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March 14, 2013
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  Spa Spotlight 
  • Spa travel is surging, travel agents say
    Travel to destination spas appears strong, according to a recent survey of travel agents, according to a SpaFinder Wellness poll. Some 68% of agents surveyed said 2012 bookings for spa travel were up, compared with 37% a year earlier. Many agents said gains were strong in travel to spas known for programs in fitness, weight loss and stress reduction. (3/13), TravelPulse (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hudson Valley spa leads list of best 10 in U.S.
    A heated mineral pool, spa treatment rooms, horseback riding and other features helped propel Mohonk Mountain Spa in New Paltz, N.Y., to the top of the Conde Nast Traveler spa poll. The Hudson Valley spa was joined by others that ranged from Chicago's Waldorf Astoria to Auberge du Soleil in Napa, Calif. Yahoo/ (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.K.'s Garage Spa offers rest, refueling
    The Garage Spa and Morritt Hotel in the U.K. is at the site of a historical stopover for travelers, and even today the spa offers a chance to refresh and refuel before heading back into the thoroughfares of life, one reviewer says. The garage-themed spa offers a "car wash" body shower, along with massage and other treatments, and lunch and high tea afterward. The Daily Mail (London) (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Rundown 
  • Male makeup making its mark
    More men are wearing makeup as they respond to the signs of aging, one cosmetic dermatologist says, and sales of skincare products in general are rising among men. "The use of makeup is beginning to be accepted among men as a tool for them to look and feel more youthful," says Dr. Robin Fleck, director of Southwest Skin and Cancer Institute in Arizona. (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Custom therapy for adult acne
    Effectively treating acne means first identifying the client's acne type, says Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research, department of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. Treatment options range from laser therapy to hormonal therapy to topical retinoids, and sun protection and the proper makeup type also are key, Zeichner says. Skin Inc. magazine (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Flotation said to soothe stress, buoy spirits
    Oceanic Experience Wellness in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is offering clients a new approach to washing away the effects of stress: flotation in an isolation tank. The warm, Epsom-salts-infused water supports the body and the the quiet, no-lights room means the entire experience takes place in the darkness. Spa owner Christian Zrymiak says flotation relaxes the body, relieves chronic pain and allows deep meditation. The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Hospitality Trends 
  • Rising tourism numbers drive hotel growth in Miami
    The Miami lodging market is experiencing an unprecedented development growth, spurred by rising average room rates and a surge in international visitors, this feature says. "As long as I've been here, in the community and at this company, I've never witnessed the type of growth, in general and in the tourism space, that we've all seen," said Rolando Aedo, chief marketing officer of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. Travel Weekly (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Best Practices 
  • 5 tips for more effective content marketing
    Your content marketing initiatives will be more successful if you develop a plan and strive to understand your target audience, writes Katherine Duncan. "Study your prospective audience to determine their needs and interests so you can appeal to them in an entertaining manner," she recommends. Offer a variety of content, and use social media to attract attention to the content you have created. Entrepreneur online (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Customer Service 
  • Staffing, empathy keys to happy customers
    Finding the best staffers is one of the foundations of creating top-quality customer service, business writer Stefanie Amini says, and focusing on training workers to have great knowledge of your product or service will help a company retain those workers. Another key: Show empathy with customers. Customers want to know their complaints are being heard, and their needs are being met, Amini writes. B2C Marketing Insider (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Water Cooler 
  • How to turn whining into winning
    It's easy to slip into the habit of whining about life's difficulties, but New York City psychologist Vivian Diller says it takes five steps to transform a whine into a win. First, identify what makes you uncomfortable, ask yourself what you can do to change that, tolerate the frustration while you wait for a solution and then change your expectations to meet that new reality. Finally, she writes, make the longer-term change needed to permanently change your outlook. The Huffington Post/The Blog (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ISPA Info 
  • Where is she now?
    The newest ISPA Blog post highlights Michelle Bashore, the first recipient of the Mary Tabacchi Scholarship. Find out what Michelle is doing now and how winning the scholarship has made a positive impact on her both personally and professionally. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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