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28 Nov 2020
Architects 10 Design reveal plans for ambitious Edinburgh city centre plans
Architects 10 Design reveal plans for ambitious Edinburgh city centre plans   International architecture practice 10 Design has revealed its design concepts for an ambitious redevelopment of Edinburgh’s city centre. The project will transform the former Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) site on Dundas Street into a first-rate mixed-use development, which will create a new urban centre, .... More>>
28 Nov 2020
PortAventura, Europa-Park and The Nest among winners of 27th annual TEA Thea Awards
PortAventura, Europa-Park and The Nest among winners of 27th annual TEA Thea Awards   The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) has revealed the winners of its 2020 Thea Awards. Winners this year – the 27th edition of the awards – include PortAventure World in Spain, which nabbed the Best Attraction award for its Sesame Street: Street Mission area. Combining the popular Sesame Street .... More>>
27 Nov 2020
Florida Spa Association forms strategic alliances with CFSA and FSMA
Florida Spa Association forms strategic alliances with CFSA and FSMA   Ilana Moses, founder of the Florida Spa Association (FSA), has recently announced new alliances with the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) and Club Spa Fitness Association (CSFA.) According to Moses, these mutually beneficial collaborations further support each organisation’s members while .... More>>
26 Nov 2020
'Rebel' uk gym owner Nick Whitcombe becoming global advocate for fitness
'Rebel' uk gym owner Nick Whitcombe becoming global advocate for fitness   Nick Whitcombe, the independent gym owner who refused to shut his gym during the October tier 3 restrictions, is becoming a fitness industry campaigner of international renown. Liverpool-based Whitcombe’s campaign has this week seen him featured in a full-page article in the New York Times – an experience .... More>>
26 Nov 2020
Upcoming Montage Healdsburg names director of spa and unveils wine-inspired programming
Upcoming Montage Healdsburg names director of spa and unveils wine-inspired programming   Montage has selected Carrie Sotebeer to lead the spa team at Montage Healdsburg resort in Sonoma County, California, opening 12 December 2020. The launch of Spa Montage Healdsburg will mark the operator’s sixth Spa Montage – the 11,500sq ft facility is poised to become a restorative retreat inspired by its .... More>>
26 Nov 2020
The fitness industry can drive the UK’s economic recovery from the pandemic, says Huw Edwards
The fitness industry can drive the UK’s economic recovery from the pandemic, says Huw Edwards   This year's UK government Spending Review, announced in Parliament by chancellor Rishi Sunak on 25 November, offers the physical activity sector opportunities to "transform communities", according to industry body, ukactive. In his statement to Parliament, Sunak revealed the government's spending priorities and .... More>>
25 Nov 2020
Pullman to rollout new in-hotel wellbeing and fitness offering with classes powered by Les Mills
Pullman to rollout new in-hotel wellbeing and fitness offering with classes powered by Les Mills   Pullman Hotels & Resorts, part of the Accor group, is introducing Pullman Power Fitness, a social fitness concept with on-demand classes and a community of motivated guests. More than a gym, it taps into a new era of training diversity, integrated technology and the support of a like-minded community to help .... More>>
25 Nov 2020
100k people to get free gym sessions as fitness industry strengthens its position as an essential service
100k people to get free gym sessions as fitness industry strengthens its position as an essential service   Up to 100k people will benefit from the free gym and physical activity sessions, thanks to a partnership between ukactive, NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I), Sport England and the National Academy for Social Prescribing. Designed to highlight the role of fitness within social prescribing, the scheme will .... More>>
25 Nov 2020
Daniele Vastolo appointed GM of Chiva-Som’s first Middle Eastern wellness resort
Daniele Vastolo appointed GM of Chiva-Som’s first Middle Eastern wellness resort   As the highly anticipated Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som continues to prepare for its opening in Q1 20201, Daniele Vastolo has been selected to helm the project’s pre-opening as GM. Zulal is the first management undertaking by established wellness resort brand, Chiva-Som, which was appointed by Qatar-based .... More>>
25 Nov 2020
Industry icons Mats Wedin, Tony Baxter and Greg Hale inducted into IAAPA Hall of Fame
Industry icons Mats Wedin, Tony Baxter and Greg Hale inducted into IAAPA Hall of Fame   Three visitor attraction veterans – Tony Baxter, Greg Hale and Mats Wedin – have been inducted into the IAAPA Hall of Fame, regarded as the highest and most prestigious honour in the industry. Tony Baxter started his career in 1965 as an ice cream scooper at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. In 1970, he .... More>>
25 Nov 2020
Australian connected fitness start-up Vitruvian raises USD$2.5 million capital in seed round led by Evolution Wellness
Australian connected fitness start-up Vitruvian raises USD$2.5 million capital in seed round led by Evolution Wellness   Start-up Vitruvian, based in Perth, Australia, has announced it has raised USD $2.5m (AUD$3.42m) in capital from industry-leading strategic investors. This injection allows Vitruvian to ramp up production of its strength training device, the V-Form Trainer, which has just opened to the global retail market. The .... More>>
24 Nov 2020
Perth's AU$400m Boola Bardip museum opens to the public
Perth's AU$400m Boola Bardip museum opens to the public   Western Australia's new $400m WA Museum Boola Bardip, in the heart of Perth's Cultural Centre, has officially opened after four years of construction. Charting the rich heritage of Western Australia (WA), the museum houses eight permanent exhibition galleries, a 1,000sq m special exhibition gallery, life-long .... More>>
24 Nov 2020
UK fitness sector facing fight to keep group exercise open in tier 3 areas
UK fitness sector facing fight to keep group exercise open in tier 3 areas   To the relief of the sector, the UK government confirmed yesterday (23 November) that gyms, health clubs and leisure centres will be allowed to open under all three tiers of the new COVID-19 alert system when lockdown ends on 2 December. There was bad news for those depending on group exercise, however, as this .... More>>
24 Nov 2020
Hall of Wellness Awards 2020 shortlist revealed, with nominations for Marc Cohen, Helena Grzesk and Andrew Jacka
Hall of Wellness Awards 2020 shortlist revealed, with nominations for Marc Cohen, Helena Grzesk and Andrew Jacka   The shortlist for the Hall of Wellness Awards (HOW Awards) has been announced, with 110 awards up for grabs, split into six categories – Middle East, Asia, Europe and UK, Oceania, Americas and Africa – plus an additional seven global prizes. Following the turbulence of 2020, Kathryn Moore, founder of Spa .... More>>
23 Nov 2020
Parliamentary debate: it's 'unthinkable' gyms could be forced to close during future lockdowns, say MPs, but minister is non-committal
Parliamentary debate: it's 'unthinkable' gyms could be forced to close during future lockdowns, say MPs, but minister is non-committal   Closing gyms and leisure facilities during any possible future lockdown would be "unthinkable", according to Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle upon Tyne North. McKinnell – in her role as chair of the petitions committee – was speaking at today's (23 November) Parliamentary debate on gyms and sport, which was .... More>>
23 Nov 2020
Gyms in England to reopen when lockdown ends – and remain open, even in Tier 3 areas. Group ex singled out for restrictions
Gyms in England to reopen when lockdown ends – and remain open, even in Tier 3 areas. Group ex singled out for restrictions   Gyms, health clubs and leisure centres will be able to open their doors when the current lockdown measures in England come to an end on 2 December. More importantly, fitness and physical activity facilities will be able to remain open under all three tiers of the government's new COVID-19 alert system, which will .... More>>
23 Nov 2020
ISPA and CIDESCO collaborate to foster growth and success for global spa workforce
ISPA and CIDESCO collaborate to foster growth and success for global spa workforce   ISPA and global beauty and spa therapy educational organisation, CIDESCO, are collaborating to tackle the training and staffing issues in the world of spa. Recent ISPA data suggests that nearly half (46 per cent) of all spas are actively hiring massage therapists, while more than a third (37 per cent) are seeking .... More>>
23 Nov 2020
University of Stirling opens doors to £20m sports centre and health club
University of Stirling opens doors to £20m sports centre and health club   The University of Stirling has opened its new £20m sports and fitness centre. The building, designed by architects FaulknerBrowns, will feature three key areas; a 100+ station fitness suite, a strength and conditioning suite and a performance gym. There will also be group exercise studios, a three-court .... More>>
23 Nov 2020
PopBase secures US$400,000 investment after winning Global Wellness Institute competition
PopBase secures US$400,000 investment after winning Global Wellness Institute competition   PopBase, a start-up tech company, has secured US$400,000 investment from Welltech1, an Israel-based venture capital fund and hub specialising in wellness-related technologies. Los Angeles-based PopBase – founded by Lisa Wong, Amit Tishler and Richard Weeks is building a gamified, patent-protected technology .... More>>
22 Nov 2020
Grayshott Spa announces permanent closure
Grayshott Spa announces permanent closure   Grayshott Spa, an icon of the UK wellness industry, has succumbed to the pandemic, announcing it is to close permanently, 55 years after opening as a health retreat. Sheila McCann, who heads the Grayshott team, has attributed the failure to the UK's second lockdown, saying "The impact of the global COVID-19 .... More>>
20 Nov 2020
Independent assessment to measure COVID-19 risk in gyms across Europe
Independent assessment to measure COVID-19 risk in gyms across Europe   A new, Europe-wide initiative will look to chart the level of risk of COVID-19 infection at gyms, health clubs and leisure centres across the continent. Conducted in partnership by the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK and the King Juan Carlos University in Spain, .... More>>
20 Nov 2020
Government announces £300m 'Winter Survival Package' for sports
Government announces £300m 'Winter Survival Package' for sports   Major spectator sports in England will receive a combined £300m emergency cash injection to protect their immediate futures over the winter period. The Sports Winter Survival Package will support sports organisations – from national governing bodies through to clubs – which continue to be impacted by COVID-19 .... More>>
19 Nov 2020
Parliamentary debate will happen on Monday 23 November, as UK gyms are threatened with January lockdown
Parliamentary debate will happen on Monday 23 November, as UK gyms are threatened with January lockdown   UK Parliament will debate COVID-19 restrictions on gyms and leisure centres on Monday 23 November, it has been confirmed. The session, which takes place at 4.30pm GMT, can only be attended by 15 MPs due to social distancing measures. The debate comes as off-the-record briefings from government indicate that gyms .... More>>
19 Nov 2020
New alliance looks to create themed visitor attractions across Europe
New alliance looks to create themed visitor attractions across Europe   Three specialist companies have joined forces to create new development opportunities for themed attractions in Europe. The strategic partnership between FCS Real Estate Innovation, Falcon’s Creative Group and Katmandu Group has been primed to develop new story-based attractions utilising the Katmandu IP. .... More>>
18 Nov 2020
Work begins on new indoor water park at Liseberg
Work begins on new indoor water park at Liseberg   Building work has begun on a new year-round, indoor water park at Swedish theme park Liseberg in the city of Gothenburg. The €110m park – called Oceana – is the second part of Liseberg’s expansion project, marking the park's centennial in 2023. The theme of the park has been inspired by Gothenburg's history and .... More>>
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