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Piscine Middle East
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Hotelier Summit Africa 2014
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28 Apr - 01 May 2014
Hotelympia 2014
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30 Apr 2014
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30 Apr - 01 May 2014
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10-11 May 2014
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14-15 May 2014
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15 May 2014
TRP 10,000™ Event
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17 Apr 2014
Speculation soars around IPO of Merlin landlord Nick Leslau
Property investor Nick Leslau – whose company Prestbury Investments own a large chunk of Merlin Entertainments' real estate portfolio – is set to make a return to the London stock exchange with an IPO likely to be worth £1.5bn, according to press reports. Leslau, whose Merlin assets include Thorpe Park, Alton Towers and London’s Madame Tussauds, is being backed by .... More>>
17 Apr 2014
Community initiative launched to train 50,000 'sport leaders'
A new community sport initiative will look to train up 50,000 young people as sport leaders, as part of efforts to increase the number of young people who take part in physical activity. The scheme will be run as a partnership between Asda Community Life, Sports Leaders UK, ukactive and Spirit of 2012 Trust. It .... More>>
17 Apr 2014
Final plans prepared for new £70m WestQuay leisure development
Final plans for a £70m leisure development in Southampton are expected to be put to the city’s council for consideration later this month. Developers Hammerson are seeking to gain final permission for the creation of a new complex at the Watermark WestQuay site – designed by architects ACME – with the .... More>>
17 Apr 2014
£19 million Everyone Active Acton Centre completed
Ealing Council’s £19m redevelopment of Acton Town Hall in west London is complete, with the new leisure centre due to open this Saturday (19 April) after 22 months of construction. The comprehensive redesign – drawn up by S&P Architects and carried out by Willmott Dixon – has resulted in the addition of a .... More>>
17 Apr 2014
Lack of exercise and sport participation prevalent in EU, says new research
More than half of European Union citizens never or seldom take part in exercise or play sport, according to the latest Eurobarometer survey. The research also revealed that the number of people admitting they never exercise or play sport has .... More>>
16 Apr 2014
Dundee aquatic facility spurs city-wide swimming participation
The number of people in Dundee taking part in swimming has jumped 17.5 per cent, with the boom being attributed to the city’s £31m Olympia development. The swimming centre opened in June 2013 and has been an instant hit. City figures show that .... More>>
16 Apr 2014
The Gym Group rockets up the profit charts
The Gym Group has taken 16th place in a Sunday Times financial league table ranking companies according to growth in profits over the last three years. It is the only operator in the list from the health and fitness sector, reinforcing the notion that the budget end of the health club market is .... More>>
16 Apr 2014
Wright & Wright Architects to design Geffrye Museum development
The Geffrye Museum has named Wright & Wright Architects to lead the design of its £14m (€17m, US$23m) development scheme. The project will create new spaces for the museum’s collections and library – set to feature a gallery, cafe and conference facilities as well as a rejuvenation of the current public spaces. .... More>>
16 Apr 2014
Sugar sin bin strikes chord with club members
A west country gym’s new sugar sin bin has inspired more than 100 members to dump their sweet treats and seek nutritional advice on how to live a healthier lifestyle. Staff at theclub at Cadbury House in Congresbury, Somerset decided to launch the amnesty in February on the back of a nationwide media backlash against sugar. In Britain, research shows that the average person consumes about 700g of sugar a week which is .... More>>
16 Apr 2014
Tom Daley Diving Academy to launch in London
Olympic medallist Tom Daley has teamed up with leisure centre and pool operator GLL as part of efforts to create a lasting diving legacy from the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Tom Daley Diving Academy will look to attract both adults and children to take up the sport. The Academy will begin operation at the GLL-managed London Aquatics Centre – where Daley trains as part of his British Diving High Performance Programme – before being introduced at other GLL managed facilities across London and the UK. .... More>>
16 Apr 2014
Katherine Jenkins to be the face (and voice) of new tourism campaign
International singing star Katherine Jenkins will lead a renewed drive to attract overseas visitors to Britain, serving as the figurehead for VisitBritain’s (VB) upcoming Countryside is GREAT campaign. In the lead-up to the tourism agency’s Countryside campaign launching in September, Jenkins will .... More>>
16 Apr 2014
New Banksy piece becomes paid attraction hours after being discovered
A new graffito by renowned street artist Banksy has been removed within hours of being found and put on paid display by an ailing community centre. The artwork, which shows a couple embracing while checking their mobile phones, was confirmed to be a Banksy after the artist posted a photo of it on his website. .... More>>
16 Apr 2014
Gruppe wins Museum of London's architecture competition
Zurich-based architects Gruppe, have been announced as the winners of a competition organised by the Architecture Foundation and the Museum of London (MOL). The winning design was chosen from more than 70 entries from around the world: competitors .... More>>
16 Apr 2014
Council sells land to facilitate £20m intu expansion in Stoke
Council bosses have agreed to sell land to a shopping centre in Stoke to facilitate a £20m expansion leisure project. Despite blocking a similar deal 18 months ago, Stoke-on-Trent City Council plans to sell off 537sq m (5,780sq ft) of land at .... More>>
16 Apr 2014
Life Fitness sets sights on public sector with new appointments
Equipment supplier Life Fitness has strengthened its focus on the public sector through the promotion of Andy McLaughlan as public sector development manager and the appointments of Roger Eldergill and Rebecca Knight as public sector account managers for education. In his new role, McLaughlan will lead the UK Local Authority and Trust Team, creating strong client partnerships to help organisations in the public sector meet .... More>>
16 Apr 2014
Fusion Lifestyle attracts top talent to bolster management team
Two new recruits from leisure giants David Lloyd Leisure and Virgin Active have joined London-based chairty Fusion Lifestyle’s business management team. Following a strong 2013, the company has brought in Ian Cooper as regional business manager and Stephen Wren as divisional business manager to drive standards and deliver a private sector know-how at affordable prices. This year looks set to be another crucial 12 months for the leisure operator, with over £20m of investment being put in to the redevelopment .... More>>
16 Apr 2014
Watford girls school upgrades gym gear
FullerLife Health & Fitness Centre, a community club run by Watford Grammar School for Girls, has been refurbished and relaunched with a new range of equipment supplied by SportsArt Fitness. The FullerLife club is designed to provide a non-intimidating, friendly environment for school pupils, parents and the .... More>>
15 Apr 2014
Big brands must embrace social purpose to thrive in H&F sector: report
A new report from Oxygen Consulting has said that the physical activity sector must “unleash” its social purpose to thrive among the wave of private and budget gyms. The report – a collaboration between Matrix, The Gym Group and ukactive – said that health and fitness clubs must take cues from social purpose-led brands such as Innocent, TOMS and Apple to successfully thrive in the future. The Fitness Sector Social Good .... More>>
15 Apr 2014
Nielsen survey reveals the trends driving wearable tech
The digital revolution may well be upon us, but health and fitness consumers buying wearable tech still prefer to make their purchase in-store than from the company’s website, according to new research from Nielsen. Results from the February Nielsen Health and Wellness survey of 471 American consumers were .... More>>
15 Apr 2014
Mark Reynolds joins Mosaic Spa & Health Clubs in regional manager role
Mosaic Spa & Health Clubs has appointed Mark Reynolds to serve as regional manager covering two of the group’s locations – The Shrewsbury Club and Holmer Park Health Club & Spa in Hereford – hoping to harness his 20 years’ worth of industry .... More>>
15 Apr 2014
Doncaster's Eco Fitness lands rugby league star Jon Goddard
Doncaster health club Eco Fitness has added some star power to its training staff with the addition of rugby league player Jon Goddard. Goddard, who plied his trade for Hull KR, Castleford and Halifax before turning down a contract with Doncaster last winter to become a fitness instructor, delivers a number of .... More>>
15 Apr 2014
Sport Wales to tackle inequalities in sport with £3m investment
Sport Wales is to invest a total of £3m into making sport more accessible to groups that traditionally find taking part in activities challenging. £1.5m will be made available through the Calls4Action scheme to make sport more attractive to young women and girls, while a further £1.5m will be dedicated to projects encouraging more people with disabilities and children from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds to participate more regularly. The funding will be made available to community projects and .... More>>
14 Apr 2014
Liverpool's Titanic-themed hotel welcomes first guests
One of Liverpool’s most iconic buildings has been brought back to life as a Titanic-themed luxury hotel, with the first two floors opening at the beginning of this month. Albion House, which was formerly the HQ for the operators of the doomed .... More>>
14 Apr 2014
Royal Air Force Museum gains funding for major World War One exhibition
The Royal Air Force Museum has secured nearly £900,000 of funding for the creation of a major new exhibition chronicling the role of air power during the First World War through the stories .... More>>
14 Apr 2014
UK and Ireland join forces to boost British Isles tourism
VisitBritain and Tourism Ireland have announced a new agreement to boost tourist numbers from long-haul and emerging markets such as China and India. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in London by Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons .... More>>
14 Apr 2014
Hull in the running for £30m concert arena
Hull’s crowning as the UK City of Culture 2017 could be capped with a new £30m concert arena and hotel that the city hopes could hold major events like the BAFTAs and Brit Awards. Hull City Council has reportedly identified two derelict city centre sites which could be used for an 8,000-capacity entertainment .... More>>
11 Apr 2014
Manchester City teams up with TRX for fitness programmes
English Premier League title contender Manchester City Football Club (MCFC) is hoping a new tie-up with fitness equipment supplier TRX can give it the edge in its quest to secure a second championship crown in three seasons. The deal sees the club .... More>>
11 Apr 2014
Tourism chiefs urge new culture secretary to revive ailing British regions
Sajid Javid’s appointment as the new culture secretary has been hailed by the hospitality and tourism sector, with industry leaders describing him as the “big hitter” the department needs, but warning there is plenty to be done. Javid has been thrust into the limelight since replacing Maria Miller following her .... More>>
11 Apr 2014
Museums at Night plans naked human installation to promote 2014 event
The organisers of Museums at Night – the annual after hours festival of arts, heritage and culture at UK attractions – have taken a stripped-back approach to promoting this year’s event by enlisting New York artist Spencer Tunick to create a naked human installation in Folkestone. Famed for his controversial .... More>>
11 Apr 2014
Dave Brailsford steps down from British Cycling
Sir Dave Brailsford, the mastermind behind Team GB cycling success at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, is set to leave his job as performance director at British Cycling. Brailsford first joined British Cycling in 1998 and became the .... More>>
11 Apr 2014
Derelict bowling alley to be replaced with £6m hotel and gym development in Harrogate
Work has begun on a new £6m hotel and gym facility in Harrogate town centre. Pure Gym and Travelodge will occupy the mixed-use development, occupying a 70-bedroom hotel and a 16,900sq ft gym facility respectively. Leeds-based Gregory Property .... More>>
11 Apr 2014
Obesity docs must disregard 'hurt feelings', says specialist
A leading leisure industry medical advisor has said doctors need to ditch concerns about hurting obese patients’ feelings and be more proactive in prescribing exercise and weight management programmes. Dr Davina Deniszczyc, GP and medical director .... More>>
10 Apr 2014
Brian Thompson to head up Createability's sales ops
Leisure design and build specialist Createability has secured health, fitness and leisure industry veteran Brian Thompson as its new sales director. Thompson, whose career spans more than 20 years in the sector, will be responsible for defining the company’s sales strategy, taking the business into new sectors, .... More>>
10 Apr 2014
New natural turf improvement scheme launched by IOG
A new scheme is looking to raise the standards of community sports pitches in England. The new £1.3m Grounds and Natural Turf Improvement Programme is designed to improve the care of natural turf surfaces – as well as the understanding of sports turf management practices among the volunteer groundsmen and women who look after the pitches. The initiative will see grassroots sports clubs being able to access expert turf care advice, training and technical knowledge as .... More>>
10 Apr 2014
February marks record UK tourism spend, despite Russian reverse
International visitors spent a record £1.5bn across Britain in February 2014 representing a 45 per cent increase on February last year, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). In what is traditionally one of the quieter months, .... More>>
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