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w przedwczorajszym dodatku Business do New York Times ukazal sie wywiad z wlascicielem firmy spa, posiadajacej 70 spa i zwiazanych z kolejnymi 200 spa na calym swiecie. Co ciekawe, spa medyczne trzymaja sie, tak samo te zabiegajace o mezczyzn. Mozna przypuszczac, ze nie lepsza sytuacja na polskim rynku spa. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/28/business/28interview.html?ref=business Recession Hits Luxury Spa Business Across Countries LIKE most other industries, the spa business is being affected by the downturn in the global economy. Susan Harmsworth, chief executive of Espa, a company based in Britain, reports that since October, 20 of her company’s spa projects had been either postponed or canceled. On a recent visit to Manhattan, Ms. Harmsworth discussed the spa business and its prospects. Q. How long have you been in the spa industry? A. I’ve been in the spa business since 1970. I started a design consultancy to five-star hotels in 1988. I launched Espa, the brand, in 1993. Q. How big is your operation? A. We’re working in 55 countries, we have 45 projects under construction, we have about 20 gone on hold in this climate, we have about 70 spas we manage globally now, and we have about 200 spas that we supply products, treatments, training to. Our revenues are probably around £20 million for the year ending April 1, 2009. That’s product and services, fees for management, design and recruitment. This doesn’t include revenue from each spa individually. Q. Which hotel brands do you work with and what is your business arrangement with them? A. We do all the One & Only hotels and all the Leela hotels in India. We do most Peninsulas, a lot of Ritz-Carltons, we work with Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons, Bulgari. We have an operating contract for a period of usually about 15 years, and we get a base fee and a percentage on turnover and profit. Q. Why did you sell 40 percent of Espa to Istithmar World Capital, a private equity arm of Dubai World, last year? A. The spa industry isn’t as profitable as people think, and to manufacture very high-quality products is also expensive. It’s not like mass toiletries. So we built the infrastructure of our company and our team and our global presence very slowly and very solidly. When Istithmar approached us, we felt that the opportunity to maximize that a little bit quicker would make it much easier. Q. How is the recession affecting Espa’s business? A. We decided to go out and see all our clients, because our clients are huge international developers. We wanted to work out which sites were literally happening. The sites that were in planning that are on hold while they refinance are Kazakhstan, Costa Rica, Dubai, Macao, Las Vegas. The recession is the worst I’ve ever seen because it’s so totally global. There’s not a market that hasn’t been affected. I don’t have a client that’s not affected. Clever developers are doing the design phases of everything, of the whole resort, and then they’re waiting because they think all bids from construction companies will go down. They may wait for another year or two. Projects have been canceled altogether because they can’t be financed or the company’s gone down. We have 10 projects that are on hold temporarily, there are probably 10 that have gone permanently, but then we gained others in December, in London, Marrakesh, Paris and another in Las Vegas. And 11 spas are opening in 2009. Q. What are the trends now in the spa business? A. More people are going to spas in groups. There’s an increase in male treatments, a lot of our city spas are 45 percent men. We’re seeing the medi-spa. In the States, it does noninvasive procedures including fillers, microdermabrasion, Botox. We’re seeing a big increase in spa cuisine. Q. What treatment do you recommend for stressed-out Americans? A. What I recommend is they don’t do this thing of running in for a 50-minute massage and then running out back to the office, which does them no good whatsoever. What we’ve found in the United States is that once somebody has felt the physiological advantage of using a steam room or heated jet pool, having a little sleep with an herbal tea, having a massage and having another little sleep, they just feel so totally different that they start then to think in a different way. You’ve got to try and slow people down and ground them. http://massagethai.info kurs masaz tajski warszawa http://massagelondon.org massage therapy London thai

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