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Spa and Wellness International Congress
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03-07 Nov 2014
National Spa Awareness Week (NSAW)
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04-05 Nov 2014
Soccerex African Forum 2014
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04-05 Nov 2014
The Luxury Property Show
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04-05 Nov 2014
Sport Obiekt
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05 Nov 2014
Postgraduate Open Evening - Bucks New Uni
High Wycombe, United Kingdom More>>
06-08 Nov 2014
India Sports Expo
New Delhi, India More>>
10 Nov - 11 Dec 2014
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates More>>
13 Nov 2014
HABC National Conference
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13-15 Nov 2014
ICAA Conference 2014: Moving beyond the status quo
Orlando, Florida, United States More>>
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30 Oct 2014
National videogame museum coming to UK in 2015
Plans have been announced to open the UK’s first dedicated national museum dedicated to the art of videogames. The National Videogame Arcade in Nottingham will become “a hub for videogame culture,” according to developers Game City. The .... More>>
31 Oct 2014
Particular meditation method boosts creativity
Creative thinking can be promoted by certain meditation techniques – even in people who have never meditated before – according to a study by cognitive psychologists Lorenza Colzato and Dominique Lippelt at Leiden University in the Netherlands. .... More>>
31 Oct 2014
Consumers no longer expect spa and wellness solely in the spa department of hotels: study - out today
Hotels are expected to start taking advantage of consumer desire for unique experiences centred around wellness because customers are no longer expecting a wellness experience solely in the spa department, according to the latest Trends in the Hotel Spa Industry study. Hotel spa department revenue .... More>>
29 Oct 2014
East London's 'Rom' becomes Europe’s first listed skatepark
The ‘Rom’ in Hornchurch, East London, has been given Grade II listed status by English Heritage and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Opened in 1978, the Rom, named after a nearby river, is one of the finest surviving examples of early skatepark designs in the UK. The decision to protect the park .... More>>
31 Oct 2014
Microsoft makes long-awaited wearable tech debut
Just weeks after being the subject of intense speculation over its entry to the wearable tech market, Microsoft has duly proven that there’s no smoke without fire by unveiling the Microsoft Band. The wearable device boasts 10 sensors that can track a number of exercise and health metrics, including sleep .... More>>
31 Oct 2014
Government creates independent centre to explore how policy impacts on wellbeing
The government has announced the launch of a new wellness-focused policy think tank to evaluate services and interventions through the prism of wellbeing. The ‘What Works Centre for Wellbeing’ is the latest addition to the ‘What Works Network’, which was launched by the government last year to improve public services through evidence-based policy and practice. The new centre will soon be commissioning universities to research the impact that different interventions and .... More>>
30 Oct 2014
AromaWorks fragrance manufacturer expands into skincare market
Home fragrance manufacturer and retailer AromaWorks has expanded its business by launching a brand new essential-oil skincare range that is vegan-friendly, pregnancy safe, plus gluten and dairy free. Now operating from a purpose-built 7,000sq ft (650sq m) distribution, research, development and manufacturing centre in Berkshire, UK, the new skincare range comprises more than 25 products for face and body, each with a range of seven to nine blended essential oils. .... More>>
30 Oct 2014
Exclusive: Sports Direct to offer £5 gym memberships
Sports Direct’s gym chain – Sports Direct Fitness – is to offer memberships from as little as £5 per month for its business model, which will see health clubs embedded in the group’s retail stores. Embracing the ethos with which Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley built his retail empire, the gym arm will sell .... More>>
30 Oct 2014
Clinique and Bobbi Brown pop-up boutiques join luxury branded stores in Covent Garden, London
Standalone beauty pop-up boutiques by Clinique and Bobbi Brown have joined upper-scale brands Dior, Chanel and Burberry in the famous piazza of Covent Garden in London – to retail spa products in an intimate setting the way top luxury beauty products .... More>>
30 Oct 2014
University of Nottingham to build £40m sports complex
University of Nottingham has announced plans to invest £40m in a new sports complex at its University Park campus. The new complex will be part-funded by a “very significant commitment .... More>>
30 Oct 2014
London NFL franchise worth “more than £100m” to UK economy
A London-based National Football League (NFL) team would be worth more than £100m a year to the UK, according to a study carried out by Deloitte. The figure is based on a London team playing eight regular season home games at Wembley per season. .... More>>
30 Oct 2014
Thermae Bath Spa becomes major tourism beacon for famous UK city
The Thermae Bath Spa is proving to be a significant driver of tourism for the ancient UK city of Bath, with nearly two thirds of visitors arriving in the region simply to experience the spa's roof-top pool and thermal waters. A survey of visitors, .... More>>
30 Oct 2014
Tune Hotels outlines £200m UK expansion strategy
Tune Group is to invest £200m into its low-cost hospitality arm Tune Hotels as part of plans to open up to 25 new properties in the UK by 2020. The private investment group – helmed by entrepreneur and Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club owner Tony Fernandes – is eager to expand its hotel operations in the UK’s growing low-cost sector, which could serve as the .... More>>
29 Oct 2014
CIMSPA starts search for new CEO
CIMSPA has begun the recruitment process for its long term CEO as the organisation pushes forward with its transformation programme. The closing date for applications for the CEO role – based at CIMSPA HQ in Loughborough – is 14 November and the job advert notes the chief executive should be an “exceptional leader” who will be “responsible for both leading the development and execution of the organisation’s long term .... More>>
29 Oct 2014
TRX names Paul Zadoff as new president
Paul Zadoff has been promoted to the role of TRX president, charged with heading up the functional training company’s leadership team and driving its next chapter of expansion. Zadoff joined TRX in June 2013 as chief commercial officer, responsible for the global product, marketing, sales, education and direct-to-consumer teams. Previously, he has held a variety of .... More>>
29 Oct 2014
Former tourism minister says VisitEngland should go it alone
Former tourism minister John Penrose has called for VisitEngland to become an independent organisation, in line with the tourism bodies of the other home nations. Penrose, who was tourism minister from 2010 to 2012, says the organisation should no longer fall under VisitBritain, as England needs its own .... More>>
29 Oct 2014
Dame Judi Dench defends floating art gallery set to be destroyed in London
A floating art gallery backed by Dame Judi Dench and Prince Charles is set to be destroyed after the London Port Authority failed to offer an alternate site appropriate for the nine-barge art collection. Max Couper, the gallery’s curator, went to .... More>>
29 Oct 2014
Ramside Hall Hotel, UK, spends £18m on extended leisure facilities
The Ramside Hall Hotel in Durham, UK, has unveiled artists impressions of spa facilities that will be added to the estate as part of an £18m (US$29m, €23m) investment plan. £3m (US$5m, €4m) of the total has already been used to create an 18-hole .... More>>
29 Oct 2014
UK Sport to consider changing funding criteria after Rio 2016
The government’s high performance sport agency UK Sport is to reconsider its “no compromise” approach to funding elite sport. Speaking to the BBC, UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl said the agency would launch a consultation, during which all stakeholders – such as national governing bodies – will have an opportunity to voice their views on the current funding strategy. UK Sport invests around £100m of public money into sport each year and its medals-based funding strategy has been credited with .... More>>
29 Oct 2014
Will tourism be a battleground in the 2015 general election?
Tourism’s enhanced reputation as an economic driver and creator of jobs, together with its position as the lifeblood of a number of marginal constituencies, could see the sector enjoy increased recognition as political parties gear up for next year’s general election. That is the view of Tourism Alliance policy .... More>>
28 Oct 2014
Parks and leisure centre budgets at risk due to ‘£4.3bn social care black hole’
Council-run parks and leisure centres could be in jeopardy thanks to a £4.3bn funding 'black hole' in adult care services caused by austerity cuts and an ageing population, a new study has warned. The latest analysis of council budgets led by the .... More>>
28 Oct 2014
Celebrity-studded gym chain Third Space bought by investment firm Encore
The Third Space – a premium London health club chain which reportedly counts Prince Harry and Guy Ritchie among its members – has been bought by the same group which owns the capital’s mammoth Reebok Sports Club. Private investment firm Encore .... More>>
28 Oct 2014
Spafinder to hold wellness talks at World Travel Market in London
Spafinder Wellness 365 will lead a wellness tourism programme in association with the Global Wellness Tourism Congress (GWTC) across three days of the World Travel Market 2014, which will be held at ExCeL London from 3-6 November. Spafinder will .... More>>
28 Oct 2014
Bitcoin: Can the fitness industry cash in?
Health Club Management recently revealed how online gym pass provider PayasUgym will soon begin testing Bitcoin, potentially paving the way for the cryptocurrency to become an accepted form of payment across more than 2,000 UK gyms in the .... More>>
28 Oct 2014
Alfredo Carvajal joins Delos from WTS International
Alfredo Carvajal has been appointed president of International and Signature Programs for Delos, the US-based company behind the Well Building Standard® (see Spa Business 14/1 p36). Previously Carvajal operated as COO of spa and leisure consultancy WTS International, which works in collaboration with Delos. As part of the alliance, WTS is integrating Delos’ .... More>>
28 Oct 2014
Shortlist announced for Sportswomen of the Year awards
The Ashes-winning England cricket team, the world cup-winning rugby union team and European champion Jo Pavey are among the shortlist for this year’s Sportswomen of the Year Awards. In .... More>>
27 Oct 2014
Andrew Gibson outlines fitness and spa concepts for FRHI's brands
Andrew Gibson, VP of spa and wellness at Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI), has spoken exclusively to Spa Opportunities about the branding for each of the three hotel groups managed by the organisation – Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel – and how spa, fitness and wellness will be represented .... More>>
27 Oct 2014
KidZania to launch two more sites across the UK
KidZania – the educational attraction for kids that allows them to experience simulations of real-life jobs – is planning an additional two sites in the UK to the one already planned this year for London. The Mexico-based children's edutainment .... More>>
27 Oct 2014
Beyoncé teams up with TopShop to launch active clothing brand
Popstar Beyoncé has teamed up with fashion magnate Sir Philip Green to form the latest venture seeking to cash in on the convergence between the fashion and fitness industries. The pair have formed the company Parkwood TopShop Athletic – which .... More>>
27 Oct 2014
Finalists announced for Active Training Awards 2014
The finalists have been named for the Active Training Awards 2014, which will see the physical activity sector’s top training providers honoured for their efforts in improving the workforce. Building on the Active Leisure Awards launched by Active .... More>>
27 Oct 2014
Latest round of Inspired Facilities Fund announced – 148 projects share £10m
A total of 148 local sports projects will share £10m of National Lottery funding in the latest round of Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund. The funding is aimed at breathing new life into community sports facilities that have become worn-down, expensive to run or difficult to maintain. The funding is also .... More>>
27 Oct 2014
Chelsea recruits ex-Liverpool MD Christian Purslow to head global expansion
Chelsea Football Club has appointed former Liverpool FC managing director Christian Purslow as its new head of global commercial activities. A spokesperson said Purslow’s appointment is part plans to build the Premier League's "most pioneering" global commercial programme and would help drive the club's strategy to partner with "innovative and market-leading organisations" from around the world. "The club believes Mr .... More>>
24 Oct 2014
Will.i.am enters wearables market with ‘smart cuff’ offering
Black Eyed Peas superstar will.i.am is poised to make a surprise assault on the burgeoning wearable tech market with a “smart cuff” featuring fitness tracking software. The musician, born William Adams, hopes his i.amPuls wrist-worn device can help him emulate the success of Dr Dre’s Beats empire – in which he was a founding investor – and make the jump from .... More>>
24 Oct 2014
Cost of Olympic stadium conversion increases to £190m
The cost of converting the London Olympic Stadium into a 54,000-capacity multi-use stadium is set to rise from £154m to £190m due to complications in installing the new roof. Providing the support structures for the new roof have required .... More>>
24 Oct 2014
Queen to launch London Science Museum's £16m Communications Gallery
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will be in attendance tomorrow (25 October) for the landmark launch of the London Science Museum’s new £16m (US$26m, €20m) Communications Gallery – the first in the UK dedicated to the history of information and .... More>>
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