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February 22, 2013
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Spa industry news

  Spa Spotlight 
  • N.Y.-region spas geared for your spending level
    Several spa hotels in the New York area offer a chance to experience relaxation at a range of price tags, from the Copperhood Retreat and Spa at Shandaken, N.Y., where a weekend of massage, fly fishing, African dance and other activities can run about $875, to the Mayflower Inn and Spa in nearby Connecticut, where three nights of classes, spa treatments and meals starts at $4,000. Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.) (subscription required) (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Boutique spa debuts in Malaysia
    A new spa in Kota Damansara, Malaysia, aims to solve the problem of having to travel to different salons for wellness, nails, hair and other services. Appearances One-Stop Boutique spa opened earlier this year and offers a range of beauty and fitness treatments. Co-founder Lena Quah said the goal is to "offer holistic treatment from head to toe with the convenience of a single location." New Straits Times (Malaysia) (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New private airport to serve Maldives spa retreat
    The Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa in the Maldives has gotten its own private airport terminal, a first for a high-end Maldives hotel. The spa, which features outdoor yoga next to the Indian Ocean and Chinese-inspired treatments, is part of a 132-villa resort. (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Rundown 
  • North American, South American consumers split on cosmetics
    New research shows that while customers in North America are increasingly shopping for premium cosmetics, mass-market makeup is more popular throughout Latin America. The research from Euromonitor also found that more than a quarter of beauty product purchases in Latin America are made through direct selling. (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Body sculpting treatment aims to slim without the knife
    A nonsurgical slimming treatment that uses ultrasound to target fat cells and result in a sleeker appearance is gaining popularity among consumers who want to drop a size but have stubborn fat. Body sculpting works best on fit people who have a body mass index below 30, and adjusts the shape of the body, not the weight, experts say. Ottawa Citizen (Ontario) (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Hospitality Trends 
  • Massive international hotels drive brand recognition
    Several U.S. hotel chains are aiming to introduce their brand identities to foreign consumers through new supersize hotels equipped with their brands' latest amenities, this feature says. The 3,863-room Sheraton Macao Hotel and the 1,224-room Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central opened last year at Sands Cotai Central, looking to capture foreign demand in the Asian gambling hub. In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Marriott International is preparing to officially launch its largest property -- the 1,608-room JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. USA Today/Hotel Check-in blog (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Best Practices 
  • Best practices for using temporary employees
    Companies can improve their approach to temporary workers and ensure they are working successfully in an organization with five simple steps, according to research by Accountemps. First, explain to the regular staff how the temporary workers will be used, lay out clear expectations for the temps, provide one manager who will oversee their work, check in regularly and provide feedback to the temporary agency about how it's going. (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Customer Service 
  • How to help spa patients with anxiety disorders
    Clients who come to a spa with an anxiety disorder need more than a soothing environment, experts say. They need a spa technician who understands that their agitation and fear are not garden-variety anxiety and who can engage in quiet small talk, explain each procedure before it happens, show them the disinfection process and take other steps to soothe their worries. DAYSPA magazine (2/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance and Economics 
  • Survey: Shoppers will spend less because of payroll-tax hike
    Because of the payroll-tax increase Jan. 1, 45.7% of American consumers plan to reduce retail spending, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation. Wal-Mart Stores said in its earnings report that many shoppers are delaying purchases until they receive their tax refunds. However, according to the survey, only 30% of respondents plan to spend their tax refunds. Most will save the money or use it pay down debt. 24/7 Wall St. (2/21), The Hill/On the Money blog (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Water Cooler 
  • Are American workers bailing on balance?
    The perpetual search for a life balanced between home and work might just be fruitless, some experts say. Among the keys to reclaiming a personal life: Stop responding so easily to technological intrusions. "The more we do it, the more others expect it of us, the more we do it. And what is happening is there is no longer any pressure for work to be confined to normal work hours," says Leslie Perlow, a Harvard Business School professor. Other tips: Clear clutter, set stronger boundaries and schedule personal time. U.S. News & World Report (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ISPA Info 
  • Calling spa supervisors and managers!
    Are you a Certified Spa Supervisor? The CSS certification program was developed to provide education and resources for spa supervisors who may be new to their positions or those that are seeking additional education and recognition. Find out how you can get involved in the CSS program today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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