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Sep
27
2006

Cornelia Day Resort Welcomed Chiva-Som Therapists

Cornelia Day Resort in New York welcomed two Chiva-Som therapists from Hua Hin, Thailand, for a special promotional week in which clients could experience authentic Thai massages. 866-663-1700

Sep
11
2006

Skin Inc. Magazine Remembers 9/11

Five years ago today, the World Trade Center in New York was attacked by terrorists, causing the structure's devestation, and the city's and country's plummet into despair and fear. The spa industry was affected, as were most industries in New York and the United States. Although healing has commenced and the country has come a long way with recovery efforts, it is important to remember that day.

In Skin Inc. magazine's December 2001 issue, Lois Hince contributed an ABBIES award-winning article on the experience of our industry during that tumultuous time. Click here to read that article, "Trilogy," in memory of all those touched by this tragedy.

Sep
08
2006

Eczema Rates Stabilizing in U.K.

Rates of eczema and hay fever in the United Kingdom appear to have stabilized, after charting a steady rise over recent decades.

However, the study also found that rates of systemic allergic reactions -- including the severe condition known as anaphylaxis -- have surged in the past 20 years.

The researchers analyzed data gathered from numerous sources: national surveys, primary care doctors, prescription and hospital admission records, and death records.

Over the past three decades, diagnoses of allergic rhinitis and eczema in children have tripled, but there appears to have been a recent decrease in the prevalence of symptoms. Hospital admissions for eczema have stabilized since 1995, the researchers found, while admissions for allergic rhinitis have decreased to about 40 percent of their 1990 levels.

Between 1971 and 1991, the number of consultations with family doctors about hay fever increased by 260 percent and by 150 percent for eczema. However, these rates have stabilized in the past 10 years, the study said.

Hospital admissions for anaphylaxis have soared by 700 percent, for food allergy by 500 percent, and for the skin allergy urticaria by 100 percent.

Prescriptions for all types of allergies have increased since 1991.

The researchers said that some of the trends could be related to changes in medical practice and care but could also be explained by changes in the sources of allergic disease.

The study was published in the current issue of Thorax.

HealthDay News, September 7, 2006

Sep
01
2006

Australian Spa Numbers Grow 129%

Intelligent Spas has released a comprehensive report on the Australian spa industry, identifying spa numbers have grown 129% since 2002. Achieving an unprecedented 64% response rate, this third survey of spa facilities conducted in Australia by Intelligent Spas, provides a valuable tool for businesses competing in, or supporting the spa industry, to more accurately develop and plan spa-related products, services, campaigns and initiatives. The report, entitled Spa Industry Profile Australia 2002-2007, features over 1,000 quantitative statistics on the Australian spa market as well as supporting qualitative trends and observations from spa owners and

Some key industry totals and averages extracted from the report include:

·         Intelligent Spas identified 503 spa facilities located in Australia.

·         The average indoor area of spa facilities in Australia was 237 square metres.

·         52% of the total spa space was allocated to treatment rooms.

·         Spas contained six treatment rooms on average.

·         65% of spas that provided a relaxation room stated it was gender-shared, compared to 7% that provided both separate and shared rooms and 4% that offered separate rooms.

·         Baths with water and/or air jets were provided by 58% of respondents.

·         One hour body wraps were priced from $110 on average.

·         Herbal tea was the most common complimentary food or beverage item provided by spas, with 92% offering it to visitors.

·         The increase in male spa visitors was the most common, current industry trend with 29% of respondents making this observation.

·         Spa owners and managers noticed clients’ expectations of the spa experience were rising.

·         The majority of spas predicted increases in spa visits and revenue during 2006 and 2007. managers.



Aug
25
2006

Beauty Salon Listings Drop 42% in Post-Katrina New Orleans

According to the Associated Press, the New Orleans telephone book recently came out post-Hurricane Katrina, and the "Beauty Salon" listings in the Yellow Pages declined 42% from 541 individual businesses to 316.

Jul
14
2006

Natural Cosmetics Booming in France

Natural cosmetic sales are booming in France, increasing 40% in 2005, according to Organic Monitor, a business research and consulting company. Due to growing awareness of chemicals in products, consumers are shying away from traditional staples and opting for natural toiletries, makeup and hair care. A new study by Organic Monitor shows that sales are continuing to rise in 2006. In addition, with more than 1,700 choices on the market, organic products account for about one-fourth of all natural cosmetic sales.

May
15
2006

Sales Slump For European Skin Care

The European skin care market saw only a slight increase in sales for 2005. France, the largest skin care market in Europe, posted a .7% increase for a sales total of $2.3 billion—based on data from the Federation des Industries de la Parfumerie. Germany’s increase was .2% for $661 million in sales. Italy, saw a 4.8% growth in sales to $1.3 billion, according to trade association Unipro. The UK saw a drop 0.6% to $900 million, according to Taylor Nelson Sofres. Spain triumphed with an inflated growth rate of 19% to $196 million. However, the country’s growth rate, according to ACNielson, may have been influenced by pharmaceutical sales.

Apr
28
2006

The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun Receives National Award

The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun recently received the 2005 National Quality Award from Mexican President Vicente Fox Quesada. 998-881-0808

Apr
06
2006

Alberto-Culver Withdraws Recommendation of Transaction With Regis

Alberto-Culver Company announced that its board of directors has unanimously concluded that it can no longer recommend the previously announced transaction to merge its Sally Beauty and BSG operations with Regis Corporation. Alberto- Culver’s Board of directors reached its decision after considering, among other matters, Regis’ two consecutive earnings short-fall announcements since the execution of the merger agreement, significant revisions to Regis’ financial forecasts, uncertainty about Regis’ fiscal 2007 outlook and certain differences over operating and governance approaches.

The withdrawal of the recommendation follows Alberto-Culver’s unsuccessful efforts to negotiate some upward adjustment to the previously announced share exchange ratio in light of the substantial reduction in transaction value to Alberto-Culver’s shareholders since Regis’ March 21 earnings shortfall announcement and the failure of attempts to clarify related operating and board governance matters.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, Regis Corporation must determine within five business days to terminate the agreement or conclude that it wishes to ask the shareholders of the Alberto-Culver Company to vote on the transaction. Under the terms of the related Support Agreement executed by certain Company shareholders, those shareholders are now released from any obligation to vote in favor of the transaction.

Apr
04
2006

SPA NUXE Opens New Location in France

Nestled at Club Med de Peisey-Vallandry in Peisey-Vallandry, , Spa NUXE's new location features nine treatment rooms, one private couples spa, a traditional hammam and a sensorial bath. +33 4 79 04 07 61