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22-24 Aug 2014
GTI Asia China Expo 2014
Guangdong Province, China More>>
30-31 Aug 2014
SFN Expo
Glasgow, United Kingdom More>>
02-04 Sep 2014
IOG Saltex
Windsor, United Kingdom More>>
02-04 Sep 2014
PlayFair 2014
Windsor, United Kingdom More>>
04-05 Sep 2014
THINC Indonesia
Bali, Indonesia More>>
07-12 Sep 2014
2014 World Leisure Congress
Mobile Bay, United States More>>
08-09 Sep 2014
Event Organisers Summit
Wembley, United Kingdom More>>
08-14 Sep 2014
Pinks Boutique Organic Beauty Festival
Nationwide, United Kingdom More>>
08-14 Sep 2014
Spa Longevity Week
09 Sep 2014
European Sport Development Network 2014
Walsall, United Kingdom More>>
10-11 Sep 2014
Health+Fitness Business Expo & Interbike Expo
Las Vegas, United States More>>
10-11 Sep 2014
APSE Annual Seminar 2014
Nottingham More>>
10-12 Sep 2014
Global Spa and Wellness Summit
Marrakech, Morocco More>>
13 Sep 2014
GFX Series Belfast
Bangor, United Kingdom More>>
16-17 Sep 2014
The Energy Event 2014
Birmingham, United Kingdom More>>
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19 Aug 2014
Fitness, not food, holds key to solving health crisis: report
An influential new report from a British think tank has given further support to the notion that inactivity, not obesity, is at the root of the UK’s health crisis. Published by the Institute of Economic Affairs, The Fat Lie studies evidence .... More>>
19 Aug 2014
Hotel workers’ union criticises Starwood robot butler plans
Starwood’s plans to add robot butlers to its workforce has been branded a “gimmick” by a UK workers’ union, which says the hotel chain should instead focus on taking better care of its existing staff. The US-based hospitality giant is currently testing out the machines and has indicated that robot butlers could .... More>>
19 Aug 2014
A-listers give voices to London’s talking statues
A star-studded cast of voices, including Patrick Stewart, Prunella Scales and Jeremy Paxman, are bringing London’s statues to life with today's (19 August) launch of a new 'Sing London' history campaign. For the next 12 months across the UK capital and the northern city of Manchester, familiar — and less familiar — statues will deliver their stories to any interested passersby, so long as they are in possession of a mobile .... More>>
19 Aug 2014
North Shields waterpark forced to close just days after opening
A recently opened waterpark in North Shields, Tyneside, was forced to temporarily close after reports of breathing difficulty and sickness among the park’s visitors. Wet ‘n’ Wild entered into administration in October 2013 despite the attraction .... More>>
19 Aug 2014
Oculus Rift offers endless possibilities for attractions industry
Following the March purchase of the Oculus Rift virtual reality technology by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Attractions Management has looked at what implications this could have .... More>>
19 Aug 2014
British Military Fitness swells ranks with return of founder
Harry Sowerby, the original founder of British Military Fitness (BMF) in 1999, is returning to the company as chair, 11 years after he left to serve as a section commander in Iraq and Afghanistan. He first conceived the BMF concept while working on the set of Hollywood blockbuster Saving Private Ryan. Having recently completed his Army PTI (Physical Training Instructors) course, Sowerby was asked if he would be .... More>>
19 Aug 2014
Bruntwood and University of Manchester, UK, submit plans for £50m mixed-use redevelopment
Developer Bruntwood and The University of Manchester, UK, have submitted plans for a mixed-use precinct regeneration, which forms phase two of the £50m (US$83.25m, €62.4m) redevelopment of Manchester Business School (MBS). The phase two plans focus on the redevelopment of the existing precinct centre to create .... More>>
19 Aug 2014
Combination of acupuncture and massage cures dizziness, says Chinese study
A combination of acupuncture and massage is the cure for a specific kind of dizziness called ‘cervical vertigo’, according to research published in the Chinese Journal of Gerontology. The study was carried out by researchers at the Peoples’ Hospital of Linhai City in China's Zhenjiang province. .... More>>
19 Aug 2014
Routine exercise could help prevent development of breast cancer in post-menopausal women: study
Routine exercise could potentially reduce the risk of post-menopausal women developing breast cancer, according to research published in the American Association for Cancer Research journal. Led by Agnès Fournier, PhD and researcher in the .... More>>
18 Aug 2014
Pure Gym to maintain march on Manchester with latest club launch
PureGym is to continue its expansion after the failed merger with The Gym Group by opening yet another new club in Manchester by the end of the year. The latest gym – located in Exchange Quay – will be the chain’s sixth in Manchester. The city has become a hotbed of operator activity as of late, with Pure Gym’s new site coming just weeks after Nuffield Health took .... More>>
18 Aug 2014
£9.5m Witham Leisure Centre open for business
A brand new leisure centre for Witham in Essex – replacing the existing Bramston Sports Centre facility – is now open for business after a 15-month build. The £9.5m project was carried out by Barr Construction, which also designed the site, and is .... More>>
18 Aug 2014
Top UK attractions falling short on disabled access: report
A survey of the UK’s top attractions has thrown up a number of concerns regarding accessibility, prompting the minister for disabled people to call for a collective raising of standards. Disability charity Vitalise contacted the UK’s top 100 attractions – based on visitor statistics from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions – to gauge how well people with disabilities are accommodated across the UK’s top sites. Of .... More>>
18 Aug 2014
Interval training could be more beneficial for sufferers of type 2 diabetes, says new study
Interval training could prove to be more beneficial for glucose control in sufferers of type 2 diabetes than continuous amounts of exercise, according to the results of a new study. Led by specialist Kristian Karstoft MD at the University of .... More>>
18 Aug 2014
Franz Linser appointed to GSWS board of directors
The Global Spa and Wellness Summit (GSWS) has appointed Franz Linser, PhD – founder and managing director of international consulting firm Linser Hospitality – to its board of directors, guiding the GSWS as it expands its mission and identity over .... More>>
18 Aug 2014
Commonwealth Games inspires record hotel occupancy rates in Glasgow, new figures show
Hotel occupancy in Glasgow soared during the Commonwealth Games, with July posting the highest figures on record, new figures from LJ Research show. Presented by the tourism sector specialists, the figures revealed that occupancy rates during the .... More>>
18 Aug 2014
JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts develops Spa by JW concept
JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts is in the process of re-imagining more than 20 of its global spa facilities through its newly-created concept called Spa by JW, intended to provide guests with an accessible luxury experience through express treatments. .... More>>
18 Aug 2014
The Gym Group exploring ‘Europe and beyond’ for expansion
The Gym Group is “positively exploring” foreign markets and engaging in discussions with a number of parties as it bids to banish the ghost of its failed merger with Pure Gym by way of an overseas expansion. The Gym Group CEO John Treharne told .... More>>
18 Aug 2014
More gain, less pain: Exercise could help to increase pain tolerance, says new study
The longer we exercise the more tolerance we may have towards pain, a new study has found, potentially showing how physical activity can impact perceptions of discomfort. Numerous pieces of research have previously found that exercise can help to .... More>>
15 Aug 2014
UK inbound tourism continues to reach new heights
British inbound tourism continued its jumbo-jet trajectory in the first half of 2014, setting a new record for overseas visitor numbers, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics. There were 16.4 million inbound visits to .... More>>
15 Aug 2014
Robots become guides at Tate Britain
Over the course of this week, four robots have been allowing guests to see the Tate Britain at night, acting as virtual guides for the famous gallery in London. The idea, which won the first IK Prize for a project that widens access to art through .... More>>
15 Aug 2014
UK museum stripped of funding after selling Egyptian statue to private collector for £15m
Arts Council England has stripped Northampton Museum of its accreditation status, threatening the UK museum’s ability to raise funding after it sold an Egyptian statue in its permanent collection to a private buyer for £15m (US$25m, €18.8m). The .... More>>
15 Aug 2014
Portsmouth becomes first football club to complete successful crowdfunding project
Portsmouth FC has become the first football club to successfully complete a crowdfunding project, having raised a target of £250,000 (US$417,000, €311,000). The club teamed up with .... More>>
15 Aug 2014
Spa mentorship programme and career resources to be unveiled at GSWS
A spa management mentorship programme and new website providing internship and spa career resources will be unveiled at the Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) in Marrakech, Morocco on 10 September. The new programmes and resources will be revealed at the third annual Spa Education Forum 2014 during the GSWS. .... More>>
15 Aug 2014
Paul Pindar to chair ITC following management buy-out
ITC Luxury Travel CEO Jennifer Atkinson has completed a management buy-out of the company, financed by Santander Capita, while Paul Pindar – former CEO of Capita – has been appointed chair of the new parent company of ITC. Paul Pindar spent 26 years at Capita, an international business process outsourcing and professional services company, building it into a £7.5bn (US$12.5bn, €9.4bn) FTSE 100 company. ITC Luxury will benefit from Pindar’s experience, says Atkinson – .... More>>
14 Aug 2014
Circuit of Wales plans given boost by deal to host MotoGP
Long-held plans for the creation of the £315m (US$525m, €392m) Circuit of Wales racetrack have been boosted after its backers signed a five-year deal to host motorcycling’s British MotoGP .... More>>
14 Aug 2014
Edinburgh to become home to luxury hotel converted from shipping vessel
A former lighthouse tender is to become the subject of a £1m conversion to turn it into a 25-bedroom luxury hotel based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Royal Yacht Britannia Trust – owner of nautical visitor attraction the Royal Yacht Britannia – has .... More>>
14 Aug 2014
Barry White reveals future plans for Chuan Spa
Speaking exclusively to Spa Opportunities, group director of spa for Langham Hospitality Group Barry White has revealed future plans for the Chuan Spa brand and explained why its focus on net profit per square foot will not impact negatively on spa guest satisfaction. Having just celebrated the launch of the 11,000sq ft (1,022sq m) Chuan Spa at The Langham, .... More>>
14 Aug 2014
12,000 cancers each year caused by people being overweight or obese, new study finds
Around 12,000 cases of cancer each year are caused by people being overweight or obese, according to a new study published in The Lancet medical journal. The scientists hope that the research – the largest of its kind – will inspire .... More>>
14 Aug 2014
£1.1m facility to be built in Rutland, UK, for volunteer training at nature reserves
A new, £1.1m (US$1.8m, €1.4m) training centre for volunteers working at nature reserves is to be built in Rutland, UK. The building, built over two floors and covering 558sq m (6,000sq ft), will have the capacity to train 350 volunteers at any one time with skills that can be applied to all of the UK’s 385 .... More>>
14 Aug 2014
From half-time pies to weekly exercise: Football club’s fitness initiative puts fans through paces
English football club Bristol Rovers wants to help its fans emulate the fitness of its players, through an innovative community initiative which sees supporters swap half-time pies for weekly exercise. The club’s charity – the Bristol Rovers Community Trust – has launched a new Fans4Life project designed to .... More>>
14 Aug 2014
Disney Institute to restart professional development courses in the UK
The Disney Institute is bringing its training workshops back to London this November. Taking place over two days on 17 and 18 November, the Hilton London Wembley will play host to the .... More>>
14 Aug 2014
Organic Beauty Festival to educate spa managers on organic-certified products
British spa brand Pinks Boutique is holding its second annual Organic Beauty Festival at a number of participating spas during September, to educate and inform visiting spa and salon representatives from around the country on how to shop for .... More>>
14 Aug 2014
Gym chains to spotlight growth opportunities at national franchising exhibition
A number of high-profile gym chains and businesses will be demonstrating the potential for health and fitness industry profits by featuring at The National Franchise Exhibition. Taking place at Birmingham’s NEC from 3-4 October, the event will see Anytime Fitness, Fit4Less (part of the énergie Group), .... More>>
14 Aug 2014
AXA Real Estate snaps up half stake in Bristol's Cabot Circus for £268m
Property investment manager AXA Real Estate has paid £267.8m to acquire a 50 per cent stake in the mixed-use development centred around Bristol’s Cabot Circus shopping centre. AXA has bought the share – on behalf of its investment clients – from Land Securities, which owns the asset with Hammerson through a 50:50 joint venture. The completion of the acquisition is .... More>>
14 Aug 2014
VisitScotland produces ultimate survival guide for Edinburgh Festivals
VisitScotland has produced Edinburgh’s first ever ultimate survival guide to help festivalgoers make the most of this summer’s selection of arts events in the city. Targeted at visitors in town for the world-famous events taking place this summer .... More>>
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