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01 Aug 2019
Six month figures show Merlin divisions returning to growth
Six month figures show Merlin divisions returning to growth   Theme park operator Merlin Entertainments has announced half-yearly results up to the end of June 2019, showing a return to growth for its Midway Attractions and Resort Theme Parks divisions, and revenue growth of 6.5 per cent compared to the first half of 2018 across the company. Underlying profits were down .... More>>
01 Aug 2019
GWI launches White Paper Series: ‘Understanding Wellness’
GWI launches White Paper Series: ‘Understanding Wellness’   The Global Wellness Institute (GWI), a nonprofit research and educational resource for the wellness industry, has launched a new white paper series with an aim to bring clear, expert insights on how wellness is evolving now and into the future. The ‘Understanding Wellness’ white paper series are designed to be .... More>>
01 Aug 2019
Kristen Bell to speak at Bold 2019
Kristen Bell to speak at Bold 2019   Digital wellness platform Mindbody has announced that actress and entrepreneur Kristen Bell will deliver a keynote speech at the 2019 edition of its Bold conference. Alongside her 27-year acting career, which includes lead roles in Frozen, The Good Place and Veronica Mars, Bell is the co-founder of two .... More>>
01 Aug 2019
The Newt Hotel & Spa to open at Somerset's Hadspen House
The Newt Hotel & Spa to open at Somerset's Hadspen House   Hadspen House, a Grade II-listed country house on the Emily Estate in Somerset, UK, will reopen at the end of August as a new hotel and spa called The Newt. The property will be named for the protected great crested newts found on-site. A working Georgian country estate located between Bruton and Castle .... More>>
31 Jul 2019
The Athletic Club acquires Prairie Life Fitness
The Athletic Club acquires Prairie Life Fitness   Luxury health club operator The Athletic Club has acquired full-service fitness chain Prairie Life. Prairie Life operates nine health and fitness clubs in four states – Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Tennessee – with more than 1,000 employees and approximately 42,000 members. The first Prairie Life Fitness location .... More>>
31 Jul 2019
The Majestic Hotel to open new spa celebrating Harrogate's 'rich spa history'
The Majestic Hotel to open new spa celebrating Harrogate's 'rich spa history'   The Harrogate Spa, a new luxury destination spa, is set to open at DoubleTree by Hilton Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, towards the end of this year (2019). Expected to open in November 2019, the spa forms a major part of the hotel's £15m renovation and is designed to celebrate Harrogate's rich .... More>>
31 Jul 2019
Innovation in UK's cultural heritage creating 'exceptional outcomes'
Innovation in UK's cultural heritage creating 'exceptional outcomes'   Fifteen recommendations for improvement, covering areas such as funding, human resources and knowledge exchange, have been identified in a new report by the UK's National Commission for UNESCO, assessing the UK's performance in the cultural heritage sector. While the report – titled Cultural Heritage .... More>>
31 Jul 2019
FHT reveals details of 2019 conference
FHT reveals details of 2019 conference   The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) has released details of this year's conference, which will take place on 29 November at The King's Fund in London's Cavendish Square, and will focus on research, best practice and positive body image. Confirmed speakers include Dr John Hughes, director of research .... More>>
31 Jul 2019
Historic Portuguese manor house becomes boutique hotel with nature-inspired spa
Historic Portuguese manor house becomes boutique hotel with nature-inspired spa   Porto-based architectural firm Miguel Cardoso Architecto, together with Madeirian designer Nini Andrade Silva, have created a boutique hotel in a 19th century manor house in the Portuguese city of Porto. The 68-bedroom Vila Foz Hotel & Spa is set in Porto’s Foz neighbourhood, and includes a spa dedicated to .... More>>
30 Jul 2019
NBA franchise LA Clippers reveals plans for US$1bn AECOM-designed arena
NBA franchise LA Clippers reveals plans for US$1bn AECOM-designed arena   The owners of NBA team LA Clippers have revealed detailed plans for a US$1bn indoor arena, to be built in the Inglewood district in Los Angeles, California. Designed by a team including AECOM, Anderson Barker Architects, the City Design Studio of Los Angeles and Hood Studios, the development will include a .... More>>
30 Jul 2019
Truman presidential library and museum closes for US$25m transformation
Truman presidential library and museum closes for US$25m transformation   The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, has closed to allow a year-long renovation, which it is hoped will see the facility reopen in time to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Truman becoming US president in 1945. Among plans within the US$25m (€22.46m, £20.46m) transformation are a .... More>>
30 Jul 2019
Ireland's first forest spa to open at Center Parcs Longford Forest
Ireland's first forest spa to open at Center Parcs Longford Forest   Ireland's first Forest Spa, the Aqua Sana Spa, is set to open at the upcoming Center Parcs Longford Forest resort in Ballymahon, Ireland. Expected to open at the end of July, the Aqua Sana Spa will boast a unique forest concept, developed by spa consultancy Sparcstudio, in partnership with Holder Mathias .... More>>
31 Jul 2019
National Space Centre begins work on 'reality lab' to attract new audiences
National Space Centre begins work on 'reality lab' to attract new audiences   The UK's National Space Centre (NSC) in Leicester is building a new laboratory for the creation of virtual, augmented and mixed reality media, which it says will extend its capacity to deliver community engagement and attract new audiences. The Extended Reality Laboratory (or XR Lab) has been funded by the .... More>>
30 Jul 2019
New sustainable spa certification launches
New sustainable spa certification launches   Vios Spa Group has launched a US-based certification programme for “green” spas. A global spa certification designed specifically for spas and offered by spa veterans, the Vios Certified Sustainable Spa global programme aims to assess and recognise leading spas with sustainability best practices and quality .... More>>
29 Jul 2019
Hastings Hotels partners with ESPA and Wellness for Cancer to offer treatments for cancer patients
Hastings Hotels partners with ESPA and Wellness for Cancer to offer treatments for cancer patients   Hastings Hotels, an independent hotel group based in Northern Ireland, has launched a range of face and body treatments for guests living with, through and beyond cancer at its Culloden Estate & Spa and Slieve Donard resorts. Working with Wellness for Cancer, an organisation specialising in cancer therapy .... More>>
29 Jul 2019
Echelon Fitness secures North Castle investment
Echelon Fitness secures North Castle investment   Private equity firm North Castle Partners has taken a stake in at-home fitness and indoor cycling specialist Echelon Fitness. The undisclosed investment will be used to expand the company's reach on the US and Canadian markets. Echelon is looking to muscle in on the lucrative at-home indoor cycling market. It .... More>>
29 Jul 2019
Unopposed Seb Coe set to be re-elected IAAF president
Unopposed Seb Coe set to be re-elected IAAF president   Seb Coe is set to be re-elected as president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) after the former London 2012 chief was confirmed as the only candidate for the role. Coe, who has held the role since 2015, is expected to be named president for a further four-year term at the IAAF .... More>>
27 Jul 2019
Whey Aye: Europe's tallest observation wheel approved for Newcastle Quayside
Whey Aye: Europe's tallest observation wheel approved for Newcastle Quayside   Plans to build Europe’s tallest observation wheel in Newcastle, UK, have been given the green light by the city council. The 140m-tall Whey Aye – named after a popular phrase in the local dialect pronounced 'why eye', meaning 'yes' – is being developed by the World Wheel Company and is set to stand five metres .... More>>
26 Jul 2019
Glen Ivy names new GM
Glen Ivy names new GM   California thermal wellness destination Glen Ivy Hot Springs has named Christopher Scheel as general manager. Scheel replaces former GM Clive McNish, who has taken a position at destination spa Kamalaya. Scheel comes to Glen Ivy Hot Springs with over twenty-eight years of hospitality experience across food and .... More>>
26 Jul 2019
Attendance boost helps Universal increase earnings at its theme parks
Attendance boost helps Universal increase earnings at its theme parks   Business continues to boom for Universal's theme park division, with the operator reporting revenue and earnings increases in its latest financial report. Universal reported Q2 revenues of US$1.5bn (€1.34bn, £1.2bn) – an increase of 7.5 per cent year-on-year. The operator said this was due to increased .... More>>
26 Jul 2019
€24.2m second phase completed at Ireland's National Indoor Arena
€24.2m second phase completed at Ireland's National Indoor Arena   Ireland's National Indoor Arena has reached the second stage of its phased opening. Facilities made available to both elite and community sport during the second phase include covered synthetic pitch facilities for rugby and Gaelic games, an indoor pitch which can accommodate a number of sports; a half-sized .... More>>
26 Jul 2019
Musée du Louvre teams up with Ponant for cultural cruises
Musée du Louvre teams up with Ponant for cultural cruises   The French cruise company Ponant has partnered with the Musée du Louvre to create two new cruises in 2020 that will encompass a range of cultural attractions. The itineraries of the cruises see the voyages interspersed with on-board talks by curators and department directors from the Louvre, as well as shore .... More>>
25 Jul 2019
New ultra-luxe resort featuring Raison d’Etre spa opens in Cyprus
New ultra-luxe resort featuring Raison d’Etre spa opens in Cyprus   Cyprus-based hospitality group Stademos Hotels has unveiled its latest resort, Amara, a 207-bedroom hotel in the coastal town of Limassol. With the architecture and interior design of the new build carried out by SB Architects, David Rockwell Studio and WA Interiors, the hotel’s interiors were inspired by .... More>>
25 Jul 2019
£10m aquarium development expected to be major tourist draw for Belfast
£10m aquarium development expected to be major tourist draw for Belfast   Proposals for a new £10m (US$12.48m, €11.21m) ReefLIVE aquarium in Belfast's Titanic Quarter are to be put forward for approval, with hopes that the attraction will draw more than 300,000 visitors per year. Designed by Ethos Design and Architecture, and with planning by consultants Turley, the aquarium would be .... More>>
25 Jul 2019
Six Flags franchises back on track as work in China set to restart
Six Flags franchises back on track as work in China set to restart   Six Flags is starting to get back on track with its international projects after the operator revealed it expected to resume development on its halted China projects within the next six months. The operator revealed problems with some of its development projects in China in February, blaming a weakening of the .... More>>
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