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October 5, 2012
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  Spa Spotlight 
  • Centara rebrands three specialty spas
    Three spas owned by Centara Hotels & Resorts are being rebranded as Cense by Spa Cenvaree. Centara Hotel Hat Yai and Away Suansawan Chiang Mai are already completed and by the end of November Centra Coconut Beach Resort Samui will be opened. The spas only offer specialty treatments, not full spa services. ASIA Travel (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Rundown 
  Hospitality Trends 
  • Luxury hotels keep up with healthy eating trend
    According to a TripAdvisor survey, 29% of travelers say they always or often gain weight during a vacation. As such, many are looking for healthy food options while they're out of town. A Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine survey found that 83% of 15 major U.S. airports had at least one vegetarian item on menus, up from 57% a decade ago; and hotel companies such as Marriott and Ritz-Carlton are taking steps to offer healthier food choices. USA TODAY (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Best Practices 
  • How-to, testimonials and collaboration key to YouTube marketing
    Posting "how-to" videos and testimonials on YouTube is a great way to market a small business, writes C.J. Bruce. Collaborating with other similar, or complementary, channels producers on YouTube can also get your products or services in front of a new audience. "Some producers will do it in exchange for for free product, whereas others will want compensation," Bruce advises. Intuit Small Business Blog (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Women still face hurdles when opening a business
    Women-owned companies are growing, but they still face more obstacles than their male counterparts. Hedy Ratner at Chicago's Women's Business Development Center says women open service-based businesses that have a hard time raising funds. "The percentage of equity investment, venture capital and angel investing is not going into women- and minority-owned businesses. It's going to the sexier businesses that are usually white-male-owned in technology and that's not where women are," Ratner said. Reuters/Entrepreneurial blog (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Customer Service 
  • Why communication is key to managing change
    A lack of communication can lead to confusion when a business is undergoing a major transition such as a merger, according to Ricci Victorio of the Mosaic Family Business Center. For this reason, business owners should try to include interested parties in key conversations when possible, she said. "It's also important to reach out to the overall organization, including employees, clients, customers, franchisers and vendors to communicate the vision of the plan -- not the intricacies, but the expectation of the fulfillment of the plan and how it affects each party," she said. Smart Business (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance and Economics 
  • Small businesses complain about big corporate tax loopholes
    Small business owners in the U.S. are unhappy that big companies use loopholes to avoid paying taxes by moving profits offshore. Joseph Rotella, owner of Spencer Organ in Massachusetts complained that by avoiding taxes, big companies are not paying their fair share for infrastructure all companies use. Companies such as Microsoft defend the practice saying corporate taxes are too high. CNNMoney (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Water Cooler 
  • Trouble in swan paradise threatens 200-year-old tradition
    Bertie the swan has flown the coop, endangering a 200-year-old bell-ringing tradition at Bishop's Palace in Wells, England. The swans at the moat have been trained to ring a bell to receive food from their caretakers, but Bertie and his companion Vicky struggled with their training, and now the male is gone. "We are hopeful that in fact he will decide the moat is an attractive place to live and return for good. But they are wild swans, they are free to come and go as they please," a palace spokesman said. The Telegraph (London) (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ISPA Info 
  • 2012 ISPA Conference & Expo Sponsor Spotlight: Noel Asmar Uniforms Inc.
    Noel Asmar Uniforms Inc. is one of North America's most trusted spa uniform suppliers selected by renowned hotels and spas worldwide. Noel and her passionate team thrive on offering innovative design and high-tech fabric utilization to create garments with a purpose. Register for the ISPA Conference & Expo today and enjoy lunch with ISPA's Silver Sponsor Noel Asmar Uniforms Inc. Visit Noel Asmar Uniforms Inc. at booth 609, 611 and 613 for more information on the latest in spa uniform trends! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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