Posts tagged “Leisure Insight”

The future of health and fitness within hotels

Below is an excerpt from an article I wrote for Leisure Report (A new way to serve up hotel fitness) on how I see a very different kind of health and fitness proposition for hotels. What follows is a story about Brio House, which is a hotel I conceived and ...

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On-line opinion monitoring – Leisure Report article January 2007

This is an excerpt from my recent Leisure Report article. If the company wins this contract, its business will double in size. The owners have spent the past six years crafting a business that they believe provides a great service to customers, most of the time. They have invested heavily in ...

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Is Cannons Health and Fitness Clubs the next chain to be sold?

A good source this morning informed me that Cannons may be up for sale (again!). The 67 clubs and circa 165,000 members went private in 2001 in a £360 million buy-out supported by Royal Bank of Private Equity. Although, it is one of the oldest club chains, it seems to have ...

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IHRSA European Congress

Rather belatedly, I wanted to comment on this great event that I intended back in September at the World Forum Convention Center, The Hague, Holland. The International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) hosted the event, which attracts health club operators, suppliers and consultants from across Europe. I was originally going ...

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World Leisure Congress – Hangzhou, China

This event took place in October and had the theme of ‘Leisure as integral to social, cultural and economic development.’ The event was running as part of a six-month extravaganza of exhibitions, festivals, cultural performances and entertainment. The venue? A mere $ 1 billion dollar leisure development. It’s estimated that China ...

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Medical Tourism

>I was reading an interesting article by Scott Carney -'Medical Refugees Flee to India' on the Wired News web site. A medical refugee is someone without insurance needing medical treatment as distinct from 'medical tourists' who are often travelling for non-urgent, cosmetic procedures. The USA has about 46 million ...

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Just 0.8 Health Clubs Visits Per Week

I was in a recent meeting with a representative from one of the UK's largest health club chains and discussion moved on to the average weekly attendance of their members. This is where the 0.8 figure comes from. This represents the average weekly attendance by all members over the course ...

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If you’re obese would you please leave the health club

For those health clubs in the weight loss business, you'd better watch out. The UK firm, Alizyme, has reported good results from trials involving 612 clinically obese patients and its obesity drug, Cetilistat, for diabetics. Patients involved in the trials lost significant amounts of weight and their diabetes became less ...

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Sunbed Operators Targeting Children

The Guardian reported today that children as young as 11 are using sunbeds in an attempt to emulate that `bronzed healthy look` worn by so many of today’s celebrities. The debate over the link between sunbed use and a raised risk of skin cancer has been raging for years in ...

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Another Health Club Chain Bites the Dust

I have just received details that Profiles for Women, a UK based health club chain for women has gone bust (officially in administrative receivership). As I write, these clubs have an `average` paying membership of around 500 members and turnover of around £200,000 per club. Not great, given that many ...

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