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Sexist attitudes affecting men in beauty industry


More than one in fi ve people feel that men should not work as beauty therapists, according to a recent study looking at gender perception in certain job roles. The Attitudes in the Workplace


study, which surveyed 2,000 people in the UK and was commissioned by WorldPay Zinc, revealed that when asked about what jobs men should not do, beauty therapy came top of the list, with 26 per cent of men and 16 per cent of women agreeing with the statement. Eighteen per cent of people said they wouldn't trust a male therapist and 32 per cent were suspicious of men choosing to work as a beautician. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=B6t5p


Wearable tech which enables health tracking will have a big impact on the spa industry Spafi nder Wellness 365 forecasts top trends of 2014


Wired wellness, urban retreats, hot springs and even death are among the top themes likely to shape the spa market in 2014, according to the 11th edition of the Top 10 Global Spa and Wellness Trends Forecast 2014 from Spafi nder Wellness 365. The report, which was released in


The hotel overlooks Potala Palace


Shangri-La Himalayan hotel to launch this April


Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is set to realise its lofty ambition of a hotel and spa in the Himalayas – the highest region on earth. The Hong Kong-based hotel owner and operator will open Tibet’s Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa on 17 April. At 3,650m (11,975ft) above sea


level, the 289-key hotel is among the Himalayan mountains, glaciers and desert-like landscapes. Visitors to Lhasa are advised to acclimatise to the high altitude before exploring, and this has been incorporated into the spa, which has an oxygen lounge, refl exology sessions and a range of treatments. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=j7g7J


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January, is authored by Spafi nder Wellness president Susie Ellis and developed by company research analysts.


One of the trends Ellis is most excited about is wired wellness and the growth of wearable tech which enables health tracking and preventative interventions: “There’s just so much happening in that


arena that it will profoundly affect all of us in the years to come,” she said. Speaking to Spa Business magazine, she added that ever-increasing levels of stress in modern life are fuelling the growth of the industry. “I’ve been in the business 40 years, but the fundamentals haven’t changed – people go to spas to relax and de-stress, and now they’re in need of spa and wellness retreats more than ever.” The full 75-page report, including analy- sis of each trend and examples of trend adopters, can be downloaded via this link: http://www.spafi nder.co.uk/trends2014 Read more: http://lei.sr?a=b2G2s


Gulf Hotels signs deal for new US$8m spa complex


Gulf Hotels Group (GHG) has signed an agreement with construction fi rm Almoayyed Contracting to build a new US$8m (€5.8m, £4.8m) spa complex at The Gulf Hotel in Bahrain. The two-storey 3,100sq m (33,368sq ft) spa will have separate fl oors for men and women, featuring spa pools, hammam, sauna, steamroom, experience show- ers and treatment rooms. Palmer-Grego Associates will design the spa interior with architecture from Bahrain-based MSCEB. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=V8S5p


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