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McCall Wilson sets up hospitality consultancy


Anne McCall Wilson, former head of global spa operations at Fairmont Raffl es Hotels International (FRHI), has announced she is to launch her own boutique strategic advisory consultancy, McCall & Wilson. The new fi rm will serve global spa,


wellness and hospitality businesses. Industry insiders had been spec- ulating about McCall Wilson’s next move following the news that Andrew Gibson (see below) is to replace her. McCall & Wilson will provide trendspotting and insight into busi- ness opportunities, as well as counsel in vision and strategy. It will also offer concept and design/brand development and feasibility.


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Asia's YTL Hotels takes over UK Thermae Bath Spa YTL Hotel's executive director Dato' Mark Yeoh (centre) at the Thermae Bath Spa handover


YTL Hotels, owner of the soon-to-open Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel, UK, has strengthened its grip on the ancient spa town’s wellness facilities by acquiring the operating contract of Thermae Bath Spa. YTL Hotels, which is the hospitality division of Malaysian infrastructure con- glomerate YTL Corporation, has obtained the contract of the thermal spa facility from former operators Thermae Development Company for an undisclosed fee.


Thermae Bath Spa will be operated by Bath Hotel and Spa Limited (BHSL) – a YTL Hotels subsidiary originally set up to manage the Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel which also incorporates natural thermal waters. The two operations, however, will run as separate businesses. The deal ensures that jobs at Thermae Bath Spa, which employs more than 170 people, will be safeguarded. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=9T4j2


There are 380 thermal spas in Italy


Italian thermal spas see shoots of a recovery


Italy’s recession-hit thermal spas are showing “timid signs of a turn- around,” according to data from industry body Federterme, which represents 380 thermal bathing and spa facilities in the country. The latest Italian spa performance


survey was revealed in November at the Spa Tourism Expo in Rimini. Fedeterme president Costanzo Jannotti Pecci said: “Between January to September 2013, turnover and operating profi t have shown tentative signs of improve- ment. It’s too early to talk about a real reversal, but the data indicates a slow recovery.”


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Gibson swaps Mandarin for Fairmont VP position


Andrew Gibson, group director of spa at Mandarin Oriental Hotels Group (MOHG), has left the company to take up the role of vice-president for spa and wellness at Fairmont Raffl es Hotels International (FRHI). Gibson, who’s headed up spas for the Asian-based group for nearly seven years, oversaw operations of 24 MOHG spas around the world. The most recent opening was the 2,415sq m (26,000sq ft) spa at Mandarin Oriental Pudong in Shanghai. At FRHI he’ll replace Anne McCall Wilson, taking charge of all spas for the luxury hotel management company, which operates over 105 hotels globally under the Fairmont, Raffl es and Swissôtel brands. Gibson took up the new post at the end of January and told Spa Business he’s “thoroughly looking forward” to the new opportunity. Notable hotels in the FRHI group include


Raffl es Singapore, The Fairmont San Francisco and London’s The Savoy.


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Andrew Gibson with Anne McCall Wilson, who he will replace at FRHI


Gibson, a founding board member of the Global Spa and Wellness Summit and co-chair for the 2013 event, has worked in the spa industry for over 25 years. Prior to joining MOHG, he was a partner in spa con- sultancy Raison d’Etre and before that he was managing director of Six Senses Spas. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=w3g6g


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