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25 Sep 2017
UFC Gym secures deal to open 100 health clubs in India
UFC Gym secures deal to open 100 health clubs in India   US-based fitness operator UFC Gym will open 100 clubs in India over the next 10 years, following a franchise deal with entrepreneurs Istayak Ansari and Farzad Palia. Under their Artaxerxes Fitness & Lifestyle venture, Ansari and Palia will aim to open 10 clubs each year, with the first location launching later .... More>>
25 Sep 2017
Ritz-Carlton opens Langkawi resort
Ritz-Carlton opens Langkawi resort   Ritz-Carlton has opened its second property in Malaysia, with the launch of an oceanfront resort in the tourist destination of Langkawi. Designed by Philippe Villeroux of Kuala Lumpur-based Tropical Area Architects, Ritz-Carlton Langkawi has been created to “immerse travelers in the island's natural ecosystem .... More>>
24 Sep 2017
Ole Scheeren announces first European building: a green-topped Frankfurt tower
Ole Scheeren announces first European building: a green-topped Frankfurt tower   German architect Ole Scheeren, best-known as the designer of a series sculptural towers in Asia, has announced his first project to be built in Europe: a spectacular residential high-rise in the city of Frankfurt. Riverpark Tower, commissioned by developer GEG German Estate Group, will emerge through the .... More>>
23 Sep 2017
Plan underway to transform Chicago's Pedway into tourist attraction
Plan underway to transform Chicago's Pedway into tourist attraction   Officials in the city of Chicago are exploring a proposed plan to transform a network of underground tunnels into a tourist attraction, granting a non-profit permission to create more detailed plans for the project. Running beneath the city’s central business district, the Pedway connects more than 50 .... More>>
22 Sep 2017
Design trio to transform Paris' most controversial building
Design trio to transform Paris' most controversial building   One of Paris’ most controversial buildings is set to undergo a green-tinged transformation, with three architecture studios joining forces to comprehensively renovate the Tour Montparnasse skyscraper. The monolithic glass and steel building, which climbs 209m (685.6ft) into the sky, provoked a public outcry .... More>>
22 Sep 2017
L’Occitane debuts first cruise ship spa
L’Occitane debuts first cruise ship spa   French skincare brand L’Occitane has opened its first cruise spa in Myanmar onboard the Sanctuary Ananda. The Thambyadine Spa by L’Occitane, named after a paddle steamer in the old Irrawaddy Flotilla, is located on the Yangon Deck and offers two treatment rooms for guests of the 21-suite river cruise ship. .... More>>
22 Sep 2017
Heritage tourism worth £16.4bn to England’s economy – report
Heritage tourism worth £16.4bn to England’s economy – report   England’s heritage tourism has generated up to £16.4bn (US$22.2bn, €18.6bn) in visitor spending a year, directly employing 278,000 people and contributing £11.9bn (US$16.1bn, €13.5bn) gross added value to the economy. The figures are published in a new report from Historic England titled Heritage and the .... More>>
22 Sep 2017
Four Seasons hotel to open in Chinese port city
Four Seasons hotel to open in Chinese port city   One of China’s largest real estate developers has joined forces with hospitality company Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts to open a luxury property in the northeastern city of Dalian. Luneng Group has appointed architects NBBJ Shanghai and designers Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) to create the Four Seasons .... More>>
22 Sep 2017
Lappartient vows to clean up world cycling body after presidential victory over Cookson
Lappartient vows to clean up world cycling body after presidential victory over Cookson   David Lappartient has vowed to increase transparency in cycling after being elected president of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). The 44-year-old Frenchman secured 37 votes to eight against 66-year-old Briton Brian Cookson, who had been in charge of world cycling's governing body since 2013. Cookson said .... More>>
22 Sep 2017
National Football Museum names new chair and CEO with double appointment
National Football Museum names new chair and CEO with double appointment   England's National Football Museum has announced two senior appointments, with Ian Penrose named non-executive chair and Tim Desmond taking over as CEO. Having worked in the sports, leisure and gaming industry for more than 20 years, Penrose, who takes up his position with immediate effect, is responsible for .... More>>
22 Sep 2017
Diana Mestre creating nature-inspired Seed Spa for upcoming 1 Hotel Los Cabos
Diana Mestre creating nature-inspired Seed Spa for upcoming 1 Hotel Los Cabos   Spa consultant Diana Mestre of Mestre & Mestre Spa and Wellness Consulting is creating a 12,000sq ft (1,115sq m) sunken spa for the upcoming 1 Hotel Los Cabos in Mexico, which is set to open in 2019. Designed with the purpose of revitalising the senses, the Seed Spa will use recycled and organic materials along .... More>>
22 Sep 2017
Fusion opens 11,000sq m wellness spa at its sixth Vietnamese resort
Fusion opens 11,000sq m wellness spa at its sixth Vietnamese resort   Wellness-focused hotel and resorts operator Fusion has opened a new property on the popular tourist island of Phu Quoc in Vietnam. Located in the village of Cua Can, the Fusion Resort Phu Quoc is the sixth site in Fusion’s rapidly growing portfolio. Offering accommodation in 97 rustic, thatched villas, the .... More>>
22 Sep 2017
Exclusive: Dubai on target to become Orlando 2.0, says Worlds of Adventure CEO
Exclusive: Dubai on target to become Orlando 2.0, says Worlds of Adventure CEO   Dubai is still in the early stages but is definitely on track to achieve the status of ‘Orlando 2.0’ – that’s the opinion of IMG Worlds of Adventure CEO, Lennard Otto. Otto stated his belief that competition in the region will breed success, priming Dubai to act as an attractions hub in the Middle East and .... More>>
22 Sep 2017
Have your say: ClubIntel launches annual study to explore fitness trends
Have your say: ClubIntel launches annual study to explore fitness trends   Health and fitness club professionals and operators are being invited to take part in ClubIntel’s third annual international trends study, 'What’s All the Rage'. The US-based research firm will explore the types of facilities and equipment, programmes, services and technologies that the industry offers .... More>>
21 Sep 2017
Olympic medallist appointed chair of Swim Safe
Olympic medallist appointed chair of Swim Safe   Olympic medallist and European champion swimmer Steve Parry has been appointed the new chair of outdoor swimming and water safety programme Swim Safe. Operated by Swim England and the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), Swim Safe teaches young people how to "have fun and stay safe" when swimming .... More>>
21 Sep 2017
Adria Lake creates ‘21st century spa’ for Radisson Blu’s first Bali location
Adria Lake creates ‘21st century spa’ for Radisson Blu’s first Bali location   Adria Lake of wellness and spa design company A.W. Lake Design has created a new Balinese spa for the Radisson Blu Uluwatu – the first Radisson Blu in Bali, which is set to open in December. The 633sq m (6,814sq ft) SpaEsc will include seven treatment rooms, including two doubles with private steam showers and .... More>>
21 Sep 2017
Spa relief fund helps businesses affected by recent hurricanes
Spa relief fund helps businesses affected by recent hurricanes   The Salon and Spa Relief Fund has created a ‘Hurricanes Harvey and Irma 500 Challenge’ to raise funds for those affected by the recent storms. The US-based nonprofit organisation is dedicated to helping those in the industry in the event of a disaster and has already distributed US$32,000 to victims of Hurricane .... More>>
21 Sep 2017
Trump Slump takes hold as US tourism drops in early 2017
Trump Slump takes hold as US tourism drops in early 2017   Predictions of a fall in visitors to the US following the election of Donald Trump have become a reality, with a decline of nearly 700,000 in the first quarter of 2017. Nicknamed the 'Trump Slump', the President’s proposed travel ban on visitors from six majority-Muslim countries and additionally his .... More>>
21 Sep 2017
Six Flags provides parks and employee updates following Mexico earthquake
Six Flags provides parks and employee updates following Mexico earthquake   Six Flags has provided an update on its Mexico theme parks following this week’s devastating earthquake, with all of its employees safe and accounted for but damage to both its waterpark and theme park in the region. The new Six Flags Hurricane Harbor waterpark in Oaxtepec, which opened earlier this year, has .... More>>
21 Sep 2017
McFit division partners Wexer to launch premium studio model
McFit division partners Wexer to launch premium studio model   Cyberobics – the virtual fitness division of German company McFIT Global Group – has partnered with digital specialist Wexer to launch a premium virtual studio concept. Branded ‘Cyberobics, powered by Wexer’, the model is based on creating premium, standalone Cyberobics virtual studios in clubs anywhere in the .... More>>
21 Sep 2017
Architecture competition announced for landmark South Australian art gallery
Architecture competition announced for landmark South Australian art gallery   The government of South Australia is commissioning an international search for a design team to create a second site for the state’s acclaimed art gallery. The project, called the Adelaide Contemporary, will form a new public and cultural space in the city, with the brief calling for an “architectural landmark .... More>>
21 Sep 2017
Disruptive technology and business models top agenda at Global Wellness Summit
Disruptive technology and business models top agenda at Global Wellness Summit   Disruptive technology and changing business models will dominate the agenda at this year’s Global Wellness Summit. From the impact of AI, to virtual reality, Bitcoin, Blockchain and robotics, many of the keynotes will address the disruption that will most impact the wellness industries, so that conference .... More>>
21 Sep 2017
ISPA’s 2018 board of directors and officers elected
ISPA’s 2018 board of directors and officers elected   Three new board members have joined the International SPA Association’s (ISPA) board of directors and officers. The board has welcomed Damien Craft, senior spa director North America at Four Seasons Westlake Village; Brennan Evans, vice president of spa operations at Trilogy Spa Holdings; and Kelleye Heydon, .... More>>
21 Sep 2017
Yorkshire Wildlife Park submits plans for phase one of £50m expansion
Yorkshire Wildlife Park submits plans for phase one of £50m expansion   The Yorkshire Wildlife Park has submitted plans for the first phase of its £50m (US$67.8m, €56.5m) expansion, a project which will bring in new animals and double the workforce. Adding 150 acres (61 hectares) of new land next to its existing site at Doncaster in the UK, the plans includes new reserves and the .... More>>
21 Sep 2017
Film production backlot inspires Equinox Century City club design
Film production backlot inspires Equinox Century City club design   A luxury 30,000sq ft club inspired by a film production’s backlot has been unveiled in California by Equinox. Located in Century City, LA, and designed as a chic and aspirational venue, the panoramic club will include expansive locker rooms with luxurious amenities, a 4,000sq ft (371sq m) outdoor lounge and .... More>>
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