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10:00 AM | 29 May 2020

Events / The WELL announces cancellation of 2020 conference

The organisers behind The WELL Conference have announced the event has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement The WELL Conference team said: "At this time, it is imperative that we all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of our global community.

"Now more than ever, better buildings, stronger organisations and more vibrant communities are critical to protecting our families, our businesses and the public at large.

"We're currently considering all options for future events, including virtual events and dates for 2021, and will share additional information as soon as it is available."
8:32 AM | 29 May 2020

Webinar / Halotherapy Solutions: reopening your halotherapy centre

Salt therapy equipment supplier Halotherapy Solutions is providing a webinar focused on how to reopen halotherapy businesses.

Hosted on June 2 at 12pm EDT, the Zoom webinar will feature three speakers – Erin Lee, DROM UK's projects director, Lisa Semerly, sales VP Halotherapy Solutions and Amy McDonald, CEO of wellness consultancy, Under a Tree.

Halotherapy Solutions released a statement saying: "There has never been more interest from people regarding their respiratory health, hygiene and immunity.

"We strongly believe that once things return to 'semi-normal' halotherapy facilities will have far greater business opportunities than ever before."

Talking points will include best practices to maximise the health and safety of staff and guests, how to market to new customers and an update about new halotherapy products and concepts.

To register for the call, click here.

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17:30 PM | 22 May 2020

Industry survey / ISPA launches May Snapshot Survey focused on re-opening plans

The International Spa Association (ISPA) has announced the launch of its May 2020 Snapshot Survey.

The survey is open to both member and nonmembers and is focused on re-opening plans, following closure due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

ISPA is urging respondents to 'share reopening plans for industry professionals to thoroughly gauge what their peers are doing during this time'.

To take part in the survey, click here.
15:12 PM | 22 May 2020

Events / New dates announced for Beautyworld Middle East 2020

New dates have been announced for the event which is now scheduled to take place from 23-25 November 2020 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The show’s organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said the new dates come after extensive feedback and consultation with the venue, exhibitors, visitors, trade partners and associations, as global governments continue to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Elaine O’Connell, Beautyworld Middle East’s Show director, said the vast majority of stakeholders supported the November dates, adding that plans are well underway to deliver a milestone event toward the end of the year.

“Our first priority is to the health and safety of our exhibitors and visitors as the global beauty industry continues to navigate these challenging times,” she said.

“We’re working hard to provide our valued customers the essential tools, knowledge, and business connections in November, and we’re committed to hosting another standout show.”
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15:35 PM | 21 May 2020

Support / Gemology UK announces back to work scheme to support stockists

Skincare brand Gemology's UK division is launching a back to work scheme for UK spas, clinics and salons, in a move to support the industry during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The initiative entails that for any orders made by existing or new stockists since lockdown, 50 per cent will be allocated by Gemology UK to re-invest back into marketing the venue's business.

Whether this is an event, a radio campaign, magazine adverts or social media campaign, Gemology will develop a marketing strategy for the next 12 months and contribute to making this successful and getting businesses back on their feet.

The scheme will continue for 12 months.

Gemology is a global company founded by Chrystelle Lanoy and is known for creating products with trace elements of precious stones.
14:50 PM | 20 May 2020

Safety / UKSA releases video to reassure clients returning to spas

The UK Spa Association (UKSA) has created a video featuring UKSA GM Helena Grzesk to comfort and reassure guests about returning to spas after the global pandemic.

Grzesk explains how safe spas are, what's likely to be different when spas reopen and how much work has gone into extra care and levels of safety for people and staff upon return.

UKSA chair, Adam Chatterley, said: "As we forge a path to reopening our spas in July, as the government's road map has outlined, there's been a lot of talk about what we as spa operators and suppliers can do to prepare.

"However, a number of our member spas have expressed ongoing concern about the desire of the spa going public to want to come back to spas as soon as they reopen," he explained.

"As an industry, we all know how safe and hygienic our spas are, but often the public doesn't because we've become experts at keeping this aspect of spa operations hidden."

The full video is available to all UKSA members to download and publish on their own website and social media to provide an official, consistent message on behalf of the industry for clients, in order to reassure them so that they feel safe when returning to spas.

To access a brief extract of the video, click here.
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12:45 PM | 19 May 2020

Re-opening / Starpool's 10 guidelines for spa managament in a post-COVID landscape

Italian equipment supplier Starpool has published '10 guidelines for Spa Management' to help advise spas on what precautions to take to protect guests' wellbeing once spas and wellness businesses re-open.

The document includes guidelines on topics such as social distancing, staggering staff shifts, sanitation and operating saunas and wet areas.

Riccardo Turri, CEO of Starpool, said: "I believe that at this time people should have the most effective means available to help work together towards a steady and quick recovery of the sector. This is why we have chosen to share our advice."

To access the document, follow this link.

15:33 PM | 18 May 2020

Preparation / Irish Spa Association unveils reopening toolkit

The Irish Spa Association (ISA) has produced a reopening toolkit and guide for spas after six weeks of collaboration with industry leaders and government agencies.

The resource is designed to guide spas on how to prepare to re-open safely and protect against COVID-19 once spas welcome back guests.

The document includes a variation of topics ranging from training and SOPs to sterilisation and HR.

In a statement the organisation announced: "The guidelines aim to establish common principles as well as a best practice guide to support Irish spas and salons. We hope this resource will assist you in some way to re-evaluate and recreate new strategies that allow your business and team to adapt to a post-COVID-19 world successfully."

In addition, the ISA will also be offering an optional assessment and supporting accreditation, which will include guidance around the correct use of personal protective equipment as well as correct sterilisation and sanitation processes.

To access the full resource, click here.
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15:58 PM | 15 May 2020
US hotel operators sold more than 10 million room nights for the week ending 9 May, according to STR’s SVP of lodging insights Jan Freitag.

Freitag said that represents an improvement of more than 3 million room nights over the week of 11 April, and is a good indicator of a recovery, albeit a slow one.

For the weekend of 9 May, occupancy reached 30.1 per cent, the second consecutive “very healthy” increase in weekend occupancies, he said.

Find out more on News Now.
21:02 PM | 11 May 2020
Hearst Magazines has announced a virtual health and wellness summit, called From me to we: rethinking health perceptions in the age of Covid-19.

The event will take place on Zoom on Wednesday, 20 May from 12.00noon-1.00pm EST.

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17:34 PM | 11 May 2020

Webinar / 17th Surgeon General of the US to host GWS Master Class

Dr Richard Carmona, the 17th Surgeon General of the US and Canyon Ranch's chief of health innovation, will lead the Global Wellness Summit’s seventh Master Class, “Coronavirus: From Prevention to Recovery–What You Need to Know.”

Dr Carmona is an advocate for disease prevention and for access to health services for the underserved. In this webinar, he will help attendees understand the science behind COVID-19 and separate fact from fiction.

The Master Class will take place via Zoom on Wednesday 13 May from 9:30-10:30 AM ET.

To reserve your place, follow this link.
17:04 PM | 10 May 2020
The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) has announced its Wellness For Cancer Initiative will be holding a webinar on Repurposing Digital Content For The Cancer Community on Thursday, May 14 from 9.00am-10.00am EST.

The Zoom session will see representatives from leading cancer charities joining Six Senses, Accor, Como Hotels and Resorts, Euphoria Retreat and other leading hotel operators, along with Julie Bach, president of Wellness for Cancer and head of the GWI's Wellness for Cancer Initiative.

You can sign up for the Zoom meeting at the link below.

Other GWI initiatives this week will include:

The future of wellness at work, 12 May, 9.00am EST

Sign up here

Masterclass: Dr Richard Carmona, 13 May at 9.30am EST

Sign up here
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14:25 PM | 07 May 2020

Strategy / ESPA produces guidelines to support spas reopening

Product house ESPA International has developed and launched guidelines for spas when re-opening in the COVID-19 landscape.

According to ESPA, the guidelines were created to provide comprehensive advice on spa operations around the world during the pandemic.

The resource features guidelines on how spa businesses should approach a range of challenges while re-opening, including communications and marketing, reservations and pre-arrival, preparing and maintaining treatment rooms and social-distancing in fitness centres and public areas, such as wet and thermal facilities.

The guidelines are to be used in conjunction with regulation established by local laws, existing sanitation procedures and licensing requirements.

William Arango, VP of spa operations at ESPA, said: “Safety and sanitation in the spa business are essential for health, from preventing infection to improving employees and guest’s overall well-being.”

To access the resource, follow this link.
10:43 AM | 07 May 2020

SOPs / CIDESCO releases SOPs for spas and students following COVID-19

Beauty and spa therapy educational organisation CIDESCO International has unveiled standard operating procedures (SOPs) for its spas, salons and schools.

The document is aimed to support CIDESCO sections, schools and individual members as a comprehensive guideline during the pandemic and in the post-COVID-19 landscape.

The resource includes information on topics such as spa health and sanitation procedures, treatment room cleaning and PPE.

To receive a copy of the document, contact [email protected]
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12:01 PM | 04 May 2020

Industry support / Zenoti offering relief grants to industry professionals affected by COVID-19

Spa software company, Zenoti, has launched an initiative to bring relief to struggling beauty and wellness professionals following the effects of COVID-19 through monetary grants.

Called Zenoti Gives Back, the relief fund reaches people in the US and UK and is mainly funded by Zenoti employees, who have so far contributed over US$100,000 of their own money.

The company has recently announced it is now committed to matching any employee contributions.

Grants range from US$500 to US$1000 and Zenoti reports that grants are now available for more than 1,000 struggling individuals in the beauty and wellness industry.

Applications for grants are available until 8 May 2020, to find out more click here.
22:26 PM | 29 Apr 2020
Software expert Mindbody has produced a relaunch guide for spa and wellness businesses closed by the pandemic.

The guide is free to download from the Mindbody Business website at the link below.
9:16 AM | 29 Apr 2020

Webinar / 'How to Reopen Your Spa, Salon or Wellness Business Strong After COVID-19', hosted by Mindbody

Wellness software company Mindbody is holding a webinar on Friday 1 May called, How to Reopen Your Spa, Salon or Wellness Business Strong After COVID-19.

The 30-minute discussion will focus on how to create a business and marketing plan, setting operational policies around new social distancing standards, communication strategies to reengage your customer base, training and managing your employees and preparing for potential future closures.

The webinar will be hosted by Lisa Starr, principal of Wynne Business Consulting, Mindbody business consultant, KK Hart and the founder of beauty industry software company ZeeZor, Chris Nedza.

The event is to be hosted at 9:30AM PDT, please follow this link to register your attendance.

22:39 PM | 28 Apr 2020
Global fitness brand, Les Mills, is running weekly webinars each Thursday from 2.00pm - 2.45pm GMT.

This week (Thursday 30 April), you can take part to hear Keith Burnet, CEO of global markets, and Carl McCartney, customer experience director, discussing learnings gathered from leading clubs around the world.

Les Mills trades globally and is in close contact with operators, sharing best practice and collaborating to find solutions to the pandemic shutdown.

You can sign up at the link below.
17:29 PM | 28 Apr 2020

Donations / Biologique Recherche's donations reach health care professionals in 15 countries

French skincare brand Biologique Recherche is donating hand cream to medical professionals during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“When the pandemic broke out, we wanted to do our bit,” said Rupert Schmid and Pierre-Louis Delapalme, co-chairs of Biologique Recherche.

“As soon as we heard that healthcare workers were suffering from dried-out hands, we naturally wanted to help by providing them with hand cream. It’s our way of saying thank you for the fantastic work they do every day.”

The company has distributed over 4,000 tubes of hand cream in France, which has been gifted to more than 50 hospitals, clinics and nursing homes.

In response to the global shortage of hand sanitizer, Biologique Recherche has also begun producing and donating hydroalcoholic solution for free.
10:12 AM | 28 Apr 2020

Research / Marc Cohen publishes scientific paper on treating COVID-19 with heat

Integrative medicine expert, professor Marc Cohen, has announced he's published a scientific paper on the use of heat to treat COVID-19.

Cohen has collated scientific evidence from previous studies to show the positive impact heat-stress could have on those infected with the virus.

He said: "Heat therapies are simple, cheap and can be done at home as part of a healthy lifestyle and can build community resilience that will help reduce the impact of this and future pandemics."

The paper can be downloaded for free here.
23:39 PM | 27 Apr 2020

Education / Book4Time plans weekly webinars

Software company, Book4Time says it wants to make sure it's encouraging customers to work on their businesses, even when they can't work in it.

The company is launching a weekly webinar series to further training, education and learning, saying: "We want our clients to be ready to return to work, stronger than they were before."

To sign up, contact [email protected]
14:22 PM | 27 Apr 2020

Webinar / Sue Harmsworth to host GWS Master Class this Wednesday

Spa and wellness icon and founder of ESPA, Sue Harmsworth, will conduct the Global Wellness Summit’s (GWS) fifth Wellness Master Class – called Spas and Wellness in the Time of Global Crisis.

The session will focus on what lies ahead in the spa and wellness industry, and will take place from 9:30AM –10:30AM ET, Wednesday 29 April 29, via Zoom.

The Master Class series has been created by the Summit to help industry leaders plan for the changes and opportunities caused by COVID-19.

Harmsworth will explore why the spa and wellness industry has unique challenges and how a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic can ultimately change businesses for the better.

Please RSVP here to join the Zoom presentation.
10:19 AM | 27 Apr 2020

Key workers / Made For Life Organics donating care packages to NHS staff

NHS staff across the UK have been sent care packages by Made For Life Organics including Hand Balms and Skin Solve.

Amanda Winwood, founder of Made For life Organics, said: “We have a fundamental vision at Made for Life and that is to be accessible and to support people wherever we can.

"It has been a privilege to be able to support the NHS nurses and doctors at this time. Feedback about our gentle skincare nourishing their tired and sore skin has been heart-warming.”

The team at Made for Life has been supporting NHS teams at the Royal Exeter and Devon Mere Ward, Luton and Dunstable Hospital, Children's Hospital at Croydon and Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.

In addition, Frimley Park Hospital has received £5,000 worth of skincare paid for by sponsor and fundraiser, Lynn Fordham.

Winwood has also announced that her team will launch botanical sanitisers within the next two to three weeks.

15:23 PM | 24 Apr 2020

Eminence Organics thanks spa partners after planting its 15 millionth tree on Earth Day

Hungarian skincare brand Eminence Organics Skin Care is committed to a scheme which sees them plant a tree and invest in the training of local farmers to build productive and sustainable forest gardens for every retail product they sell.

The company commemorated Earth Day this week by planting its 15 millionth tree as part of the Forests for the Future initiative, which has helped communities in developing countries grow and sell their own food and in turn help them generate income.

According to the company, several climate-smart agroforestry practices have also been developed as part of the scheme to improve crop yields and revitalise soil health, water use efficiency and carbon storage.

Attila Koronczay, Eminence Organic Skin Care GM, said: “This initiative and the dedication of our incredible spa partners, allows us to contribute positively towards rural communities, helping them thrive and increasing their quality of life thanks to the sustainable program that Trees for the Future has created.

"We can’t thank our Spa Partners enough, as without them, achieving 15 million trees planted would not be possible.”

Eminence Organics has now planted trees in 22 countries around the world and in 2016, the Forests for the Future program was honoured with ISPA’s Innovate Award for Philanthropic Initiatives.
14:41 PM | 22 Apr 2020

Production pivot / The Hydrafacial Company builds ventilators to aid US shortage during pandemic

Aesthetic technology supplier The Hydrafacial Company has announced it is redirecting its manufacturing to produce ventilators to ease hospital shortages in the US.

Hydrafacial’s engineering team are working with a California-based company to shift production and build the ventilators.

Hydrafacial has already got behind the industry effort to combat coronavirus by supplying reusable face masks to help ease the global PPE crisis. The masks are washable up to 30 times and designed with CuTec, a fabric with antimicrobial properties.

In a statement the company announced that: “While these are not N95 masks for the front lines of COVID-19, these are medical protective masks for other essential healthcare workers and other businesses who need personal protective masks.”

9:59 AM | 22 Apr 2020

Reopening / US state of Georgia will begin to reopen spas and salons

The US state governor of Georgia, Brian P Kemp, has announced that spas and salons can reopen, as soon as 24 April.

Senator Kemp tweeted that: "Due to favourable data and more testing, gyms, fitness centres, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, cosmetologists, hair designers, nail care artists, aestheticians, their respective schools and massage therapists can reopen Friday, April 24 with Minimum Basic Operations".

Minimum Basic Operations refers to taking precautions to prevent the virus from spreading, such as 'screening workers for illnesses, enhancing workplace sanitation, wearing masks and gloves, separating workspaces by six feet'.

At the time of writing, Georgia has 20,166 confirmed cases of coronavirus and has had 818 citizens die from the virus.

16:59 PM | 21 Apr 2020
The economic consequences from COVID-19 will be stark and hotels are likely to be disproportionately impacted, says Knight Frank.

With the ongoing enforced lockdown, the current focus is one of survival, with cash conservation and liquidity of immediate concern. The range of fiscal measures put in place by the UK government, in particular, the business rates 12-month holiday for the hospitality sector, together with the ability to furlough staff for an initial period of up to 3-months, have substantially reduced the holding costs to hoteliers of a closed hotel operation.

To be ready and responsive to the opportunities ahead and to provide hope at this time of great uncertainty, Knight Frank takes a look at how the UK hotel sector has survived past events.

Whilst the immediate economic impact is anticipated by many to be more severe than past economic downturns, the Knight Frank team outlines what the forthcoming recovery may potentially look like.
13:22 PM | 21 Apr 2020
A group of furloughed ad agency experts are offering free advice to small businesses such as fitness studios.

If you're a small business, this is their message to you:

We're a group of advertising people from some of the best agencies in London.

And we’ve been furloughed.

Which has left us in the unique situation of being paid not to work.

So, instead of starting a podcast or learning the art of baking sourdough, we decided to set up Not Fur’ Long and use our time to help brands and small businesses survive and thrive in these challenging times.

What we do
Our aim is to offer strategic and creative support to businesses during these
uncertain times, and help set them up for success later down the line.

Why we do it
Most reports suggest that this crisis will result in the closure of 1 in 5 small
and medium sized businesses.

But these businesses are the life blood of every community. Whether it’s your local pub, your favourite fitness studio or that lovely coffee shop that knows exactly how you like your Cortado. It’s those businesses that give a sense of identity to your community.

And it’s those businesses we want to help.


Find out more at the link below
12:19 PM | 21 Apr 2020
The Global Wellness Summit is running a series of masterclasses on Instagram and talking to a range of industry experts about the pandemic.

Tomorrow will be Anna Bjurstam from Six Senses talking about Creativity in the time of global crisis.

Follow the link below for more details
12:11 PM | 21 Apr 2020
Complete the ISPA Snapshot Survey to help ISPA keep up to date with how COVID-19 is changing the industry.
12:08 PM | 21 Apr 2020
Southeast Spa Wellness Association is opening up its zoom networking 'virtual gathering' today to everyone who want to come along today 21 April at 5.00pm EST.

"Goal is to keep connected and united, learn and develop and brainstorm with each other!"

Sign up is limited to 100 participants

Register in advance for this meeting at the link below.

0:07 AM | 21 Apr 2020
When industry events re-start, there may be some government controls.

According to industry insiders, the UK government has indicated that there may need to be a system or process in place that prioritises events in relation to their economic value, with less significant events potentially being asked to reshedule.
20:31 PM | 20 Apr 2020
The following from Barclaycard:

Spending on non-essentials was down 12.9 per cent, with many retailers impacted by the introduction of social distancing measures. Travel expenditure – which includes public transport – declined by 40.5 per cent, while restaurants and bars, pubs and clubs contracted 35.5 per cent and 22.2 per cent respectively.

More time at home led to digital content and subscription spend rising 17.4 per cent as people entertained themselves by playing digital games, watching boxsets and accessing streaming services.

Consumer confidence dropped to its lowest level since Barclaycard started its survey six years ago, with only 25 per cent of UK adults feeling positive about the state of the UK economy – down 17 percentage points from February.

Confidence in job security declined 6 per cent to 43 per cent, suggesting concern about the months to come.

However, Brits continue to be resolute about their own financial situation, with 68 per cent remaining positive about their household finances, broadly in line with last month. This could be attributed to the fact that 56 per cent said that they were saving money by avoiding the pub, eating out and commuting less.
14:57 PM | 17 Apr 2020

Industry insight / Wellness Tourism Association launches industry survey

The Wellness Tourism Association (WTA) has announced it's partnered with Health Tourism Worldwide (HTW) to launch an industry survey investigating the potential impact COVID-19 may have on the future of wellness tourism.

The survey is entitled Revisiting 4W Research: Well What for Whom and Where 2030 - Post COVID19, and has been created to identify the main global and regional trends experts may envisage in wellness-motivated travel by 2025-2030.

The WTA is collaborating with HTW founder, László Puczkó, to launch the survey. His organisation previously published a similar research project in 2012 and the new survey will serve as a continuation of this.

Anne Dimon, WTA president, said: "We all know that this unprecedented global crisis will have an impact on travel in many ways, and we want and need to understand how it might influence the future of wellness-motivated travel."

The survey takes 15 minutes and can be accessed here.

14:33 PM | 16 Apr 2020

Digital wellness / Sha Wellness Clinic unveils five-step guide to recreate Sha Method at home

Sha Wellness Clinic has created a five-step home guide to recreate its Sha Method – a holistic approach that uses a mix of preventive, genetic and anti-ageing medicine.

Sha's team of medical and wellness professionals have condensed the process to allow people to boost their immunity and promote long-term wellness at home during the coronavirus shutdown.

The guide is accessible via Sha magazine and includes nutritional advice and recipes, fitness tutorials, advice to ensure restful sleep and tutorials to connect the body and mind.

10:05 AM | 13 Apr 2020

Training / Natura Bissé announces spa directors’ training for facing post-COVID challenges

Natura Bissé’s has given advanced notice of a new spa directors’ training course.

The ten-day training series will run Monday to Friday from 20 April to 1 May at 9am and 2pm CST.

Attendees will learn how to ’prepare for success after COVID-19’.

Spa Business will bring you more news when registration opens.
18:54 PM | 11 Apr 2020

Grooming / Hair dye and hair clippers – the next pandemic panic buying trend

Retailers are reporting the phases of pandemic-driven shopping.

First came hand sanitisers, soap, disinfectant and toilet paper, then came puzzles, home exercise equipment and online workouts.

Next came long-life foods, flour and baking yeast and now the markets for hair clippers and hair dye are heating up.
18:41 PM | 11 Apr 2020

COVID-19 / Circadia by Dr Pugliese donates hand sanitiser to local hospitals

Circadia by Dr Pugliese will announce the availability of Circadia® hand sanitiser from 13 April, in response to the shortage brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Pugliese is donating the isopropyl alcohol-based sanitiser to local Pennsylvania hospitals and also making it available for sale at pharmacies and via physicians and salon and spa owners.

Michael Pugliese, owner and CEO of Circadia, said getting hold of the raw materials and packaging to create the product is proving challenging, and the company has a limited inventory.

“We will continue to produce as much as we can, as long as there is a need. Our existing customers are very happy we can supply them during this shortage, and we have opened up our distribution for this product to life-sustaining businesses," he explained.

Circadia is an FDA-registered manufacturer of cosmetics and OTC products.

Contact Circadia to order: +1 800 630 4710 or [email protected]
17:28 PM | 09 Apr 2020
Yale University has launched an online happiness course to help people cope with self-isolation and focus on their mental health.

Named “The Science of Well-Being”, the course was originally taught at Yale University in 2018 by psychology professor Laurie Santos and was already a popular class choice before the pandemic.

However, the arrival of coronavirus has seen a vast resurgence in interest in the course, causing the university to make enrollment open to the public for free.
14:04 PM | 07 Apr 2020
The Fit Summit is running series of free online, interactive events for fitness, wellness and hospitality business owners in place of the live event this year.

The web-cam event will take place between 2.00pm and 4.30pm Singapore time (7.00am-9.30am GMT) on Wednesday 15 April.

Speakers will include Simon Flint, CEO of Evolution Wellness, Sean Tan, director of True Group and industry catalyst and consultant, Emma Barry, author of How to build a badass boutique.

Jack Thomas, CEO of BASE and Fitness Business Asia Podcast will take part as a roundtable session moderator.

Connect here to book and view the video on the link before the event.

9:38 AM | 07 Apr 2020
Former NASA astronaut, Jay Buckey, has launched an online self-help toolkit that replicates the kind of training undertaken by astronauts to help them cope with confinement in small spaces.

Called the Dartmouth Path Program, the training was developed for long-duration spaceflight.

Buckley believes it will be useful for people practicing social isolation.

The toolkit includes training in conflict resolution and mood management, as well as self-assessment tools to monitor signs of anxiety and stress.
14:50 PM | 06 Apr 2020
Hutchinson Consulting is launching a new weekly video web series to help industry colleagues with questions about their career development to navigate the pandemic.

Called coffee with the coaches, these free 30-minute coaching sessions will tackle an important topic and provide insight, advice, and feedback.

Hutchinson's Michael Tompkins and other members of the recruiting team will deliver the sessions by video chat.

The aim is for attendees to leave with tangible tools to help them manage their careers at this challenging time.

Coffee with the coaches will take place every Wednesday at 1.00pm EST via Zoom.,

The first session, to be held on Wednesday 8 April between Michael Tompkins and Jean Kolb

Each session will be recorded and shared on the company's website.
23:56 PM | 02 Apr 2020
Regional trainers are crucial during this time, as the need for social togetherness and feeling part of the industry is increasingly important.
Julie Bach, executive director, Wellness for Cancer
Julie Bach, executive director of specialist cancer therapy training provider Wellness for Cancer (WFC) has announced that the organisation will provide donation-based access to its foundational training during the coronavirus crisis.

“With many global training budgets tightening – and with many spa therapists finding themselves temporarily out of work – donation-based access has emerged as a way to continue to provide this important training,” said Bach.

WFC’s foundational training is designed to increase confidence around cancer and massage.

The 16-hour home-study programme, which traditionally includes textbooks, assignments and online lectures, has been expanded with live access to regional trainers online.

“Regional trainers are crucial during this time, as the need for social togetherness and feeling part of the industry is increasingly important,” says Bach.

“I’m honoured to offer this step forward for everyone and so pleased by how receptive so many spas and brands have been to WFC’s training, and I hope this move will help bring that training to even more people.”
14:26 PM | 02 Apr 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the flaws in healthcare systems around the world, proving that prevention is better than cure.

In this edition of the 'Catch The Experts' webinar from Catch On & Co, a group of wellness experts discusses the position:

“When the global shutdown ends, we’ll see a whole new world. And it will have to be a world of wellness.”

THE EXPERTS

Dr Johannes Wessolly
Medical Doctor and Co-Founder,
Miskawaan Health Group

Professor Marc Cohen
Founder,
Extreme Wellness Institute

Susan Harmsworth
Founder, ESPA and
Global Wellness Summit Board Member

Jamie Waring
Managing Director, Wellness
OCTAVE Institute

If you miss the session, you can view the full discussion on YouTube in the link below.
8:14 AM | 02 Apr 2020

Development / Barr and Wray wins Vietnam hot springs contract

Barr+Wray has announced it has been awarded a contract to work on a new hot springs resort in Vietnam.

Derek Barton, MD of Barr and Wray MEA, who is based in Hong Kong said: "Hospitality will recover and developments such as this will help revitalise not only the economy, but more importantly our bodies and minds."
1:46 AM | 02 Apr 2020
In light of COVID-19, Danny Friedland's Conscious Capitalism, Inc. is expanding its Virtual Annual Conference with new daily opportunities to "connect, share, learn and grow in community" from anywhere in the world from 30 March – to 1 May.

Each day Conscious Capitalism will be hosting an Expanded Virtual Conference for all members of the community. You will have the opportunity to connect with and learn from a business leader in our network via a “How To” webinar addressing day-to-day challenges.

17:32 PM | 01 Apr 2020

Online / The Well NYC launches on digital for US$149 a month

High-end health and wellness club, The Well in New York City, has launched an online membership with an introductory price of US$99 for the first month and US$149 a month thereafter.

Members will receive access to a 'complete ecosystem' for wellness online, including classes, programming, and online appointments.

They will also be able to pay extra for consultations with specialists in functional medicine.

Monthly Health Coaching sessions will help improve sleep, enable members to manage anxiety and offer support in adapting to social distancing.

Daily Mindful Movement and meditation classes will be available, as well as a full calendar of talks, lectures and webinars and twice-weekly support circles

Complimentary 15-minute introductory consultations

The Well says it will also soon also be offering unlimited access to a library of content.
16:13 PM | 31 Mar 2020
We’ve established this resource centre to help those we work with in the community
– Sudheer Koneru, CEO of Zenoti
Spa software company, Zenoti, has 10,000 customers in 50 countries around the world and has collected data on the impact the disruption is having on their trading.

This has been translated into a heatmap showing the effect on appointment trends. It can also be viewed in tabular format.
16:49 PM | 25 Mar 2020

Coronavirus update / UK government orders gyms, leisure centres, pubs and restaurants to close...

Cinemas, nightclubs, cafes, pubs and bars will be asked to close "as soon as they reasonably can – and not reopen tomorrow".
- Boris Johnson, PM...,Cinemas, nightclubs, cafes, pubs and bars will be asked to close "as soon as they reasonably can – and not reopen tomorrow".
- Boris Johnson, PM...
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered all UK gyms, health clubs, leisure centres and restaurants to close at the end of business on 20 March.

Speaking at his daily press conference, Johnson also said that cinemas, nightclubs, cafes, pubs and bars will be asked to close "as soon as they reasonably can – and not reopen tomorrow".

Johnson said the "extreme measures" will help save lives.

"These actions will help take the strain off the NHS and we will be able to save literally thousands of lives," he said.

The decision to close leisure outlets was made after evidence suggesting that the government's recommendation for social distancing was being ignored, especially in cities and towns.

Earlier in the day, Tim Martin, boss of pub chain JD Whetherspoon, drew widespread criticism after suggesting that shutting pubs over the coronavirus outbreak would be "over the top" – and that they should stay open "for the duration" of the pandemic.

Other measures introduced during the PM's press conference will see businesses offered "unprecedented" financial support.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak, speaking alongside the PM, announced that business could apply for grants to ensure they do not have to let staff go due to the slowdown in the economy.

He said that the government would pay 80 per cent of wages for employees not working, up to £2,500 a month, as part of efforts to avoid widespread job losses.

He also announced that he would defer the next quarter of VAT payments for firms, until the end of June....

 
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10:00 AM | 29 May 2020

Events / The WELL announces cancellation of 2020 conference

The organisers behind The WELL Conference have announced the event has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement The WELL Conference team said: "At this time, it is imperative that we all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of our global community.

"Now more than ever, better buildings, stronger organisations and more vibrant communities are critical to protecting our families, our businesses and the public at large.

"We're currently considering all options for future events, including virtual events and dates for 2021, and will share additional information as soon as it is available."
8:32 AM | 29 May 2020

Webinar / Halotherapy Solutions: reopening your halotherapy centre

Salt therapy equipment supplier Halotherapy Solutions is providing a webinar focused on how to reopen halotherapy businesses.

Hosted on June 2 at 12pm EDT, the Zoom webinar will feature three speakers – Erin Lee, DROM UK's projects director, Lisa Semerly, sales VP Halotherapy Solutions and Amy McDonald, CEO of wellness consultancy, Under a Tree.

Halotherapy Solutions released a statement saying: "There has never been more interest from people regarding their respiratory health, hygiene and immunity.

"We strongly believe that once things return to 'semi-normal' halotherapy facilities will have far greater business opportunities than ever before."

Talking points will include best practices to maximise the health and safety of staff and guests, how to market to new customers and an update about new halotherapy products and concepts.

To register for the call, click here.

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17:30 PM | 22 May 2020

Industry survey / ISPA launches May Snapshot Survey focused on re-opening plans

The International Spa Association (ISPA) has announced the launch of its May 2020 Snapshot Survey.

The survey is open to both member and nonmembers and is focused on re-opening plans, following closure due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

ISPA is urging respondents to 'share reopening plans for industry professionals to thoroughly gauge what their peers are doing during this time'.

To take part in the survey, click here.
15:12 PM | 22 May 2020

Events / New dates announced for Beautyworld Middle East 2020

New dates have been announced for the event which is now scheduled to take place from 23-25 November 2020 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The show’s organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said the new dates come after extensive feedback and consultation with the venue, exhibitors, visitors, trade partners and associations, as global governments continue to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Elaine O’Connell, Beautyworld Middle East’s Show director, said the vast majority of stakeholders supported the November dates, adding that plans are well underway to deliver a milestone event toward the end of the year.

“Our first priority is to the health and safety of our exhibitors and visitors as the global beauty industry continues to navigate these challenging times,” she said.

“We’re working hard to provide our valued customers the essential tools, knowledge, and business connections in November, and we’re committed to hosting another standout show.”
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15:35 PM | 21 May 2020

Support / Gemology UK announces back to work scheme to support stockists

Skincare brand Gemology's UK division is launching a back to work scheme for UK spas, clinics and salons, in a move to support the industry during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The initiative entails that for any orders made by existing or new stockists since lockdown, 50 per cent will be allocated by Gemology UK to re-invest back into marketing the venue's business.

Whether this is an event, a radio campaign, magazine adverts or social media campaign, Gemology will develop a marketing strategy for the next 12 months and contribute to making this successful and getting businesses back on their feet.

The scheme will continue for 12 months.

Gemology is a global company founded by Chrystelle Lanoy and is known for creating products with trace elements of precious stones.
14:50 PM | 20 May 2020

Safety / UKSA releases video to reassure clients returning to spas

The UK Spa Association (UKSA) has created a video featuring UKSA GM Helena Grzesk to comfort and reassure guests about returning to spas after the global pandemic.

Grzesk explains how safe spas are, what's likely to be different when spas reopen and how much work has gone into extra care and levels of safety for people and staff upon return.

UKSA chair, Adam Chatterley, said: "As we forge a path to reopening our spas in July, as the government's road map has outlined, there's been a lot of talk about what we as spa operators and suppliers can do to prepare.

"However, a number of our member spas have expressed ongoing concern about the desire of the spa going public to want to come back to spas as soon as they reopen," he explained.

"As an industry, we all know how safe and hygienic our spas are, but often the public doesn't because we've become experts at keeping this aspect of spa operations hidden."

The full video is available to all UKSA members to download and publish on their own website and social media to provide an official, consistent message on behalf of the industry for clients, in order to reassure them so that they feel safe when returning to spas.

To access a brief extract of the video, click here.
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12:45 PM | 19 May 2020

Re-opening / Starpool's 10 guidelines for spa managament in a post-COVID landscape

Italian equipment supplier Starpool has published '10 guidelines for Spa Management' to help advise spas on what precautions to take to protect guests' wellbeing once spas and wellness businesses re-open.

The document includes guidelines on topics such as social distancing, staggering staff shifts, sanitation and operating saunas and wet areas.

Riccardo Turri, CEO of Starpool, said: "I believe that at this time people should have the most effective means available to help work together towards a steady and quick recovery of the sector. This is why we have chosen to share our advice."

To access the document, follow this link.

15:33 PM | 18 May 2020

Preparation / Irish Spa Association unveils reopening toolkit

The Irish Spa Association (ISA) has produced a reopening toolkit and guide for spas after six weeks of collaboration with industry leaders and government agencies.

The resource is designed to guide spas on how to prepare to re-open safely and protect against COVID-19 once spas welcome back guests.

The document includes a variation of topics ranging from training and SOPs to sterilisation and HR.

In a statement the organisation announced: "The guidelines aim to establish common principles as well as a best practice guide to support Irish spas and salons. We hope this resource will assist you in some way to re-evaluate and recreate new strategies that allow your business and team to adapt to a post-COVID-19 world successfully."

In addition, the ISA will also be offering an optional assessment and supporting accreditation, which will include guidance around the correct use of personal protective equipment as well as correct sterilisation and sanitation processes.

To access the full resource, click here.
PROMOTION
15:58 PM | 15 May 2020
US hotel operators sold more than 10 million room nights for the week ending 9 May, according to STR’s SVP of lodging insights Jan Freitag.

Freitag said that represents an improvement of more than 3 million room nights over the week of 11 April, and is a good indicator of a recovery, albeit a slow one.

For the weekend of 9 May, occupancy reached 30.1 per cent, the second consecutive “very healthy” increase in weekend occupancies, he said.

Find out more on News Now.
21:02 PM | 11 May 2020
Hearst Magazines has announced a virtual health and wellness summit, called From me to we: rethinking health perceptions in the age of Covid-19.

The event will take place on Zoom on Wednesday, 20 May from 12.00noon-1.00pm EST.

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17:34 PM | 11 May 2020

Webinar / 17th Surgeon General of the US to host GWS Master Class

Dr Richard Carmona, the 17th Surgeon General of the US and Canyon Ranch's chief of health innovation, will lead the Global Wellness Summit’s seventh Master Class, “Coronavirus: From Prevention to Recovery–What You Need to Know.”

Dr Carmona is an advocate for disease prevention and for access to health services for the underserved. In this webinar, he will help attendees understand the science behind COVID-19 and separate fact from fiction.

The Master Class will take place via Zoom on Wednesday 13 May from 9:30-10:30 AM ET.

To reserve your place, follow this link.
17:04 PM | 10 May 2020
The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) has announced its Wellness For Cancer Initiative will be holding a webinar on Repurposing Digital Content For The Cancer Community on Thursday, May 14 from 9.00am-10.00am EST.

The Zoom session will see representatives from leading cancer charities joining Six Senses, Accor, Como Hotels and Resorts, Euphoria Retreat and other leading hotel operators, along with Julie Bach, president of Wellness for Cancer and head of the GWI's Wellness for Cancer Initiative.

You can sign up for the Zoom meeting at the link below.

Other GWI initiatives this week will include:

The future of wellness at work, 12 May, 9.00am EST

Sign up here

Masterclass: Dr Richard Carmona, 13 May at 9.30am EST

Sign up here
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14:25 PM | 07 May 2020

Strategy / ESPA produces guidelines to support spas reopening

Product house ESPA International has developed and launched guidelines for spas when re-opening in the COVID-19 landscape.

According to ESPA, the guidelines were created to provide comprehensive advice on spa operations around the world during the pandemic.

The resource features guidelines on how spa businesses should approach a range of challenges while re-opening, including communications and marketing, reservations and pre-arrival, preparing and maintaining treatment rooms and social-distancing in fitness centres and public areas, such as wet and thermal facilities.

The guidelines are to be used in conjunction with regulation established by local laws, existing sanitation procedures and licensing requirements.

William Arango, VP of spa operations at ESPA, said: “Safety and sanitation in the spa business are essential for health, from preventing infection to improving employees and guest’s overall well-being.”

To access the resource, follow this link.
10:43 AM | 07 May 2020

SOPs / CIDESCO releases SOPs for spas and students following COVID-19

Beauty and spa therapy educational organisation CIDESCO International has unveiled standard operating procedures (SOPs) for its spas, salons and schools.

The document is aimed to support CIDESCO sections, schools and individual members as a comprehensive guideline during the pandemic and in the post-COVID-19 landscape.

The resource includes information on topics such as spa health and sanitation procedures, treatment room cleaning and PPE.

To receive a copy of the document, contact [email protected]
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12:01 PM | 04 May 2020

Industry support / Zenoti offering relief grants to industry professionals affected by COVID-19

Spa software company, Zenoti, has launched an initiative to bring relief to struggling beauty and wellness professionals following the effects of COVID-19 through monetary grants.

Called Zenoti Gives Back, the relief fund reaches people in the US and UK and is mainly funded by Zenoti employees, who have so far contributed over US$100,000 of their own money.

The company has recently announced it is now committed to matching any employee contributions.

Grants range from US$500 to US$1000 and Zenoti reports that grants are now available for more than 1,000 struggling individuals in the beauty and wellness industry.

Applications for grants are available until 8 May 2020, to find out more click here.
22:26 PM | 29 Apr 2020
Software expert Mindbody has produced a relaunch guide for spa and wellness businesses closed by the pandemic.

The guide is free to download from the Mindbody Business website at the link below.
9:16 AM | 29 Apr 2020

Webinar / 'How to Reopen Your Spa, Salon or Wellness Business Strong After COVID-19', hosted by Mindbody

Wellness software company Mindbody is holding a webinar on Friday 1 May called, How to Reopen Your Spa, Salon or Wellness Business Strong After COVID-19.

The 30-minute discussion will focus on how to create a business and marketing plan, setting operational policies around new social distancing standards, communication strategies to reengage your customer base, training and managing your employees and preparing for potential future closures.

The webinar will be hosted by Lisa Starr, principal of Wynne Business Consulting, Mindbody business consultant, KK Hart and the founder of beauty industry software company ZeeZor, Chris Nedza.

The event is to be hosted at 9:30AM PDT, please follow this link to register your attendance.

22:39 PM | 28 Apr 2020
Global fitness brand, Les Mills, is running weekly webinars each Thursday from 2.00pm - 2.45pm GMT.

This week (Thursday 30 April), you can take part to hear Keith Burnet, CEO of global markets, and Carl McCartney, customer experience director, discussing learnings gathered from leading clubs around the world.

Les Mills trades globally and is in close contact with operators, sharing best practice and collaborating to find solutions to the pandemic shutdown.

You can sign up at the link below.
17:29 PM | 28 Apr 2020

Donations / Biologique Recherche's donations reach health care professionals in 15 countries

French skincare brand Biologique Recherche is donating hand cream to medical professionals during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“When the pandemic broke out, we wanted to do our bit,” said Rupert Schmid and Pierre-Louis Delapalme, co-chairs of Biologique Recherche.

“As soon as we heard that healthcare workers were suffering from dried-out hands, we naturally wanted to help by providing them with hand cream. It’s our way of saying thank you for the fantastic work they do every day.”

The company has distributed over 4,000 tubes of hand cream in France, which has been gifted to more than 50 hospitals, clinics and nursing homes.

In response to the global shortage of hand sanitizer, Biologique Recherche has also begun producing and donating hydroalcoholic solution for free.
10:12 AM | 28 Apr 2020

Research / Marc Cohen publishes scientific paper on treating COVID-19 with heat

Integrative medicine expert, professor Marc Cohen, has announced he's published a scientific paper on the use of heat to treat COVID-19.

Cohen has collated scientific evidence from previous studies to show the positive impact heat-stress could have on those infected with the virus.

He said: "Heat therapies are simple, cheap and can be done at home as part of a healthy lifestyle and can build community resilience that will help reduce the impact of this and future pandemics."

The paper can be downloaded for free here.
23:39 PM | 27 Apr 2020

Education / Book4Time plans weekly webinars

Software company, Book4Time says it wants to make sure it's encouraging customers to work on their businesses, even when they can't work in it.

The company is launching a weekly webinar series to further training, education and learning, saying: "We want our clients to be ready to return to work, stronger than they were before."

To sign up, contact [email protected]
14:22 PM | 27 Apr 2020

Webinar / Sue Harmsworth to host GWS Master Class this Wednesday

Spa and wellness icon and founder of ESPA, Sue Harmsworth, will conduct the Global Wellness Summit’s (GWS) fifth Wellness Master Class – called Spas and Wellness in the Time of Global Crisis.

The session will focus on what lies ahead in the spa and wellness industry, and will take place from 9:30AM –10:30AM ET, Wednesday 29 April 29, via Zoom.

The Master Class series has been created by the Summit to help industry leaders plan for the changes and opportunities caused by COVID-19.

Harmsworth will explore why the spa and wellness industry has unique challenges and how a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic can ultimately change businesses for the better.

Please RSVP here to join the Zoom presentation.
10:19 AM | 27 Apr 2020

Key workers / Made For Life Organics donating care packages to NHS staff

NHS staff across the UK have been sent care packages by Made For Life Organics including Hand Balms and Skin Solve.

Amanda Winwood, founder of Made For life Organics, said: “We have a fundamental vision at Made for Life and that is to be accessible and to support people wherever we can.

"It has been a privilege to be able to support the NHS nurses and doctors at this time. Feedback about our gentle skincare nourishing their tired and sore skin has been heart-warming.”

The team at Made for Life has been supporting NHS teams at the Royal Exeter and Devon Mere Ward, Luton and Dunstable Hospital, Children's Hospital at Croydon and Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.

In addition, Frimley Park Hospital has received £5,000 worth of skincare paid for by sponsor and fundraiser, Lynn Fordham.

Winwood has also announced that her team will launch botanical sanitisers within the next two to three weeks.

15:23 PM | 24 Apr 2020

Eminence Organics thanks spa partners after planting its 15 millionth tree on Earth Day

Hungarian skincare brand Eminence Organics Skin Care is committed to a scheme which sees them plant a tree and invest in the training of local farmers to build productive and sustainable forest gardens for every retail product they sell.

The company commemorated Earth Day this week by planting its 15 millionth tree as part of the Forests for the Future initiative, which has helped communities in developing countries grow and sell their own food and in turn help them generate income.

According to the company, several climate-smart agroforestry practices have also been developed as part of the scheme to improve crop yields and revitalise soil health, water use efficiency and carbon storage.

Attila Koronczay, Eminence Organic Skin Care GM, said: “This initiative and the dedication of our incredible spa partners, allows us to contribute positively towards rural communities, helping them thrive and increasing their quality of life thanks to the sustainable program that Trees for the Future has created.

"We can’t thank our Spa Partners enough, as without them, achieving 15 million trees planted would not be possible.”

Eminence Organics has now planted trees in 22 countries around the world and in 2016, the Forests for the Future program was honoured with ISPA’s Innovate Award for Philanthropic Initiatives.
14:41 PM | 22 Apr 2020

Production pivot / The Hydrafacial Company builds ventilators to aid US shortage during pandemic

Aesthetic technology supplier The Hydrafacial Company has announced it is redirecting its manufacturing to produce ventilators to ease hospital shortages in the US.

Hydrafacial’s engineering team are working with a California-based company to shift production and build the ventilators.

Hydrafacial has already got behind the industry effort to combat coronavirus by supplying reusable face masks to help ease the global PPE crisis. The masks are washable up to 30 times and designed with CuTec, a fabric with antimicrobial properties.

In a statement the company announced that: “While these are not N95 masks for the front lines of COVID-19, these are medical protective masks for other essential healthcare workers and other businesses who need personal protective masks.”

9:59 AM | 22 Apr 2020

Reopening / US state of Georgia will begin to reopen spas and salons

The US state governor of Georgia, Brian P Kemp, has announced that spas and salons can reopen, as soon as 24 April.

Senator Kemp tweeted that: "Due to favourable data and more testing, gyms, fitness centres, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, cosmetologists, hair designers, nail care artists, aestheticians, their respective schools and massage therapists can reopen Friday, April 24 with Minimum Basic Operations".

Minimum Basic Operations refers to taking precautions to prevent the virus from spreading, such as 'screening workers for illnesses, enhancing workplace sanitation, wearing masks and gloves, separating workspaces by six feet'.

At the time of writing, Georgia has 20,166 confirmed cases of coronavirus and has had 818 citizens die from the virus.

16:59 PM | 21 Apr 2020
The economic consequences from COVID-19 will be stark and hotels are likely to be disproportionately impacted, says Knight Frank.

With the ongoing enforced lockdown, the current focus is one of survival, with cash conservation and liquidity of immediate concern. The range of fiscal measures put in place by the UK government, in particular, the business rates 12-month holiday for the hospitality sector, together with the ability to furlough staff for an initial period of up to 3-months, have substantially reduced the holding costs to hoteliers of a closed hotel operation.

To be ready and responsive to the opportunities ahead and to provide hope at this time of great uncertainty, Knight Frank takes a look at how the UK hotel sector has survived past events.

Whilst the immediate economic impact is anticipated by many to be more severe than past economic downturns, the Knight Frank team outlines what the forthcoming recovery may potentially look like.
13:22 PM | 21 Apr 2020
A group of furloughed ad agency experts are offering free advice to small businesses such as fitness studios.

If you're a small business, this is their message to you:

We're a group of advertising people from some of the best agencies in London.

And we’ve been furloughed.

Which has left us in the unique situation of being paid not to work.

So, instead of starting a podcast or learning the art of baking sourdough, we decided to set up Not Fur’ Long and use our time to help brands and small businesses survive and thrive in these challenging times.

What we do
Our aim is to offer strategic and creative support to businesses during these
uncertain times, and help set them up for success later down the line.

Why we do it
Most reports suggest that this crisis will result in the closure of 1 in 5 small
and medium sized businesses.

But these businesses are the life blood of every community. Whether it’s your local pub, your favourite fitness studio or that lovely coffee shop that knows exactly how you like your Cortado. It’s those businesses that give a sense of identity to your community.

And it’s those businesses we want to help.


Find out more at the link below
12:19 PM | 21 Apr 2020
The Global Wellness Summit is running a series of masterclasses on Instagram and talking to a range of industry experts about the pandemic.

Tomorrow will be Anna Bjurstam from Six Senses talking about Creativity in the time of global crisis.

Follow the link below for more details
12:11 PM | 21 Apr 2020
Complete the ISPA Snapshot Survey to help ISPA keep up to date with how COVID-19 is changing the industry.
12:08 PM | 21 Apr 2020
Southeast Spa Wellness Association is opening up its zoom networking 'virtual gathering' today to everyone who want to come along today 21 April at 5.00pm EST.

"Goal is to keep connected and united, learn and develop and brainstorm with each other!"

Sign up is limited to 100 participants

Register in advance for this meeting at the link below.

0:07 AM | 21 Apr 2020
When industry events re-start, there may be some government controls.

According to industry insiders, the UK government has indicated that there may need to be a system or process in place that prioritises events in relation to their economic value, with less significant events potentially being asked to reshedule.
20:31 PM | 20 Apr 2020
The following from Barclaycard:

Spending on non-essentials was down 12.9 per cent, with many retailers impacted by the introduction of social distancing measures. Travel expenditure – which includes public transport – declined by 40.5 per cent, while restaurants and bars, pubs and clubs contracted 35.5 per cent and 22.2 per cent respectively.

More time at home led to digital content and subscription spend rising 17.4 per cent as people entertained themselves by playing digital games, watching boxsets and accessing streaming services.

Consumer confidence dropped to its lowest level since Barclaycard started its survey six years ago, with only 25 per cent of UK adults feeling positive about the state of the UK economy – down 17 percentage points from February.

Confidence in job security declined 6 per cent to 43 per cent, suggesting concern about the months to come.

However, Brits continue to be resolute about their own financial situation, with 68 per cent remaining positive about their household finances, broadly in line with last month. This could be attributed to the fact that 56 per cent said that they were saving money by avoiding the pub, eating out and commuting less.
14:57 PM | 17 Apr 2020

Industry insight / Wellness Tourism Association launches industry survey

The Wellness Tourism Association (WTA) has announced it's partnered with Health Tourism Worldwide (HTW) to launch an industry survey investigating the potential impact COVID-19 may have on the future of wellness tourism.

The survey is entitled Revisiting 4W Research: Well What for Whom and Where 2030 - Post COVID19, and has been created to identify the main global and regional trends experts may envisage in wellness-motivated travel by 2025-2030.

The WTA is collaborating with HTW founder, László Puczkó, to launch the survey. His organisation previously published a similar research project in 2012 and the new survey will serve as a continuation of this.

Anne Dimon, WTA president, said: "We all know that this unprecedented global crisis will have an impact on travel in many ways, and we want and need to understand how it might influence the future of wellness-motivated travel."

The survey takes 15 minutes and can be accessed here.

14:33 PM | 16 Apr 2020

Digital wellness / Sha Wellness Clinic unveils five-step guide to recreate Sha Method at home

Sha Wellness Clinic has created a five-step home guide to recreate its Sha Method – a holistic approach that uses a mix of preventive, genetic and anti-ageing medicine.

Sha's team of medical and wellness professionals have condensed the process to allow people to boost their immunity and promote long-term wellness at home during the coronavirus shutdown.

The guide is accessible via Sha magazine and includes nutritional advice and recipes, fitness tutorials, advice to ensure restful sleep and tutorials to connect the body and mind.

10:05 AM | 13 Apr 2020

Training / Natura Bissé announces spa directors’ training for facing post-COVID challenges

Natura Bissé’s has given advanced notice of a new spa directors’ training course.

The ten-day training series will run Monday to Friday from 20 April to 1 May at 9am and 2pm CST.

Attendees will learn how to ’prepare for success after COVID-19’.

Spa Business will bring you more news when registration opens.
18:54 PM | 11 Apr 2020

Grooming / Hair dye and hair clippers – the next pandemic panic buying trend

Retailers are reporting the phases of pandemic-driven shopping.

First came hand sanitisers, soap, disinfectant and toilet paper, then came puzzles, home exercise equipment and online workouts.

Next came long-life foods, flour and baking yeast and now the markets for hair clippers and hair dye are heating up.
18:41 PM | 11 Apr 2020

COVID-19 / Circadia by Dr Pugliese donates hand sanitiser to local hospitals

Circadia by Dr Pugliese will announce the availability of Circadia® hand sanitiser from 13 April, in response to the shortage brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Pugliese is donating the isopropyl alcohol-based sanitiser to local Pennsylvania hospitals and also making it available for sale at pharmacies and via physicians and salon and spa owners.

Michael Pugliese, owner and CEO of Circadia, said getting hold of the raw materials and packaging to create the product is proving challenging, and the company has a limited inventory.

“We will continue to produce as much as we can, as long as there is a need. Our existing customers are very happy we can supply them during this shortage, and we have opened up our distribution for this product to life-sustaining businesses," he explained.

Circadia is an FDA-registered manufacturer of cosmetics and OTC products.

Contact Circadia to order: +1 800 630 4710 or [email protected]
17:28 PM | 09 Apr 2020
Yale University has launched an online happiness course to help people cope with self-isolation and focus on their mental health.

Named “The Science of Well-Being”, the course was originally taught at Yale University in 2018 by psychology professor Laurie Santos and was already a popular class choice before the pandemic.

However, the arrival of coronavirus has seen a vast resurgence in interest in the course, causing the university to make enrollment open to the public for free.
14:04 PM | 07 Apr 2020
The Fit Summit is running series of free online, interactive events for fitness, wellness and hospitality business owners in place of the live event this year.

The web-cam event will take place between 2.00pm and 4.30pm Singapore time (7.00am-9.30am GMT) on Wednesday 15 April.

Speakers will include Simon Flint, CEO of Evolution Wellness, Sean Tan, director of True Group and industry catalyst and consultant, Emma Barry, author of How to build a badass boutique.

Jack Thomas, CEO of BASE and Fitness Business Asia Podcast will take part as a roundtable session moderator.

Connect here to book and view the video on the link before the event.

9:38 AM | 07 Apr 2020
Former NASA astronaut, Jay Buckey, has launched an online self-help toolkit that replicates the kind of training undertaken by astronauts to help them cope with confinement in small spaces.

Called the Dartmouth Path Program, the training was developed for long-duration spaceflight.

Buckley believes it will be useful for people practicing social isolation.

The toolkit includes training in conflict resolution and mood management, as well as self-assessment tools to monitor signs of anxiety and stress.
14:50 PM | 06 Apr 2020
Hutchinson Consulting is launching a new weekly video web series to help industry colleagues with questions about their career development to navigate the pandemic.

Called coffee with the coaches, these free 30-minute coaching sessions will tackle an important topic and provide insight, advice, and feedback.

Hutchinson's Michael Tompkins and other members of the recruiting team will deliver the sessions by video chat.

The aim is for attendees to leave with tangible tools to help them manage their careers at this challenging time.

Coffee with the coaches will take place every Wednesday at 1.00pm EST via Zoom.,

The first session, to be held on Wednesday 8 April between Michael Tompkins and Jean Kolb

Each session will be recorded and shared on the company's website.
23:56 PM | 02 Apr 2020
Regional trainers are crucial during this time, as the need for social togetherness and feeling part of the industry is increasingly important.
Julie Bach, executive director, Wellness for Cancer
Julie Bach, executive director of specialist cancer therapy training provider Wellness for Cancer (WFC) has announced that the organisation will provide donation-based access to its foundational training during the coronavirus crisis.

“With many global training budgets tightening – and with many spa therapists finding themselves temporarily out of work – donation-based access has emerged as a way to continue to provide this important training,” said Bach.

WFC’s foundational training is designed to increase confidence around cancer and massage.

The 16-hour home-study programme, which traditionally includes textbooks, assignments and online lectures, has been expanded with live access to regional trainers online.

“Regional trainers are crucial during this time, as the need for social togetherness and feeling part of the industry is increasingly important,” says Bach.

“I’m honoured to offer this step forward for everyone and so pleased by how receptive so many spas and brands have been to WFC’s training, and I hope this move will help bring that training to even more people.”
14:26 PM | 02 Apr 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the flaws in healthcare systems around the world, proving that prevention is better than cure.

In this edition of the 'Catch The Experts' webinar from Catch On & Co, a group of wellness experts discusses the position:

“When the global shutdown ends, we’ll see a whole new world. And it will have to be a world of wellness.”

THE EXPERTS

Dr Johannes Wessolly
Medical Doctor and Co-Founder,
Miskawaan Health Group

Professor Marc Cohen
Founder,
Extreme Wellness Institute

Susan Harmsworth
Founder, ESPA and
Global Wellness Summit Board Member

Jamie Waring
Managing Director, Wellness
OCTAVE Institute

If you miss the session, you can view the full discussion on YouTube in the link below.
8:14 AM | 02 Apr 2020

Development / Barr and Wray wins Vietnam hot springs contract

Barr+Wray has announced it has been awarded a contract to work on a new hot springs resort in Vietnam.

Derek Barton, MD of Barr and Wray MEA, who is based in Hong Kong said: "Hospitality will recover and developments such as this will help revitalise not only the economy, but more importantly our bodies and minds."
1:46 AM | 02 Apr 2020
In light of COVID-19, Danny Friedland's Conscious Capitalism, Inc. is expanding its Virtual Annual Conference with new daily opportunities to "connect, share, learn and grow in community" from anywhere in the world from 30 March – to 1 May.

Each day Conscious Capitalism will be hosting an Expanded Virtual Conference for all members of the community. You will have the opportunity to connect with and learn from a business leader in our network via a “How To” webinar addressing day-to-day challenges.

17:32 PM | 01 Apr 2020

Online / The Well NYC launches on digital for US$149 a month

High-end health and wellness club, The Well in New York City, has launched an online membership with an introductory price of US$99 for the first month and US$149 a month thereafter.

Members will receive access to a 'complete ecosystem' for wellness online, including classes, programming, and online appointments.

They will also be able to pay extra for consultations with specialists in functional medicine.

Monthly Health Coaching sessions will help improve sleep, enable members to manage anxiety and offer support in adapting to social distancing.

Daily Mindful Movement and meditation classes will be available, as well as a full calendar of talks, lectures and webinars and twice-weekly support circles

Complimentary 15-minute introductory consultations

The Well says it will also soon also be offering unlimited access to a library of content.
16:13 PM | 31 Mar 2020
We’ve established this resource centre to help those we work with in the community
– Sudheer Koneru, CEO of Zenoti
Spa software company, Zenoti, has 10,000 customers in 50 countries around the world and has collected data on the impact the disruption is having on their trading.

This has been translated into a heatmap showing the effect on appointment trends. It can also be viewed in tabular format.
16:49 PM | 25 Mar 2020

Coronavirus update / UK government orders gyms, leisure centres, pubs and restaurants to close...

Cinemas, nightclubs, cafes, pubs and bars will be asked to close "as soon as they reasonably can – and not reopen tomorrow".
- Boris Johnson, PM...,Cinemas, nightclubs, cafes, pubs and bars will be asked to close "as soon as they reasonably can – and not reopen tomorrow".
- Boris Johnson, PM...
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered all UK gyms, health clubs, leisure centres and restaurants to close at the end of business on 20 March.

Speaking at his daily press conference, Johnson also said that cinemas, nightclubs, cafes, pubs and bars will be asked to close "as soon as they reasonably can – and not reopen tomorrow".

Johnson said the "extreme measures" will help save lives.

"These actions will help take the strain off the NHS and we will be able to save literally thousands of lives," he said.

The decision to close leisure outlets was made after evidence suggesting that the government's recommendation for social distancing was being ignored, especially in cities and towns.

Earlier in the day, Tim Martin, boss of pub chain JD Whetherspoon, drew widespread criticism after suggesting that shutting pubs over the coronavirus outbreak would be "over the top" – and that they should stay open "for the duration" of the pandemic.

Other measures introduced during the PM's press conference will see businesses offered "unprecedented" financial support.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak, speaking alongside the PM, announced that business could apply for grants to ensure they do not have to let staff go due to the slowdown in the economy.

He said that the government would pay 80 per cent of wages for employees not working, up to £2,500 a month, as part of efforts to avoid widespread job losses.

He also announced that he would defer the next quarter of VAT payments for firms, until the end of June....
 


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