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13-15 Jan 2015
Visitor Attraction Expo
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19-21 Jan 2015
The Hospitality Show
Birmingham, United Kingdom More>>
21-22 Jan 2015
Museum Expressions
Paris, France More>>
22-24 Jan 2015
UK Pool and Spa Expo
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29 Jan 2015
FIBO Innovation Tour - London
London, United Kingdom More>>
01-03 Feb 2015
Spatex 2015
Coventry, United Kingdom More>>
04 Feb 2015
Leisure Review of the Year
London, United Kingdom More>>
08-10 Feb 2015
ISWKC Annual Spa Convention
Maastricht, Netherlands More>>
11-13 Feb 2015
IAAPI Amusement Expo
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18-19 Feb 2015
Spa & Wellness Seminar
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25-27 Feb 2015
IDEA Personal Trainer Institute East
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02-04 Mar 2015
International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF)
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03 Mar 2015
Healing Summit 2015
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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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22 Dec 2014
Bio-activated horror maze planned for UK in 2015
Interactive games company Slingshot, creators of the highly successful 2.8 Hours Later zombie experience, has revealed plans for a unique bio-activated horror maze to debut in the UK in .... More>>
22 Dec 2014
NHS England unveils major project to explore secrets of DNA
The National Health Service (NHS) in England has unveiled a major genetics project which will seek to unravel the mysteries of DNA and disease. The publicly-funded health service is to establish 11 Genomics Medicine Centres in hospitals across the .... More>>
22 Dec 2014
Work to begin on £70m Southampton leisure scheme
Construction work on the £70m mixed-use WestQuay Watermark development in Southampton’s city centre is to kick off in the new year. Having won planning permission for the leisure-led project in June, developer Hammerson has appointed Sir Robert McAlpine as the main contractor, with construction works due to .... More>>
22 Dec 2014
67m tickets sold for UK sports events in 2014
Professional sports events held in the UK attracted a total of 67 million paying fans during 2014, according to analysis by Deloitte's sports business group. Football remains the UK’s most popular spectator sport, with a total of of 42.8m .... More>>
22 Dec 2014
Wearable tech to spark ‘new era of power dressing’
As the industry gathers apace, wearable technology will come to represent a new form of power dressing for business leaders next year, in the same way that shoulder pads dominated 1980s wardrobes. That is the view of South Korean technology giant and smartwatch producer Samsung, which has forecast five top trends .... More>>
19 Dec 2014
FIFA to publish full version of World Cup corruption report
World football governing body FIFA is to release more of a report into allegations of World Cup bidding corruption, after its executives voted unanimously to publish a "legally appropriate .... More>>
19 Dec 2014
Exercise has the power to change our DNA: study
Scientists in Sweden have made looks to be a significant breakthrough in the quest to establish exactly how exercise leads to better health and fitness. It’s an accepted principle that exercise helps us attain better levels of fitness and reduce the risk of many cardiovascular diseases, but the biology behind this has long remained unclear. Now, researchers at the .... More>>
19 Dec 2014
Boris Johnson approves Heatherwick’s London Garden Bridge
London mayor Boris Johnson has finally approved planning permission for Thomas Heatherwick’s controversial Garden Bridge. After planning was approved by both Lambeth Council and Westminster Council earlier this year, Johnson’s official approval .... More>>
19 Dec 2014
Zoggs teams up with swimming star Adam ‘Ocean’ Walker
Swimming equipment supplier Zoggs has announced the appointment of renowned endurance athlete Adam ‘Ocean’ Walker as its open water / triathlon swimming ambassador. Walker hit the headlines earlier this year when he became the first Briton to complete the Oceans7 - known as the toughest seven ocean swims on the .... More>>
19 Dec 2014
Emaar unveils wellness retreat The Burj Club in Downtown Dubai
Dubai developer of integrated communities, Emaar Properties, has opened The Burj Club – an exclusive fitness and wellness retreat in Downtown Dubai, adjacent to the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa. The 6,320sq ft (62, 028sq ft) five-storey health club comprises a fitness centre, spa, juice bar and .... More>>
18 Dec 2014
Leisure Industry Week announces new two-day format
Leisure Industry Week (LIW) organiser UBM Live has unveiled a new two-day format for the longstanding trade event, part of its ongoing repositioning strategy. Having seen falling attendances in recent years, UBM teamed up with ukactive to survey more than more than 40,000 industry professionals for their feedback on the show. This information, together with focus groups and consultations with key exhibitors and buyers, plus a suggestions hub at this year’s event, has been gathered to explore how the industry’s longest-running trade show can be .... More>>
18 Dec 2014
The Rank Group appoints leisure veteran Martin Pugh to lead Mecca Bingo
Former Virgin Active UK managing director Martin Pugh has joined Casino and bingo entertainment provider The Rank Group as MD of Mecca Bingo. He replaces Mark Jones, who recently left the role to become MD of another Rank division – Grosvenor Casinos. Pugh is tasked with driving profit growth through the company’s 93 retail clubs, as well as looking for opportunities to open three new clubs. He will also be working closely with Rank’s group director of digital and .... More>>
18 Dec 2014
EU courts rule obesity can be classed as a disability
Employers across Europe may be forced to make adjustments to work environments to accommodate overweight employees, after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that obesity can constitute a disability within European law. Intended to protect severely overweight employees – those with a BMI of more than 30 – from job-related discrimination, the judgement leaves .... More>>
18 Dec 2014
A good year: ukactive profits jump 123 per cent
Physical activity sector representative body ukactive has reported a strong set of annual financial figures, with turnover increasing by £2.3m and profits up 123 per cent. At the organisation’s recent AGM, it was announced that the audited accounts for the year ending 31 March 2014 showed a turnover of £6,123,605 (2013: £3,813,755) and pre-tax profit rising to £268,514 (2013: £120,148). The AGM also reflected on what has .... More>>
18 Dec 2014
Dundee V&A to tour Scotland before 2017 opening
Prior to its opening scheduled for early 2017, exhibits from the new V&A Dundee Museum of Design are to tour Scotland, visiting 78 venues across the country through 2015. The travelling gallery will stop at schools, museums, and libraries before its final stop at the Victoria and Albert museum in London – the .... More>>
17 Dec 2014
When we burn fat, how does our body get rid of it?
Despite generally being good at helping clients banish excess fat, a surprisingly high number of personal trainers and health professionals have little or no idea of where it actually goes. That is the finding of a new study from the University of New South Wales, which examined the biochemistry of weight loss and the ignorance that surrounds it. The most common misconception among health professionals is that the missing .... More>>
17 Dec 2014
£1.5m for football clubs which increase opportunities for under-represented groups
The Football Foundation will distribute a further £1.5m to clubs which are committed to increasing the number of women and members of other under-represented groups playing football in England. The Growing the Game project will help clubs meet the costs of expanding the range of teams they operate – in order to cater for players whose opportunities to join suitable teams are limited. Funded by the English Premier League and The Football Association, the fund will boost .... More>>
17 Dec 2014
Andrew Gibson outlines industry hot topics at Spameeting Middle East
Andrew Gibson, VP of spa and wellness for FRHI Hotels & Resorts, identified several key factors currently affecting the spa industry during a speech at Spameeting Middle East in Abu Dhabi last week. During the twelfth edition of Spameeting – a trade industry event that allows buyers and suppliers to network and .... More>>
17 Dec 2014
London’s War Office to be turned into luxury hotel
The old War Office building in Whitehall, London, has been sold to investment conglomerate Hinduja Group, in partnership with Spanish group Obrascon Huarte Lain Desarrollos, for £300m (US$472m, €378m). Opened in 1906, the War Office was recently .... More>>
17 Dec 2014
Government approval for new industry-led hair and beauty apprenticeships
Hair and beauty apprenticeships that ensure trainees are ‘salon-ready’ when they qualify have been given government approval. Statistics from the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority (Habia) indicate that in 2013, there were 12,922 apprentices in the UK sector. With this number set to increase over the next few years, the new standards have been developed by a group of industry experts to make apprenticeships easier for .... More>>
17 Dec 2014
Exercise helps ease pain of MS and slows brain deterioration: study
Physical activity may help counter the debilitating physical symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) and delay the associated cognitive impairment, researchers have found. The Lerner Research Institute and Case Western Reserve University’s (CWRU) .... More>>
17 Dec 2014
Bidding for 2024 Olympics hots up as USA joins race
The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has confirmed it will bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, with one of Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington, D.C becoming the official bid city. USOC could make a decision on its candidate .... More>>
17 Dec 2014
New scheme offers shopping vouchers to those who exercise
A physical activity loyalty card (PAL), which rewards users with shopping vouchers, has been launched in Northern Ireland with the aim of combating inactivity. The scheme has been developed by the province’s National Institute of Health Research, .... More>>
16 Dec 2014
Blow for Chester Zoo as 'Our Zoo' axed by the BBC
Our Zoo, the popular TV drama about the history of Chester Zoo, has has been cancelled “to create room for new shows” according to the BBC. The news will come as a blow for Chester Zoo, which according to the zoo’s managing director Jamie .... More>>
16 Dec 2014
Body weight training named top exercise trend for 2015
Body weight training looks set to be the hottest exercise trend for the health and fitness sector in 2015, according to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends. Now in its ninth year, the annual survey – which was completed by more than 3,400 health and fitness .... More>>
16 Dec 2014
'Everyone needs a daily dose of touch,' says touch doctor
A cuddling shop has opened in Oregon, US, charging US$60 (€48, £38) for an hour of hugging – highlighting the potential for the spa industry to cash in on physical contact. The shop, called Cuddle Up To Me, is located in Portland. It offers .... More>>
16 Dec 2014
Manchester's National Football Museum among runners for European Museum of the Year
Manchester’s National Football Museum, Titanic Belfast and the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth are among this year’s nominees for European Museum of the Year. Whittled down from hundreds of entries, the three British venues are among the final 42 .... More>>
16 Dec 2014
High Court deems Casement Park stadium decision "unlawful"
A High Court judge has ruled that Northern Ireland’s environment minister Mark H Durkan acted “unlawfully” when he approved plans for a new 38,000-seat GAA stadium in the heart of Belfast. Mr Justice Horner said there had been failures in the .... More>>
16 Dec 2014
Early bed time reduces negative thoughts: study
People who sleep for short periods of time and go to bed very late at night are often overwhelmed with more negative thoughts than those who keep more regular sleeping hours, according to a recent study by researchers at Binghamton University in New .... More>>
16 Dec 2014
ukactive set to elect new governing board following review
Physical activity sector representative body ukactive is to elect a new board early in the new year with fewer members, following a formal review of the organisation’s governance structure. ukactive announced in June that a governance evaluation – led by management specialist Portas Consulting – would take place as part of the body’s ongoing repositioning from health and fitness representative to wider physical activity .... More>>
15 Dec 2014
Cost still biggest barrier to physical activity, finds HAFOS 2014
Cost remains one of the most significant barriers to physical activity, with cut-price deals the most effective way to incentivise exercise among UK consumers, according to the latest Health and Fitness Omnibus Survey (HAFOS). More than a third (37 .... More>>
15 Dec 2014
Botox could help stroke patients regain movement in paralysed limbs
Botox injections and extensive physiotherapy are being trialled to overcome paralysis of the arm in victims who have suffered a stroke. Researchers from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, have conducted a pilot study that show three .... More>>
15 Dec 2014
Attracting tourists out of London could backfire if funding is not increased, say experts
Trying to convince international tourists to visit more UK cities than just London could backfire if money is siphoned out of existing domestic tourism budgets, experts have warned. National trade association, British Destinations, has told the .... More>>
15 Dec 2014
Budget hotel sector booming with growth set to continue, says study
The fast-growing budget and limited service hotel sector is not only booming but forcing the big hotel chains to become more innovative to stand out from the crowd, claims a new report. The Hostel and Budget Traveller Market in Europe - Gaining .... More>>
13 Dec 2014
Bannatyne finance director arrested – accused of multi-million pound fraud
The Bannatyne Group's director of finance, Christopher Watson, has been arrested by Durham Police on suspicion of fraud. He sits on the company's main board. Durham Police have made a short statement, saying: "We confirm a 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a multi-million pound fraud on a Darlington-based business and the man has been bailed pending further inquiries.” A spokesperson for Bannatyne said "We have no comment to make except to say that it does not affect the current operation of our .... More>>
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