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01 Nov 2017
Glacier spa to take guests on a journey through Icelandic myths of monsters and men
Glacier spa to take guests on a journey through Icelandic myths of monsters and men   Tales of trolls, elves, monsters and invisible men roaming Iceland’s majestic volcanic landscape have inspired the design of a proposed spa and wellness retreat located next to a geothermal lagoon. Architecture practice Johannes Torpe Studio have drawn on the mysterious topography of caves, craters and .... More>>
01 Nov 2017
WWA Show and Leading Edge Awards shine a light on the waterpark industry
WWA Show and Leading Edge Awards shine a light on the waterpark industry   The World Waterpark Association’s (WWA) annual gathering of water leisure professionals took place at West Palm Beach, Florida, in October, featuring the industry’s anticipated Leading Edge Awards. The WWA’s 37th Annual Symposium & Trade Show attracted 1,400 owners, operators, developers, suppliers and .... More>>
01 Nov 2017
Future of wellness travel to dominate WTS agenda
Future of wellness travel to dominate WTS agenda   The future of wellness travel and how to gain a competitive edge within the booming sector will feature heavily at this year’s Wellness Travel Symposium (WTS). Organised by The Global Wellness Institute (GWI), the two-day event will shine the spotlight on the latest research, trends and best practices in the .... More>>
01 Nov 2017
Merle Haggard museum coming to Nashville in 2018
Merle Haggard museum coming to Nashville in 2018   Country music legend Merle Haggard is to get his own museum, bar and restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee. Announced by the Icon Entertainment Group (IEG), the museum in Downtown Nashville will open next door to the group’s two existing properties, which honour fellow country music singers Johnny Cash and Patsy .... More>>
01 Nov 2017
Uluru climb to be banned from 2019
Uluru climb to be banned from 2019   Climbing Australia’s iconic Uluru will be banned from 2019, it has been confirmed. A huge tourism draw, the board of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park voted unanimously to stop people climbing the historic rock because of “indigenous sensitivities”. Designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1987, Uluru is .... More>>
01 Nov 2017
InterContinental Hotels Group to take wellness brand Even into China
InterContinental Hotels Group to take wellness brand Even into China   Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) will take its wellness-focused Even Hotels brand into China for the first time, with the signing of four new management contracts. The first four Even Hotels will be located in Shanghai, Sanya, Chongqing and Jinan, with the first one set to launch in 2019 (in Sanya). IHG .... More>>
01 Nov 2017
Workshop Gymnasium to continue rollout as Bulgari portfolio grows
Workshop Gymnasium to continue rollout as Bulgari portfolio grows   Workshop Gymnasium founder Lee Mullins plans to focus growth of his studios within the Bulgari Hotel brand, with the training concept due to open in Dubai and Shanghai. The boutique gym will open at Bulgari's Dubai property before the end of the year and its Shanghai hotel in 2018. It is also likely to be .... More>>
31 Oct 2017
Hastings Pier by dRMM Architects wins 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize
Hastings Pier by dRMM Architects wins 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize   Hastings Pier by dRMM Architects has been announced as the winner of the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building. In a landmark moment for leisure architecture, the public attraction – which was built to restore a seaside pier ravaged by fire – was hailed by the prize’s jury chair, RIBA president .... More>>
31 Oct 2017
Museums Association research reveals lower average pay for workers in sector
Museums Association research reveals lower average pay for workers in sector   Museums Association (MA) director Sharon Heal says new research raises serious questions about entry into the sector, with average pay seven per cent lower overall than the market average. According to the Association's Salary Guidelines 2017 survey – funded by Arts Council England (ACE) – junior roles .... More>>
31 Oct 2017
Group exercise better at reducing stress than solo workouts – study
Group exercise better at reducing stress than solo workouts – study   Working out in a group lowers stress by 26 per cent and significantly improves quality of life, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine recruited 69 medical students – a group known for high levels of stress and self-reported low quality of life – and .... More>>
31 Oct 2017
Miami's Bass opens following US$12m transformation
Miami's Bass opens following US$12m transformation   Contemporary art museum The Bass has reopened following a US$12m (€10.3m, £9.1m) renovation headed by project architects David Gauld and Arata Isozaki. The privately run, city-owned museum in Miami Beach, Florida, managed to avoid major damage from the recent Hurricane Irma, but the project had been delayed .... More>>
31 Oct 2017
David Chipperfield to design masterplan for Minneapolis Institute of Art expansion
David Chipperfield to design masterplan for Minneapolis Institute of Art expansion   The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) has announced it has hired David Chipperfield Architects to create a master plan for its expansion ambitions, following “a thorough and inspiring search.” The design practice will develop prospective design solutions to enhance the museum’s visitor experience and to expand .... More>>
31 Oct 2017
Global gym VR trend continues as Icaros headset prepares for US rollout
Global gym VR trend continues as Icaros headset prepares for US rollout   Virtual reality fitness device Icaros is heading for the gym floor at YMCA’s Minneapolis club in the US, with 28 more locations set to follow. Members will be able to use the VR headset from January, with YMCA personal trainers incorporating 15 to 20-minute Icaros sessions as part of fitness programmes, .... More>>
31 Oct 2017
London's landmark Admiralty Arch to become luxury Waldorf Astoria hotel
London's landmark Admiralty Arch to become luxury Waldorf Astoria hotel   One of London’s most famous monuments, the Admiralty Arch, is to be converted into a Waldorf Astoria hotel. The iconic building was commissioned by King Edward VII in memory of Queen Victoria, and completed in 1910 by architect Sir Aston Webb – the creator of The Mall and the main facade at Buckingham Palace. .... More>>
30 Oct 2017
Exclusive: Details for Peninsula Hot Springs expansion revealed
Exclusive: Details for Peninsula Hot Springs expansion revealed   Australia’s Peninsula Hot Springs (PHS) is planning a major expansion focused on story-driven experiences including an open-air amphitheatre with seven pools and seating for 700 people, Spa Opportunities can reveal. New offerings will include: an educational building; sauna rooms; a deep therapy pool; a .... More>>
31 Oct 2017
One&Only Le Saint Géran to open reimagined spa in December
One&Only Le Saint Géran to open reimagined spa in December   The One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius is preparing to reopen to guests following a multi-million dollar redevelopment and upgrading of its facilities. Scheduled to open its doors on 1 December, the resort has undergone a “complete transformation”, which included the resort being given an enhanced focus on .... More>>
31 Oct 2017
Omni to add Mokara Spa to Barton Creek resort as part of US$150m redevelopment
Omni to add Mokara Spa to Barton Creek resort as part of US$150m redevelopment   US-based operator Omni Hotels and Resorts will invest US$150m (£114m, €129m) in the redevelopment of the Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas. Led by design-build firm The Beck Group, the work will transform the resort by adding a second hotel tower – increasing the room count from 309 to 493 rooms. All .... More>>
30 Oct 2017
Minor to introduce villa-based spa resort concept at Koh Samui
Minor to introduce villa-based spa resort concept at Koh Samui   Thailand-based Minor Hotels is to introduce a new, villa-based resort concept on the Thai island of Koh Samui next year. To be managed under Minor’s Avani Hotels and Resorts lifestyle brand, the new resort will house a total of 33 pool villas and 25 traditional rooms. Due to open in September 2018, Avani .... More>>
30 Oct 2017
LA's Natural History Museum unveils 10-year masterplan
LA's Natural History Museum unveils 10-year masterplan   The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles (NHM) has revealed its masterplan to transform the 104-year-old institution over the next decade. Designed by Frederick Fisher and Partners (FF&P), the NHM West/South Project will reimagine the physical space and programmes of the museum, which sits on the same site as .... More>>
30 Oct 2017
Chinese visitor boom helps Marriott hit 16 new resort openings in Asia Pacific during 2017
Chinese visitor boom helps Marriott hit 16 new resort openings in Asia Pacific during 2017   Marriott International is on track to achieve 16 new resort openings in the Asia Pacific region by the end of this year. The group, which is in the middle of an ambitious expansion push, said the openings are spread across seven brands and 10 countries. A number of the new openings have a focus on wellness .... More>>
30 Oct 2017
Enormous Hard Rock resort expansion to feature 450ft tall 'Guitar Tower,' 41,000sq ft spa
Enormous Hard Rock resort expansion to feature 450ft tall 'Guitar Tower,' 41,000sq ft spa   The flagship property in hospitality giant Hard Rock’s international empire will be expanded at a cost of US$1.5bn (€1.3bn, £1.1bn), with the addition of a 450ft (137m) high tower shaped like back-to-back guitars. The giant structure will be the centrepiece of the enlarged Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in .... More>>
27 Oct 2017
Aman New York to feature dramatic three-storey spa
Aman New York to feature dramatic three-storey spa   Aman has unveiled details of its New York property, set to open in 2020 in the heart of Manhattan. Aman New York will be housed in the 1921 Crown Building on Fifth Avenue and 57th Street overlooking Central Park, and will include a three-storey, 2,000sq m (21,528sq ft) Aman Spa. The 26-storey Crown Building – .... More>>
27 Oct 2017
Planet Fitness boosts team with digital and development leaders
Planet Fitness boosts team with digital and development leaders   US-based gym chain Planet Fitness has strengthened its leadership team with high-level appointments in its digital and development divisions. Craig Miller has been appointed to the post of chief digital and information officer and Rob Sopkin as chief development officer. Miller will be responsible for leading .... More>>
27 Oct 2017
China worth US$1bn a year to Universal, says Comcast CEO
China worth US$1bn a year to Universal, says Comcast CEO   Comcast CEO Brian Roberts has called China a “very, very big opportunity” for NBCUniversal’s theme park division, making a prediction that the company will generate US$1bn (€1.16bn, £886m) in operating cash flow once its Chinese venture opens its doors to the public. Universal – owned by Comcast – is currently .... More>>
27 Oct 2017
Sothys opens flagship store with treatment room at Venetian Macau
Sothys opens flagship store with treatment room at Venetian Macau   French beauty and spa product house Sothys is the latest supplier looking to benefit from the growing Asian luxury market, with the opening a new flagship store at The Venetian Macao hotel in Macau, China. Forming a part of Sothys’ expansion into the Asian market, the store will have the dual purpose of a .... More>>
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