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Is Disney planning pop-up attractions with its 'new experience development' department?
Disney Imagineers could be planning on launching pop-up experiences in the US – and potentially around the world.
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BY Tom Walker | 13 Apr 2021
ISPA celebrates creativity and reveals 2021 ISPA Innovate Awards winners
The International Spa Association (ISPA) has named 12 winners of the 2021 ISPA Innovate Awards.
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BY Megan Whitby | 13 Apr 2021
You can now enter the World Leisure Innovation Prize
World Leisure Organization (WLO) has opened the entry process for its International Innovation Prize.
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BY Tom Walker | 13 Apr 2021
Alton Towers to launch three 80s-themed Retro Squad rides when park opens
Alton Towers theme park in the UK will offer visitors the opportunity to indulge in some 80s nostalgia when it launches three "retro" rides this month.
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BY Tom Walker | 13 Apr 2021
Fit tech startup Tempo looks to ramp up growth plans with new investment
At-home fitness startup Tempo is believed to be in the latter stages of finalising a US$100m cash injection from Japanese holding company SoftBank.
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BY Tom Walker | 13 Apr 2021
Rural English retreat launches masterclass to reveals secrets and health benefits of fermentation
Relais & Chateaux's Summer Lodge Country House Hotel ​in Dorset, England, has launched an insightful masterclass to inspire guests about the benefits of fermentation.
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BY Megan Whitby | 13 Apr 2021
Sonal Uberoi launches new book showcasing why hospitality must capitalise on wellness assets
Industry figure and founder of Spa Balance Consulting Sonal Uberoi has penned a new book, named The Wellness Asset: How wellness can transform and future-proof your hotel.
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BY Megan Whitby | 12 Apr 2021
Health clubs reopen in England as report shows 40,000 COVID-19 deaths could have been prevented in the UK with greater health equality
Health clubs, leisure centres and fitness studios in England have opened their doors today (12 April) for the first time during 2021.
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BY Tom Walker | 12 Apr 2021
New National Health and Fitness Alliance to lead fitness sector's lobbying efforts in the US
A major new initiative will look to strengthen and unite the fitness industry's voice in influencing policy and policymakers in the US.
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BY Tom Walker | 11 Apr 2021
Ghislain Waeyaert departs Deep Nature and becomes president of bbSpa’s new French division
Ghislain Waeyaert, former VP of French wellness brand and consultancy Deep Nature, has been appointed president of the new French branch of Italy-based global spa consultancy bbSpa_Group.
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BY Megan Whitby | 09 Apr 2021
Everyone Active and WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) sign partnership deal
Leisure centre operator Everyone Active has formed a partnership with WW (formerly called Weight Watchers), which will see the two combining their exercise and dietary services.
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BY Tom Walker | 09 Apr 2021
'Social fitness' app Bim launches – offers live home workout sessions with up to 20 people
A new at-home fitness app will enable friends, communities, and coaches to remotely work out together using live video links.
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BY Tom Walker | 09 Apr 2021
World's top 100 museums and galleries suffer 77 per cent fall in visits during pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in visits to the world's top 100 museums and galleries falling by three quarters.
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BY Tom Walker | 09 Apr 2021
Prescribe exercise, not painkillers, to chronic pain sufferers says NICE
Adults suffering from chronic pain should be advised to take exercise, rather than be prescribed painkillers, according to new guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
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BY Tom Walker | 09 Apr 2021
First 1000 Day of Wellness to unveil conception wellness training led by Christine Clinton and Joanne Berry
The First 1000 Days of Wellness (F1000 Days) will introduce specialised practitioner training for conception, pregnancy, and family integrative wellness, in partnership with respected industry trainers Christine Clinton and Joanne Berry.
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BY Megan Whitby | 09 Apr 2021
Disney to open Avengers Campus at Disneyland California on 4 June
Disney has confirmed that it will open its long-awaited Avengers Campus at the Disneyland California resort in Anaheim on 4 June 2021.
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BY Tom Walker | 09 Apr 2021
Report on longevity calls for £3bn government investment to 'build back better health' in the UK
A parliamentary report is calling for a £3bn intervention fund to build back better health as we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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BY Tom Walker | 09 Apr 2021
Switzerland’s Bürgenstock Resort introduces Covid Bounce Back retreat
Premium Swiss wellness destination The Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne has launched a comprehensive Covid Bounce Back programme at its five-star in-house medical wellness facility, Waldhotel.
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BY Megan Whitby | 08 Apr 2021
PureGym gearing up for reopening with 10 new sites
As health clubs and fitness studios in England are counting the hours down to reopening day on Monday 12 April, PureGym has announced it will open 10 brand new health clubs alongside its existing 230 sites.
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BY Tom Walker | 08 Apr 2021
Michael Bruggeman spearheading One Well World foundation to inspire global wellbeing
Michael Bruggeman, CEO of OM4 Organic Male and haia, is leading a new nonprofit charitable foundation supported by a host of leading beauty, wellness and healthcare industry experts.
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BY Megan Whitby | 08 Apr 2021
Hotel spa recovery hinges on vaccinations, consumer confidence and pent-up demand
According to Jan Freitag, senior VP at Smith Travel Research (STR), the industry can expect to see a pick-up in the luxury hospitality sector, including hotel spas, in a matter of months.
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BY Megan Whitby | 07 Apr 2021
SIBEC EU co-locates with FIBO Cologne for 2021
Questex, owner of industry buyer event, Sibec EU, has announced it will partner with FIBO in 2021, moving the event alongside the trade show and EuropeActive conference in Cologne during the week of 1 November.
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BY Liz Terry | 07 Apr 2021
Chinese attractions industry entering 'growth phase'
The Chinese visitor attractions market is set to bounce back from the pandemic with significant growth over the coming years.
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BY Tom Walker | 07 Apr 2021
John Treharne and Jana Havrdová among four new appointments to EuropeActive board
John Treharne, founder of The Gym Group, and Jana Havrdová, president of the Czech Chamber of Fitness, are among four new members to have been elected onto the EuropeActive board.
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BY Tom Walker | 07 Apr 2021
Empowered brands announces European expansion
Empowered Brands, the franchise investment business that acquired énergie Fitness out of a CVA in June 2020, has announced plans to accelerate the roll-out of its four key brands in Europe. The company also plans to expand, with the acquisition of new businesses.
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BY Liz Terry | 07 Apr 2021
Promotion: Goji air purification
Goji’s virus-killing air purification system is the future of air purification for gyms, says Greg Whyte
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07 Apr 2021
Sponsored: World Class
The University of Stirling has transformed its fitness offering with world-class performance sport and fitness facilities powered by Technogym
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07 Apr 2021
Les Mills uses hologram tech in Masterclass videos to overcome pandemic travel bans
Les Mills has come up with an ingenious solution to get around the pandemic travel bans, which threatened a long tradition of its video Masterclasses featuring a global line up of instructors and presenters.
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BY Tom Walker | 06 Apr 2021
BRC founder Bob Rogers: '2021 will see a surge in our industry'
Bob Rogers, the founder of BRC Imagination Arts, has predicted that the visitor attraction industry will see a "surge in interest" during 2021, as the global tourism industry begins its slow journey to recovery.
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BY Tom Walker | 06 Apr 2021
Irish Spa Association warns of emerging black market in beauty sector due to extended industry closure
An emerging shadow economy of the Irish beauty industry will continue to grow rapidly unless the sector is allowed to reopen soon, the Irish Spa Association (ISA) has warned.
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BY Megan Whitby | 06 Apr 2021
Therabody adds to ecosystem of products with compression tech launch
Fitness tech firm Therabody has expanded into a new area of wellness with the launch of a new compression recovery device.
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BY Tom Walker | 06 Apr 2021
Editor's letter: A matter of trust
The industry is entering a critical phase, based on trust, says Liz Terry
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06 Apr 2021
HCM People: Colin Grant
The CEO of Pure Group talks about beating Hong Kong’s COVID cluster
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06 Apr 2021
HCM People: David Blitz
Real estate group Blitzlake is investing in its Studio Three boutique concept explains the CEO
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06 Apr 2021
Ask an expert: Group exercise
Group Exercise has been closed longer than any other part of the sector, without evidence to support this decision. Industry leaders debate the issue
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06 Apr 2021
Wellness: David Clarke
Formula E team, Mahindra Racing, has built a new fitness programme to support the wellbeing of its drivers and staff. HCM talks to the team manager
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06 Apr 2021
Interview: United Fitness Brands
Boom Cycle and Kobox CEOs, Robert and Hilary Rowland and Joe Cohen are building a new boutique super group with David Lloyd as chair. Liz Terry reports
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06 Apr 2021
Reopening: Get tough
Policing the gym floor to ensure everyone is adhering to COVID-secure behaviour will be vital to success on reopening, says Paul Roberts, CEO of MyCustomerLens
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06 Apr 2021
Insight: Powering back
In spite of the boom in home workouts, research indicates consumers can’t wait to get back to the gym, with digital acting as a funnel for new members, says Phillip Mills
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06 Apr 2021
Management: Mental wealth
A new survey and workplace wellness pledge have elevated the conversation around the mental health of people working in the fitness industry, as Katie Lewis explains
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06 Apr 2021
Policy: Moving communities
Sport England’s new monitoring and insight study will track the impact of the National Leisure Recovery Fund and its impact on communities, says Mike Hill
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06 Apr 2021
Finance: Taxing matters
New tax law, IR35, is changing the way employers treat tax and national insurance payments for freelance staff such as PTs, explains Abi Harris
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06 Apr 2021
Facilities: Personal space
Will social distancing mean changing rooms will need a redesign?
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06 Apr 2021
Supplier showcase: Hussle
Hussle’s announces the launch of its new Membership Conversion Service
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06 Apr 2021
Research: Fit Kids
Fit children do better in cognitive tests
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06 Apr 2021
Sponsored: Train and retain
Tad Chapman from Active IQ argues that operators should take a fresh look at apprenticeships and their power to drive recovery
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06 Apr 2021
Sponsored: Strengthening the future
Denbighshire Leisure MD Jamie Groves, explains how a partnership with Technogym and Alliance Leisure has led to the creation of a raft of new offerings
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06 Apr 2021
Peloton completes US$420m acquisition of Precor
At-home fitness giant Peloton has officially completed the acquisition of equipment provider Precor, in a deal worth US$420m.
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BY Tom Walker | 03 Apr 2021
REVEALED: IMG to operate 'glass elevator' chimney lift experience at Battersea in 2022
Global entertainments and events firm IMG has signed a contract to operate the Chimney Lift Experience at the Battersea Power Station.
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BY Tom Walker | 02 Apr 2021
Gharieni and The Product House collaborate on new treatment concepts
The Product House (TPH) and Gharieni Group have partnered to develop a series of exclusive spa and wellness treatments, combining Gharieni concept beds with therapeutic treatments from internationally leading skincare brands.
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BY Megan Whitby | 01 Apr 2021
Sport:80 launches new club management system for grassroots sport
Sport:80, a developer of cloud-based sport management software, has launched a club management system to help governing bodies and grassroots sports clubs engage their members.
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BY Steph Eaves | 01 Apr 2021
Could COVID-19 trigger diabetes?
There is growing evidence that a COVID-19 infection could trigger diabetes in some patients.
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BY Tom Walker | 01 Apr 2021
PGA Catalunya prepares to open €5m Wellness Centre to position itself as leading European wellness destination
PGA Catalunya will unveil its brand new Wellness Centre in Girona, Spain, on 16 April, following a €5m (£4.3m, US$5.9m) investment.
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BY Megan Whitby | 01 Apr 2021
GWI appoints China-based entrepreneur and Tianren Culture co-founder Victor Koo to advisory board
The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) has announced that Victor Koo, chair of Heyi Holdings and co-founder of Tianren Culture, will join its advisory board.
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BY Megan Whitby | 31 Mar 2021
Visits to leading UK attractions fell by 70 per cent in 2020
The UK's major visitor attractions recorded just 45.4 million visits during 2020 – a 70 per cent fall from the 151.3 million visits they received in 2019.
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BY Tom Walker | 31 Mar 2021
Azerai grows portfolio with new coastal retreat in Vietnam
Aman founder and hotelier Adrian Zecha has expanded his Azerai resort brand with a new barefoot luxury destination and spa in Southeastern Vietnam.
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BY Megan Whitby | 31 Mar 2021
Danish health club brand Repeat files for bankruptcy
Danish health club operator Repeat, launched in 2016 by serial fitness entrepreneur Rasmus Ingerslev, has filed for bankruptcy.
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BY Tom Walker | 31 Mar 2021
Four Seasons announces plans to breathe new life into classic 20th-century beachfront property in Mallorca
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has announced plans to reimagine the former Hotel Formentor in Mallorca, Spain, originally opened in 1929.
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BY Megan Whitby | 30 Mar 2021
Lefay completes first renovation phase at Lake Garda flagship and outlines upcoming spa expansion plans
Luxury eco-spa resort Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda in Italy has reopened its doors to guests and unveiled the first phase of an extensive refurbishment.
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BY Megan Whitby | 30 Mar 2021
Warner Bros will tap into Japan's 'intense fandom' when Harry Potter tour opens in 2023
In August 2020, Warner Bros announced plans to open a Harry Potter Studio Tour in Japan – the second such attraction following the hugely popular studio experience in London, UK.
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BY Tom Walker | 30 Mar 2021
Office for Health Promotion launched to improve UK's physical and mental health
The UK government has launched a new Office for Health Promotion, designed to lead efforts to improve the nation's physical and mental health. Tasked with promoting physical activity, tackling obesity and improving mental health, the new office is modelled on similar schemes around the world, such as Singapore’s "health promotion board".
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BY Tom Walker | 30 Mar 2021
New TeamUp fitness app combines workouts with dating service
A new digital fitness platform has combined a digital exercise offering with online dating features which allow users to meet workout partners and find a 'fitness companion'.
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BY Tom Walker | 30 Mar 2021
Beauty Backed Trust launches with a mission to support industry reopening and longterm recovery
In August 2020, industry figure and influencer Caroline Hirons launched the Beauty Backed fundraising initiative to support independent UK businesses and entrepreneurs within the beauty industry impacted by the pandemic.
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BY Megan Whitby | 29 Mar 2021
Xponential acquires boxing studio operator Rumble, grows portfolio to nine brands
Boutique fitness behemoth Xponential Fitness has added boxing studio operator Rumble to its ever- growing portfolio of brands.
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BY Tom Walker | 29 Mar 2021
RSG takes John Reed brand to North America with first site in Los Angeles
Fitness behemoth Rainer Schaller Global Group (RSG Group) has opened a John Reed Fitness club in downtown Los Angeles – the first John Reed-branded site in North America.
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BY Tom Walker | 29 Mar 2021
Total Fitness enters into a CVA, but says 'majority of clubs' will reopen on 12 April
Total Fitness is entering into a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), after being hit hard by the pandemic lockdowns.
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BY Tom Walker | 26 Mar 2021
Indoor cycling platform Motosumo secures US$6m funding, will double instructor network
Fitness tech startup Motosumo has secured a Series A funding round, which it will use to expand and develop its at-home indoor cycling platform.
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BY Tom Walker | 26 Mar 2021
Work completed on iconic M+ museum designed by Herzog & de Meuron’s in Hong Kong
Construction work has been completed on the M+ museum building in Hong Kong, ahead of its grand opening later this year.
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BY Tom Walker | 26 Mar 2021
Christian Lachel appointed chief creative officer at BRC Imagination Arts
Global design and production agency BRC Imagination Arts has appointed Christian Lachel as chief creative officer, taking over the role from BRC founder Bob Rogers.
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BY Magali Robathan | 26 Mar 2021
Preschoolers with higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness do better in cognitive tests
Children aged between 4 and 6 who have better cardiorespiratory health than their peers also do better on cognitive tests and other measures of brain function.
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BY Tom Walker | 26 Mar 2021
Hutchinson Consulting partners with Mark Hyman to maximise functional and integrative medicine recruitment
Hospitality industry executive search and recruiting firm Hutchinson Consulting has joined forces with functional medicine physician Mark Hyman, MD, as part of a programme designed to support functional and integrative medicine facilities and professionals.
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BY Megan Whitby | 26 Mar 2021
Creative teams confirmed for £120m 'Festival UK 2022'
Ten creative teams from across the UK have been selected to develop a series of events, public engagement programmes and virtual projects for the Festival UK 2022.
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BY Tom Walker | 26 Mar 2021
David Lloyd to chair new "supergroup" of boutiques – United Fitness Brands – backed by Pembroke VC
A new "supergroup" of boutique fitness brands will look to help pool resources and use their collective strength to grow their individual businesses.
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BY Tom Walker | 26 Mar 2021
First images revealed of David Walliams' Gangsta Granny ride at Alton Towers
Merlin Entertainments has revealed images of the new Gangsta Granny: The Ride at its Alton Towers theme park in Staffordshire, UK.
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BY Tom Walker | 25 Mar 2021
Alta Capital Real Estate launches new fund targeting hospitality developments focused on sustainability and wellness
At a time when companies in the hospitality sector are facing unprecedented challenges, private equity firm Alta Capital Real Estate has grasped the opportunity to invest in undervalued wellness hospitality assets across Asia-Pacific.
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BY Megan Whitby | 25 Mar 2021
Howard Murad, Michael Pugliese and Nigel Franklyn to headline HydraFacial industry summit
The HydraFacial Company has revealed a preview of its ​guest speaker line-up for HydraFacial Live 2021, to inspire practitioners and clinicians as lockdown lifts.
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BY Megan Whitby | 25 Mar 2021
Sports minister 'understands sentiments' behind Work Out to Help Out
It is unlikely that the UK will see a Work Out to Help Out scheme being introduced, despite sports minister Nigel Huddleston saying he "understood" why so many people are backing one.
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BY Tom Walker | 24 Mar 2021
Prince Harry appointed chief impact officer of US coaching and mental health firm
Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex has become the first chief impact officer of US-based coaching and mental health firm BetterUp.
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BY Megan Whitby | 24 Mar 2021
International design challenge offers US$20k prize
A new international design challenge has been launched this month, inviting freelance designers in the themed entertainment to pitch their concepts for the next immersive, story-based experience.
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BY Tom Walker | 24 Mar 2021
RLA Global appoints managing director in the Middle East
Resources for Leisure Assets Global (RLA Global) has appointed Paul Boldy to the role of managing director of RLA Global, Middle East.
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BY Megan Whitby | 24 Mar 2021
Langham to open beachfront hotel and TCM spa inside glimmering crystalline jewel towers on Australian coastline
Langham Hospitality Group will manage its third luxury hotel in Gold Coast, Australia, housed within a new Chad Oppenheim-designed crystalline jewel tower.
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BY Megan Whitby | 23 Mar 2021
Leisure centres to share £100m government funding
A total of £100m has been allocated to 266 local authorities across England, to support the recovery of publicly-owned leisure centres and health clubs.
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BY Tom Walker | 23 Mar 2021
Nutrition takes centre stage as Anantara refreshes wellness offering at Maldivian retreats
Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas is refreshing a selection of its idyllic Maldives resorts with the introduction of nutritional therapy, wellness cuisine workshops and health and nutrition seminars.
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BY Megan Whitby | 23 Mar 2021
Myzone launches MZ Switch – mobile heart rate monitoring
Myzone CEO, Dave Wright, has announced the launch of MZ-Switch, a mobile heart rate monitor which sits on the wrist or forearm. The new product joins the existing Myzone belt which sits on the sternum.
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BY Liz Terry | 23 Mar 2021
German health club industry 'remains robust' – has lost only 11.6 per cent of members
The German health club industry has weathered the effects of the pandemic better than many other countries, despite widespread lockdowns and disruption, according to figures just published by industry body, DSSV.
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BY Tom Walker | 22 Mar 2021
GOCO shares plans for Canadian wellness retreat inspired by healing properties of nature
International wellness consulting and management firm GOCO Hospitality is co-developing a new luxury wellness retreat in British Columbia, Canada, focused on an adventurous outdoor lifestyle and personal wellbeing.
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BY Megan Whitby | 22 Mar 2021
Parliament will debate Work Out to Help Out scheme
The UK parliament will today debate the merits of a Work Out to Help Out scheme, designed to offer subsidised access to health clubs and leisure centres across the country.
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BY Tom Walker | 22 Mar 2021
FA Cup final among test events planned ahead of full reopening of major venues
The FA Cup final in May could be played in front of 20,000 football fans, as part of a programme of test events designed to pave the way for the return of crowds at major sports venues later this year.
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BY Tom Walker | 22 Mar 2021
Editor's letter: Healing the world
With the impact of COVID-19 affecting millions of people globally, spas have a special role to play in the recovery movement
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22 Mar 2021
Spa people: Sonu Shivdasani
Sonu Shivdasani on 25 years of spa, sustainability and barefoot luxury at Soneva
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22 Mar 2021
Spa people: Rakesh Patel
Rakesh Patel talks about Alta’s dedicated hospitality fund in Asia
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22 Mar 2021
New opening: The Opus
Zaha Hadid’s Opus building relaunches with indulgent spa in Dubai
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22 Mar 2021
New opening: Aviv Clinic, Florida
Oxygen therapy clinic inspired by futuristic spacecraft in Florida takes off
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22 Mar 2021
New opening: Dusit Thani Wellness Resort Suzhou
Dusit reveals lakeside wellness resort with 18 hot springs in China
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22 Mar 2021
Programming: Kevin Kelly
Four Seasons’ Sensei retreat in Hawaii taps into wearable tech and biometric data
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22 Mar 2021
Programming: Jeremy McCarthy
Mandarin Oriental rolls out it Inner Strength Outer Strength mental wellness course to guests
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22 Mar 2021
Programming: Niamh O’Connell
Rosewood gets resilient with its spa treatments and business operations
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22 Mar 2021
Interview: Emlyn Brown
Accor’s global vice-president of wellbeing talks to Katie Barnes about business strategies following COVID
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22 Mar 2021
Promotion: Phytomer
Phytomer is a front-runner in sustainability, offering reliable andeffective blue beauty solutions for spa operators and guests
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22 Mar 2021
Promotion: GM Collin
Skincare brand GM Collin is re-energising its sales network and looking for new distributors from across the globe to drive its business network
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22 Mar 2021
Fitness: Harley Pasternak
The celebrity trainer and nutritionist shares his vision of fitness and health in the age of coronavirus
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22 Mar 2021
Promotion: Iyashi Dôme
Iyashi Dôme Japanese saunas offer a versatile treatment solution for spas searching for quality touchless treatments backed by science and Japanese technology
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22 Mar 2021
Finishing touch: Watch out
UK researchers launch a new study to explore how digital nature experiences can be good for us
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22 Mar 2021
Insight: Hindsight 2020
Mia Kyricos looks at the harsh lessons that spas can learn from the last year
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22 Mar 2021
World Sleep Day: GWI launches Sleep Initiative to uncover secrets of truly restorative sleep
The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) has unveiled a new Sleep Initiative, just in time for World Sleep Day.
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BY Megan Whitby | 19 Mar 2021
Three-year-old-boy dies after 'tragic accident' involving Peloton treadmill
A three-year-old-boy has died of the injuries he sustained in an accident involving a Peloton Tread+ running machine.
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BY Tom Walker | 19 Mar 2021
David Lloyd reopens outdoors as Earlham calls for more government support
David Lloyd Clubs will reopen 79 of its clubs in England for outdoor fitness on Monday 29 March – two weeks before indoor fitness facilities are allowed to get back to business.
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BY Tom Walker | 19 Mar 2021
Tech firm Exerp secures PureGym partnership
Fitness tech and software firm Exerp has secured a strategic partnership agreement with budget gym chain PureGym.
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BY Tom Walker | 19 Mar 2021
Virgin Active sells historic Barbican site to Nuffield
Nuffield Health has acquired the lease for the historic Barbican health club site in London, which is currently operated by Virgin Active.
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BY Tom Walker | 19 Mar 2021
Peninsula Hot Springs to restore hot springs community to former glory with new geothermal bathing oasis
Australian hot springs operator Peninsula Hot Springs (PHS) has announced plans to open a new destination in the East Gippsland lakeside town of Metung, in southern Australia.
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BY Megan Whitby | 18 Mar 2021
Pandemic cuts The Gym Group's revenues by half, but company eyes return to growth
The Gym Group saw its revenues cut by nearly half during the pandemic, a direct result of the group losing 45 per cent of its trading days during 2020.
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BY Tom Walker | 18 Mar 2021
UK government says it will not fund scheme to get people back to fitness
The government has said it has no plans to fund a Work Out to Help Out scheme to encourage people back to exercise after lockdown, as part of a 'Bounce Back Fitter' initiative.
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BY Tom Walker | 17 Mar 2021
'Oscars Museum' to host programme of virtual events ahead of September 2021 opening
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles has announced a busy programme of virtual events ahead of its grand opening later this year.
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BY Tom Walker | 17 Mar 2021
The Gym Group has created '£1.8bn in social value' since 2016
Budget fitness operator The Gym Group has generated £1.8bn in social value since 2016.
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BY Tom Walker | 17 Mar 2021
Sha Wellness Clinic designing residences inspired by optimal wellbeing for upcoming Mexican retreat
Sha Wellness Clinic has announced plans to reveal the world’s healthiest residences in 2022, with the opening of Sha Mexico.
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BY Megan Whitby | 17 Mar 2021
Scotland's health club opening date confirmed as 26 April – but group exercise must wait
Scotland’s health clubs and leisure centres can now begin to prepare for reopening, after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that indoor fitness facilities can open their doors on 26 April.
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BY Tom Walker | 17 Mar 2021
Global Wellness Summit 2021 to be hosted in Tel Aviv this November
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) today announced its 2021 conference will take place in Tel Aviv, Israel, from November 15-18 at the Hilton Tel Aviv, set on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
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BY Megan Whitby | 16 Mar 2021
People in the Netherlands believe health clubs offer an 'essential service'
The vast majority of the population of the Netherlands expect their physical and mental health to improve, once health clubs reopen following the pandemic lockdowns.
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BY Tom Walker | 16 Mar 2021
Healing Hotels launches Mini-Healing Summit virtual series to inform, inspire and invigorate
Global consortium of holistic hotels, resorts and retreats Healing Hotels of the World is going to begin hosting regular virtual Mini-Healing Summits to guide the hospitality and wellness industries as they prepare to reopen in the unique COVID-19 landscape.
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BY Megan Whitby | 16 Mar 2021
Design Museum Everywhere launches diversity training programme
Non profit, 'nomadic' Boston-based museum, Design Museum Everywhere, has launched its Diversity in Action three month training programme designed to promote diversity, equity and inclusion within the design industry.
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BY Magali Robathan | 15 Mar 2021
Iconic LA hotel receives US$2.5bn makeover including brand new 14,000sq ft spa
Los Angeles’ iconic Century Plaza Hotel has been transformed into a new luxury Fairmont property after a US$2.5bn (€2.1bn, £1.8bn) investment.
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BY Megan Whitby | 15 Mar 2021
Hong Kong gym linked to COVID-19 cluster
HCM is investigating news that a small gym in Hong Kong has become one of only facilities in the world to report involvement in a COVID-19 cluster, with 99 people, including customers, staff and their close contacts having been linked to the outbreak.
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BY Tom Walker | 14 Mar 2021
Battle for Virgin Active: restructure 'still possible'
A battle to save Virgin Active is continuing, as the company works to secure a restructuring plan which would be approved by its creditors.
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BY Tom Walker | 13 Mar 2021
Madame Tussauds figures helping out at famous New York steakhouse
Peter Luger Steak House in New York has recruited in some unusual help to ensure diners adhere to social distancing measures – while giving guests a photo opportunities.
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BY Tom Walker | 12 Mar 2021
Six Senses’ Israeli desert retreat to open in August offering CBD-infused camel milk massages
Six Senses’ highly anticipated retreat in Israel’s Southern Negev Desert is set to open on 5 August 2021, complete with a 1,900sq m spa and wellness sanctuary.
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BY Megan Whitby | 12 Mar 2021
Irish Spa Association urging Government for commercial rent relief to protect spa businesses
The Irish Spa Association (ISA) is urgently calling upon the Irish Government to provide full commercial rent relief to safeguard spas, salons and beauty businesses.
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BY Megan Whitby | 12 Mar 2021
Welsh government considering splitting gyms into categories based on 'risk' and phasing reopening of larger and smaller sites
Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford, says the Welsh government is considering breaking the gym sector down into different categories, based on 'risk', and reopening some gyms and health clubs before others.
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BY Tom Walker | 12 Mar 2021
New launch, Bande, offers digital fitness with social interaction
A new digital fitness platform provides the social aspect of a boutique studio at home.
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BY Tom Walker | 11 Mar 2021
Changes in consumer spending on online fitness 'here to stay', says McKinsey report
A new report shows how the pandemic is shifting consumer behaviours in fitness, sport and physical activity – and how those changes are likely to be permanent when it comes to the consumption of goods and digital services.
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BY Tom Walker | 11 Mar 2021
ONS data reveals UK travel and tourism sectors 'decimated' by pandemic
The UK's travel, tourism and visitor attractions markets have been "decimated" by COVID-19 – and remain under immense pressure.
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BY Tom Walker | 11 Mar 2021
Universal Japan's Super Nintendo World theme park to open in March
The Super Nintendo World theme park at the Universal Studios Japan resort in the city of Osaka will finally open its doors this month (March 2021).
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BY Tom Walker | 11 Mar 2021
Kerzner unveils new fitness-focused hospitality brand dedicated to health and wellbeing
Kerzner International, the owner of One&Only Resorts and Atlantis Resort & Residences, has developed a new immersive lifestyle hospitality concept inspired by fitness and wellbeing.
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BY Megan Whitby | 11 Mar 2021
Editor's letter: Time to shine
The wellness industry has a chance to show the world how we can help build a healthier world, says Jane Kitchen
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11 Mar 2021
Industry insights: Industry Predictions
Professionals working in all aspects of spa and wellness across the world share their predictions for the future
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11 Mar 2021
Industry insights: The Future of Spa Design
Designers and consultants report on what the spa of tomorrow will look like
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11 Mar 2021
Industry insights: Future-Proofing Wellness Design
Designer Adria Lake on the future of wellness spaces
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11 Mar 2021
Industry insights: Best of Both Worlds
What’s involved in creating a successful integrative wellness destination?
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11 Mar 2021
Industry insights: The Colour of Spa
Rianna Riego on the need for diversity in the spa and wellness industry
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11 Mar 2021
Industry insights: Nature & Well-Being
Thierry Malleret on how access to nature has taken on an even greater importance
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11 Mar 2021
Industry insights: Adapting to a post-COVID world
Kevin Kelly reflects on what the future holds for spa and wellness
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11 Mar 2021
Industry insights: Well Rated
Ann Marie Aguilar outlines details of a new health & safety rating
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11 Mar 2021
Industry insights: Future Shock
Mary Tabacchi on how AI will affect the spa and wellness industry
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11 Mar 2021
Industry insights: Eating Well
Heather Kolakowski details the latest in nutritional trends and science
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11 Mar 2021
US Research: Manner of Speaking
ISPA’s latest consumer study
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11 Mar 2021
UK Research: New Perspectives
Consumer insight from the UK
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11 Mar 2021
Global Research: Rest & Relaxation
The WTA’s 2020 Consumer Survey looks at post-pandemic vacation motivation
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11 Mar 2021
Global Research: The Wellness Effect on Real Estate
A new report on how wellness activities impact hotel revenues and profits
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11 Mar 2021
Global Research: Matter of Minds
A study on the mental wellness industry
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11 Mar 2021
Global Research: All Booked Up
Spa software suppliers reveal their insights on booking trends
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11 Mar 2021
Asia Research: Luxury Travel in the Post COVID-19 World
Agility Research finds reason for optimism
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