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15 Aug 2019
Global Wellness Summit relocates from Hong Kong to Singapore
Global Wellness Summit relocates from Hong Kong to Singapore   Susie Ellis, chair of the Global Wellness Institute, has announced the 2019 Global Wellness Summit will move from Hong Kong to Singapore. Dates will remain unchanged at 15-17 October and Hyatt will still play host, with the Grand Hyatt Singapore replacing the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong as the venue. Escalating civil .... More>>
15 Aug 2019
New York's largest waterpark set for expansion after acquiring state funding
New York's largest waterpark set for expansion after acquiring state funding   Construction is set to start in September on new water slides at the Enchanted Forest Water Safari theme park in New York, US, with a funding contribution for the new rides having come from the state's economic development agency. Empire State Development has awarded US$500,000 (€448,300, £414,000) from its .... More>>
14 Aug 2019
Healing Holidays opens Singapore office
Healing Holidays opens Singapore office   UK-based wellness travel specialist Healing Holidays has opened its first overseas office in Singapore. The new branch offers wellness solutions to health-conscious consumers from across Asia, Australia and the West coast of the US. The Singapore branch will also play an important role in the sourcing and .... More>>
14 Aug 2019
NBA Experience opens doors at Disney Springs
NBA Experience opens doors at Disney Springs   The NBA Experience, an immersive and interactive new attraction at Disney Springs in Florida, has celebrated its grand opening, with Disney CEO Bob Iger and NBA commissioner Adam Silver unveiling the new venture. Developed by Walt Disney Imagineering in collaboration with the NBA, the 44,000sq ft (13,400sq m) .... More>>
14 Aug 2019
Toyota opens branded experience centre in Texas
Toyota opens branded experience centre in Texas   Car manufacturer Toyota has opened its first visitor attraction in North America – the 44,000sq ft (13,400sq m) Toyota Experience Center (TEC) at its headquarters in Plano, Texas. The company says the centre, which was planned, designed and project managed by JRA, is intended to educate visitors about Toyota's .... More>>
14 Aug 2019
Waterway above Notre Dame among 'People's Design Competition' for new cathedral roof
Waterway above Notre Dame among 'People's Design Competition' for new cathedral roof   A competition to find alternative designs to replace the destroyed Notre Dame Cathedral roof has attracted a number of innovative "solutions" – including a rooftop waterway over the medieval cathedral. The People’s Notre Dame Cathedral Design Competition was launched in defiance of the French senate’s plans to .... More>>
13 Aug 2019
Las Vegas to host world's first 'smart mini-city'
Las Vegas to host world's first 'smart mini-city'   Plans have been unveiled to build the world's first 'smart mini-city' in Las Vegas, US. Real estate trust Bleutech Park Properties said the US$7.5bn (€6.7bn, £6.2bn) project will "redefine the infrastructure sector". The insular mini-city will look to utilise the latest technology available, such as automated .... More>>
13 Aug 2019
Expanded spa and new treatment menu for Azerai La Residence, Hue
Expanded spa and new treatment menu for Azerai La Residence, Hue   Azerai La Residence in Hue, Vietnam – the second hotel from renowned hotelier Adrian Zecha – has unveiled a newly refurbished luxury spa which is more than 50 percent larger than before, and boasts new thermotherapy areas for men and women, in addition to a range of new treatments. The two-time winner of the .... More>>
13 Aug 2019
Rising curatorial talents win Art Fund financing to build museum collections
Rising curatorial talents win Art Fund financing to build museum collections   The UK's Art Fund has announced the latest winners of its New Collecting Awards, chosen to help rising star curators to build collections for their museums. A total of almost £300,000 (US$362,000, €323,000) has been allocated by the fundraising charity for art, to provide seven young curators with the budget .... More>>
13 Aug 2019
New York Islanders receive approval for US$1.3bn Belmont Park Arena plans
New York Islanders receive approval for US$1.3bn Belmont Park Arena plans   Plans have been approved for a 19,000-seat, multi-use indoor arena in Belmont Park on Long Island, New York. The US£1.3bn venue is set to become the new home of National Hockey League (NHL) franchise New York Islanders. As well as the indoor arena, the project includes a 350,000sq ft entertainment complex and .... More>>
13 Aug 2019
Helter-skelter ride installed inside Norwich Cathedral
Helter-skelter ride installed inside Norwich Cathedral   A 55-ft (16.8m) helter-skelter ride set up in the nave of Norwich Cathedral in England, will give visitors a new perspective on the historic building, say cathedral bosses. The ride is a temporary installation and has been built by Irvin Leisure as part of the Cathedral's Seeing It Differently project, .... More>>
12 Aug 2019
Matthias Li to step down as Ocean Park CEO in 2020
Matthias Li to step down as Ocean Park CEO in 2020   Following 25 years of service, Matthias Li, chief executive of Hong Kong attraction Ocean Park, has announced that he will retire at the start of July 2020, with the operator starting a global search to identify his successor. Credited with turning a "local theme park into a world-class resort destination", Li .... More>>
08 Aug 2019
New Euromonitor report envisions entertainment venue of the future
New Euromonitor report envisions entertainment venue of the future   Entertainment venues need to undergo technological and design upgrades to prepare them for the experience-seeking consumer of 2040, according to research by Euromonitor International. Commerce 2040 - Revolutionary Tech Will Boost Consumer Engagement outlines a vision for how consumers might live, work, .... More>>
12 Aug 2019
Tintagel Castle bridge restores 500-year-old connection as £5m heritage project opens to the public
Tintagel Castle bridge restores 500-year-old connection as £5m heritage project opens to the public   A £5m (US$6m, €5.4m) programme of improvements by English Heritage at Cornish tourist attraction Tintagel Castle has reached a milestone, with the opening of a footbridge that joins the two halves of the castle for the first time in more than 500 years. Designed by Ney & Partners engineers and William Matthew .... More>>
12 Aug 2019
Why does strength training come at the expense of endurance muscles?
Why does strength training come at the expense of endurance muscles?   New research has provided a possible explanation for the perceived decrease in endurance musculature as a result of strength training – which could also provide new insights into age-related muscle atrophy. Researchers at the University of Basel’s Biozentrum in Switzerland set out to investigate what exactly .... More>>
12 Aug 2019
Beijing 2008 legacy has 'inspired millions' – will dovetail with 2022 Winter Games
Beijing 2008 legacy has 'inspired millions' – will dovetail with 2022 Winter Games   There has been a 'massive increase' in sports participation among the Chinese population following the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Revealing details of legacy programmes to mark the 11th anniversary of the 2008 Games, The Beijing Olympic Development Association (BODA) said there were two sports that exemplify the .... More>>
09 Aug 2019
Calgary indoor arena and entertainment district gets go-ahead
Calgary indoor arena and entertainment district gets go-ahead   Ambitious plans to create a large sports and entertainment district in Calgary, Canada have been given the green light after a public funding package was agreed for the development. The City of Calgary has agreed to provide half of the funding for the CA$550m (US$416m, €371m, £344m), project, which is driven by .... More>>
15 Aug 2019
Lanserhof opens its doors at London's iconic Arts Club
Lanserhof opens its doors at London's iconic Arts Club   German wellness operator Lanserhof has opened its first UK location at the historic Arts Club in London. The six-storey luxury health and wellness club – situated on Dover Market Street in Mayfair – has a focus on personalised services and houses a wide range of gym spaces equipped by Technogym, exercise and .... More>>
09 Aug 2019
Equinox home fitness launch overshadowed by Trump furore
Equinox home fitness launch overshadowed by Trump furore   The backlash over billionaire Stephen Ross' fundraiser for Donald Trump's 2020 presidential campaign has overshadowed a major announcement by premium fitness operator Equinox. Ross – who as chair of Related Companies is the ultimate owner of Equinox – is throwing a US$100k-$250k-a-ticket bash in support of the .... More>>
09 Aug 2019
Planet Fitness to accelerate new opening plans for 2019 following strong H1 results
Planet Fitness to accelerate new opening plans for 2019 following strong H1 results   Planet Fitness has reported a 29.3 per cent increase in revenue for the first half of 2019 – driven largely by new openings. The US-based low-cost fitness operator opened 53 new clubs during the six months to 30 June, which resulted in total revenues reaching US$181.7m (€162.4m, £150m). There was revenue .... More>>
08 Aug 2019
Canada's first natural swimming pool by gh3 architecture wins plaudits for innovation
Canada's first natural swimming pool by gh3 architecture wins plaudits for innovation   Honoured this year among the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's Awards of Excellence in the Innovation in Architecture category, Borden Park Natural Swimming Pool in Edmonton, Alberta, is the first chemical–free public outdoor pool to be built in Canada. The 64,000sq ft (19,500sq m) complex, which includes .... More>>
08 Aug 2019
Attendance decline at Disney as new Star Wars attraction fails to draw in visitors
Attendance decline at Disney as new Star Wars attraction fails to draw in visitors   Despite its domestic parks achieving record revenue over the last three months, it's been a tough quarter for Disney, which fell short of expected visitor figures following the launch of its new Star Wars addition in California. Disney's acquisition of Fox produced what the company's chair and CEO, Bob Iger, .... More>>
08 Aug 2019
Equinox and SoulCycle face backlash after it's revealed owner will host Trump fundraiser
Equinox and SoulCycle face backlash after it's revealed owner will host Trump fundraiser   Equinox and SoulCycle are facing a significant backlash from members after the Washington Post broke the news that the ultimate owner of the business, Stephen Ross, will host a fundraising event for Donald Trump's re-election. Ross is head of Related Companies, which owns the fitness brands and will .... More>>
09 Aug 2019
Dr Ursula Levine to head up medical clinic at Grayshott Medical Spa
Dr Ursula Levine to head up medical clinic at Grayshott Medical Spa   Grayshott Medical Spa, formerly the Grayshott Health Spa, in Surrey, UK, is set to launch a new medical clinic led by Grayshott's medical director, Dr Ursula Levine. Following its recent registration with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), a non-departmental body monitoring the quality of care in the UK, .... More>>
07 Aug 2019
US spa industry hits US$18bn in revenues
US spa industry hits US$18bn in revenues   Spas across the US generated US$18.3bn (€16.3bn, £15bn) in revenues in 2018 and have seen a steady growth across key financial indicators in the last nine years. This is according to data from the International Spa Association (ISPA) which released the 20th edition of its ISPA US Spa Industry Study .... More>>
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