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International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF)
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04-05 Mar 2015
The Sport Business Summit
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10-11 Mar 2015
Retail Business Technology Expo
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10-13 Mar 2015
MIPIM 2015
Cannes, France More>>
12 Mar 2015
Maize Maze Association conference
Altrincham, United Kingdom More>>
12-13 Mar 2015
TEA - SATE Academy Day
Belfast More>>
16-20 Mar 2015
TED 2015
Vancouver, Canada More>>
25 Mar 2015
10th TiLEzone
London, United Kingdom More>>
09-12 Apr 2015
FIBO 2015
Cologne, Germany More>>
14-16 Apr 2015
Dubai Entertainment Amusement and Leisure Show (DEAL)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates More>>
19-21 Apr 2015
MuseumNext 2015
Geneva, Switzerland More>>
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04 Mar 2015
ukactive seeks board members to launch ‘new era’
ukactive is inviting applications for its new board from today (4 March) as it embarks on a “new era,” following the conclusion of a nine-month governance review. The call for applications marks the start of a new chapter for the physical activity organisation, following the recent announcement that longstanding CEO David Stalker is to stand down this June after seven years at the helm. The recently-concluded governance .... More>>
04 Mar 2015
Kyricos: brands must recognise the 'huge opportunity' of wellness
Spa and wellness brands have a massive opportunity to shape the future of wellness by assisting consumers in their quest to live healthier, even richer lives, says Mia Kyricos, chief brand officer for Spafinder Wellness, Inc, writing in the latest edition of Spa Opportunities magazine. In an exclusive Thought Leader column, how to brand a wellness-focused business, Kyricos says brands like Headspace are making .... More>>
04 Mar 2015
The end of smelly gyms? Google targets body odour with new patent
Stinky armpits in gyms could soon be a thing of the past if Google is able to bring its latest patent to fruition. The tech giant has filed designs for an ‘odour removing device’ that can be fitted under clothes and mask unwanted smells. An .... More>>
04 Mar 2015
BHA chair Nick Varney laments visa policy for Chinese tourists
British efforts to court Chinese tourism through a major Shanghai business festival launched by Prince William are missing the point in terms of what needs to be done to attract Chinese visitors. That is the view of new BHA chair Nick Varney, who said that posters in China promoting British destinations are irrelevant when the UK’s visa policy makes it so hard for .... More>>
04 Mar 2015
Can a treadmill test tell us when when we’re going to die?
Cardiologists who have developed a new formula to predict the likelihood of death based on a treadmill test, say fitness was the single most powerful indicator of death and survival, trumping important variables such as diabetes and family history. .... More>>
03 Mar 2015
TRX expands EMEA team with triple appointment
TRX has announced three new appointments to further strengthen its EMEA team, having recently recruited Alan Holl from Virgin Active to serve as the region’s senior director. The hat-trick of new hires sees Anthony Foster become UK sales manager, working with newly-appointed UK sales executive Gary Novak. They are joined by Louise Garth, who has been appointed .... More>>
03 Mar 2015
CVC and Blackstone launch US$1bn sale of Merlin shares
Private equity firms CVC and Blackstone have launched the sale of their remaining shares in Merlin Entertainments. 156,541,347 shares are being sold through Deutsche Bank via an accelerated bookbuild. According to Reuters, a source .... More>>
03 Mar 2015
Starchitects denied after Crystal Palace scheme fails
Bromley Council has terminated an exclusivity contract with Chinese investor the ZhongRong Group for the redevelopment of London’s Crystal Palace. A contract, that was originally signed in 2013, expired last month, following ZhongRong’s failure to produce a £5m (€6.8m $7.6m) down-payment to extend the deal for .... More>>
03 Mar 2015
SLM owner signals public health ambitions with weight management acquisition
The owner of Sports Leisure Management (SLM) has acquired wellness intervention provider Weight Management Centre as it bids to cement its position as a leading public health delivery partner. Family-owned business Castle View – which led a buyout of SLM in 2000 – took control of Weight Management Centre earlier this month for an undisclosed fee. SLM operates 102 leisure venues under the trading name Everyone Active and last year made moves towards wellness intervention .... More>>
02 Mar 2015
Starwood announces 40 European hotels as Hotel Investment Forum kicks off in Berlin
The International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) got off to a bang today (2 March), with Starwood announcing that it is on course to open more than 40 new hotels and resorts across Europe in the next five years. The hotel giant – which recently saw CEO, president and director Frits van Paasschen resign “by .... More>>
02 Mar 2015
20 Legoland developments in the pipeline, says Merlin
Following the release of its annual report, Merlin Entertainments has said there is potential for up to 20 new Legoland developments to be announced in the not-too-distant future. With Legoland and the Lego brand in general going from strength to strength, Merlin revealed in its annual report last week that it .... More>>
02 Mar 2015
Gill Morris joins Habia as partnership director
Hair and Beauty Industry Authority (Habia) has appointed Gill Morris to the newly created position of partnership director. In this role, Morris will build and maintain key stakeholder relationships to develop business growth for Habia. Morris is a founding member of Habia – which was conceived in 2000 – and she has worked in the industry for many years, most recently running her own business consultancy and skills training .... More>>
02 Mar 2015
Doctors call for child wellbeing to be election priority
Ensuring that Britain’s children are leading healthy and active lifestyles should be a top priority for all parties in the forthcoming General Election. That is the view of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), backed by a new ComRes poll in which 94 per cent of adults said children’s healthcare should be an important priority for the NHS. .... More>>
02 Mar 2015
Latest round of Improvement Fund focuses on artificial pitches
Grassroots hockey, football and rugby are the major beneficiaries of the latest round of Sport England’s Improvement Fund. Twelve projects will share a total of £4.3m, with the majority of the grants going towards improving artificial grass .... More>>
02 Mar 2015
Wearable start-ups make leap into skipping rope sector
We’ve had smartwatches, smart glasses and even smart shoes. Now the humble skipping rope is the latest age-old object to be reinvigorated as a fitness-focused piece of wearable technology, with not one, but two companies currently crowdfunding to .... More>>
02 Mar 2015
US$600bn natural heritage sector badly under-funded, says new study
The world’s national parks and nature reserves are thought to be worth US$600bn (€535bn, £389bn) a year, with around eight billion tourism visits annually. That income, however, is not being supported by adequate investment into heritage protection, .... More>>
27 Feb 2015
Peak District spa with mill wheel-powered shower to debut in March
A UK inn and hotel is set to debut its Mill Wheel Spa in March 2015 complete with a beach experience, water mill-powered shower and Heaven skincare by Deborah Mitchell – facialist to Simon Cowell, Gwyneth Paltrow, Claudia Schiffer, Victoria Beckham and Katie Price. Owned and operated by the Kirk family since .... More>>
27 Feb 2015
Poor pool capacity could hinder baby swimming boom, says research
The infant private swim school sector that has surged in the UK over the past decade is yet to reach its peak, although growth could yet be checked by a lack of pool capacity, a Swimming Teachers Association (STA) survey has found. Despite recent Sport England figures showing that overall swimming participation .... More>>
27 Feb 2015
Chelsea FC nets £40m-a-year shirt sponsorship deal
Chelsea Football Club has secured the second-largest shirt sponsorship deal in English football history as the club bids to boost its transfer market war chest without falling foul of Financial Fair Play rules. The English Premier League leader has .... More>>
27 Feb 2015
M by Montcalm to debut in Shoreditch, London, in Q2 2015
The M by Montcalm hotel is set to launch in east London’s emerging technology district in an 18-storey building inspired by the work of ‘Op-Art’ artist Bridget Riley. Built by SPG Contracts under a full design and build contract with the help of .... More>>
27 Feb 2015
Freedom Leisure bolsters management team
Operator Freedom Leisure has made a double appointment as it bids to strengthen its management team, welcoming Mike Worsnop as business development manager and Alyson Zell as aquatic business manager. Worsnop boasts 18 years’ leisure industry experience from a career that has spanned the public, third and private sectors. He arrives from Worcester City Council, .... More>>
26 Feb 2015
Yoga guru Bikram Choudhury faces string of sexual assault lawsuits
The yoga entrepreneur Bikram Choudhury, the creator of the hot yoga training programme that bears his name, is facing six civil lawsuits from women accusing him of rape or assault – the first of which was filed two years ago and the latest on 13 February, 2015. Bikram studio franchises across the world have .... More>>
26 Feb 2015
Merlin posts strong end of year results after successful 2014
Merlin Entertainments has posted strong end of year results, recording a compounded annual growth rate from 2010 to 2014 of 12.6 per cent. Over the year, Merlin generated £1.25bn (US$1.9bn, €1.7bn) in revenue, posting a £411m (US$637m, €561m) pre-tax profit. The attractions giant was able to deliver positive growth from existing attractions along with the .... More>>
26 Feb 2015
London Olympic legacy continues with plans for boutique hotel in Stratford
Developer and investor Union Hanover Securities has submitted a planning application for a new boutique hotel scheme at Stratford City, the former site of the 2012 Olympic Games. Designed by New York-based Grzywinski + Pons Architects, the £100m (US$155m, €136m) dual hotel scheme has been dubbed the Penny Brook Development. The scheme will consist of a 137-bed Adagio building and a 249-bed boutique hotel, called the Penny Brook. The Penny Brook will be a situated in a 25-storey tower, offering spacious rooms that maximise daylight. The scheme will also provide a 530sq m (5705sq ft) ground floor restaurant, 1270sq m (13,670sq ft) of .... More>>
26 Feb 2015
Nuffield Health brings in brand consultancy to bolster expansion
Nuffield Health has hired London-based consultancy Handsome Brands as the charity bids to drive expansion across its network of health and wellbeing services. Handsome’s brief is to overhaul Nuffield’s brand architecture across the entire business. It will join the creative team already working with Nuffield to .... More>>
26 Feb 2015
Spa operators reveal KPIs to promote benchmarking
Spa managers from operations of different sizes and in different countries around the world gathered to discuss the importance of benchmarking at the Professional Spa & Wellness Convention at ExCeL in London between 22-23 February. Taking the first step towards a more successful spa industry, Rachael McCrory - director of spa at the Andaz Tokyo & Grand Hyatt Tokyo - shared key performance indicators (KPIs) for Hyatt spas .... More>>
26 Feb 2015
Childhood obesity campaign combines physical activity with altruism
Technogym is urging health clubs around the world to get their members moving during March with the added incentive of helping to tackle childhood obesity. The latest iteration of Technogym’s Let’s Move for a Better World challenge sees exercisers earn ‘MOVE’ points – Technogym’s movement unit of measure .... More>>
25 Feb 2015
4D film based on Lego Movie coming to Lego theme parks and Discovery Centres
Merlin Entertainments has announced it will be bringing a new 4D animated film based on the popular Lego Movie franchise to come exclusively to all of its Legoland theme parks and Legoland Discovery Centres worldwide in 2015. Using 4D effects such as wind, water, smoke and special lighting effects, the .... More>>
25 Feb 2015
Fifa says no to disgruntled clubs and bodies seeking World Cup compensation
Fifa has said it will not pay out compensation to football clubs and leagues unhappy with plans to hold the 2022 Qatar World Cup through November and December, adding that no apology was .... More>>
25 Feb 2015
Rockliffe Hall spa director Liz Holmes lands Virgin Active role
Spa director Liz Holmes is to leave Darlington, UK's, Rockliffe Hall after six years at the helm to take up the role of national health and beauty manager with health club chain Virgin Active. Holmes is to replace Emma Williams, who after nine years at Virgin is heading to The Joshua Tree day spa in Nottingham. Williams met Holmes on an education panel at a beauty .... More>>
25 Feb 2015
Saunas prevent heart problems: study
Men who use saunas regularly are protecting themselves from heart problems, according to a study by scientists from the University of Eastern Finland, whose work was published in the journal Jama Internal Medicine. A total of 2,315 men aged .... More>>
25 Feb 2015
Total eclipse expected to bring tourism boost to north of Scotland
The north of Scotland is preparing for a major tourism boon, in the form of a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse expected to attract legions of stargazers next month. The first total eclipse to darken the far northern regions of Europe and the Arctic for more than a decade is expected to take place at approximately 9.30am on Friday 20 March. The next total eclipse to take place above Britain isn’t due until 2090, so tourists .... More>>
25 Feb 2015
Gyms wise up to potential of extreme challenges trend
The growing popularity of extreme fitness challenges such as Iron Man events and triathlons has led to a raft of new training tie-ups, as health clubs scamper to offer their expertise and facilities to a booming market. Endurance events have become increasingly prevalent in recent years, with extreme fitness .... More>>
24 Feb 2015
Tom Kerridge stars at inaugural PUB15 trade show
Man-of-the-moment Tom Kerridge was the headline speaker at the first ever PUB15 trade show, which drew large crowds at Olympia London last week. Kerridge, the TV star and chef-owner of acclaimed pubs The Coach and two Michelin-starred Hand and Flowers, shared his hard-earned advice on ‘DIY pub management’, nurturing team talent and cheffing as a lifestyle, not a job. “Be prepared to do everything yourself. Running a pub is a marathon, not a sprint,” Kerridge said during his .... More>>
24 Feb 2015
Historical attractions most important for UK's holiday makers
A new survey from QHotels has discovered that historical attractions are the most important factor for tourists when choosing a mini break destination in the UK. 55 per cent of the 2,225 adults surveyed said that historical attractions were the most important when choosing a mini break destination, while the .... More>>
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