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October 1, 2012
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  Spa Spotlight 
  • Dubai spa aims to boost wellness market in UAE
    Talise Spa at Al Qasr Hotel is hoping to make Dubai a premier wellness destination. The hotel hired Dr. Elisabeth Makk, internal medicine specialist and cardiologist, to direct preventive health and wellness initiatives at the spa. She blends conventional medicine and alternative therapies into a customized program for each guest. "People want help with making lifestyle changes and natural therapies," Makk says. "[They] are sick of being prescribed drugs all the time." The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Rundown 
  • African-American natural hair products take off
    Cincinnati businessman Kelvin Washington has seen the trend toward natural African-American hair grow and has opened a new shop in response to it. Black & Bossie will retail the line of natural hair products that his family's business, Kalawentz Naturals, created. (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More men using anti-aging skin care creams
    Skin care experts say a growing number of male clients are focused on reducing wrinkles and under-eye puffiness and are turning to products aimed at rejuvenating skin and erasing dark circles. Sales of eye creams rose 33% fromm 2010 to 2011, according to market researcher NPD Group. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • India's men embracing high-end grooming
    More men in India are lining up for hair removal, skin moisturizers and even accessorizing with "man purses." The trend means a boost in male business at salons and spas, where top-selling male services include laser hair removal, pigmentation removal and Botox. Hindustan Times (India) (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Hospitality Trends 
  • Cruise-industry rebound is expected in 2013
    Cruise-line executives and industry analysts predict that business will gain momentum in the spring as companies drive sales through promotions. The industry took a heavy blow in January with the grounding of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy, and demand and prices have been inching back up. "The further away we get from the crash, the more stable prices tend to be," said Matthew Jacob, a cruise analyst at ITG Investment Research. Travel Weekly (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Best Practices 
  • 7 things to tell every new employee
    If you're looking to acclimate a new team member to your business, you can help them get going by stressing the importance of improving their skills on a daily basis and of getting going early in the morning, writes Merrill Dubrow, president and CEO of M/A/R/C Research. "If you get off to a quick start prior to 8:30 a.m., this will be a springboard for a successful day," he advises. Smart Business (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Customer Service 
  • Improving the way you communicate in 5 steps
    Leaders who want to communicate better with workers should first focus on building trust and being empathetic, writes learning and development expert Karen Osborn. Then they should communicate clearly without using jargon, listen actively and pay close attention to the nonverbal reaction they get from employees, she writes. B2C Marketing Insider (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance and Economics 
  • Be smart about using credit to build your business
    Business owners who don't use credit cards wisely might be setting themselves up for failure, writes Odysseas Papadimitriou, founder of Evolution Finance. It's important to maintain the health of your personal credit and to avoid going too far into debt. "If you rack up a huge balance from the get-go, you will likely waste money on interest payments and won't be able to reinvest in your company as freely as you might otherwise," Papadimitriou writes. Entrepreneur online (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Water Cooler 
  • Watch that soy sauce: Observing sushi etiquette
    Don't bite your sushi in half. Watch which end of the chopsticks you use on a communal plate. And quit putting soy sauce on the rice. Those are among the top etiquette tips for eating sushi with business colleagues. Another: Never hand your cash to the chef. (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ISPA Info 
  • 2012 ISPA Conference & Expo Sponsor Spotlight: Sothys USA Inc.
    Sothys USA Inc. delivers consultative ideas and knowledge to create revenue growth strategies while providing unparalleled support and education. For better assimilation of active ingredients, Sothys USA Inc. created the Digi-Esthétique, an original technique combining Eastern and Western acupressure and massage procedures for a positive transformation effect on body and mind. Visit ISPA Gold Sponsor Sothys USA Inc. at the 2012 ISPA Conference & Expo Relaxation Area and at booth 1105 and 1107! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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