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October 2, 2012
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  Spa Spotlight 
  • Breast cancer survivors get pampered at Tennessee spa
    Breast cancer survivors received a free day of pampering at Total Works Salon Spa in West Knoxville, Tenn., as part of a fundraising event. Donations of $60 went toward giving the survivors facials, massages and other treatments with donations going to the Kim Rowden Breast Cancer Memorial Fund. "Acknowledging someone with cancer is so important to their healing and giving them strength," said "Hands On" event founder Kelly Baker. WBIR-TV (Knoxville, Tenn.) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Two spas on Israel's Herzliya beach offer luxury
    The new spa at The Sharon Hotel on Israel's beaches of Herzliya features an indoor pool, a state-of-the-art gym, beachfront yoga classes, a sauna and steam room. The nearby Delos Spa offers a holistic experience including shiatsu and massages along with a sauna and various scrubs and other treatments. The Jerusalem Post (free registration) (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. senior center gets free salon treatments
    Stylists from Platinum Strands Salon & Spa in Orange, Calif., are donating their services to raise money for the local senior center. The fundraiser netted about $200 for the center as 70 senior citizens enjoyed getting their hair cut and styled. Salon owner Sam Ardalan said he was glad to help. "I saw all these wonderful seniors and I said, 'Let's make them happy and make them look gorgeous,'" said Ardalan. The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Hospitality Trends 
  • Luxury-travel agents are seeing strong business, survey finds
    Travel agents in the luxury segment are enjoying healthy booking growth in all categories, a survey by Travel Leaders Group indicates. Luxury-hotel bookings have risen this year for about 40% of the survey's respondents, while more than 38% of agents reported an increase in luxury-cruise bookings from the previous year. TravelPulse (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Americans' desire for travel remains strong, analyst says
    Traveler sentiment is holding steady among U.S. travelers, with travel growth led by the leisure segment and affluent consumers, Peter Yesawich, vice chairman of MMGY Global, said during the International Society of Hospitality Consultants' 2012 annual conference. Yesawich detailed several more key trends uncovered by MMGY Global, such as a greater focus on value and a continued boom in mobile-device usage. (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Best Practices 
  • Strategies for successfully raising your prices
    Raising prices can be tricky, but strategies like tier-pricing and packages can help ease customers into a new pricing structure. Service-based businesses should advertise increased prices several months ahead of time. Also, explain price-hikes in terms of value and customer commitment instead of the rising cost of doing business. SCORE Small Business Success Blog (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Customer Service 
  • Get and keep customers by solving their problems
    To get and keep customers, new companies should identify problems not being solved by other businesses, writes Peter Cohan. Build a prototype that helps customers and let them use the basic program for free, but build in enhancements customers will pay for. Most importantly, stay in touch with customers, even if you're the CEO. Forbes (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance and Economics 
  • Why employers need to know the tax details of payroll
    Employers hiring new workers must know which IRS forms to have them fill out, and how to best structure a pay package, writes Bonnie Lee. Pre-tax fringe benefits can help fill out a compensation package and save on taxes for employers. Even for small businesses it makes sense to hire a tax professional or payroll service to make sure all tax liabilities are covered, Lee concludes. Fox Business Small Business Center (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Water Cooler 
  • Want better economic policies? Ask a warlock
    There have been few meaningful advances in economic theory since the 1960s, experts say, but massively multiplayer online video games offer a chance to change that. The games -- in which thousands of people play warlocks or space captains engaging in trade, speculating on commodities and even forming banks -- offer a rare opportunity for researchers to watch economies rise and fall in real time. "The future is going to be in experimentation and simulation -- and video game communities give us a chance to do all that," says economist Yanis Varoufakis. The Washington Post/WonkBlog (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ISPA Info 
  • Only 12 days until the ISPA Conference & Expo!
    The ISPA Conference & Expo is only 12 days away, but there's still time to save on your registration. ISPA members who register before Oct. 14 can save $100 on both their first registrant and any additional registrants from their location. With your registration, you gain full access to a unique blend of education for today's spa professional, an Expo overflowing with cutting-edge products and the chance to build relationships with spa leaders from across the globe -- and that's just the beginning! Register and save today. Not an ISPA member, but want to save on attending this year's Conference & Expo? Contact ISPA today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2012 ISPA Conference & Expo Sponsor Spotlight: Sanitas Skincare
    Sanitas Skincare controls every aspect of the product formulation process, from the initial formulation to the moment the product touches the skin. Only the highest caliber of ingredients is used in Sanitas products, making them a can't-miss at the 2012 ISPA Conference & Expo Relaxation Area. Visit to schedule your appointment today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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