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Bodypower Expo - South Africa
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13-15 Jan 2015
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19-21 Jan 2015
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22-24 Jan 2015
UK Pool and Spa Expo
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01-03 Feb 2015
Spatex 2015
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04 Feb 2015
Leisure Review of the Year
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28 Nov 2014
Cause of fire that gutted disputed Spurs stadium building still unclear
The cause of a fire that gutted a business involved in a bitter dispute with English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur FC remains unclear. The fire at the Archway Sheet Metal factory – in north London, UK – was detected in the early hours of Tuesday 25 November. The blaze destroyed most of the building .... More>>
28 Nov 2014
Matrix triumphs in battle for £25m Gym Group contract
Matrix Fitness has beaten off fierce competition from rivals to retain its supplier agreement with The Gym Group, in a new deal worth £25m over the next three years. Having provided fitness kit to The Gym Group since 2008, Matrix was one of five .... More>>
28 Nov 2014
SNP calls for Aberdeen Council to abandon £30m gallery project
The Scottish National Party (SNP) is urging Aberdeen City Council leaders to abandon a £30m (US$47.2m, €37.9m) renovation project to completely revamp Aberdeen Art Gallery amid claims of spiralling costs and widespread public objection. The SNP .... More>>
28 Nov 2014
Architect awarded the IOC Pierre de Coubertin medal
Geraint John, an established senior advisor at Populous, is today (28 November) being awarded the Pierre de Coubertin medal for outstanding services to the Olympic Movement. Populous is a global sports design and architecture practice and has worked on several Olympic projects including Sydney 2000, London 2012 and Sochi 2014. John is the first architect, and indeed Briton, to ever receive the Pierre de Coubertin .... More>>
27 Nov 2014
Heritage Lottery Fund dishes out £11.3m to Buxton Crescent Hotel and Thermal Spa
The Heritage Lottery Fund has pledged a further £11.3m (US$18m, €14m) towards the scheme to redevelop Buxton Crescent and Thermal Spa, in addition to the £12.5m (US$20.5m, €14.9m) it awarded the project in 2006. The project to repair and restore .... More>>
27 Nov 2014
Budget cuts force one in ten UK museums to sell off parts of collections
A new survey from the Museums Association has shown that around one in every 10 UK museums are being forced to consider selling off parts of their collections to balance the books due to funding cuts. The annual Cuts Survey revealed that .... More>>
27 Nov 2014
Weekly strength training sessions can shave decades off biological age: study
Humans have searched for the secret to eternal youth since the dawn of time, but a new study suggests the elixir of life is more likely to be found in the gym than the holy grail. Research from Southampton Solent University has found that just two 15-minute strength training sessions a week can take decades off our biological age, reversing some of the most debilitating effects of ageing. British Association of Aesthetic .... More>>
27 Nov 2014
Precor lands Health & Fitness Nordic contract
Fitness supplier Precor has landed a major contract to deliver all cardiovascular and strength machine equipment for Health & Fitness Nordic Company (HFN), Scandinavia’s largest health club operator. HFN, whose CEO Olav Thorstad was presented with the EU Club Leadership Award 2014 at the recent IHRSA European Congress in Amsterdam, has more than 200 clubs ranging from high-end to low cost, with in excess of 500,000 members. The company, which already comprised the SATS and Fresh Fitness chains, grew significantly when it merged with Elixia, a process .... More>>
27 Nov 2014
Nick Clegg reveals “biggest ever single investment in cycling”
The government is to invest £214m into making cycling safer in the UK as part of plans to double the number of journeys made on bikes by 2020. Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg – who made the announcement today (27 November) at a cycling summit in Bristol – said it was the largest single investment in cycling .... More>>
27 Nov 2014
Exclusive: énergie set for ‘biggest growth ever’ in 2015
énergie Group chair and CEO Jan Spaticchia has set his sights on leading the fitness franchise company through its biggest growth phase yet, with a raft of new gym openings planned in the UK and Europe during 2015. Due to finish 2014 with 90 clubs open or in presale, the group aims to open 36 clubs between January and December next year, across its three core brands: .... More>>
26 Nov 2014
New chair and vice chair named for BABTAC and CIBTAC
The British Association of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology (BABTAC) and The Confederation of International Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (CIBTAC) have appointed a new chair and vice chair for 2015/16, with each serving across both organisations. Current chair Carolyne Cross, who has served in the role since January 2013, will hand over the reigns at the beginning of .... More>>
27 Nov 2014
Captive cetacean debate rages on as 120 countries consider ban and Vancouver ruling vetoed
The debate on whether or not cetaceans should be kept in captivity continues to rage on, as more than 100 countries signed a pledge to consider banning the capture of wild dolphins and whales for display, while a landmark ruling on breeding rules in .... More>>
26 Nov 2014
Blackstone 'rejects' £2bn Center Parcs bid with plans to float on stock market
Blackstone – the private equity giant which owns Center Parcs – is believed to have rejected a joint £2bn (€2.5bn, $3.1bn) bid from BC Partners and the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) for the chain of leisure resorts. Sky News is reporting that .... More>>
26 Nov 2014
Study shows virtual reality has significant effect on brain function
Neurophysicists have discovered that the space-mapping neurons in the brain react differently when exposed to virtual reality (VR), with a study on rats showing VR makes a significant impact on the brain, though it is not yet known what effects this .... More>>
26 Nov 2014
David Lloyd announces tech and design-driven gym innovation programme
David Lloyd Leisure (DLL) has launched a new gym transformation programme, which will see innovative design, technology and ‘best-in-class’ equipment installed at a number of clubs in its 91-strong network. The TDR Capital-owned gym chain has .... More>>
26 Nov 2014
STA announces new CEO as Roger Millward steps down
Swimming Teachers’ Association (STA) CEO Roger Millward has announced that he will retire next summer, with his son Theo set to take over the reigns at the charity organisation. Millward senior announced that we would be stepping down at the STA’s .... More>>
26 Nov 2014
John Steele to join Loughborough Uni as executive director of sport
John Steele will leave his role as CEO of Youth Sport Trust (YST) to become executive director of sport at Loughborough University at the end of the year. Speaking of his appointment, Steele – who has been at YST since February 2012 – said: “It’s a great privilege to take on the role at Loughborough, at a time when the university has some unprecedented ambition around student and high performance sport. “It’s been an absolute honour to have led YST and to have been part of an organisation that is positively .... More>>
26 Nov 2014
Loudoun Castle set to be turned into luxury holiday destination
Plans for a £300m five star hotel and championship golf resort at the site of Loudoun Castle in East Ayrshire have been scrapped in favour of a more expensive proposal to turn the area into an all weather holiday destination and residential development. The £450m masterplan for the former amusement park site in .... More>>
25 Nov 2014
Tourism industry calls for Autumn Statement tax break
UK tourism leaders have cranked up the pressure on chancellor George Osborne to reduce industry VAT in his forthcoming Autumn Statement, producing figures that suggest the move would bring major benefits to regional economies. The Cut Tourism VAT .... More>>
25 Nov 2014
Serco to sell leisure arm
Up to 70 UK leisure and sports facilities face an uncertain future after operator Serco announced plans to sell its leisure arm. Services giant Serco is looking to offload several of its ‘non-core’ businesses as part of a strategy overhaul, ahead of .... More>>
25 Nov 2014
East Lindsey to tackle obesity issues with new leisure trust
East Lindsey District Council (ELDC) has set up a charitable trust to run leisure and cultural services within the district and to implement a health programme to tackle the area’s growing .... More>>
25 Nov 2014
Business boom for suppliers at IAAPA 2014
“Big starts here” was the official theme for this year’s IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida, and big was certainly what was delivered as millions of dollars worth of contracts were signed at the event. Meanwhile, attendees also shared insight, sparked new relations and saw new innovations on the show’s .... More>>
25 Nov 2014
Glass walkways give visitors bird's eye view of Tower Bridge
Two giant glass floors 42m (138ft) above the Thames have opened at Tower Bridge as part of a new attraction marking its 120th birthday. The scheme by Purcell Architects took a year to implement and now offers visitors a completely new view of the bridge, the river and the lifting process from high-level walkways across the Thames. “Purcell is delighted to have .... More>>
25 Nov 2014
Mandarin Oriental's Jeremy McCarthy makes case for negative employees
Jeremy McCarthy, group director of spa for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, has made the case for negative employees – stating that when people are negative about something, it means they really care. In an article published by McCarthy on Linkedin, he says that students on his “Positive Leadership” course are divided on whether an apathetic employee is worse than a negative one. Fears of the contagious nature of negativity mean students see this type of employee as .... More>>
25 Nov 2014
London tourism competition offering spectacular VIP experience
London tourism chiefs have created a two-week long lifestyle package fit for any A list celebrity as part of a prize which will be offered to the city’s most enthusiastic visitor from home or abroad. Following hot on the furry heels of its .... More>>
25 Nov 2014
Harry Potter-themed London hotel bewitches guests
Harry Potter fans retracing the steps of the boy wizard can now retire to their Hogwarts-inspired wizarding chambers at the Georgian House - an independent hotel in London’s Victoria. The four star boutique property, which has been run by the same family for 163 years, is the first London hotel to cash in on .... More>>
24 Nov 2014
JD Gyms poised for growth
Retail megabrand JD Sports, which announced its entry into the gym market with the launch of its new JD Gyms brand in early 2014, has outlined plans for expansion in 2015. Due to launch its second club in December 2014 in Liverpool city centre - within a Grade II listed three-storey property – the growing chain expects to open a further two sites in Q1 2015. "Following this, we're looking to roll out further sites for the .... More>>
24 Nov 2014
UK Sport chair – National Lottery "the fuel that feeds the engine" of elite sport
UK Sport chair Rod Carr has warned of complacency over Team GB’s recent Olympic successes and has called for continued investment in elite sport using National Lottery money. Describing lottery funding as “the fuel that feeds the engine”, Carr .... More>>
24 Nov 2014
Fitness First India invests US$26m in 30 new fitness clubs
Fitness First Group has announced plans to spend more than Rs160 crores (US$26m, €21m, £16.4m) on its expansion in India, to open 30 new premium fitness clubs in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore in the next five years. Based on research by .... More>>
24 Nov 2014
Winner announced for transformation of Springburn Winter Gardens, Glasgow
In a competition run by The Glasgow Institute of Architects, two graduates, James Hand and Nik Klahre, have been named to transform the derelict Springburn Winter Gardens in Glasgow into a .... More>>
24 Nov 2014
Huge tourist attraction abandoned by Fife Council
A pipe dream of turning a former opencast coal site in Kelty, Scotland, into an iconic landscaped art project headed up by Charles Jencks, has been scrapped. The multi-million pound scheme, the ‘Fife Earth Project’, would have seen the former .... More>>
24 Nov 2014
Fitness firms urged to upskill young employees through free apprenticeship scheme
Active leisure employers are being urged to grasp the opportunity to improve the skills and expertise of more young people in the sector through a free scheme provided by Focus Training. The health and fitness training provider now has funding .... More>>
24 Nov 2014
Marriott and Hilton clamp down on cancellations
Both Marriott and Hilton are tightening up their cancellation policies, with plans to charge a fee of one night’s stay to guests who fail to cancel before 11.59pm on the day before their scheduled arrival. The changes will go into effect on 1 January. Hilton says it will give guests and owners greater .... More>>
21 Nov 2014
Charlie Thompson of QHotels reveals customer satisfaction plan
UK Spa Association chair and group spa support at QHotels, Charlie Thompson revealed how he and his team at QHotels has managed to attain 90.9 per cent customer satisfaction at throughout the hospitality group’s 21 properties – 18 of which have spas. Thompson, who works for QHotels between Tuesday and Thursday on a weekly basis, spoke to Spa Opportunities .... More>>
21 Nov 2014
Amazon to launch hotel booking service
Online retail giant, Amazon is setting its sights on the hospitality industry with the launch of a hotel booking service in January. According to Skift, Amazon Travel will feature a specially curated selection of four star, or above, hotels within a few hours drive from New York, Los Angeles and Seattle. The content would feature editorial about attractions and others things to do in the destination. As only a few .... More>>
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