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ukactive: government’s Disability Strategy "falls short"
Industry body ukactive has joined the chorus of organisations across a number of sectors calling the government's new National Disability Strategy a "missed opportunity".
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BY Tom Walker | 30 Jul 2021
BestFit continues on the acquisition trail – buys EuroFit
German fitness operator BestFit Group has acquired regional gym chain EuroFit for an undisclosed sum.
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BY Tom Walker | 30 Jul 2021
Preidlhof celebrates the healing power of silence with five new journeys
Italian destination spa Preidlhof in South Tyrol has been certified as a “Quiet Stay” by Quiet Parks International, a non-profit organisation committed to the preservation of quiet places for over 50 years.
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BY Megan Whitby | 30 Jul 2021
US fitness sector lost US$20bn in 2020 - but recovery is 'on the horizon'
The US fitness industry lost around 58 per cent of its revenues during 2020, due to the pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns and club closures.
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BY Tom Walker | 29 Jul 2021
Waldorf Astoria Maldives’ spa launches new Aqua Wellness Centre and hydrotherapy programming
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi has upgraded its spa with a new Aqua Wellness Centre to enhance guests’ wellness journey.
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BY Megan Whitby | 29 Jul 2021
Myzone signs deal to become heart rate monitor partner of TRX
Myzone has signed a partnership deal with TRX, which will see it becoming the heart rate monitor partner of the suspension training specialist.
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BY Tom Walker | 29 Jul 2021
Disney World show goes gender-neutral
The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida has changed some of its messaging as part of a strategy to become more inclusive to all guests.
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BY Tom Walker | 29 Jul 2021
Pandemic’s impact on US spa industry highlighted in ISPA’s 2021 Industry Study
The International Spa Association (ISPA) has released the full findings of the 2021 ISPA US Spa Industry Study, marking the 22nd anniversary of this annual research initiative.
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BY Megan Whitby | 29 Jul 2021
Jorvik's global art project will connect 14 cities
The Jorvik Group has launched a major global art project which will connect 14 cities around the world.
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BY Tom Walker | 29 Jul 2021
FitnessConnected and IHRSA confirm event will go ahead in November 2021
Speaking exclusive to HCM, Ralph Scholz and Nathalie Smeeman have confirmed that B2B trade show FitnessConnected will go ahead this year as a face-to-face event. The news follows the postponement of FIBO to April 2022 earlier this week.
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BY Liz Terry | 28 Jul 2021
Davines Group and Rodale Institute join forces to launch regenerative organic research centre
Davines Group has partnered with the Rodale Institute to unveil a dedicated regenerative organic agriculture research facility at Davines Group's headquarters in Parma, Italy.
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BY Megan Whitby | 28 Jul 2021
Editor's letter: New approaches
How we segment customers has completely changed, says Liz Terry
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28 Jul 2021
People: Laurence des Cars
The Louvre’s first female president is shaking up the institution and widening the museum’s appeal
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28 Jul 2021
People: Andreas Andersen
Liseberg’s CEO on “one of the most ambitious indoor waterpark developments in Scandinavia”
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28 Jul 2021
People: Candy Holland & Theo Papadopoulos
Creating Legoland Windsor’s new mythical creatures zone
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28 Jul 2021
Interview: Meow Wolf's Vince Kadlubek
From dumpster diving to multimillion dollar company, Meow Wolf is on a mission
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28 Jul 2021
Talking Point: Capacity challenges
How are operators optimising capacity and yield in the era of social distancing? We ask our panel
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28 Jul 2021
Museums: Museum of everything
At Depot Van Beuningen, a new kind of museum is taking shape, with the whole collection on show
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28 Jul 2021
Interview: Joe Pine
From mass customised itineraries to hybrid experiences, the pandemic is influencing attractions trends, says thought leader, Joe Pine
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28 Jul 2021
Disney: Art of Marvel
Disneyland Paris has opened its new Marvel-inspired hotel. Art director Caroline May tells us what made it such a special project to work on
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28 Jul 2021
Interview: Nicolas de Villiers
As Puy du Fou opens its first park outside France, its president tells Attractions Management about his ambitious global plans and why China is next on his radar
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28 Jul 2021
Research: All creatures great and small
Large, charismatic animals drive footfall to zoos, but there are more unusual ways of boosting attendance, says Yvonne Buckley
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28 Jul 2021
Research: Power of youth
Teenage volunteers can help tween visitors get more out of their visits to science centres, new research shows
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28 Jul 2021
Disney: Reach for the stars
Dreamed up by Star Wars fans and brought to life by Disney Imagineers – a sneak peek at the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser hotel experience
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28 Jul 2021
Research: Animal magic
A national study in Japan has shown how partnering with entertainment companies can help drive visits and donations to zoos
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28 Jul 2021
Museums: Museum of the Home
London’s Museum of the Home has reopened after a major refurbishment. We hear from the architects and museum director
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28 Jul 2021
IAAPA launches 'digital pass' to encourage delegates to take part virtually
IAAPA is offering visitor attractions, museums and theme park industry professionals the opportunity to take part in its annual events – even if they can't make it to the shows in person.
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BY Tom Walker | 27 Jul 2021
Fiit's new tech allows trackers to link directly with smart TVs, creating 'immersive fitness experiences' at home
Digital fitness platform Fiit has launched an interactive fitness app for the UK market, which is capable of creating a fully interactive fitness experience directly via a user's TV.
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BY Tom Walker | 27 Jul 2021
QC Terme to unveil US$50m Italian thermal spa on NYC’s historic Governor’s Island with sweeping skyline views
A 74,000sq ft Italian day spa is set to debut this September on New York’s picturesque Governors Island after a US$50m (€42.3m, £36.1m) investment and seven years of planning, building and restoration.
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BY Megan Whitby | 27 Jul 2021
Secluded boutique hotel and spa retreat set to debut in Arizona desert town
Arizona’s Sedona Rouge resort ​is currently undergoing a property-wide transformation and will debut as The Wilde Resort & Spa in September 2021.
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BY Megan Whitby | 27 Jul 2021
The Gym Group launches interactive HIIT studios in partnership with Fiit
The Gym Group has extended its partnership with digital fitness platform Fiit, becoming the first budget gym operator to offer its members a hybrid club-in-club option.
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BY Tom Walker | 27 Jul 2021
Humphrey Cobbold says Pingdemic is a huge challenge for the sector as up to a quarter of staff are isolating
The Pingdemic of people receiving notifications on their phones, telling them to self-isolate because of contact with COVID-19 cases, is threatening to create staff shortages across health clubs and fitness studios in England and Wales.
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BY Tom Walker | 27 Jul 2021
Xponential Fitness completes IPO, with share price slightly below estimates
Xponential Fitness has completed its initial public offering (IPO), becoming the second major player operator – after F45 Training – to go public this month.
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BY Tom Walker | 27 Jul 2021
Forestis’ tree ceremony body ritual stimulates five senses using alpine wood, tree sap and healing crystals
Alpine tree species and ancient Celtic nature doctrines are inspiring spa programming at Forestis in South Tyrol, a secluded Italian alpine retreat surrounded by forests and a dramatic mountain backdrop.
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BY Megan Whitby | 26 Jul 2021
Eleven historic spa towns in Europe achieve UNESCO World Heritage status
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has honoured 11 European spa towns and added them to its esteemed World Heritage List.
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BY Megan Whitby | 26 Jul 2021
FIBO postponed to April 2022
The world's largest fitness trade fair, FIBO, has been rescheduled again and will now take place in April 2022.
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BY Tom Walker | 26 Jul 2021
Customised gyms are supporting Tokyo's Olympic athletes as the Games kicks off
The most high-risk and controversial Olympics of modern times begin today (23 July) in Tokyo, having been delayed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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BY Tom Walker | 23 Jul 2021
Arena gets US$5.2m seed financing to enter connected strength training market
Fitness startup Arena Innovation has secured US$5.2m worth of seed funding, as it looks to launch its robotically-assisted resistance training product to the market.
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BY Tom Walker | 23 Jul 2021
Exclusive: HCM talks to Rainer Schaller about buying Gold’s Gym
Rainer Schaller, founder of budget gym megabrand McFIT, says that the global fitness industry will have to prepare for permanent life with COVID-19 – but that the future will also present plenty of opportunities for the sector.
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BY Tom Walker | 23 Jul 2021
Fairmont Taghazout Bay launches in Morocco with Berber-inspired spa purification rituals
Fairmont’s second Moroccan outpost has opened in the bay of Taghazout, renowned for its golden sand beaches, azure waters and extraordinary sunsets.
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BY Megan Whitby | 22 Jul 2021
EuropeActive to publish new study on COVID-19 cases and health club visits
Further research into the levels of positive COVID-19 cases among those to have visited fitness clubs and leisure facilities is currently being developed by EuropeActive.
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BY Tom Walker | 22 Jul 2021
Revolutionary new Passivhaus leisure centre gets the go-ahead. Will reduce energy costs by 60%
Planning approval has been granted to what is set to become one of the first wet and dry Passivhaus-certified leisure centres in the world.
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BY Tom Walker | 22 Jul 2021
Wexer launches into wellness in partnership with Mind123
Digital fitness content provider Wexer is launching a new wellness resource on its connected Web Player.
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BY Tom Walker | 21 Jul 2021
Anne Dimon announces Wellness Tourism Association’s first International Wellness Tourism Conference
The Wellness Tourism Association (WTA) will host its inaugural International Wellness Tourism Conference at the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, Florida, between 28-30 September 2021.
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BY Megan Whitby | 21 Jul 2021
Active-net goes pan-European with hybrid events
Leisure-net has revealed plans to transform its active-net business event from an annual face-to-face gathering into a monthly hybrid event.
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BY Tom Walker | 21 Jul 2021
New Youth Zone for Grimsby will have fitness club, boxing gym and health and wellbeing space
A fitness club with a boxing studio, dance and performing arts studio and a four-court sports hall are just a few of the facilities included in plans for the new Horizon Youth Centre in Grimsby.
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BY Tom Walker | 20 Jul 2021
$25m hot springs retreat and spa planned for Perth to set new standards for Australian wellness scene
Proposals have been submitted for a AUS$25m (€15.5m, £13.4m, US$18.3m) hot springs development on the banks of Swan River in Perth, Australi
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BY Megan Whitby | 20 Jul 2021
F45 Training valued at US$1.4bn after IPO
F45's IPO on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has revealed a strong appetite from investors, with 18.75 million shares sold, priced at US$16 each, raising around US$300m and giving a market value of around US$1.5bn at float.
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BY Tom Walker | 20 Jul 2021
Product innovation: LEDSnaps
“A great atmosphere is just as important to the fitness journey as the right workout routine, says LEDSnaps’ CEO, Ian Kirby
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20 Jul 2021
Mandarin Oriental London collaborates with Echelon Health on £14,000 personal health assessment
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London is collaborating with Echelon Health to offer guests a comprehensive personal health assessment using state-of-the-art medical screening technology.
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BY Megan Whitby | 19 Jul 2021
Microsoft's Israel campus designed to focus on 'evolution of work' features large corporate gym
A large health club plays a major role in tech giant Microsoft’s recently opened R&D campus in Israel, which was designed to "re-define office working".
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BY Tom Walker | 19 Jul 2021
KA Leisure appoints Malcolm McPhail as interim CEO
KA Leisure has appointed industry veteran Malcolm McPhail as its interim chief executive.
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BY Tom Walker | 19 Jul 2021
Aspria gets €50m warchest to drive acquisition programme
Aspria Holdings, the group of eight premium wellbeing clubs in Germany, Belgium and Italy, has entered into a financial partnership with Fortress Investment Group.
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BY Kate Cracknell | 19 Jul 2021
Editor's letter: New competition
New competition is coming from every direction, says Liz Terry
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19 Jul 2021
HCM People: Stelian Iacob
Therme Group’s CEO explains the rollout of the company’s 100,000sq m wellness resorts around the world
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19 Jul 2021
HCM People: Preston Lewis
Black Box VR is the world’s first virtual reality gym. The co-founder explains how it can make people addicted to fitness
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19 Jul 2021
Letters: Write to reply
Katie Lewis on workplace mental health and Alan Cooper on Retrain
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19 Jul 2021
Interview: Rainer Schaller
The founder and CEO of RSG Group talks to HCM about acquiring Gold’s Gym, continuing the global expansion of John Reed and dealing with COVID-19
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19 Jul 2021
Sponsored: Powering forward
Empowered Brands has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of a new chair and CEO following the untimely death of founder, Jan Spaticchia
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19 Jul 2021
Everyone’s talking about: Insourcing
With financial pressures brought on by the pandemic, will we see more local councils bringing the management of gym and leisure facilities back in-house?
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19 Jul 2021
Sponsored: Active Northumberland: Transforming public health
Jo Farrier, head of commercial and resources at Active Northumberland, talks about how a strategic partnership with Technogym is changing public perceptions of council leisure facilities
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19 Jul 2021
Research: Strong recovery
The results from the first Moving Communities Customer Experience Survey show users are satisfied with local authority health and fitness facilities
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19 Jul 2021
Training: Super connectors
GM Active has launched a transformational leadership programme, designed to empower staff to play a greater role in wellness services
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19 Jul 2021
Training: Delivering on employability
Six months on from the launch of its Kickstart programme, The Gym Group is hiring the majority of trainees in the first cohort
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19 Jul 2021
Supplier showcase: Premier Global NASM: Empowering PTs to deliver online
A new online training bundle and app is empowering personal trainers to build successful businesses
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19 Jul 2021
Profile: Philipp Maier
The founder and CEO of Urban Health Club tells of his desire to create something new and beautiful that also improves people’s health
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19 Jul 2021
Sponsored: Introducing the Official Hammer Strength Box
Life Fitness has launched the Official Hammer Strength Box: a unique and complete small group training offering from Hammer Strength
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19 Jul 2021
Sponsored: Flooring: The foundation of every fitness experience
Every gym design project should be designed from the floor up, says Physical Company’s James Anderson. He tells HCM why
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19 Jul 2021
Specifier: What's new in rigs?
Rigs have been central to gyms for years. Suppliers tell how they’re evolving to meet changing needs
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19 Jul 2021
Research: 30 minutes of daily exercise 'not enough'
A new study claims that being active for 30 minutes a day is not enough for those who are mostly sedentary
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19 Jul 2021
ukactive and Nike partner to open UK school sports facilities during summer holidays
Vulnerable young people will be given opportunities to take part in sport and physical activity over the summer holidays by utilising school sports facilities that would usually be behind locked doors.
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BY Tom Walker | 16 Jul 2021
One&Only and Chenot to grow partnership with new Grecian retreat on Athenian Riviera
Kerzner International, the owner of One&Only Resorts, is set to open a brand new Greek destination in Athens in 2022, in partnership with Grivalia Hospitality S.A.
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BY Megan Whitby | 16 Jul 2021
Gurney’s Montauk Resort's refreshed thalassotherapy spa to be unveiled in December 2021
Gurney’s Montauk Resort’s luxurious waterfront spa in Long Island, US, is being reimagined by architect Ignacio Alonso of Alonso Balaguer Designs – the mastermind behind four of Aire Ancient Baths global locations.
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BY Megan Whitby | 15 Jul 2021
Coalition of sports-focused NGOs call on global health protocols for venue operations
A number of leading sports NGOs have joined with the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) to launch a campaign calling for independently-assessed health and safety practices at sports venues.
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BY Tom Walker | 14 Jul 2021
iFIT makes big move in digital fitness with acquisition of Kayla Itsines' Sweat app
iFIT Health & Fitness has acquired Sweat, the popular, female-focused fitness platform set up in 2015 by Australian fitness trainer and entrepreneur Kayla Itsines and co-founder Tobi Pearce.
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BY Tom Walker | 14 Jul 2021
Merlin hits the market with surge of new openings
Merlin Entertainments has been busy with a raft of new openings and future project announcements, as the global visitor attractions industry begins to emerge from COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions.
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BY Tom Walker | 14 Jul 2021
Anantara plans retreat on Zambezi River banks incorporating traditional African massage techniques
Marrying indigenous wellness culture and breathtaking scenery, The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara in Zambia, Africa, will host an immersive holistic wellness retreat from 19-22 August 2021.
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BY Megan Whitby | 14 Jul 2021
IAAPA joins calls to ease border entry restrictions in the US and to revive tourism sector
IAAPA has joined a range of US travel and tourism trade organisations in calling for the lifting of border entry restrictions and to help revive the visitor flow into the country.
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BY Tom Walker | 14 Jul 2021
Elevate moves to June 2022
Organisers of the Elevate event – scheduled to be held at London’s ExCeL on 28 and 29 September 2021 – have confirmed that the two-day show will now be held in June 2022.
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BY Tom Walker | 14 Jul 2021
30 minutes of daily exercise 'not enough' for those who spend days sitting down
A new study claims that being physically active for 30 minutes a day, five days a week, is not enough for those who spend the rest of their time sedentary.
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BY Tom Walker | 13 Jul 2021
Fitness tech firm Asensei adds developer platform allowing connected coaching
Digital fitness coaching firm Asensei has released an API platform which allows developers of connected fitness products and apps to add motion capture and real-time connected coaching to their products.
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BY Tom Walker | 13 Jul 2021
Sustainability: circular skincare brand launches with 'buy the product and borrow the packaging' model
Today’s consumers have high expectations for brands to tackle sustainability head-on.
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BY Megan Whitby | 13 Jul 2021
Consultation on social prescribing to 'uncover physical activity sector’s full potential'
A consultation on social prescribing and other similar health programmes will look to "uncover the physical activity sector's full potential" and define its role in the wider healthcare system, supporting the NHS.
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BY Tom Walker | 13 Jul 2021
Global Wellness Summit 2021 relocates from Tel Aviv to Boston
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has today announced a new location and dates for its 2021 conference.
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BY Megan Whitby | 13 Jul 2021
South Korea's new COVID rule bans fast workout music in gyms
Health clubs and fitness studios in South Korean capital city Seoul have been told to implement a new COVID-19 prevention measure and stop playing "fast music".
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BY Tom Walker | 13 Jul 2021
UK Government scheme will reward people for exercising
The UK government has unveiled plans for a pilot scheme, aimed at using financial rewards and other incentives to encourage people to exercise more and eat more healthily.
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BY Tom Walker | 12 Jul 2021
Saudi Arabia offers US$133m in loans to create 50 new attractions
Saudi Arabia's General Entertainment Authority (GEA) has pledged to provide SAR500m (US$133m, €112m, £96m) worth of loans to companies, in order to create new attractions and entertainment projects in the country.
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BY Tom Walker | 12 Jul 2021
Center Parcs announces plans for sixth UK holiday village
Center Parcs is set to develop its sixth UK holiday village in Southern England.
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BY Tom Walker | 12 Jul 2021
Health clubs in England to operate without restrictions from 19 July
Health clubs in England are preparing to return to operations without restrictions, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed the country would move to Step 4 of the COVID- 19 roadmap on 19 July.
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BY Tom Walker | 12 Jul 2021
Exercise with caution after COVID-19 vaccine due to heart threat
The government of Singapore has become the first to recommend that people who've received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine should avoid strenuous physical activity after getting their shots, something of urgent importance to gym operators as vaccine programmes continue to roll out around the world.
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BY Tom Walker | 12 Jul 2021
Holmes Place sells 10 clubs in Spain – ramps up investment in TRIB3
Holmes Place has confirmed to HCM that it has disposed of 10 clubs from its Spanish portfolio to focus investment on the growth of TRIB3.
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BY Tom Walker | 11 Jul 2021
Six Senses opens Ibiza property with a focus on wellbeing and fitness
Six Senses Ibiza has opened today (10 July 2021). The property – conceived by architect and developer Jonathan Leitersdorf – is a year-round destination set in Xarraca Bay at the northern tip of the island, 35 minutes drive-time from the airport.
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BY Liz Terry | 10 Jul 2021
Healing Summit rescheduled to May 2022
The Healing Summit, the international conference dedicated to healing, wellbeing and initiating positive personal and societal change, has been postponed to May 2022.
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BY Megan Whitby | 09 Jul 2021
Britannia Leisure Centre opens its doors to the people of Hackney
The new Britannia Leisure Centre in Hackney, London, has opened its doors to the public.
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BY Tom Walker | 09 Jul 2021
Global Wellness Summit podcast unveils new six-episode season hosted by Kim Marshall
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has launched a new season of its podcast. Each of the six episodes takes a deep dive into a hot new wellness trend with special guest commentary.
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BY Megan Whitby | 08 Jul 2021
Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa names new spa manager
Rebecca Moses has been confirmed as the new spa manager at the Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa’s all-new Driftwood Spa in west Scotland.
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BY Megan Whitby | 08 Jul 2021
Is Peloton planning to launch a heart rate tracker?
Peloton is rumoured to be expanding its at-home fitness accessories with the launch of a heart rate sensor or tracker.
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BY Tom Walker | 08 Jul 2021
ukactive to 'reposition' public sector leisure in the UK
ukactive has set out its vision to develop a national strategy for the UK's public leisure sector and to define the sector's role in delivering physical activity to the nation.
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BY Tom Walker | 08 Jul 2021
ACE launches diversity and inclusion training for exercise professionals
The American Council on Exercise (ACE) has launched a new course called Taking Action with ACE: Practicing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as an Exercise Professional.
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BY Liz Terry | 08 Jul 2021
Guests soundbathe in plant song to bring them closer to nature during Heligan’s Wellbeing Week
From early morning goat walks to sunrise yoga and Tai Chi to sound bathing, this July, The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, UK, has become the venue for a programme of natural wellbeing workshops, activities, talks and sessions.
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BY Megan Whitby | 07 Jul 2021
Hong Kong's Ocean Park opens Water World with 27 new outdoor and indoor attractions
Ocean Park has launched a wide range of new water attractions – including Hong Kong's first ever indoor wave pool.
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BY Tom Walker | 07 Jul 2021
TGO launches online fitness platform
The Great Outdoor Gym Company (TGO) has launched a digital fitness platform.
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BY Tom Walker | 07 Jul 2021
LGA and ukactive call for fundamental reform of UK public leisure services
There is a "clear case" to evolve the purpose and role played by the UK's public leisure facilities.
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BY Tom Walker | 07 Jul 2021
Designs unveiled for MAD Architects-designed Aranya Cloud Center
Designs have been revealed for a flexible, multi-purpose events centre which will have the appearance of a "cloud floating by the sea".
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BY Tom Walker | 07 Jul 2021
New survey reveals over a third of investors are looking to buy more hotels in Europe
Over a third of real estate investors intend to buy more hotels across Europe, according to the latest research from real estate advisory firm Cushman & Wakefield.
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BY Megan Whitby | 06 Jul 2021
Banyan Tree Group kicks off European growth plans with new hillside spa resort in Greece
Sustainable luxury hotel group Banyan Tree Group is continuing its global expansion with the opening of its first flagship property in Europe, Angsana Corfu Resort & Spa.
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BY Megan Whitby | 06 Jul 2021
Life Time opens massive fitness resort in Boston
Health club operator Life Time has opened a luxury fitness and athletic resort experience at Northshore Mall, a former shopping centre in Peabody, Massachusetts, US.
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BY Tom Walker | 06 Jul 2021
Magicline gym management software launches globally in English
Magicline gym management software – the system used by RSG Group – has been launched globally in English by owner, The Sport Alliance Group.
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BY Liz Terry | 06 Jul 2021
Xsens set to make its high-end motion analysis tech available for physical activity practitioners
Physiotherapists, fitness coaches and other physical health practitioners will be offered access to leading motion analysis technology normally only available to top universities and elite sports clubs.
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BY Tom Walker | 05 Jul 2021
Terry Prager named Seed to Skin’s new global operations manager
Luxury ethnobotanical skincare and spa brand Seed to Skin has appointed Terry Prager as global operations manager to further develop and grow the brand's presence.
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BY Megan Whitby | 05 Jul 2021
Secret Cinema does Bridgerton tie-up with Netflix
Attractions Management understands that immersive entertainment specialist, Secret Cinema, has partnered with streaming giant Netflix to host a Bridgerton ball at a location later this year.
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BY Tom Walker | 05 Jul 2021
On-call therapists, bespoke treatments and DNA testing: Ultima Collection responds to new demand for private wellness escapes
As the world steers itself through the new COVID-19 landscape, people are placing a much higher value on guaranteed privacy, safety and minimised risk of infection during their hospitality and wellness experiences.
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BY Megan Whitby | 05 Jul 2021
Kengo Kuma-designed Hans Christian Andersen House opens in city of Odense
The new H.C. Andersen House, designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, has opened its doors to visitors in the Danish city of Odense.
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BY Tom Walker | 05 Jul 2021
Alun Peacock "Xercise4Less deal accelerated JD Gyms' growth plans by three years"
The growth of budget health club chain JD Gyms has been accelerated by "at least three years" thanks to the company's acquisition of Xercise4Less during the pandemic.
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BY Tom Walker | 05 Jul 2021
The Gym Group plans £31m warchest to fund 40 new sites
The Gym Group aims to raise £31m from investors to fund 40 new sites around the UK.
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BY Tom Walker | 03 Jul 2021
Deloitte study: more than half of US homes now have a smartwatch or fitness tracker
Fifty-eight percent of US households have a smartwatch or fitness tracker, and 39 per cent of consumers own one personally.
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BY Tom Walker | 03 Jul 2021
Flock.fitness looks to match exercise and workout creators with subscribers
A new digital fitness platform looks to offer fitness instructors, coaches and influencers a regular income stream by providing them with subscribers and a dedicated "fan base".
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BY Tom Walker | 03 Jul 2021
Places Leisure opens £22m Camberley leisure centre with extensive health and wellness facilities
Places Leisure has opened the doors to its new £22m leisure centre in Camberley following an 18- month construction project.
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BY Tom Walker | 02 Jul 2021
RSG Group brings Gold's Gym to Germany with flagship 'gym of future' club in Berlin
Rainer Schaller Global Group (RSG Group) has opened a huge flagship Gold's Gym club in the German capital city Berlin.
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BY Tom Walker | 02 Jul 2021
Capella’s all-new sister brand launches in the Maldives with distinct wellness concept
Capella Hotel Group has unveiled the first installation of its sister-brand Patina Hotels & Resorts in the tranquil setting of the Maldives’ North Malé Atoll.
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BY Megan Whitby | 02 Jul 2021
Xponential Fitness planning IPO
Global boutique fitness giant, Xponential Fitness, has finally confirmed its plans for an initial public offering (IPO).
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BY Tom Walker | 02 Jul 2021
Motosumo enters US market and launches interactive, live-class platform
Motosumo has launched a dynamic interactive platform offering live, instructor-led classes which can be joined by anyone on a stationary bike.
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BY Tom Walker | 01 Jul 2021
Raffles’ debut Middle Eastern resort and spa on track for Q4 2021 opening
Raffles Hotels and Resorts is scheduled to open Raffles The Palm Dubai in the last quarter of 2021, after rebranding the former Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai.
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BY Megan Whitby | 01 Jul 2021
Giovanni Simoni appointed MD for Technogym UK
Technogym has announced the appointment of Giovanni Simoni as its new UK managing director. He succeeds Steve Barton, who served as MD for the last five years.
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BY Liz Terry | 01 Jul 2021
Editor's letter: Keep fighting
Government interventions are shaping the industry, says Liz Terry
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01 Jul 2021
HCM People: Gerhard Kamphuis
The manager of SportCity’s first wellness club tells how adding holistic elements has attracted a different demographic
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01 Jul 2021
HCM People: Graziano Arricale
The CEO of KX and KXU on taking the brand to New York in partnership with Casa Cipriani
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01 Jul 2021
HCM People: Mahrya Abdulla & Shahnaan Moosa
The owners of Retrofit decided to build a facility that encompassed all the parts of different gyms they’ve loved
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01 Jul 2021
Interview: Alun Peacock
With the refurbishment of the former Xercise4Less estate well underway, the MD of JD Gyms says growth plans have been accelerated by three years
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01 Jul 2021
Talking Point: Snackable workouts
The pandemic has led to an increase in the popularity of bite-sized workouts that can be fit in between Zoom calls. But will this trend endure?
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01 Jul 2021
Statistics: State of Europe
We take a look at highlights from Deloitte’s European Health & Fitness Market Report, which gives insights into the impact of the pandemic on the sector
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01 Jul 2021
Policy: Life in our years
A new report from ukactive sets out ways in which the health and fitness sector can engage the over 55s in exercise
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01 Jul 2021
Analysis: Shaping up
Paul Bedford identifies patterns of member behaviour as gyms reopen
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01 Jul 2021
Interview: Stuart Martin & Diane Vesey, Active Nation
Active Nation’s MD and commercial director say they want to be influencers of activity, focusing on social impact
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01 Jul 2021
Gym floor: Fusion fitness
Suppliers share new offerings that meet the evolving needs of consumers
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01 Jul 2021
Supplier showcase: Gympass
Gympass is helping énergie Fitness to rebuild, by winning new members
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01 Jul 2021
Supplier showcase: Precor
A new Anytime Fitness franchise chose to work with Precor for its entire setup. We find out more
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01 Jul 2021
Research: Feel it in your gut
We look at findings from research investigating individual responses to food
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01 Jul 2021
Beachbody merges with Myx Fitness and lists on the New York Stock Exchange
The Beachbody Company Group has completed a three-way merger with connected fitness specialist Myx Fitness Holdings and Forest Road Acquisition, a special purpose acquisition company.
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BY Tom Walker | 30 Jun 2021
Chris Boardman appointed as Sport England chair
Former Olympian and racing cyclist Chris Boardman has been appointed the new chair of grassroots body, Sport England.
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BY Tom Walker | 30 Jun 2021
Aire Ancient Baths opens doors to first UK site at London's Covent Garden
Aire Ancient Baths has opened its first UK property in the heart of the country's capital city, London.
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BY Tom Walker | 30 Jun 2021
Elemis boutique opens at London’s iconic Harrods department store
UK-based luxury skincare brand Elemis has partnered with premium London department store Harrods to launch a new retail boutique.
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BY Megan Whitby | 30 Jun 2021
Gympass secures US$220m funding round – says company now valued at US$2.2bn
Gympass has secured US$220m worth of investment as part of a funding round that, according to the company, values the corporate fitness platform at US$2.2bn.
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BY Tom Walker | 30 Jun 2021
Sensei to open second wellness retreat in Californian desert
Sensei, the wellness brand owned by tech billionaire Larry Ellison will open its second retreat called Sensei Porcupine Creek, in early 2022.
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BY Megan Whitby | 29 Jun 2021
Operators should focus on 'ability rather than age' to get older people active
Health clubs, gyms and leisure centres should focus on ability, rather than age, when designing, marketing and delivering activities to those aged 55 and over. The insight comes from the Life In Our Years, a new report, carried out by the ukactive Research Institute in partnership with Egym, which is based on a consultation on the fitness and leisure sector for the over-55s.
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BY Tom Walker | 29 Jun 2021
Research: Study finds powerful links between gut microbiome, diet and long-term health
New research indicates we have control over our gut microbiome and can positively impact our future health outcomes by changing what we eat.
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BY Megan Whitby | 28 Jun 2021
Kids' physical activity gets £320m funding
The UK government has confirmed that the PE and Sport Premium will continue to run during the academic year 2021-22, resulting in around £320m being invested in physical activity.
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BY Tom Walker | 28 Jun 2021
First full-scale franchised Madame Tussauds to open in Budapest during 2022
Merlin Entertainments has revealed plans to open a new Madame Tussauds in the heart of Hungarian capital city Budapest in early 2022.
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BY Tom Walker | 27 Jun 2021
Accor to introduce avant-garde wellness sanctuary at first SO/ resort in Spain
Accor’s vibrant lifestyle brand SO/ Hotels & Resorts, together with Sotogrande SA, developer and creator of the namesake destination, will unveil the first SO/ property in Spain in July 2021.
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BY Megan Whitby | 25 Jun 2021
F45 Training heading to the stock market - plans 23,000 studios globally
Australian HIIT chain F45 Training has filed a notification to list on the New York Stock Exchange.
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BY Tom Walker | 25 Jun 2021


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