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04 Jan 2019
Former Oberoi president launches new hotel brand with focus on wellness
Former Oberoi president launches new hotel brand with focus on wellness   Hotelier and ex-Oberoi president Kapil Chopra has launched a new hospitality venture, The Postcard Hotel, a brand of intimate luxury hotels in India with plans to expand to 50 around the world in the next five years. The first three hotels have just opened, and are spread across different neighbourhoods in Goa: .... More>>
04 Jan 2019
Long-term plan sought for Black Cultural Archives as UK government funding announced
Long-term plan sought for Black Cultural Archives as UK government funding announced   A £200,000 (US$252,605, €221,270) cash injection from the UK Government to Black Cultural Archives (BCA) in Brixton, London, is intended to buy time for the charity to secure a long-term sustainable financial footing. The BCA, which documents and celebrate the lives of black British people from Roman times to the .... More>>
04 Jan 2019
US$200m Great Wolf waterpark and resort planned for Maryland
US$200m Great Wolf waterpark and resort planned for Maryland   A proposed US$200m (€174.6m, £157.8m) project to build Maryland’s first Great Wolf Lodge waterpark would deliver up to 600 new full and part-time jobs and could attract more than half a million visitors annually, according to administrators of the town of Perryville, US. Perryville and the Cecil County of .... More>>
04 Jan 2019
Zoo Atlanta on course to open major expansion in Q3 2019
Zoo Atlanta on course to open major expansion in Q3 2019   A transformation process at Zoo Atlanta in Georgia, US, is on course to open in Q3 2019, with the expansion offering significantly expanded habitats for African elephants and new ones for giraffes, zebras, ostriches and warthogs. The project broke ground in 2017 and has progressed well. The elephant habitat .... More>>
04 Jan 2019
UK museums asking staff to carry out provenance research on colonial items
UK museums asking staff to carry out provenance research on colonial items   A number of major British museums are taking steps to learn the origins of artefacts on display originally procured in the colonial era. London’s British Museum and the V&A, as well as Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum, are all tasking current research staff with providing visitors with greater clarity on the origin .... More>>
03 Jan 2019
New Taj hotel includes 15,000sq ft spa
New Taj hotel includes 15,000sq ft spa   The Indian Hotels Company Limited has opened its second Taj hotel in Udaipur, the Taj Aravali Resort & Spa. Located in the foothills of the ancient Aravali Mountain Range, the resort is spread across 27 acres of landscaped gardens and features a 15,000sq ft (1,394sq m) Jiva Spa with 11 treatment rooms. .... More>>
03 Jan 2019
Puy du Fou breaks ground on first Spanish park
Puy du Fou breaks ground on first Spanish park   Historical theme park Puy du Fou’s first Spanish outlet has begun construction in Toledo, ahead of its scheduled opening date of 30 August 2019. Puy du Fou en Toledo will host a show on its opening night, called the Great Night Show. In a statement CEO of Puy du Fou Spain, Erwan de Villeon, said the show will .... More>>
03 Jan 2019
Maldives to get new adults-only resort in February
Maldives to get new adults-only resort in February   A new adults-only resort, You & Me by Cocoon, is set to open in the Maldives next month. The five-star resort in Raa Atoll will include a You & Me Spa with four double treatment rooms with views of the sea. Treatments will use products from Elizabeth Arden and Hesito, and include facials, scrubs, peels .... More>>
03 Jan 2019
US and Israel withdraw from Unesco
US and Israel withdraw from Unesco   The US and Israeli governments have now officially withdrawn their respective countries’ memberships from Unesco, following notices to withdraw being handed in by the two countries in Q4 2017. As the new year was sworn in, both countries’ exits from the body became effective, however, the US looks set to stay .... More>>
03 Jan 2019
Science Museum's Ian Blatchford given knighthood in recognition for services to culture
Science Museum's Ian Blatchford given knighthood in recognition for services to culture   Ian Blatchford, director and chief executive of the Science Museum Group, has been given a knighthood for services to cultural education. With a portfolio that includes the London Science Museum, the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, the National Railway Museum in York, Bradford's National Science and .... More>>
03 Jan 2019
Puerto Rico’s St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort completes US$60 m renovation
Puerto Rico’s St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort completes US$60 m renovation   The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico has reopened following an extensive US$60m renovation that includes a new spa concept at the resort’s Iridium Spa. The spa concept pays homage to the glamour of The St. Regis’ founding patroness, Caroline Astor, combined with a focus on the nature and culture of .... More>>
03 Jan 2019
Life Time expands – opens premium lifestyle club in Houston
Life Time expands – opens premium lifestyle club in Houston   US-based health and racquets club operator Life Time has opened a new premium facility at the Baybrook retail mall in Houston, Texas. The huge, 255,000sq ft (23,700sq m) Life Time Athletic Baybrook club features a large gym floor with more than 400 cv and resistance stations and dedicated studios for both .... More>>
01 Jan 2019
Hotei Russia propose to create glimmering promontory and museum on Maltese coast
Hotei Russia propose to create glimmering promontory and museum on Maltese coast   Architecture firm Hotei Russia have offered to design a replacement for the Azure Window, a limestone formation which famously appeared in the Game of Thrones television series and collapsed in 2017. The Russian architects' conceptual designs for the new landmark – dubbed "The Heart of Malta" – depict a .... More>>
01 Jan 2019
Jungle paradise: Datai Langkawi reveals new look
Jungle paradise: Datai Langkawi reveals new look   Following a 12-month renovation, Malaysia's iconic Datai Langkawi resort has unveiled images of its refurbished interiors and exteriors. Designed by Didier Lefort Architectes Associés (DL2A), the newly-finished, 46-acre getaway is situated in an equatorial forest alongside Langkawi Beach, a natural attraction .... More>>
31 Dec 2018
Morphosis to design surrealistic landmark at infamous Hollywood haunt
Morphosis to design surrealistic landmark at infamous Hollywood haunt   Morphosis Architects have been selected to design a surrealistic complex on the site of the infamous Viper Room, a club formerly co-owned by Johnny Depp and patronised by numerous Hollywood celebrities. Recently released renderings for the project show a tapered, C-shaped building and a tower covered in .... More>>
31 Dec 2018
19 hotly anticipated spas set to open in 2019
19 hotly anticipated spas set to open in 2019   As a new year approaches, Spa Opportunities editor Jane Kitchen highlights 19 of the most exciting spas set to open in 2019. 1. Raison d’Etre Spa at the Alsik Hotel, Denmark Global spa consultancy Raison d’Etre (RdE) has been commissioned to design and implement Denmark’s largest spa and wellness .... More>>
30 Dec 2018
Hearts can get 'younger' with physical activity
Hearts can get 'younger' with physical activity   People who take up exercise in their later years – regardless of their previous activity levels – are able to considerably improve their heart health through physical activity. A study, published in the American Heart Association's journal, Circulation, found that two years of exercise improved maximal .... More>>
28 Dec 2018
Study: CEOs 'extremely confident' of European fitness market
Study: CEOs 'extremely confident' of European fitness market   European fitness leaders are "extremely confident" about the current economic and marketplace conditions for the industry. According to the new 2018 IHRSA European CEO Study Report, industry executives also have a high level of confidence for the future of the health club industry on the continent – .... More>>
27 Dec 2018
1Rebel looking to expand in London and 'down under'
1Rebel looking to expand in London and 'down under'   Boutique fitness operator 1Rebel is looking to expand its London portfolio – as well as enter the Australian wellness market. With a recently secured £6.6m investment from venture capital fund Codex Capital under its belt, 1Rebel plans to add to its existing five clubs in the UK capital. The operator opened .... More>>
27 Dec 2018
Online cycling racing platform Zwift secures US$120m funding
Online cycling racing platform Zwift secures US$120m funding   Zwift, a multiplayer online training and racing platform for cyclists and runners, has secured US$120m worth of series B funding. The company will use the investment in growing its new running discipline and also to expand into esports. The Zwift app enables users to ride or run with friends from all over .... More>>
23 Dec 2018
IHRSA reveals board nominees
IHRSA reveals board nominees   The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), has announced this year's four new nominees for its board of directors. Each year, between two and four IHRSA members – who are club operators – are elected to the board to replace outgoing members. This year's nominees are Frank Lawrence, .... More>>
23 Dec 2018
European football clubs urge UEFA to distribute money 'more evenly'
European football clubs urge UEFA to distribute money 'more evenly'   European Leagues, the body representing European football clubs, has called on the continent's governing body to re-evaluate the way it dispenses prize money from its two premier competitions – the Champions League and the Europa League. In a report seen by the Reuters news agency, the umbrella organisation .... More>>
23 Dec 2018
Bill Bensley's adventure-themed retreat opens in Cambodia
Bill Bensley's adventure-themed retreat opens in Cambodia   Shinta Mani Wild (SMW), a glamping resort created to evoke the atmosphere of Jacqueline Kennedy's first diplomatic expedition to Angkor Wat, has opened in Cambodia's South Cardamom National Park. The brainchild of designer and entrepreneur Bill Bensley, SMW comprises 14 luxury tents and – like a true jungle .... More>>
23 Dec 2018
First look at the final designs for Feyenoord Stadium
First look at the final designs for Feyenoord Stadium   The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) have released images of their final schematic designs for the new Feyenoord Stadium in Rotterdam. The 63,000-seat arena, which – once complete – will be home to top flight football club Feyenoord FC, will rise on the banks of the River Maas, replacing the 80-year-old .... More>>
21 Dec 2018
Elixir tastings, ‘Magic Peat’: details revealed on upcoming Floating Spa at 800-year-old Monkey Island
Elixir tastings, ‘Magic Peat’: details revealed on upcoming Floating Spa at 800-year-old Monkey Island   Set in a traditional riverboat on the River Thames, the hotly anticipated Floating Spa at the Monkey Island Estate in Bray-on-Thames, England, is set to open in February 2019. Part of YTL Hotels – whose spa team includes Lai-Ping Chik, Sylvia Sepielli and Melissa Mettler – Monkey Island Estate is set across .... More>>
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