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26 Nov 2014
STA announces new CEO as Roger Millward steps down
Swimming Teachers’ Association (STA) CEO Roger Millward has announced that he will retire next summer, with his son Theo set to take over the reigns at the charity organisation. Millward senior announced that we would be stepping down at the STA’s .... More>>
26 Nov 2014
John Steele to join Loughborough Uni as executive director of sport
John Steele will leave his role as CEO of Youth Sport Trust (YST) to become executive director of sport at Loughborough University at the end of the year. Speaking of his appointment, Steele – who has been at YST since February 2012 – said: “It’s a great privilege to take on the role at Loughborough, at a time when the university has some unprecedented ambition around student and high performance sport. “It’s been an absolute honour to have led YST and to have been part of an organisation that is positively .... More>>
26 Nov 2014
Loudoun Castle set to be turned into luxury holiday destination
Plans for a £300m five star hotel and championship golf resort at the site of Loudoun Castle in East Ayrshire have been scrapped in favour of a more expensive proposal to turn the area into an all weather holiday destination and residential development. The £450m masterplan for the former amusement park site in .... More>>
25 Nov 2014
Tourism industry calls for Autumn Statement tax break
UK tourism leaders have cranked up the pressure on chancellor George Osborne to reduce industry VAT in his forthcoming Autumn Statement, producing figures that suggest the move would bring major benefits to regional economies. The Cut Tourism VAT .... More>>
25 Nov 2014
Serco to sell leisure arm
Up to 70 UK leisure and sports facilities face an uncertain future after operator Serco announced plans to sell its leisure arm. Services giant Serco is looking to offload several of its ‘non-core’ businesses as part of a strategy overhaul, ahead of .... More>>
25 Nov 2014
East Lindsey to tackle obesity issues with new leisure trust
East Lindsey District Council (ELDC) has set up a charitable trust to run leisure and cultural services within the district and to implement a health programme to tackle the area’s growing .... More>>
25 Nov 2014
Business boom for suppliers at IAAPA 2014
“Big starts here” was the official theme for this year’s IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida, and big was certainly what was delivered as millions of dollars worth of contracts were signed at the event. Meanwhile, attendees also shared insight, sparked new relations and saw new innovations on the show’s .... More>>
25 Nov 2014
Glass walkways give visitors bird's eye view of Tower Bridge
Two giant glass floors 42m (138ft) above the Thames have opened at Tower Bridge as part of a new attraction marking its 120th birthday. The scheme by Purcell Architects took a year to implement and now offers visitors a completely new view of the bridge, the river and the lifting process from high-level walkways across the Thames. “Purcell is delighted to have .... More>>
25 Nov 2014
Mandarin Oriental's Jeremy McCarthy makes case for negative employees
Jeremy McCarthy, group director of spa for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, has made the case for negative employees – stating that when people are negative about something, it means they really care. In an article published by McCarthy on Linkedin, he says that students on his “Positive Leadership” course are divided on whether an apathetic employee is worse than a negative one. Fears of the contagious nature of negativity mean students see this type of employee as .... More>>
25 Nov 2014
London tourism competition offering spectacular VIP experience
London tourism chiefs have created a two-week long lifestyle package fit for any A list celebrity as part of a prize which will be offered to the city’s most enthusiastic visitor from home or abroad. Following hot on the furry heels of its .... More>>
25 Nov 2014
Harry Potter-themed London hotel bewitches guests
Harry Potter fans retracing the steps of the boy wizard can now retire to their Hogwarts-inspired wizarding chambers at the Georgian House - an independent hotel in London’s Victoria. The four star boutique property, which has been run by the same family for 163 years, is the first London hotel to cash in on .... More>>
24 Nov 2014
JD Gyms poised for growth
Retail megabrand JD Sports, which announced its entry into the gym market with the launch of its new JD Gyms brand in early 2014, has outlined plans for expansion in 2015. Due to launch its second club in December 2014 in Liverpool city centre - within a Grade II listed three-storey property – the growing chain expects to open a further two sites in Q1 2015. "Following this, we're looking to roll out further sites for the .... More>>
24 Nov 2014
UK Sport chair – National Lottery "the fuel that feeds the engine" of elite sport
UK Sport chair Rod Carr has warned of complacency over Team GB’s recent Olympic successes and has called for continued investment in elite sport using National Lottery money. Describing lottery funding as “the fuel that feeds the engine”, Carr .... More>>
24 Nov 2014
Fitness First India invests US$26m in 30 new fitness clubs
Fitness First Group has announced plans to spend more than Rs160 crores (US$26m, €21m, £16.4m) on its expansion in India, to open 30 new premium fitness clubs in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore in the next five years. Based on research by .... More>>
24 Nov 2014
Winner announced for transformation of Springburn Winter Gardens, Glasgow
In a competition run by The Glasgow Institute of Architects, two graduates, James Hand and Nik Klahre, have been named to transform the derelict Springburn Winter Gardens in Glasgow into a .... More>>
24 Nov 2014
Huge tourist attraction abandoned by Fife Council
A pipe dream of turning a former opencast coal site in Kelty, Scotland, into an iconic landscaped art project headed up by Charles Jencks, has been scrapped. The multi-million pound scheme, the ‘Fife Earth Project’, would have seen the former .... More>>
24 Nov 2014
Fitness firms urged to upskill young employees through free apprenticeship scheme
Active leisure employers are being urged to grasp the opportunity to improve the skills and expertise of more young people in the sector through a free scheme provided by Focus Training. The health and fitness training provider now has funding .... More>>
24 Nov 2014
Marriott and Hilton clamp down on cancellations
Both Marriott and Hilton are tightening up their cancellation policies, with plans to charge a fee of one night’s stay to guests who fail to cancel before 11.59pm on the day before their scheduled arrival. The changes will go into effect on 1 January. Hilton says it will give guests and owners greater .... More>>
21 Nov 2014
Charlie Thompson of QHotels reveals customer satisfaction plan
UK Spa Association chair and group spa support at QHotels, Charlie Thompson revealed how he and his team at QHotels has managed to attain 90.9 per cent customer satisfaction at throughout the hospitality group’s 21 properties – 18 of which have spas. Thompson, who works for QHotels between Tuesday and Thursday on a weekly basis, spoke to Spa Opportunities .... More>>
21 Nov 2014
Amazon to launch hotel booking service
Online retail giant, Amazon is setting its sights on the hospitality industry with the launch of a hotel booking service in January. According to Skift, Amazon Travel will feature a specially curated selection of four star, or above, hotels within a few hours drive from New York, Los Angeles and Seattle. The content would feature editorial about attractions and others things to do in the destination. As only a few .... More>>
21 Nov 2014
Looking down at your smartphone exerts 27kg on your neck
The amount of force exerted on the head of an adult human looking down at his or her phone is equivalent to 60lb (27kg) – the weight of an eight-year old child. A New York-based spine .... More>>
21 Nov 2014
Fitness wearables will dip, but then bounce back, says study
Wearable fitness devices are projected to dip in popularity in the short term, but bounce back in 2016, according to new research. Analyst Gartner believes there will be a dip in shipments of smart wristbands, sports watches, fitness monitors, .... More>>
21 Nov 2014
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall reopens following refurbishment
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, UK, welcomed back members of the public on 13 November following the completion of part of its £13.8m (US$21.5m, €17.3m) refurbishment. An ongoing project to completely refurbish the interior of the 1939 concert hall is being headed up by architects Caruso St. John, who have .... More>>
21 Nov 2014
London favoured for hotel investment in Europe: Deloitte study
London is the most attractive hotel investment destination in Europe according to a study by Deloitte, published ahead of the Deloitte European Hotel Investment Conference last week (12 November). A survey of senior hospitality industry figures by .... More>>
21 Nov 2014
Exeter bids to become south west’s retail and leisure capital
Crown Estate and TH Real Estate is set to invest £70m in Exeter city centre, adding a leisure extension to its existing Princesshay retail development. Princesshay Leisure will redevelop the bus and coach station, creating 180,000sq ft of new .... More>>
21 Nov 2014
Exercise could help arthritis sufferers: study
New research has found that regular exercise and physical therapy may benefit people with hip and knee arthritis. The study, carried out at the University of Otago in New Zealand, involved 206 people over two years. It found that those who did exercise and/or physical therapy had greater improvements in pain, stiffness and physical function than those who received usual medical care alone. There is a growing body of evidence to show the effectiveness of exercise to improve outcomes for those with poor health, including those suffering from chronic kidney disease and even patients in intensive care. .... More>>
20 Nov 2014
IAAPA 2014: World’s tallest rollercoaster a 'gamechanger', says its creator
The theme park capital of the world is on course to quite literally scale new heights when the world’s tallest rollercoaster opens in Orlando, Florida, in Q2 2017. The record-breaking .... More>>
20 Nov 2014
Shocking stats show obesity costs as much as smoking
The worldwide cost of obesity is about the same as smoking or the war on terror and more than both alcoholism and climate change, according to new research. The McKinsey Global Institute has calculated that, in the UK, the cost is £47bn, when .... More>>
20 Nov 2014
Tony Fernandes: QPR "must move" if it wants to survive
The owner and chair of Queens Park Rangers Football Club (QPR), Tony Fernandes, has said the club must move away from its Loftus Road home if it is to exist as a top flight club. .... More>>
20 Nov 2014
Fitness gadget could mean you never have to plug your phone in again
No longer will your phone running out of juice be a problem: providing you are prepared to have a quick run. New gadget AMPY converts energy from motion into battery life to charge any USB-powered device. A 30-minute run, 10,000 steps or an hour’s bike ride is enough to charge a smartphone for three hours. The battery can store about a week’s worth of physical activity and stays ready to use for months. An associated app .... More>>
20 Nov 2014
Marketing and operations advice dominates Spa Life UK
The fifth annual Spa Life UK event took place on 18-19 November at Center Parcs Woburn Forest, featuring a jam-packed schedule of talks from industry experts. The event comprised three main parts: the Conference; the Spa Life Forum; and the invitation-only CEO Summit, where the BBC’s business guru Dr Paul Thomas provided key insights into how to increase effectivity in the workplace without losing front-line staff. The Good Spa Awards were also incorporated into this year’s event, during a gala dinner on .... More>>
20 Nov 2014
Tourists to follow the Paddington Bear trail across London
As part of Visit London and StudioCanal’s campaign for the new Paddington bear film, out on the 28th November, 50 statues of the world's most adventurous bear have been unveiled across London. Each bear has been individually designed by a celebrity or architect. From 4 November to 30 December, tourists can follow in the footsteps of Paddington via a series of trails – leading to statues situated in key locations such as museums, parks and shops – showcasing the best of London. Architect Zaha Hadid has created ‘R;G;B’ Paddington, with a stripy .... More>>
20 Nov 2014
Iconic Manchester TV studios to become event hotel
Developer Allied London has revealed plans to redevelop Manchester’s Granada Studios, the former home of Coronation Street, into an event hotel. Studios, rehearsal and production rooms - including the studio where The Beatles played their .... More>>
20 Nov 2014
Exercise can raise the pain barrier: study
Scientists have found that an individual’s post-workout level of pain sensitivity could indicate their chances of developing chronic pain. In a study carried out by the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, published by the Journal of Pain, researchers found that rats displaying the least sensitivity to .... More>>
19 Nov 2014
IAAPA 2014: New TEA president Steve Birket outlines vision
Steve Birket, director of Birket Engineering and the new president of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) as of today (19 November), has described the areas where he hopes to drive the organisation further forward from ‘the strongest position it’s ever been in.’ Having been unanimously voted in by TEA board members at a 13 May meeting, Birket replaces outgoing president Christine Kerr, who has successfully carried out .... More>>
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