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January 31, 2013
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  Spa Spotlight 
  • Chew on this: Austrian spa focuses on digestion
    The Viva Mayr med-spa clinic in Maria W├Ârth, Austria, aims to help guests lose weight by teaching them a simple rule: Chew your food 40 times. The focus on digestion is the core of the cure at Viva Mayr, and along with abdominal massage, heavy breakfasts and very light suppers, the spa provides nutritional counseling and habit training it says make for a healthier, leaner body. (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Palladium hotels get new wellness spa brand
    The Palladium Hotels & Resorts company has brought a new spa brand that focuses on wellness to its properties. The Zentropia Palladium Spa & Wellness brand is now in place at the resort's properties in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic and features treatments that include moonlight beach massage, Vichy showers and grape exfoliation. Travel Weekly (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Rundown 
  • Call it The Michelle: Obama bangs are big
    Hair stylists say they're getting a growing number of requests for a cut that's being dubbed "The Michelle" -- hair cut with full, straight-across bangs. "(Model) Elle McPherson started it but it wasn't a big hit -- until now," said Chad Malm, owner of Salon Jack in Tampa. "They look good on Michelle Obama. She'll definitely bring longevity to it." Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Hospitality Trends 
  • Smaller portions raise margin challenges
    Some 71% of attendees surveyed at this year's BITAC Food & Beverage East say they are seeing a shift toward smaller portion sizes, a trend that means hotels may have to find ways to make up revenue from reduced plates. Some companies, such as Joie de Vivre, are responding by working to up-sell customers on starters and dessert. Executive Chef James Cottrell of the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina seeks to improve margins by focusing menu offerings on vegetables. Hotel Interactive (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Best Practices 
  • How to use social media to find new employees
    It's natural to use LinkedIn to bolster your recruitment efforts, but don't ignore other social channels. NPR, for example, found 15 interns by using Twitter. Even if you don't need employees right now, you should still be thinking about recruitment, writes Rieva Lesonsky of GrowBiz Media. "[I]t's important to present ongoing information about what your company does, what it's like to work for you and what kinds of people and skills you're looking for," she writes. Small Business Trends (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Customer Service 
  • How to get your clients to create clients
    High-value clients can give a boost to your business by bringing you other profitable customers, if you make it easy for them to make referrals on social media and you provide fresh, relevant online content, writes author and consultant Bill Lee. "Find local clients who are well-connected in their communities and provide them with access to new product and service launches -- give them 'insider knowledge,'" he writes. Skin Inc. magazine (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Water Cooler 
  • Better on-the-job productivity in 5 steps
    To get more done during the work day, put your tasks first, don't open Web browsers unless you have a reason, and set a realistic pace to complete the job, writes Felix Tarcomnicu, writer for Two other tips: Stay optimistic and give yourself regular breaks through the workday in order to stay focused. (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ISPA Info 
  • Benefits that Balance -- Retail Management for Spas
    Do you need help with retail planning, inventory management, maximizing profits, visual merchandising and marketing? ISPA's Retail Management for Spas textbook and course help spa professionals increase their retail knowledge and understanding of vendor-partner relationships. ISPA members receive a 20% discount. Visit to learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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