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McCarthy on his new role at Mandarin Oriental


Jeremy McCarthy, the new group direc- tor of spa for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, has spoken exclusively to Spa Business about his new role based in Hong Kong and the ethos he’ll embrace as he drives the business forward. McCarthy revealed that Mandarin Oriental’s (MO) reputation for having the best spa in any city was a major factor in his decision to leave his role at Starwood Hotel & Resorts as global spa development and opera- tions director. At MO he’s replaced Andrew Gibson who now heads up spas at FRHI (see SB14/2 p26). “The company [MO] is growing,”


McCarthy said. “We have less than 30 hotels today, but another 12 in development. This growth provides a unique opportunity to innovate around our spa and wellness offer- ing.” For McCarthy, spa and wellness go hand in hand. “I’ve been seeing a shift in the way we view wellness. We’re now realising that there are two other pieces to the puzzle: the importance of rest and the impor- tance of positive emotions.”


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FRHI appoints new director of spa operations


Lindsay Madden- Nadeau has been appointed as director of spa integration and operations at FRHI. Working along- side Andrew Gibson, FRHI’s new vice president of spa and wellness, Madden-Nadeau will act as a sup- port for the company’s spas globally across the three hotel brands of Fairmont, Raffl es and Swissôtel. “We have many new exciting projects lined up for the next few years,” Madden-Nadeau said. “I will play an integral part in the success- ful opening of each spa property." Read more: http://lei.sr?a=K6r5xs


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Viceroy to redevelop historic convent in Colombia The UNESCO World Heritage site will be transformed into a US$50m resort with two spas


The Viceroy Hotel Group and investment fi rm KIT Capital are to spend US$50m (€37m, £29m) on redeveloping Obra Pía, a former 17th century convent in Colombia, into a luxury resort with two spas. The site, in the city of Cartagena on the


north coast, was the original capital of the Spanish Empire in the New World and is now a UNESCO World Heritage location. Due to open in 2016, Convento Obra Pía, Viceroy Cartagena will be the group’s


fi rst property in South America. It will transformed into a 102-bed hotel by archi- tectural fi rm Barrera & Barrera. Historical features will be preserved, while modern amenities will include a 257sq m (2,960sq ft) courtyard pool, fi tness centre and spa. An affi liated resort on Rosario Islands will include 15 cabanas and an Asian-themed spa. Two luxury yachts will take guests to the site which is about 40 minutes away. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=P3h8R


A call to change strict massage therapy laws in Dubai


Two spa industry representatives in Dubai – Anne Cook of the Healing Zone Academy and spa consultant Daniella Russell – are working with the government to change the country’s rigorous medical healthcare laws which apply to massage therapists. The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) imple- mented strict regulations for day spa/ salon therapists in 2013 in attempt to close down unsavoury massage parlours. DHA regulates the medical profession and under its new rules, massage therapists need to undergo 500 hours of training and take a prometric test which was devised for medical massage/physiotherapists. Spa therapists also need two years’ of post-qualifi cation experience which is what the DHA expects of doctors and nurses. After much persuasion the DHA has stopped the mandatory prometric testing. But Cook and Russell are pushing for broader considerations. As it stands,


Cook and Russell (above) want to see changes


massage therapists in Dubai can't gain post- qualifi cation experience as they don’t have a licence. Cook and Russell are suggesting the DHA allows them to work under a fully- qualifi ed therapist if they already have some skills on the DHA list to gain the experience. They're also proposing that some of the 500 hours of training – which is beyond most therapist educational requirements – can be made up of other recognised quali- fi cations they've already obtained. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=5B5G4


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