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27 Jun 2019
Virtual queue in place at Disney to manage Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge crowds
Virtual queue in place at Disney to manage Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge crowds   Disney's new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge attraction at its Anaheim, California resort, has proved so popular since opening on 31 May that a virtual queuing system has been introduced to help manage crowds. Guests can join the virtual queue upon arrival to the park through the Disney app or the resort's FastPass .... More>>
27 Jun 2019
Hyatt to build first Alila-branded resort in Europe
Hyatt to build first Alila-branded resort in Europe   Hyatt Hotels will bring the Alila brand to Europe for the first time with the Alila La Gruyère, an 85-bedroom resort set to open in Switzerland in 2023. Overlooking a picturesque lake, Alila La Gruyère will offer a wellness retreat as well as a high-end golf course and 27 residences, enhancing Hyatt’s .... More>>
27 Jun 2019
Foster + Partners’ New York boathouse will use rowing courses to empower communities
Foster + Partners’ New York boathouse will use rowing courses to empower communities   London-based architecture practice Foster + Partners have revealed plans to create a community-centred boathouse and rowing facility in Washington Heights, New York. Commissioned by competitive rowing charity Row New York, the proposed timber-roofed building will comprise an array of classrooms, event spaces, and .... More>>
27 Jun 2019
Boutique fitness operator Digme looks to franchising for growth
Boutique fitness operator Digme looks to franchising for growth   Boutique fitness studio operator Digme Fitness will begin offering its business model to franchisees, as it looks to grow its brand in the UK and internationally. Launched in 2016 by husband and wife team Geoff and Caoimhe Bamber, Digme currently owns and operates five studios in London and one site in Oxford. .... More>>
26 Jun 2019
Piscina & Wellness Barcelona announces competition to build seaside aquatic centre
Piscina & Wellness Barcelona announces competition to build seaside aquatic centre   Piscina & Wellness Barcelona (PWB) has launched an international contest for architecture students to conceptualise a new aquatic centre. According to the company, the future leisure facility will be designed for public bathing and will occupy a tract of land on Barcelona’s waterfront, between “Drassanes Quay .... More>>
25 Jun 2019
New lottery fund offers £100m for major UK heritage projects
New lottery fund offers £100m for major UK heritage projects   The UK's National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) has launched a new three-year, £100m (US$127.6m, €112m) grant scheme aimed at "ambitious, innovative and transformational" projects in UK heritage. NLHF is seeking applications from across the UK for its new Heritage Horizon Awards, with the grant allocating funds .... More>>
25 Jun 2019
World's longest waterslide coming to Malaysia
World's longest waterslide coming to Malaysia   A record-breaking waterslide is coming to Malaysia's Escape Theme Park, with the new attraction set to break the record for world's longest waterslide when it opens in August. The attraction in Teluk Bahang, Penang, will stretch 1,140m (3,740ft), far exceeding the current record-holder – the 605m (1,985ft) .... More>>
25 Jun 2019
GOCO Hospitality to create advanced medical wellness destination in Kazakhstan
GOCO Hospitality to create advanced medical wellness destination in Kazakhstan   International wellness consultancy, development and management firm GOCO Hospitality is working on a wellness resort in a heritage property in Kazakhstan that was once one of the most advanced sanatoriums during the Soviet era. Now, the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan has .... More>>
25 Jun 2019
US$55m waterpark coming to Cambodian capital by end of 2019
US$55m waterpark coming to Cambodian capital by end of 2019   One of the most significant waterpark projects in Southeast Asia is currently under development in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with the US$55m (€48.3m, £43.2m) Angkor Water Park set to open its doors by the end of the year. LYP Group, which owns the Safari World Zoo in Phnom Penh, is building the waterpark next to .... More>>
24 Jun 2019
Italy's Milan-Cortina bid wins vote to host 2026 winter Olympics
Italy's Milan-Cortina bid wins vote to host 2026 winter Olympics   Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo will host the 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics – the 25th edition of the Games. The joint bid by Milan and Alpine ski resort Cortina won a two-horse race against a similar dual bid by Swedish capital Stockholm and ski resort Åre. The 2026 will see skating sports and ice .... More>>
25 Jun 2019
Glamping resort Shinta Mani Wild opens luxury spa
Glamping resort Shinta Mani Wild opens luxury spa   Bensley Collection - Shinta Mani Wild, a luxury glamping resort in Cambodia, has opened a new spa which fuses alfresco riverside treatments with ancient Khmer practices and products made from natural, foraged ingredients. The spa, called the Khmer Tonics Spa, is located in the Southern Cardamom National Park, .... More>>
24 Jun 2019
Cipriani to spend US$450m on revamp of Uruguayan mega-hotel
Cipriani to spend US$450m on revamp of Uruguayan mega-hotel   International hospitality brand Cipriani is spearheading a US$450m (€395.3m, £353.9m) effort to convert the 1950s-era Hotel San Rafael in Punta del Este, Uruguay, into an expansive resort complex. Set to be designed by Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly, the new Cipriani Ocean Resort and Club Residences will .... More>>
24 Jun 2019
F45 enters Iraq and Afghanistan, expands further in Africa
F45 enters Iraq and Afghanistan, expands further in Africa   Australian fitness franchise F45 has secured deals to open sites in emerging markets across the Middle East and Africa – taking the number of countries it operates in to more than 40. The operator has agreed deals to open its first locations in Iraq and Afghanistan, while also securing franchisees in two new .... More>>
24 Jun 2019
Expansion for Greensboro Science Center aims to 'open minds and build futures'
Expansion for Greensboro Science Center aims to 'open minds and build futures'   A new ten-year plan has been unveiled by Greensboro Science Center (GSC) in North Carolina, US, incorporating a package of expansions and renovations to the site, which currently features an aquarium, museum and zoo. GSC will invest US$45m (€39.5m, £35.3m) in capital improvements, which it says will generate .... More>>
24 Jun 2019
Sea Life Trust welcomes two beluga whales into retirement with new sanctuary
Sea Life Trust welcomes two beluga whales into retirement with new sanctuary   Two beluga whales from the Chang Feng Ocean World aquarium in Shanghai have completed a 6,000 mile journey to their new home ‒ a specially constructed marine sanctuary in Iceland ‒ where they will see out their days. The sanctuary has been set up by Merlin Entertainment,as reported in Attractions Management, .... More>>
24 Jun 2019
Eden Project North starts to take shape with tentative 2023 opening date set
Eden Project North starts to take shape with tentative 2023 opening date set   The first stage in the preparation of a planning application for the proposed Eden Project North in the UK has been completed, with the submission of an Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Report to Lancaster City Council. The £85m (US$108m, €95.6m) development will see a series of mussel-shaped pavilions .... More>>
23 Jun 2019
Okura Tokyo to bring Annayake brand to Japan with new 27th floor spa
Okura Tokyo to bring Annayake brand to Japan with new 27th floor spa   Hotel Okura Tokyo Co., Ltd. has announced that The Okura Tokyo, due to open on 12 September 2019, will offer the Okura Fitness & Spa Annayake beauty and wellness facility. This new facility represents a rebirth of the Okura Health Club, which earned a solid reputation providing personal health care in the .... More>>
21 Jun 2019
Lotte New York Palace to be home to first American ila Spa
 Lotte New York Palace to be home to first American ila Spa   Lotte New York Palace has partnered with luxury, organic-grown skincare and lifestyle brand ila to open its first branded spa in the US. The 7,000sq ft ila Spa at Lotte New York Palace will be managed by international consulting and management firm WTS International, and is slated to open in summer 2019. .... More>>
21 Jun 2019
Wellness Tourism Association introduces new "WTA Annual Award"
 Wellness Tourism Association introduces new   There was business as well as wellness on the agenda as the Wellness Tourism Association (WTA) held its second annual membership meeting at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona, US, from 29-30 May. One priority? The introduction of the WTA Annual Award (WTAAA). Open to WTA members and non-members alike, the new .... More>>
21 Jun 2019
John Ronan Architects chosen for new Frank Lloyd Wright visitor centre
John Ronan Architects chosen for new Frank Lloyd Wright visitor centre   The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust has announced plans to build a visitor centre at the architect’s former home and studio in Oak Park, Illinois. Set to expand the property’s indoor and outdoor capacity by more than 20,000 sq ft (1,858 sq m), the future annexe will comprise a reception hall, ticketing area, shop, .... More>>
21 Jun 2019
Gympass secures Softbank investment – company now 'valued at US$1bn'
Gympass secures Softbank investment – company now 'valued at US$1bn'   Corporate fitness sales specialist Gympass has secured additional financial backing believed to be around US$300m (€265m, £237m). Led by Japan-based SoftBank Vision Fund and its SoftBank Latin America Fund, the funds will be used to further grow the business – including "major enhancements in product and .... More>>
21 Jun 2019
NBA star Draymond Green opens Blink Fitness franchise
NBA star Draymond Green opens Blink Fitness franchise   Three-time National Basketball Association (NBA) Champion Draymond Green has opened his first Blink Fitness gym in Warren, Michigan. The 29-year-old Green, who currently plays for Golden State Warriors, has signed a development deal to launch at least 20 Blink health clubs to the states of Michigan and Illinois – .... More>>
20 Jun 2019
Troon Pacific unveils US$34m wellness mansion in San Francisco
Troon Pacific unveils US$34m wellness mansion in San Francisco   California-based real estate group Troon Pacific has completed “Residence 2646” a US$34m (€30.1m, £26.7m) wellness-orientated mansion in San Francisco. Conceived by the company’s in-house design team, the five-storey home boasts a fitness studio, bar, massage room, spa, sauna, and six bedrooms. The California .... More>>
20 Jun 2019
China’s ‘city of the future’ will have wellbeing as its focus
China’s ‘city of the future’ will have wellbeing as its focus   Design firms Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM) and TLS Landscape Architecture (TLS) have teamed up to masterplan a wellness-focused city in a recently incorporated district of Hebei, China. Called “Xiong’an”, the 3,800-hectare development, which will include a lake, forests, and wetlands, will be constructed in .... More>>
20 Jun 2019
JRA reimagines Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory with new visitor experience
JRA reimagines Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory with new visitor experience   The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory – home of the official bat of Major League Baseball – has introduced a new visitor experience at its factory with the help of JRA (Jack Rouse Associates). The venue, which attracts around 300,000 visitors each year, gives them the chance to walk through the actual .... More>>
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