Posts tagged “Leisure Insight”

Are micro health clubs the future?

Given that few standard health clubs seem to offer a personalised service as part of the membership price, it was interesting to read about the forthcoming launch of the 25 Club in Hanover Square, Mayfair, London. This £750,000, 2,000 square foot (186 square metre) club is setting a membership limit of ...

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IHRSA encourages American gym operators to read Mastering Health Club Management

It was great to finalise arrangements with IHRSA that sees Mastering Health Club Management being sold via the IHRSA on-line book store. It is now possible to download individual chapters from the book at just $12 per chapter, allowing readers to pick and choose the most relevant content. There is ...

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Obama is leading a movement

I was watching last night’s news on the Obama versus Clinton presidential nomination campaign. The reporter said something very insightful after reporting that Obama was racing ahead of Clinton in the polls. He said: ‘Obama is leading a movement, while Clinton is campaigning’. This took me back to a ...

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What does your fitness club stand for? Presentation by Ray Algar:Part Two

This is part two of the presentation I delivered to Scandinavian fitness club operators and owners at the Healthy Business Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden during December 2007. Please let me know what you think. ------------------------------------------------- What Does Your Fitness Club Stand For? Part 2

Innovate or Evaporate – ILAM Ireland Conference October 2007

> The above title was the theme for this year’s ILAM Ireland Conference held in Trim, a few miles outside of Dublin. I was one of the overseas speakers along with Debra Siena, Regional Vice President of Tennis Corp of America, Andy McCabe, Operations Director from Greenwich Leisure Ltd, Duncan ...

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Chessington World of Adventures – a magical world of queues and sweets

>I recently spent the day with my family at Chessington World of Adventures and the stand out moments for me was riding on the Dragon’s Fury rollercoaster and observing some of the bizarre operational practices that are designed to extract revenue. Welcome to the world of ...

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David Lloyd Leisure Purchased by London & Regional Properties

So, after much speculation, contracts have been exchanged on the sale of the 69 UK, Irish and European clubs. Versailles Bidco Limited, a company owned by London & Regional Holdings Limited and Bank of Scotland Corporate agreed a cash sum of £925 million, equivalent to £13.4 million per club or ...

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Collaborative Consumption article by Ray Algar

Below is an article I wrote for Leisure Report magazine in April 2007 which discusses the emerging idea of collaborative consumption. Spare a moment for those poor retailers who still insist on putting 'things' in windows, accompanied by a fixed price tag. How quaint. In bygone times when asymmetrical information flourished ...

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Welcome to the world of Tuangou

Tuangou is the Chinese phenomenon of groups of people clustering together in order to drive down the price of goods and services. I think of it in terms of 'collaborative consumption'. Presently, I am researching an article for Leisure Report on Tuangou and its ramifications for the leisure industry. Can ...

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Data forum formed to help analyse UK health & fitness industry research

Good to see that the key providers of market data on the UK health & fitness industry are starting to collaborate rather than compete. The Fitness Industry Association (FIA) has formed a Data Forum to review and rationalise the growing body of data released by various primary research agencies. The ...

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