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Toxic fake luxury beauty products spark police fears

City of London Police are warning people about buying fake versions of luxury beauty products aſter substances such as rat drop- pings, human urine, arsenic and cyanide were found in many seized goods. Te police force said that in the UK it

is estimated at least £90m is spent every year on counterfeit luxury goods. A total of £3.5m worth of phony products have been seized by the police and 5,500 websites sell- ing fake luxury-branded goods have been suspended. Products being copied and made in unhygienic factories include make-up, perfume, sunscreen and electrical beauty items – that could cause electrocution. Details:

South Kensington spa unveiled

Comfort Zone has collabo- rated with South Kensington Club (SKC) in London, a newly-opened luxury health club measuring 25,000sq ſt (2,323sq m). Complete with a gym,

fitness studio, bathhouse, hammam, banya, saltwa- ter Watsu pool, relaxation areas, tea library, restau- rant and bars, the property is owned by hospitality and property entrepreneur Luca Del Bono – an advisor to operators including Baglioni Hotels, W Hotels, Hilton International and Corinthia Hotels. Te spa at the property has two 180sq ſt

Te health club has a gym and an abundance of wet facilities

(17sq m) treatment rooms and two additional 400sq ſt (37sq m) therapy suites, a sauna, pool and terrace. Tere is also a beauty parlour for hair styling, tanning services, bridal and event beauty grooming and male treatments. The design of the club was undertaken

internally by del Bono, given his expertise in the property market. He co-founded lifestyle group Quintessentially in 2000 and launched several brand campaigns in the luxury sector

John Bevan, COO of Spafinder Wellness, Inc

Spafinder creates Wellness Lounge for WTM 2015

World Travel Market (WTM) 2015 has partnered with Spafinder Wellness 365 to launch a specialist wellness hub called WTM Wellness lounge between 4-5 November. This new platform follows the success of the Wellness Programme launched by Spafinder at WTM 2014. Te 2014 event’s Wellness Programme

offered guests a chance to attend three expert panel discussions and the Spafinder Wellness 365 Wellness Travel Awards. Te 2015 event, however, will allow new and established members of the well- ness industry to conduct business in a dedicated lounge at ExCeL London. “Aſter our programme at WTM 2014, there

was appetite to see wellness become a travel product, just as cities, beach and ski have [become categories of their own], said John Bevan, COO of Spafinder Wellness, Inc. “For too long, the wellness and travel industries worked side by side but never crossed paths, but thanks to the foresight of WTM, we have put together a programme that will allow the two industries to meet and do business.” Details:

8 Susie Ellis: Workplace wellness will be huge

Having gained steady momentum in recent years, workplace wellness is a trend that is about to explode, according to the president and CEO of

the Global

Wellness Summit, Susie Ellis. Writing in a recent blog

post, Ellis said experience has taught her that it’s important to champion an emerging trend at the earliest stage, so that “those who want to ben- efit from seeing a trend before it gains huge momentum can come along for the ride.” The global wellness

for clients including Ermenegildo Segna and Harrods. Luca del Bono also set up Del Bono & Partners, a London property acquisition company, and a hospitality division – DB Hospitality. DB Hospitality developed the SKC concept and also operates properties in London including Mari Vanna restaurant. Seeking to promote sustainable lifestyles, Comfort Zone has developed a unique menu of facials, body treatments and rituals – fea- turing its renowned Skin Regimen Longevity Programme. Details:

Susie Ellis, president and CEO of the Global Wellness Summit

industry – now thought to be worth £2.1tn according to research by the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) – has experienced strong growth in recent years and Ellis sees workplace wellness as a major opportunity to continue this success. Noting that we are “just at the tip of

the iceberg,” Ellis predicted the scale of the trend will be huge. Ellis said her convictions had been strengthened by a

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range of encouraging developments. She cited early findings from research that will be presented at the 2015 Global Wellness Summit (GWS) in Mexico City this November, as well as conversations with a host of leading business and wellness institutions. As such, workplace wellness will be a standout sub- ject on this year’s Summit agenda, which carries the theme “Building a Well World.” Details:

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