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13 Nov 2017
Competition for leisure travellers set to hurt London’s global ranking
Competition for leisure travellers set to hurt London’s global ranking   London’s position in the global city destination rankings is set to fall over the next seven years, slipping from third to sixth, according to a new league table. Euromonitor International's 100 City Destination Rankings, commissioned by World Travel Market (WTM) London, were released at WTM London at .... More>>
13 Nov 2017
Racquet club operator Midtown opens wellness hotel with suite designed by Venus Williams' firm
Racquet club operator Midtown opens wellness hotel with suite designed by Venus Williams' firm   US-based Midtown Athletic Clubs, which manages a portfolio of premium health, fitness and racquet clubs, has opened its first hotel at the site of its flagship club in Chicago. The 55-bedroom Hotel at Midtown is the company’s first venture into the hospitality space and is the final element of a US$85m (€73m, .... More>>
11 Nov 2017
Cartoon Network theme park coming to India
Cartoon Network theme park coming to India   Plans for a Cartoon Network theme park have been announced for the city of Surat on the west coast of India. The new destination will be part of the Amaazia development, which opened a waterpark in the first phase of development in January 2017. Turner International India (Turner India), which owns the .... More>>
10 Nov 2017
V&A rescues section of Brutalist council estate on demolition list
V&A rescues section of Brutalist council estate on demolition list   The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London has made an unusual acquisition – a section of a former council estate that’s set to be demolished. The piece of the building that the museum has acquired consists of a three-storey maisonette flat, its exterior walkway and sections of concrete stairway, which was .... More>>
10 Nov 2017
Yoga on a plane? Innovation firm designs modular aircraft cabins to bring leisure to the skies
Yoga on a plane? Innovation firm designs modular aircraft cabins to bring leisure to the skies   Flyers of the future may be able to enjoy a session of yoga, a gym workout or a fine dining restaurant experience during their journey, thanks to a proposed modular system in aircraft cabins. A³, the innovation arm of aerospace giant Airbus, launched the Transpose company – which has since become independent .... More>>
10 Nov 2017
Disney announces profits up 14 per cent at parks and resorts
Disney announces profits up 14 per cent at parks and resorts   Disney's parks and resorts division continues to perform strongly, demonstrated by earnings for the fiscal year filed yesterday (9 November). The Walt Disney Co, whose financial year ends on 1 October, reported its entire annual revenue was consistent with last year’s at US$55.1bn (€47.3bn, £41.9bn), compared to .... More>>
10 Nov 2017
Planet Fitness raises outlook for year end after positive quarter
Planet Fitness raises outlook for year end after positive quarter   Gym chain Planet Fitness has raised its outlook for 2017 revenues to US$430m (€369.4m, £327.7m) following its third-quarter trading statement. During the July to September period it opened 31 new franchises, taking its portfolio of clubs to 1,432 in the US, Puerto Rico, Canada and the Dominican Republic. It has .... More>>
10 Nov 2017
Welsh Water to turn reservoir into vibrant leisure destination
Welsh Water to turn reservoir into vibrant leisure destination   A proposal to transform a Welsh reservoir into a landscaped leisure and activity destination has been approved by Pembrokeshire County Council. The £4m plans from Welsh Water will improve facilities at Llys y Fran Country Park, with permission granted to renovate the existing visitor centre, build an outdoor .... More>>
10 Nov 2017
Ian Schrager’s Edition brand set for ‘pivotal year’ in 2018
Ian Schrager’s Edition brand set for ‘pivotal year’ in 2018   Edition, the boutique hotel brand created by entrepreneur Ian Schrager in partnership with hospitality giant Marriott International, has revealed plans to open seven new hotels during 2018. Describing the next 12 months as a “pivotal” year in the development of the brand, Marriott said the number of properties .... More>>
09 Nov 2017
Breakfast at Tiffany's? Flagship store opens striking Blue Box Cafe to make film lover's dreams come true
Breakfast at Tiffany's? Flagship store opens striking Blue Box Cafe to make film lover's dreams come true   In a piece of good news for aspiring Holly Golightlys – it is now possible to follow in the footsteps of Audrey Hepburn and have breakfast at Tiffany’s in real life. Tomorrow (10 November), Tiffany & Co’s flagship jewellery store in New York is opening its first-ever retail dining concept, The Blue Box Cafe, as .... More>>
09 Nov 2017
Phase two completes as hotel opens at Thailand's Vana Nava waterpark
Phase two completes as hotel opens at Thailand's Vana Nava waterpark   A mixed-use family entertainment complex in Hua Hin, Thailand, which launched with a major new waterpark in 2014, has completed the second phase of its ongoing development. The THB1bn (US$30.2m, €26m, £23.1m) Vana Nava Hua Hin, billed as an eco-friendly waterpark, is a project by Thailand’s Proud Real Estate Co, .... More>>
09 Nov 2017
Russian Spa Congress shows market potential
Russian Spa Congress shows market potential   Last week, almost 250 spa professionals gathered in the Caucasus thermal springs region of Russia for the 4th annual Spa & Wellness International Congress, or SWIC. Organised by the Spa & Wellness International Council, headed by Elena Bogacheva, the congress presents a wide variety of speakers and topics for .... More>>
09 Nov 2017
Perkins+Will launch new ‘Precaution List’ warning against damaging building materials in bid to bolster wellbeing
Perkins+Will launch new ‘Precaution List’ warning against damaging building materials in bid to bolster wellbeing   Global architects Perkins+Will have launched a list of the most “prolific and problematic” substances that people encounter every day in the built environment. Hosted on the firm’s ‘Material Transparency’ website, the compilation is described as “a user-friendly digital database that allows professionals to .... More>>
09 Nov 2017
ZSL appoints British diplomat as new director general
ZSL appoints British diplomat as new director general   A British diplomat who served as ambassador to Afghanistan has taken a new role as director general of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). Dominic Jermey takes the reins from Ralph Armond, who is retiring after more than 12 years at the helm of the conservation charity. The role entails developing global .... More>>
09 Nov 2017
Physical activity task force releases 18-year plan to transform US health culture
Physical activity task force releases 18-year plan to transform US health culture   A US physical activity task force has published a white paper detailing an 18-year strategy to integrate exercise into the country's healthcare. Formed two years ago, the Prescription for Activity Task Force, which consists of more than 65 national experts in healthcare, academia, business, nonprofit and .... More>>
09 Nov 2017
VisitBritain targets more US visitors to Birmingham and Midlands
VisitBritain targets more US visitors to Birmingham and Midlands   A marketing initiative spearheaded by VisitBritain hopes to attract more US and overseas tourists to Birmingham and the surrounding region. The gateway campaign comes as Birmingham Airport increases flights to US destinations on Norwegian low-cost carrier Primera Air. From 2018, the service will include regular .... More>>
09 Nov 2017
Exclusive: Yelo Spa expands with franchising model
Exclusive: Yelo Spa expands with franchising model   Yelo Spa founder Nicolas Ronco is taking the next step with his urban day spa model – offering it for franchise in major cities. Yelo’s flagship New York location has been operating since 2007 and Ronco has revealed that the time is right to grow the business. Yelo’s model is tailored specifically for urban .... More>>
08 Nov 2017
Rockwell Group's industry-inspired concert venue anchors Washington DC waterfront
Rockwell Group's industry-inspired concert venue anchors Washington DC waterfront   Architecture and design studio Rockwell Group have completed a 6,000 capacity music and arts venue in Washington DC, anchoring a new mile-long neighbourhood along a channel of the Potomac River. Designed in collaboration with developers PN Hoffman and Madison Marquette, The Anthem is a 130,000sq ft (39,624sq m) .... More>>
08 Nov 2017
Its official: Good design creates great experiences, according to Gensler research
Its official: Good design creates great experiences, according to Gensler research   Architects and designers breathe a sigh of relief... design officially has a quantifiable impact on human experience. That, at least, is the verdict of global architecture and planning firm Gensler, who have published a new index they claim proves, once and for all, that design is a critical factor in determining .... More>>
08 Nov 2017
Emotional healing, self-development, retreats: Photi reveals trends to watch in wellness travel
Emotional healing, self-development, retreats: Photi reveals trends to watch in wellness travel   The wellness travel market will continue the dramatic change seen over the last decade, according to Stella Photi, founder of Wellbeing Escapes. Photi spoke at the Wellness Travel Symposium – organised by the Global Wellness Institute and held as part of the World Travel Market in London this week. She shared .... More>>
08 Nov 2017
Sports and leisure industry celebrates winning architects at IAKS Congress awards
Sports and leisure industry celebrates winning architects at IAKS Congress awards   The winners of this year's international architectural awards for sports and leisure facilities have been announced at a ceremony during the 25th IAKS Congress. The International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities .... More>>
08 Nov 2017
‘Groundbreaking’ study shows massage can help muscle re-growth
‘Groundbreaking’ study shows massage can help muscle re-growth   Researchers from Colorado State University and the University of Kentucky have shown that massage can increase the re-growth of muscle tissue after an injury – even when applied to the opposite, uninjured limb. In a paper published this month in The Journal of Physiology, the researchers showed that muscle .... More>>
08 Nov 2017
Jungles, lagoons and Ernest Hemingway provide vibrant inspiration for designers of Belize resort and spa
Jungles, lagoons and Ernest Hemingway provide vibrant inspiration for designers of Belize resort and spa   Architect Roberto de Oliveira Castro and interior designer Samuel Amoia have collaborated on a beach resort in Belize, described as “unlike anything travelers have ever seen in the Caribbean”. Located in the hideaway beach town of Placencia, the Itz’ana Resort & Residences occupies 16 miles of a peninsula, with .... More>>
08 Nov 2017
Marriott to operate Iraph Sui island resort in Okinawa
Marriott to operate Iraph Sui island resort in Okinawa   Marriott International has secured a management contract for its first luxury resort on the Japanese island of Miyakojima. Owned by real estate giant The Mori Trust Group and scheduled to open in late 2018, the new Iraph Sui spa resort will be operated under Marriott’s The Luxury Collection brand. Located .... More>>
08 Nov 2017
Hilton makes Kazakhstan debut with wellness hotel in capital Astana
Hilton makes Kazakhstan debut with wellness hotel in capital Astana   Hilton Hotels & Resorts has entered the booming Kazakhstan tourism market with the opening of a 253-bedroom spa hotel in the country’s capital city. The Hilton Astana will target both local and international travelers with a focus on wellness, with facilities including a large eforea-branded luxury spa. .... More>>
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