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24 May 2024
Peloton buys time for a turnaround with US$1 billion loan
Peloton buys time for a turnaround with US$1 billion loan   Peloton has secured a critical US$1bn five-year loan to shore up its finances. The loan has repayment terms which are 600 basis points over the Secured Overnight Financing Rate, resulting in an interest rate of around 11.5 per cent. In year one, if no repayments are made to reduce the total owed, a loan of .... More>>
24 May 2024
Evian Spa makes Middle Eastern debut, crowning top floor of luxury Bentley Tower
Evian Spa makes Middle Eastern debut, crowning top floor of luxury Bentley Tower   Evian Spa, the spa and wellness brand inspired by the premium mineral water brand, has arrived in Doha, marking its inaugural Middle Eastern location and fifth global destination. The new 1,800sq m wellness facility has been unveiled at the five-star Bentley Luxury Hotel and Suites in West Bay, closely following the debut of the first European Evian Spa in France .... More>>
23 May 2024
Connection, creativity and nature inspire Arizona’s upcoming desert wellness sanctuary Align
Connection, creativity and nature inspire Arizona’s upcoming desert wellness sanctuary Align   A new nature-inspired wellness destination called Align is coming to Tucson, spearheaded by brothers and local hospitality entrepreneurs Mark and Eric Erman. Designed to foster individual and collective wellbeing, the project is set to create a central gathering space for users of the Chuck Huckleberry Loop, an .... More>>
22 May 2024
Dean Kowarski, global CEO of Virgin Active, will keynote at HCM Summit 2024
Dean Kowarski, global CEO of Virgin Active, will keynote at HCM Summit 2024   Leisure Media has added another heavyweight to its line-up of CEOs for its inaugural HCM Summit this October. Dean Kowarski will talk about the intersection of fitness and nutrition. Kowarski took over as group CEO of Virgin Active in March 2022, when the company refinanced and took over the hospitality .... More>>
21 May 2024
The Well names Zeev Sharon chief development officer and announces plans for Swiss debut
The Well names Zeev Sharon chief development officer and announces plans for Swiss debut   Modern US wellness brand The Well has promoted Zeev Sharon, formerly VP of real estate, to chief development officer. Sharon will oversee its global expansion to help grow the business’ branded residential, hospitality and club footprint in major cities across the US and Europe, including its first European .... More>>
21 May 2024
Empowered Brands takes on Fit+ master franchise for UK and Ireland
Empowered Brands takes on Fit+ master franchise for UK and Ireland   Empowered Brands has signed a deal with European staffless gym chain, Fit+, to be the master franchisor in the UK and Ireland. More than 200 potential sites have already been identified in the UK. The advantage of the staffless model is that it allows penetration into smaller towns, suburban and even .... More>>
21 May 2024
Second Chaos Karts launches in Dubai
Second Chaos Karts launches in Dubai   Live action video game experience Chaos Karts has launched in a 15,000sq ft arena in Al Quoz, Dubai. Chaos Karts is the brainchild of Tom Lionetti-Maguire, CEO of Little Lion Entertainment, the firm behind the Crystal Maze Live Experience and Tomb Raider Live Experience. The attraction combines augmented .... More>>
21 May 2024
Vietnam Van Gogh exhibition uses VIOSO-powered immersive installations
Vietnam Van Gogh exhibition uses VIOSO-powered immersive installations   Twenty-five cameras, nine servers, 70 projectors and a range of AV technologies are being used to bring the art of Van Gogh to life in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Set across 3,800sq m of exhibition space at the Gigamall shopping centre in Ho Chi Minh City, the Van Gogh Art Lighting Experience uses technologies .... More>>
21 May 2024
Use of cinematography techniques significantly increases engagement with VR
Use of cinematography techniques significantly increases engagement with VR   A study has found that the use of cinematic and video editing techniques can drastically increase the aesthetic appeal and user engagement of virtual reality environments. Computer scientists from The University of Helsinki published the results of their study at the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing .... More>>
21 May 2024
PureGym hits the two million member milestone and targets 200 more locations in Europe in next four years
PureGym hits the two million member milestone and targets 200 more locations in Europe in next four years   Speaking to HCM for its 2024-2025 Handbook, which will be out next month, PureGym managing director, Rebecca Passmore, says the company is on track to deliver on its global expansion plans. Trading as Pure Fitness, PureGym has struck a deal with RCS Real Estate Advisors in the US for site-finding and .... More>>
20 May 2024
QC New York to unveil 15,000sq ft multimillion-dollar expansion in July
QC New York to unveil 15,000sq ft multimillion-dollar expansion in July   QC New York, a luxury Italian day spa on Governors Island, will expand its offering this July by adding an extra 15,000sq ft of space. This new area will feature sensory saunas, waterfalls, a salt room, an ice room, a lavender room, a 142-seat bistro and a waterbed relaxation room. Known for its picturesque .... More>>
20 May 2024
1Rebel plans expansion following cash injection from Imbiba
1Rebel plans expansion following cash injection from Imbiba   Leisure, lifestyle, wellness and entertainment growth investor, Imbiba, has invested in boutique gym brand, 1Rebel's holding company, One Rebel Ltd, after closing a £90 million fund. The investor has provided growth capital to support 1Rebel’s ambitious plans to scale the business across the UK and grow its .... More>>
20 May 2024
PILAT3S to debut in ClubSportive, Amsterdam
PILAT3S to debut in ClubSportive, Amsterdam   Urban Gym Group will launch PILAT3S at ClubSportive in Amsterdam next month, to create a boutique-in-gym experience. PILAT3S is the newly-launched Reformer Pilates concept from HIIT specialists, TRIB3, which features three 50-minutes classes: Tone, Align and Power and aims to take Reformer Pilates mainstream. .... More>>
20 May 2024
Cedric Bryant is the new CEO at The American Council on Exercise
Cedric Bryant is the new CEO at The American Council on Exercise   The American Council on Exercise has appointed Dr Cedric Bryant as its new CEO. Bryant takes up the new position on 1 July, following on from Scott Goudeseune who has been ACE CEO for more than 15 years, overseeing significant growth. Bryant joined ACE in 2001 and is the current president and chief .... More>>
17 May 2024
Wellness real estate market booming – forecast to reach $913bn by 2028, reports GWI
Wellness real estate market booming – forecast to reach $913bn by 2028, reports GWI   The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) has released promising new research on the wellness real estate market at its third-annual Wellness Real Estate & Communities Symposium in Manhattan. The GWI defines wellness real estate as homes and buildings that are proactively designed, built and operated to support the .... More>>
14 May 2024
Banyan Group appoints Paul Hawco to spearhead wellness strategy
Banyan Group appoints Paul Hawco to spearhead wellness strategy   Paul Hawco, a seasoned figure in the international wellness industry, has assumed the role of executive director – integrated wellbeing at independent, hospitality group Banyan Group. With a background in therapy and fitness training, Hawco started his wellness career with over a decade at Accor-owned Fairmont .... More>>
13 May 2024
Snap Fitness' holding company – Lift Brands – is up for sale
Snap Fitness' holding company – Lift Brands – is up for sale   Speaking to HCM, global CEO of Lift Brands, Ty Menzies, has confirmed that the company – owner of Snap Fitness and Fitness On Demand – is up for sale. Current owner, TZP, intended to back the business for five years before exiting, but the investment has been locked in for ten years, due to the .... More>>
12 May 2024
Planet Fitness increases price of basic membership for first time in over 20 years
Planet Fitness increases price of basic membership for first time in over 20 years   Planet Fitness has announced the repurchase of 314,000 shares at a rate of US$20 million. The Class A common stocks were repurchased and retired, using cash. The company has also reported growth in its first quarter financial results, which showed total revenue increased by 11.6 per cent to US$248.0 million, .... More>>
11 May 2024
Xponential dumps Geisler as company faces investigation by US Attorney’s Office
Xponential dumps Geisler as company faces investigation by US Attorney’s Office   Xponential Fitness today indefinitely suspended founder and CEO, Anthony Geisler, saying it had been notified on 7 May that the company is facing a legal challenge by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. The challenge comes as a result of a filing that was first made in .... More>>
10 May 2024
Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, unveils new-look lakeside destination spa
Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, unveils new-look lakeside destination spa   The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee in the southeastern US state of Georgia is celebrating a new milestone after unveiling its newly renovated 27,000sq ft destination spa. The vision behind the refresh was to create a luxurious oasis that redefines relaxation and rejuvenation for resort guests and .... More>>
09 May 2024
Fast Fitness Japan acquires master franchisee rights to Anytime Fitness Germany. Takes The Bar Method into Japan
Fast Fitness Japan acquires master franchisee rights to Anytime Fitness Germany. Takes The Bar Method into Japan   Fast Fitness Japan, master franchisee of Anytime Fitness in Japan, has acquired Eighty-8 Health & Fitness, giving the company master franchisee rights to Anytime Fitness in Germany. The company, which is headquartered in Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo operates 1,100 clubs in Japan, with 800,000 members, and has been seeking .... More>>
08 May 2024
Xplor Capital launches in the US to help small businesses access funding
Xplor Capital launches in the US to help small businesses access funding   Xplor Technologies has unveiled a financing solution for small businesses, which aims to counter the traditional lending process and help business owners get swift access to cash. “Over the past two years, businesses have battled rising inflation and increased operating costs that have stifled growth,” said .... More>>
08 May 2024
Saga Holographic hits Kickstarter target to roll out holographic indoor bike
Saga Holographic hits Kickstarter target to roll out holographic indoor bike   HoloBike, a holographic training bike that simulates trail rides in lifelike 3D, is aiming to push indoor cycling technology up a gear. A California-based group of engineers and designers, Saga Holographic, have been working on the bike for three years, since coming up with the idea while cycling through the .... More>>
08 May 2024
Exclusive: Yuki Kiyono goes behind the scenes of Aman’s social wellness brand Janu
Exclusive: Yuki Kiyono goes behind the scenes of Aman’s social wellness brand Janu   Luxury hotel brand Aman, widely known for its strong spa focus, has just launched its much-talked-about sister brand Janu in Tokyo – complete with a 4,000sq m urban wellness retreat. Janu Tokyo is only the beginning of the brand’s global expansion plans, according to Yuki Kiyono, global head of health and .... More>>
08 May 2024
Peloton considers de-listing to draw a line under pandemic challenges
Peloton considers de-listing to draw a line under pandemic challenges   Peloton Interactive Inc is believed to be working to get its costs under control in a bid to align with the expectations of private equity investors as it considers de-listing. The company’s rollercoaster ride from a valuation of around US$50 billion at the height of the pandemic to a US$1.3 billion valuation .... More>>
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