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30-31 Aug 2014
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02-04 Sep 2014
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04-05 Sep 2014
THINC Indonesia
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07-12 Sep 2014
2014 World Leisure Congress
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08-09 Sep 2014
Event Organisers Summit
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09 Sep 2014
European Sport Development Network 2014
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10-11 Sep 2014
Health+Fitness Business Expo & Interbike Expo
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10-11 Sep 2014
APSE Annual Seminar 2014
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24 Jul 2014
Tourism Alliance 'delighted' with Gatwick airport expansion progress
The Tourism Alliance has welcomed newly announced plans from Gatwick Airport for its second runway proposal, saying it is vital that aviation capacity be increased to support the UK economy. Gatwick Airport today (24 July) revealed it would .... More>>
24 Jul 2014
Aberdeen City Council seeks firm for £30m gallery renovations
Aberdeen City Council is looking for construction firms to carry out a £30m (US$50.9m, €37.8m) revamp of the Scottish city’s art gallery. The local authority’s approved plans include the construction of a new rooftop gallery and the extension of .... More>>
24 Jul 2014
Spa meets music trend: Welsh festival Green Man latest to embrace wellness offerings
The Green Man music festival on the Glanusk Estate in the Brecon Beacons, Wales, is embracing the trend for pop-up wellness offerings for party people who would rather bathe in campsite mud than wade through it. Glamourous camping, more commonly .... More>>
24 Jul 2014
The Gym Group / Pure Gym merger stall due to CMA's 'narrow' view of health club market: Algar
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) decision to refer the proposed merger of The Gym Group and Pure Gym to an in-depth investigation – a move which prompted the low cost operators to scrap the deal – was based on a “narrow definition of the .... More>>
24 Jul 2014
UK's first black heritage centre opens in Brixton, London
A new £7m (US$11.9m, €8.8m) development in Brixton, south London – supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) – has opened today (24 July) in the form of the UK’s first national black heritage centre. Occupying the refurbished grade II-listed .... More>>
24 Jul 2014
Work starts on Adwick Leisure Centre improvement plan
Work has got underway this week on a £1.9m regeneration project to upgrade facilities at Adwick Leisure Centre in Doncaster. Operator Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust (DCLT) has obtained Doncaster Council funding with help from Alliance Leisure – which is project managing the delivery of the work – to give .... More>>
24 Jul 2014
Developer Hammerson toasts tidy half-year results
Retail and mixed-use property developer Hammerson has recorded a strong set of results for the first half of 2014 (up to 30 June), with pre-tax profits hitting £362.9m. The real estate investment trust – which is behind large mixed-use projects such as the £1bn Westfield development in Croydon and the £70m .... More>>
24 Jul 2014
'Uniquely Glaswegian' opening ceremony kicks off 20th Commonwealth Games
The opening ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last night was a unique blend of bagpipes, banter and bravado, as the city welcomed more than 4,500 athletes from 71 nations. An estimated 1 billion people watched the opening ceremony .... More>>
24 Jul 2014
VisitBritain banks on silver screen to spark Japanese tourist influx
UK tourism body VisitBritain is hoping the emerging popularity of TV dramas such as Downton Abbey and Sherlock in Japan will lead to a surge of new visitors to the UK. The globally popular – and quintessentially British – TV shows have both recently aired on Japanese national channel NHK, while the Paddington film is to set to be .... More>>
23 Jul 2014
Glasgow hotel prices spike 158 per cent for Commonwealth Games
With the Commonwealth Games set to kick off this evening (23 July) through a much-anticipated opening ceremony, the buzz has clearly spread to Glasgow’s hospitality sector, with hotel prices up a reported 158 per cent. According to hotel .... More>>
23 Jul 2014
The Good Spa Guide will announce its fifth annual awards at Spa Life UK 2014
The Good Spa Guide will present its fifth annual awards on the first evening of the two-day Spa Life UK Conference between 18-19 November at Center Parcs Woburn Forest. Launched in 2010, The Good Spa Guide Awards recognise the best spas .... More>>
23 Jul 2014
English Heritage publishes planning guidelines for heritage locations
English Heritage has published new three-part draft guidance on good practice and planning in a historic environment. The guidance – to be consulted until 5 September – covers how planners should take heritage assets into account in local plan .... More>>
23 Jul 2014
London 2012 economic legacy worth £14bn
The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games have provided the UK economy with a trade and industry boost in excess of £14bn. The figure comes from the second annual update of the Inspired by 2012: The legacy from the Olympic and Paralympic Games published by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, .... More>>
23 Jul 2014
Belfast's Culloden Estate & Spa launches new medi-spa
A new medi-spa has been launched alongside existing spa facilities at The Culloden Estate & Spa in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in collaboration with a number of healthcare specialists. Randox Health – a blood profiling company – has developed ‘lifestyle packages’ for The Hastings Hotel Group’s Culloden Estate & .... More>>
23 Jul 2014
Exclusive: Jeremy McCarthy outlines wellness principles ahead of Mandarin Oriental expansion
Jeremy McCarthy, the new group director of spa for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, has spoken exclusively to Spa Opportunities about his new role based in Hong Kong and the ethos he'll embrace as he bids to drive the business forward. McCarthy revealed that Mandarin Oriental's reputation for having the best spa in any city where the chain operates was a major factor in his decision to leave his role at Starwood Hotel and Resorts as global spa development and .... More>>
23 Jul 2014
Commonwealth Games opening ceremony will “capture the heart, soul and true grit of Glasgow”
With final preparations and rehearsals for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony nearly over, the organisers have promised that tonight’s celebrations will "capture the heart, soul, and true grit of the people of Glasgow". More than one billion people around the globe are expected to tune in to watch a live broadcast from the ceremony today (23 July) .... More>>
23 Jul 2014
Manchester United Museum welcomes five millionth visitor
The Manchester United Museum is about to reach a significant landmark when it welcomes its five millionth visitor through its doors later this month. Originally opened in 1986 as the first of its kind in the world, the Manchester United Museum was in the south-east corner of Old Trafford until it moved to the .... More>>
23 Jul 2014
Swiss hospitality school offers spa and health management course in partnership with ESPA
Les Roches International School of Hotel Management has launched a specialised course in spa and health management – in collaboration with ESPA and Genolier Swiss Medical Network (GSMN). The Bachelor of Business Administration in International .... More>>
23 Jul 2014
Revealed: why consumers stop using fitness trackers
A new research paper examining why as many as one in three people ditch fitness trackers shortly after buying them, has found that better education of the benefits is key to ensuring more “happily ever afters” between consumers and their wearables. The report, Perspective: The Consumer Experience — Why .... More>>
22 Jul 2014
Exercise referral software specialist launches foundation to promote public health
Software provider Refer-all, which specialises in solutions to enhance the efficiency of exercise referrals from GP to leisure provider, has launched a new foundation designed to support leisure providers as they seek to work more closely with local authorities in the area of public health. The Refer-all Foundation has been set up to provide the tools for .... More>>
22 Jul 2014
The definition of health and wellness according to millennials
Consumer research company The Hartman Group has published an infographic of ten defining attributes of ‘health and wellness,’ as perceived by millennials. Millennials, for the purpose of the Outlook on the Millennial Consumer 2014 study, .... More>>
22 Jul 2014
Almost half of UK students belong to a gym: study
Despite the stereotypes of living on beer, black coffee and baked beans, students are actually a lot more active than we give them credit for, with almost a half of UK students belonging to a gym, according to new research. Youth media brand Student Beans’ annual health and fitness survey – which examined .... More>>
22 Jul 2014
Green light for £18m Brighton, UK's, Hippodrome regeneration
Brighton, UK's, Hippodrome looks set to enjoy a new lease of life after Brighton & Hove City Council approved plans to transform the 117-year-old structure into a cinema and restaurant complex. Alaska Development Consultants is behind the £18m plans and – having been advised by Indigo Planning – will bring the .... More>>
21 Jul 2014
Construction to finally start on new £8.4m Grimsby Leisure Centre
Work will begin on the new £8.4m Grimsby Leisure Centre this summer, after Interserve Construction was awarded the building contract by North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC). The site is .... More>>
21 Jul 2014
Sports Direct shares shrink despite punchy profits
The latest high-profile entrant to the health and fitness industry had analysts scratching their heads on Thursday (17 July), as shares in Sports Direct dropped more than three per cent in the hours after the company reported “record” figures. The sports group, founded by Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley, .... More>>
21 Jul 2014
TRX broadens training reach with Lifetime partnership
TRX is aiming to bring its education range of training courses to the wider market through a six-month exclusive partnership with provider Lifetime Training. TRX education courses have never been delivered by a training provider in the UK before and the company will review the partnership at the end of the six months before deciding whether to extend it. The collaboration will allow Lifetime Training to offer the .... More>>
21 Jul 2014
Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft: disabled children “missing out on sport”
Hannah Cockroft, double Paralympic gold medalist at London 2012, has called for more emphasis to be placed on providing disabled children with equal sporting opportunities at school. Responding to the findings of a new survey from the Youth Sport Trust (YST), Cockroft said that ensuring better quality physical education (PE) for young disabled students in .... More>>
21 Jul 2014
Wrestling star The Rock to spearhead énergie fitness initiative
Health club franchise the énergie Group has taken the unusual step of teaming up with summer Hollywood blockbuster Hercules to launch a new fitness campaign encouraging members to ‘train like a Gladiator’. The film – starring wrestling legend and actor Dwayne Johnson, known as The Rock – is being billed as one of the year’s biggest action movies and will feature extensively in énergie marketing materials. Over a .... More>>
21 Jul 2014
Perth’s AU$820m stadium designs revealed
Final designs have been revealed for the planned new 60,000-capacity sports stadium in Perth, Australia. The bid to design the venue was won by a team featuring architects Cox Architecture, Hassell and HKS Sports and Entertainment Group. Cox .... More>>
21 Jul 2014
Pixformance tracking system powers first Lovfit
New operation Lovfit Sports Club opened its first club in the heart of Berlin, Germany, on 30 June. Lovfit has been conceived as a smaller, community type of club, and the first facility has a total floor space of 600sq m (6,458sq ft) However, .... More>>
21 Jul 2014
CIDESCO World Congress & Exhibition to take place in Greece this October
The 62nd annual CIDESCO World Congress and Exhibition will be held at the Royal Olympic Hotel in Athens from 22-26 October this year, offering industry professionals the chance to learn new skills, network and discuss issues facing the wellness sector. Delegates will attend lectures given by international speakers in addition to the CIDESCO Beauty Exhibition, .... More>>
21 Jul 2014
Developer unveils plans for £70m luxury development in Coventry
Plans have been unveiled for a £70m residential scheme in Coventry, with the site also potentially becoming host to a gym, restaurant, coffee shop, florist and a convenience store. Developers the Barberry Group have revealed their concept behind the .... More>>
18 Jul 2014
Prime Minister and Duke of Cambridge on hand for reopening of London's Imperial War Museum
London's Imperial War Museum (IWM) has marked the centenary of World War One with the reopening of its museum following the completion of the first phase of a larger £40m (US$68.3m, €50.5m) revamp of the entire facility. Opening to the public .... More>>
18 Jul 2014
'Brand Britain' essential to Scottish tourism, says former chancellor Alistair Darling
Being a part of 'Brand Britain' is essential for Scotland’s tourism sector, according to Labour MP and current representative for Edinburgh South West Alistair Darling. The former chancellor is currently serving as the leader of the Better .... More>>
18 Jul 2014
iPhone 6 and iOS8 could foster progression for booming fitness technology market
Apple is expected to continue its push into the health and fitness technology market when it releases the iPhone 6 and its new iOS8 operating system. The company has already sought to make ground in the fitness market, which is estimated to be .... More>>
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