | 22 May 2019
First look at Rockefeller Group's Art-Deco-inspired residences in Manhattan
Property firm Rockefeller Group has published new renderings of its Art Deco- inspired Rose Hill tower, the company's first residential project since its founding in 1928.
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BY Andrew Manns | 22 May 2019
Museum Index: Louvre breaks attendance record as Europe continues to lead global museum market
Temporary exhibitions and geopolitical changes continue to serve as key attendance drivers for museums in Europe, which remains the global market leader for attendance in the sector, according to the latest edition of the TEA/AECOM Theme and Museum Index.
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BY Tom Anstey | 22 May 2019
Theme Index: Waterparks continue to flow as global attendance increases among world's elite
Attendance at the world's major waterparks continues to grow, with nearly 31 million people visiting the top waterparks globally in 2018.
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BY Tom Anstey | 22 May 2019
Theme Index: Disney reigns supreme as attendance at major theme parks top 500 million for first time
2018 was a landmark year for the themed entertainment industry, with the latest edition of the TEA/AECOM Theme and Museum Index showing the world's major theme park operators exceeding combined visitor totals of more than 500 million people for the first time ever.
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BY Tom Anstey | 22 May 2019
Paris unveils historic plans for 54-hectare destination park at the Eiffel Tower
The city of Paris has selected London-based landscape design practice Gustafson Porter + Bowman (GP+B) to lead a €72m (US$80.3m, £63.5m) expansion of the Eiffel Tower's surrounding public realm.
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BY Andrew Manns | 22 May 2019
Balance training trend gathers pace
Balance training is increasing in popularity among fitness operators and users.
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BY Tom Walker | 22 May 2019
Monaco positions itself as wellness destination with first health & wellness festival
The principality of Monaco will host its first-ever health and wellness festival, ‘In Your Element’, from 5-7 July, in partnership with the Columbus Monte Carlo hotel and Monaco’s World Class Gym.
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BY Jane Kitchen | 22 May 2019
A UK first – swimming pool built inside a sports hall
There is nothing new in facility operators reconfiguring underused sports courts as gyms and exercise studios in order to cater to changing demands.
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BY Tom Walker | 21 May 2019
Dolly Parton opens new attraction, Wildwood Grove, at Dollywood theme park
Country singer Dolly Parton's latest vision at her Dollywood theme park has been brought to life, with Wildwood Grove opening to the public at the attraction in Tennessee, US.
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BY Andy Knaggs | 21 May 2019
Roland Garros gets new greenhouse-flanked tennis court in controversial development
French design practice Marc Mimram have completed a new tennis court for the Stade Roland Garros in Paris.
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BY Andrew Manns | 21 May 2019
Co-op and Steel Warriors to create 20 street gyms in fight against knife crime
The Co-operative Group (Co-op) will invest a "multi-million-pound" sum in creating a network of street gyms in areas impacted by knife crime.
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BY Tom Walker | 21 May 2019
BXR founder, Olia Sardarova, plans expansion with backing of boxing legend Anthony Joshua
High-end boxing gym brand BXR is looking to roll out an expansion of its Sweat by BXR group exercise concept in the UK, with founder Olia Sardarova saying she would like at least five studios running in the next three to four years.
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BY Andy Knaggs | 21 May 2019
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates unveil plans to transform Buffalo's largest waterfront park
Brooklyn-based architecture office Michael Van Valkenburgh (MVVA) have unveiled the latest set of renderings of their design for the future Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park in Buffalo, NY.
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BY Andrew Manns | 21 May 2019
Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams to keynote at Active Uprising 2019
Sports psychologist Jeremy Snape and Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams are among the keynote speakers at this year's Active Uprising.
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BY Tom Walker | 21 May 2019
Kempinski Hotels takes inspiration from Hemingway for Cuban resort
Kempinski Hotels and Grupo de Turismo Gaviota SA have signed a management contract for Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski, the first five-star luxury resort complex in Cuba.
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BY Jane Kitchen | 21 May 2019
Fitness industry commits to education after third of gym users 'aware' of dangerous drug use at their gym
A survey of UK gym users has found that a third (34 per cent) of gym users said they were aware of other members at their gym taking image and performance enhancing drugs (IPEDs) and steroids.
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BY Tom Walker | 20 May 2019
Revealed: Foster + Partners' major hotel project with LVMH
Details have emerged of Foster + Partners' proposed London hotel project with French luxury conglomerate, LVMH.
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BY Andrew Manns | 20 May 2019
Boutique operator Solidcore accelerates expansion plans
US-based boutique fitness operator Solidcore has revealed plans for five new clubs the booming New York market.
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BY Tom Walker | 20 May 2019
How is Japanese radio helping the over 55s get more physically active?
A new collaboration between Sport England, think tank Demos and care and housing provider Anchor Hanover looks to get the over 55s in the UK more physically active inspired by a Japanese initiative.
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BY Tom Walker | 20 May 2019
Scottish secretary meets with LTA chief to ensure "Murray legacy" is not lost
Scottish Secretary David Mundell has met with Lawn Tennis Association chief executive Scott Lloyd to discuss plans to develop the sport in Scotland and across the UK.
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BY Tom Walker | 20 May 2019
Snøhetta and Blight Rayner selected to design AU$150m theatre in Australia
Architecture firms Snøhetta and Blight Rayner have won an international competition to design an AU$150m (US$103.8m, €90m, £81.4m) theatre for the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) in Brisbane, Australia.
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BY Andrew Manns | 20 May 2019
UK’s The Massage Company expands into India, with plans for 50 franchise locations
UK-based The Massage Company (TMC) has signed a deal with FranGlobal, Asia’s largest franchise reseller, to open 50 massage centres across India, potentially delivering up to an estimated US$50m in network revenue.
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BY Jane Kitchen | 20 May 2019
Mental health: what can health clubs do to support members' needs?
Exercise has been shown to have a positive impact on people's mental health, but is the health club sector doing the most it can, both to support its members' mental health needs, and to maximise what is both a responsibility and an opportunity?
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BY Andy Knaggs | 20 May 2019
Koichi Takada's seafront residences to take inspiration from Indonesia's diverse landscapes
Sydney-based Japanese architect Koichi Takada has unveiled plans to design a nature- inspired seafront community in Jakarta, Indonesia.
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BY Andrew Manns | 20 May 2019
CBG Architects complete set of wellness villas in Australia’s spa country
Design practice CBG Architects have completed the Hepburn Springs Escape Villas – a set of fourteen short-stay pods in Daylesford, Australia.
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BY Andrew Manns | 20 May 2019
Four Seasons opens second hotel in India
The Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru at Embassy One has opened in India, featuring an 11- treatment-room Infuse Spa designed by Yabu Pushelberg.
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BY Jane Kitchen | 20 May 2019
Rosewood Ningbo set for ‘new green landmark’ in the heart of ancient Chinese city
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is continuing its strategic growth in China with the announcement of Rosewood Ningbo, set to open in 2024.
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BY Jane Kitchen | 19 May 2019
Boutique operator Flywheel to expand its at-home fitness operations with Amazon deal
Boutique cycle studio operator Flywheel has teamed up with Amazon.com to make its Flywheel Home Bike available to customers.
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BY Tom Walker | 17 May 2019
Sangha Retreat names Alan Navarrette spa director
Sangha Retreat by Octave Institute has appointed Alan Navarrete as spa director.
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BY Jane Kitchen | 17 May 2019
£1m ‘Place for Sport’ fund launched to improve Wales’ sporting facilities
Sport Wales has launched a funding initiative called 'A Place for Sport', which will see £1m invested in community sports facilities.
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BY Tom Walker | 17 May 2019
Work begins on £6.3m Market Rasen Leisure Centre
Construction work has begun at the site of the £6.3m Market Rasen Leisure Centre in Lincolnshire.
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BY Tom Walker | 17 May 2019
Grayshott Health Spa launches Health Regime experience and healthy cookery school
Grayshott Health Spa, a luxury spa resort and the former home of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, in Surrey, UK, is set to introduce the Health Regime experience, a seven-day programme designed to balance and restore the digestive system.
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BY Lauren Heath-Jones | 17 May 2019
GWS to focus on the future of workplace wellness
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has announced a new topic for the event: how purpose needs to be at the very heart of corporate culture and how creating a purpose- focused company is the path to more profitable, successful businesses.
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BY Jane Kitchen | 17 May 2019
Sir David Adjaye's first residential skyscraper in the US tops out with extensive wellness offer
Sir David Adjaye's first residential skyscraper in the US – 130 William – has topped out in New York's Financial District.
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BY Andrew Manns | 17 May 2019
Sportscotland's ambitious new corporate strategy outlines vision for active nation
Sportscotland has unveiled its new corporate strategy, setting out its approach to delivering an active Scotland where "everyone benefits from sport".
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BY Tom Walker | 17 May 2019
Wellness Week 2019 launches at the Technogym Forum
Wellness Week 2019 has kicked off in Romagna, Italy. The event will run from 17 to 26 May.
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BY Liz Terry | 17 May 2019
Heavily processed foods cause overeating and weight gain, study finds
People eating ultra-processed foods ate more calories and gained more weight than when they ate a minimally processed diet, according to results from a National Institutes of Health study.
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BY Jane Kitchen | 17 May 2019
I.M. Pei, Louvre Pyramid architect, dead at 102
Ieoh Ming Pei, the architect who conceived the iconic Louvre Pyramid, has died.
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BY Andrew Manns | 17 May 2019
Swim England and RLSS sign deal to make training more accessible to aquatic workforce
Swim England and the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) have entered into a new partnership to make it easier for swimming teachers and lifeguards to access training.
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BY Tom Walker | 17 May 2019
IAAPA returns to Shanghai in June with rebranded Asian expo
Formerly the Asian Attractions Expo, (AAE) the newly-rechristened IAAPA Expo Asia (IEA) takes its first steps under its new name from 11-14 June.
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BY Tom Anstey | 17 May 2019
Report: UK fitness sector worth £5bn, penetration rate hits 15 per cent
The UK health and fitness industry is healthier than it has ever been, according to The 2019 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report.
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BY Tom Walker | 17 May 2019
gmp Architekten design stadium with translucent roof on China's largest tropical island
German architecture group von Gerkan, Marg, und Partner (gmp) have created a 41,000- seat stadium on the tropical island of Hainan in China.
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BY Andrew Manns | 17 May 2019
Kew Gardens opens giant natural play zone
Inspired to encourage children to develop a lasting relationship with plants and nature, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London is all set to open its giant new Children’s Garden to the public this weekend (18 May).
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BY Helen Patenall | 17 May 2019
17th annual Museums and Heritage awards honour 'innovative and ground-breaking initiatives'
The winners of the Museums + Heritage Awards were announced in London last night (15 May), with museums large and small being honoured and Sir David Attenborough picking up a Special Recognition Award.
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BY Andy Knaggs | 16 May 2019
Research: physically active students enjoy better mental health
Physical activity could be a major tool in battling rising levels of loneliness among young people.
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BY Tom Walker | 16 May 2019
Beata Aleksandrowicz launches 'Ask Beata' concept
Beata Aleksandrowicz, massage expert and founder of the Pure Massage Spa Training Method, is set to launch 'Ask Beata', a new social media-led interactive concept designed to offer advice and support to spa therapists, managers and directors.
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BY Lauren Heath-Jones | 16 May 2019
Jenny Patrickson: mental health qualification gaining interest
A new qualification focusing on mental health – one of the first of its kind for the physical activity and fitness industry – is creating interest across the sector.
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BY Tom Walker | 16 May 2019
Yabu Pushelberg and ISC release stunning images of new restaurant in Times Square
Yabu Pushelberg and Ian Schrager Company Design Studio (ISC) have unveiled images of their designs for 701 West, a luxury restaurant located at the recently opened Times Square Edition in Manhattan.
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BY Andrew Manns | 16 May 2019
New tourist attraction for Inverness Castle, as LDN Architects appointed to transform site
Inverness Castle in the Scottish Highlands is to be transformed into a tourist attraction that celebrates the Highlands' past, present and future, with LDN Architects, based in Edinburgh and Forres, appointed to work on the project.
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BY Andy Knaggs | 16 May 2019
Orlando's Icon Park aims for 2020 launch of 'world-beating' rides
Orlando entertainment complex Icon Park is investing in two new attractions that it claims would both rank as the world's tallest in their field when they open in Q2 2020.
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BY Andy Knaggs | 16 May 2019
Butlin’s opens 'revolutionary' £40m pool designed by FITCH
Family resort operator Butlin's has launched an art-deco style pool and water attraction at its Bognor Regis resort.
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BY Tom Walker | 16 May 2019
Museums showing an 'uncommercial' attitude to US$5.9bn touring exhibitions market, report finds
Museums that host touring exhibitions are less concerned with profitability, seeking mostly just to cover their costs – in contrast to the tour operators themselves, who prioritise revenue generation over recouping costs.
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BY Andy Knaggs | 16 May 2019
ONZ Architects to transform abandoned stadium into eco-park with 'green wings'
Ankara-based design office ONZ Architects have revealed plans to transform Antakya Atatürk Stadium in Hayat, Turkey into an elevated green park with a perimeter that curves upwards to form "green wings".
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BY Andrew Manns | 16 May 2019
Equinox to introduce workspaces across its club portfolio
Premium fitness operator Equinox will begin offering furnished office spaces adjacent to its high-end health clubs.
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BY Tom Walker | 16 May 2019
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners' US$162m spy museum opens its doors
The long-awaited International Spy Museum (SPY) – has officially opened to the public in Washington, D.C.
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BY Andrew Manns | 16 May 2019
Resense designs Kempinski’s 9th floor wellness area with views over Kuala Lumpur
International spa consultancy Resense has been commissioned to design, implement and support the management of the new Kempinski The Spa at Kempinski Hotel 8 Conlay, Kuala Lumpur.
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BY Jane Kitchen | 16 May 2019
Diana Mestre creates Huichol-inspired spa for upcoming Auberge
Spa consultant Diana Mestre has created a spa concept for the upcoming Auberge Susurros del Corazon in Punta de Mita, Mexico that has been inspired by the ceremony and traditions of the local Huichol people.
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BY Jane Kitchen | 16 May 2019
DCMS select committee: use sports, not prison, to tackle knife crime
Sports should be harnessed to help fight knife crime and gang violence, according to a report by the DCMS Select Committee.
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BY Tom Walker | 15 May 2019
Henning Larsen set to build bayside 'leisure city' in China
Danish architecture office Henning Larsen have won an international competition to design a 5.5 million sq m waterfront district in Shenzhen, China.
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BY Andrew Manns | 15 May 2019
Architectus and Wilson Associates complete wellbeing-centric ski resort in Japan
Australian architecture group Architectus and interior design practice Wilson Associates have completed the expansive Skye Niseko resort in Hokkaido, Japan.
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BY Andrew Manns | 15 May 2019
Newly rebranded Hussle partners with mobile provider Three
Fitness marketplace Hussle has revealed its first major deal since it changed its name and brand identity from PayAsUGym earlier this month.
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BY Tom Walker | 15 May 2019
Richard Baker: new lifeguard qualification will 'break industry mould'
A new lifeguard qualification will "break the industry mould" by offering employers more flexibility in delivering training to its workforce.
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BY Tom Walker | 15 May 2019
BaseballSoftballUK looks for lasting legacy from MLB's London series
BaseballSoftballUK is hoping to use this year's Major League Baseball (MLB) London Series to give the sport a push and increase its popularity across the country.
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BY Tom Walker | 15 May 2019
Eden Roc Cap Cana announces world's first Natura Bissé branded spa
Eden Roc Cap Cana, a luxury resort in the Dominican Republic, has announced the opening of its new 30,000sq ft spa, following a US$2m (£1.5m, €1.7m) renovation.
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BY Lauren Heath-Jones | 15 May 2019
Work begins on £520m Birmingham Commonwealth Games village
Construction work has begun on the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Village – the largest infrastructure project directly related to the Games.
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BY Tom Walker | 15 May 2019
Editor's letter: Climate emergency
Liz Terry shares her thoughts
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15 May 2019
New Opening: Blackberry Mountain
Sister property to iconic Blackberry Farm revealed
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15 May 2019
New Opening: InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland
Spa tranquillity at InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland – the world’s first underground hotel, underground hotel
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15 May 2019
New Opening: Civana
Civana opens spa with a focus on democratic wellness
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15 May 2019
New Opening: Miraval Austin
Miraval unveils second-ever wellness resort
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15 May 2019
News report: Earth Day 2019
We take a look at how spas around the world celebrated Earth Day and Earth Hour
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15 May 2019
Promotional feature: Lemi
From humble beginnings in a small Italian village, Lemi has grown a hugely successful global business in the massage bed market. As it celebrates its 30th anniversary year, we talk to GM Matteo Brusaferri
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15 May 2019
Promotional feature: Book4time
As Book4Time celebrates its 15th anniversary, we talk to founder and CEO Roger Sholanki about his passion for the spa and wellness industry
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15 May 2019
Interview: Dale Hipsh
The senior VP of hotels at Hard Rock International tells Katie Barnes why its music-centric spa menu is striking the right chord with consumers and the media
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15 May 2019
Promotional feature: ISPA
After almost three decades serving members and contributing to the growth of the industry, we talk to ISPA’s Crystal Ducker about the work of the association and the future of spa
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15 May 2019
Everyone’s talking about: DNA testing
How are spas using DNA tests to offer the ultimate personalised services? Julie Cramer investigates
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15 May 2019
Promotional feature: SpaSoft
SpaSoft supplies solutions for a stress-free spa and elevates the guest experience
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15 May 2019
Spa Design: Jungle VIP
Kim Megson ventures deep into Mexico’s jungle to discover how two Chablé resorts with Mayan spas are aiming to redefine wellness
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15 May 2019
Interview: John & Karina Stewart
The inspirational couple behind Kamalaya in Thailand talk to Neena Dhillon about emotional therapies, why stress-busting is the new detox and how they’re evolving the concept
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15 May 2019
Promotional feature: Gharieni
Gharieni has long been known as an industry innovator. Now, Forbes Travel Guide has named the company as its official Spa & Wellness Equipment Manufacturer. Sammy Gharieni tells us more
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15 May 2019
New Opening: Kalloni Spa at Parklane Limassol, Cyprus
Lauren Heath-Jones reports from Kalloni Spa at Marriott’s first property in Cyprus
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15 May 2019
Promotional feature: Comfort Zone
Skincare brand Comfort Zone has partnered with Wellness for Cancer to create a new programme of spa treatments for people touched by cancer. Barbara Gavazzoli tells us more
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15 May 2019
Family spa: Multi-story
With the rise in multi-generational tourism, family spas are growing in popularity. Jane Kitchen reports
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15 May 2019
Fitness: Bone loading
Spas can help guests avoid and reverse osteoporosis says Liz Terry
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15 May 2019
Product Innovation: spa-kit.net
Product and equipment launches
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15 May 2019
Promotional feature: Camylle
Marc Massing from Camylle explains the benefits of aromatherapy in a spa’s wet areas
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15 May 2019
Promotional feature: Iyashi Dome
Iyashi Dome: the original Japanese far infrared sauna experience
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15 May 2019
Promotional feature: The Tides
Annemarie Wortman highlights a new, effective detox treatment and product line by The Tides Wellness
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15 May 2019
Research: Finishing touch
The benefits of face massage rollers have been given scientific backing from researchers in Japan
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15 May 2019
Formby Hall announces brand partnership with Made for Life Organics
Formby Hall, an independent hotel, spa and golf resort in Liverpool, UK, has announced a new partnership with skincare brand Made for Life Organics.
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BY Lauren Heath-Jones | 14 May 2019
UK Sport's mental health programme to support 'every athlete'
Elite agency UK Sport has launched a mental health education programme aimed at supporting every athlete across the UK’s high-performance system.
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BY Tom Walker | 14 May 2019
Unhealthy lifestyles: premature heart deaths rise for first time in 50 years
The number of people dying prematurely from heart attacks and strokes in the UK has risen for the first time in 50 years.
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BY Tom Walker | 14 May 2019
Blu Spas launches new social spa concept
International spa consultancy and design team Blu Spas Inc. have launched Blu Galaxy, a modular, eco-friendly contrast bathing concept designed to be easily dropped into plans for hospitality, hot springs, retail or residential projects.
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BY Jane Kitchen | 14 May 2019
DP Architects and Ilya team up for Zen-inspired residences in Singapore
DP Architects and interior design specialists Ilya Corporation have joined up to create the Woodleigh Residences – a sprawling, Zen-inspired living community in Singapore.
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BY Andrew Manns | 14 May 2019
Maurer testing first coaster at sea to cater for salty atmosphere
German manufacturer Maurer Rides is putting its Bolt Ultimate Sea Coaster – the first rollercoaster to be installed aboard a cruise liner – through special testing, to ensure its vehicles can remain up to scratch on the open ocean.
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BY Andy Knaggs | 14 May 2019
London's first riverside linear park to feature 'wellness portals'
New York-based architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) have unveiled the first series of renderings of "The Tide", a linear park planned for London's Greenwich Peninsula.
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BY Andrew Manns | 14 May 2019
Glofox raises US$10m to fund US expansion
Fitness software startup Glofox has secured a US$10m worth of Series A funding.
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BY Tom Walker | 14 May 2019
Efteling partners with Aardman on new 4D theatre attraction
Aardman Animations, the British animation studio behind much-loved shows such as Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, has partnered with Efteling to create a newly- renovated 4D theatre attraction at the Dutch fairytale theme park.
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BY Andy Knaggs | 14 May 2019
Revealed: Daniel Libeskind's vision for a 'museum of humankind' in Kenya
Polish architect Daniel Libeskind has released images of his breathtaking designs for "Ngaren" – a world history museum commissioned by famed paleoanthropologist, Professor Richard Leakey.
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BY Andrew Manns | 14 May 2019
KidZania plans major expansion with first US sites
KidZania – the children's edutainment centre operator – has announced plans to expand into the US, with its first centre due to open in Frisco, Dallas, Texas later this year and another three cities ‒ New York, Chicago and Los Angeles ‒ to follow through to 2021.
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BY Andy Knaggs | 14 May 2019
Promotional feature: Wattbike
Two new Wattbikes, the Atom X and Icon, offer complete indoor cycling solutions that create immersive experiences for the rider
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14 May 2019
Urban Retreat to open flagship location in London
Luxury spa and salon operator Urban Retreat is set to open its first standalone location in London this June.
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BY Lauren Heath-Jones | 13 May 2019
Former Disney and Man Utd executive Andy Anson named British Olympic Association CEO
The British Olympic Association (BOA) has appointed Andy Anson as its new CEO.
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BY Tom Walker | 13 May 2019
George Foreman III and Studio Troika design luxury boxing studio in Philadelphia
George Foreman III – son of the heavyweight prizefighter – and Boston-based practice Studio Troika have designed the EverybodyFights boxing gym in Philadelphia.
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BY Andrew Manns | 13 May 2019
Depression linked to obesity due to dietary fats entering the brain
Researchers have linked the consumption of diets high in saturated fats – which lead to obesity – with the development of depression phenotypes.
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BY Tom Walker | 13 May 2019
Cycling 'not taken seriously' by central or local governments
More than three quarters (76 per cent) of British Cycling members do not believe that cycling is taken seriously by their local authority, while 81 per cent say the same of national government.
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BY Tom Walker | 13 May 2019
Chinese museums to get smarter with the 'express train of digital technology'
Increasing use of digitisation and technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) are to be used in China's heritage sector to deliver smart museums that have the capabilities to reach more people.
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BY Andy Knaggs | 13 May 2019
Perrot & Richard set to revive century-old concert hall in Lyon
The city of Lyon has selected French design firm Perrot & Richard Architectes to renovate the Salle Rameau, a 100-year-old concert hall in Lyon that once hosted performances by the likes of Louis Armstrong and Ray Ventura.
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BY Andrew Manns | 13 May 2019
Sir David Adjaye wins Kiran Nadar Museum job with 'sacred geometries' concept
Sir David Adjaye has been selected to design the new Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and Cultural Center (KNMACC) following a global competition that brought together 47 of the world's most prestigious architecture firms.
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BY Andrew Manns | 13 May 2019
Royal Caribbean opens US$250m 'Perfect Day' island attraction
Royal Caribbean International – the cruise line brand founded in Norway – has opened its first "Perfect Day" private island, the first to come in a series of bespoke destinations under development worldwide.
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BY Tom Anstey | 13 May 2019
RLA names Jessica Schorr director of spa & wellness
Resources for Leisure Assets (RLA), an international consultancy specialising in leisure and wellbeing in real estate, has named Jessica Schorr as director of spa & wellness. Schorr will provide clientele with development and operational expertise for both new and existing projects.
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BY Jane Kitchen | 13 May 2019
Eden Rock – St Barths 2.0: iconic Caribbean hotel to unveil new spa as part of two-year renovation
A design collaboration led by the Eden Rock Design Group and Martin Brudnizki Design Studio will transform the iconic Eden Rock St Barths hotel in the Caribbean, including a new spa concept.
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BY Jane Kitchen | 13 May 2019
Cardiff doctors become first to prescribe free bike hire to patients
Bicycles will be prescribed on the NHS for the first time as part of a pilot campaign to tackle obesity.
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BY Tom Walker | 10 May 2019
Elevate Innovation Awards winners revealed
The Moving Medicine initiative and Wattbike were among the winners of this year's Elevate Innovation Awards.
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BY Tom Walker | 10 May 2019
Arup and Effekt release final images of surreal forest tower in Denmark
Danish architects Effekt and global engineering consultancy Arup Associates have completed a tornado-shaped observation tower at the Camp Adventure Climbing Park in Denmark.
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BY Andrew Manns | 10 May 2019
Basketball England to train staff in mental health awareness
Basketball England has become the first national governing body of sport to train its staff to a Level 2 award in mental health awareness.
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BY Tom Walker | 10 May 2019
Jungle Spa set to open at Crete’s new Casa Cook property
Casa Cook is set to open its first bespoke family-friendly hotel, designed with the postmodern family in mind, on a pristine stretch of Crete in the ancient city of Chania.
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BY Jane Kitchen | 10 May 2019
LPA complete California's largest ice skating complex
American architecture studio LPA Design have created The Great Park Ice and FivePoint Arena – the largest ice skating facility in the state of California.
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BY Andrew Manns | 10 May 2019
Registration opens for WWA Symposium and Trade Show at Disney World
The World Waterpark Association will hold its 39th Annual Symposium and Trade Show – the largest waterpark show in the world – at the Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
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BY Tom Anstey | 10 May 2019
Mattel unveils global plans for interactive FECs
Mattel has announced plans to open a string of interactive family entertainment centres around the world that combine physical and digital play experiences around some of its most famous brands.
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BY Andy Knaggs | 10 May 2019
Four Seasons Montreal boasts spa with city’s first Kneipp facility
The Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Montreal has opened, with a spa described as a “wellness sanctuary”.
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BY Jane Kitchen | 10 May 2019
White paper: more needs to be done to promote group exercise
Group exercise is being presented as a solution to two of society's growing problems – inactivity and loneliness.
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BY Tom Walker | 10 May 2019
Emaar Properties to build AED25bn leisure quarter in Dubai
Emirati developer Emaar Properties has announced plans for an AED25bn (US$6.8bn, €6bn, £5.2bn) waterfront leisure district in Dubai.
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BY Andrew Manns | 10 May 2019
EAS gets rebranded as IAAPA Expo Europe - event heads to Paris this September
Registration is now open for the newly-renamed IAAPA Expo Europe (IEE), with this year's European showcase for visitor attractions coming to Paris, France, in September.
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BY Tom Anstey | 10 May 2019
Zenoti raises US$50m in Series C funding
Enterprise cloud platform Zenoti has closed a US$50m Series C funding round led by Tiger Global Management, with participation from Norwest Venture Partners and Accel.
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BY Jane Kitchen | 09 May 2019
Bjarke Ingels reveals towering project in South America's greenest capital
Scandinavian architecture bureau Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) have unveiled plans for EPIQ – the firm's second project in Quito, Ecuador.
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BY Andrew Manns | 09 May 2019
Nobu Los Cabos features spa with outdoor hydrotherapy garden
Robert De Niro’s lifestyle brand Nobu Hospitality has opened its latest location in Los Cabos, Mexico. The 200-bedroom Nobu Hotel Los Cabos features a 13,691sq ft Esencia Spa, created by international spa consultants Blu Spas.
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BY Jane Kitchen | 09 May 2019
Statue of Liberty Museum gears up for long-anticipated opening
The Statue of Liberty Museum is set to make its long-awaited debut on 16 May.
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BY Andrew Manns | 09 May 2019
Healthy celebrations organised around the world for Global Wellness Day
Saturday, 8 June 2019 will mark the eighth annual Global Wellness Day (GWD), and thousands of locations across the world – including hotel/spa chains, fitness centres, yoga studios, associations, foundations, hospitals, schools and senior living centres, along with governments, businesses and celebrities – will be celebrating GWD with free, non- commercial, health and wellness activities for the public.
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BY Jane Kitchen | 09 May 2019
Bolton set for administration as takeover talks collapse
Bolton Wanderers Football Club (BWFC) is set enter administration after talks to find a new owner collapsed.
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BY Tom Walker | 09 May 2019
Arrowstreet design adventure gym with first-of-its-kind recovery centre
American interior design practice Arrowstreet have created BKBX, a 771 sq m "adventure lifestyle ecosystem" in Boston, US.
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BY Andrew Manns | 09 May 2019
Golden toilet among Cattelan exhibits set for Blenheim Palace
An exhibition of the work of Italian contemporary artist Maurizio Cattelan at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, UK, is to include the installation of a working 18-carat solid gold toilet.
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BY Andy Knaggs | 09 May 2019
Barking's Healthy New Town project to have physical activity 'designed in'
Physical activity body ukactive has partnered with developer Barking Riverside Limited (BRL) to help create a mixed-use residential project with a focus on healthy, active lifestyles.
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BY Tom Walker | 09 May 2019
'Huge opportunity for Marvel' at Shanghai Disney, says Iger
Disney chair and CEO Bob Iger, has hinted at an expanded Marvel presence for its Shanghai theme park in China, with the brand currently booming as its latest blockbuster – Avengers: Endgame – continues to surge at the box office.
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BY Tom Anstey | 09 May 2019
ISPA Foundation names Quincy Reynolds 2019 Mary Tabacchi Scholarship winner
The International SPA Association (ISPA) Foundation has awarded Quincy Reynolds the 2019 Mary Tabacchi Scholarship. Reynolds will be honoured onstage during the General Session at the 2019 ISPA Conference & Expo at The Venetian in Las Vegas, taking place 11-13 September 2019.
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BY Jane Kitchen | 09 May 2019
UK secures two further world championships to add to 'decade of sport'
The UK has won bids for two world championships of sport – adding to a long line of major events to be held in the country between 2019 and 2023.
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BY Tom Walker | 08 May 2019


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