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Archive for September, 2015

SpaWish/Groupon Offer to Help Bring You Business

spawish gift card groupon promotionOur promise is to drive more business to our spa and wellness partners, which is why we’re always on the lookout for new marketing opportunities that will help boost the circulation of our Spafinder Wellness 365™ Gift Cards and bring more customers through your doors. In late September, we’ll be running a limited-time Groupon offer promoting new SpaWish Bonus Cards. If you have not already begun to see these bonus cards we expect you will start to see them soon.

Please note that unlike our regular gift cards, these bonus cards have an expiration date—they are only valid through November 30, 2015. We ask that you please redeem bonus cards online no later than your close of business on November 30, 2015, and remember that like all Spafinder Wellness 365 Gift Cards and SpaWish Gift Cards, our bonus cards should be authorized prior to providing your service to the customer. We encourage you to make your staff aware of the card imagery, as well as the expiration date. (And remember, redemption is easy with our Android or iPhone mobile apps!)

Also, as a reminder, you must be signed up for a Spafinder Wellness 365 marketing program and have a Spafinder Wellness 365 ID to redeem Spafinder Wellness 365 Gift Cards, eGift Cards, and Bonus Cards. If you have not previously signed up, click here to join our program. Please also remember that it is a condition of all Spafinder Wellness 365 marketing programs that you may only submit for redemption gift cards (including bonus cards) that have been properly presented to you by a customer in exchange for products or services which you have delivered to such customer. Any attempt to circumvent these conditions will result in the gift card not being redeemed by Spafinder Wellness 365 and may result in termination from the Spafinder Wellness 365 marketing program. This is just one of the many aspects of our program in place to make sure that the redemption process is as safe and secure as possible. For additional questions or support, feel free to view our full gift card redemption instructions or contact customerservice@spafinder.com.

Additionally, please remember that SpaWish is part of the Spafinder Wellness Network.

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4 Tips to Prep for a Busy Fourth Quarter

business prep for a busy fourth quarter

The fourth-quarter can be an exciting yet daunting time: It’s excellent for business but can be hectic as well as the holidays arrive and you prep for a new year. Predetermine any chaos at your spa, fitness, or wellness property and create a more seamless year-end approach with these four tips.

  1. If you’re part of our Enhanced Listing partner program, make sure you’ve posted your business’ promotions, deals, or specials to your spafinder.com or spafinder.ca listing. Log in to the partner portal now (Canadian partners, click here).
  2. Have you downloaded the Spafinder Wellness 365 redemption app yet? Redeeming gift cards has never been easier—or quicker—than with our Android or iPhone mobile apps!
  3. Have a seasonal treatment your spa would like to share? How about a pre-holiday fitness routine your business is promoting? Send any newsworthy updates/press releases to Spafinder Wellness 365 Senior Editor Jackie Burns Brisman at jackie.burns@spafinder.com for consideration.
  4. Boost morale and calm any stress by creating a relaxing activity your staff can enjoy every day, whether it’s taking five minutes to meditate or participating in a group yoga class.
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New State of Wellness Travel Survey Shows Record Statistic

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A record 86 percent of travel agents expect growth in wellness travel in 2015, according to Spafinder Wellness 365™’s eighth annual State of Wellness Travel Survey, released September 16, 2015. Both consumers and the industry are significantly more aware of wellness travel—and travelers are seeking experiences far beyond traditional spas when it comes to booking a vacation or business trip. Read on for report findings that may be relevant to your business.

  • Awareness of Wellness Travel Growing Everywhere: Agents were asked how awareness of the wellness travel category changed in the last year, and the results show the category is on more people’s radar, on every front. Between 71-80 percent of agents report significant annual growth in awareness with consumers, travel agents, the tourism industry and hospitality industry.
  • Many Wellness Elements Matter to Travelers: Agents rated how important 16 different property wellness “elements” were for their average client, and every single component, from healthy cuisine to outdoor adventure programming to alternative medical services, rated as “important,” scoring at least a 5.9 out of 10.
  • Wellness Travel Reaches beyond Spa: The majority of agents (52 percent) report that 20 percent or less of the wellness-focused travel they book is primarily spa-focused. Just one in five agents (19 percent) say that over 50 percent of the wellness travel booked is primarily focused on spa experiences.
  • The Wellness Premium: Eighty-three percent of agents agree consumers are willing to pay a premium for wellness travel or access to healthy products and services while traveling.
  • Healthy Rise in Healthy Meetings: Seventy-nine percent of respondents report that demand for healthier business meetings (i.e., with healthy food, fitness and spa experiences) is a rising trend.
  • Wellness Travel Destinations Getting “Hotter”: As noted above, among all global regions, Asia saw the biggest growth in wellness travel bookings in the last year, and within that region, Thailand ranked first, followed by Bali/Indonesia and India. In the Americas, Costa Rica was the overwhelming leader, followed by the Caribbean Islands, Nicaragua and Brazil. In Europe, Hungary, Croatia, Turkey, Italy and Greece were standouts, and across the Middle East/Africa, the top popularity gainers were Israel, Dubai and Morocco.
  • Top Brands in Wellness Travel: When asked to name the top brands in wellness travel, agents submitted dozens of hotels, resorts, spa brands and individual properties. The top five brands identified were: Canyon Ranch, Starwood (including Westin, St. Regis and Sheraton), Four Seasons, Hyatt and Six Senses.

The full report is available here.

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Become a Cancer Aware Facility

spafinder wellness 365 & wellness for cancerElevate your business, expand your clientele, and give back to your community.

Spafinder Wellness 365 has partnered with Wellness for Cancer to help expand your knowledge, services, and business to make you more accessible to clients who live with cancer. One in three people will come across cancer in their lifetime, therefore your spa or wellness facility cannot afford to not be prepared to welcome more and more clients affected by cancer.

And because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, now is the ideal time to increase your level of comfort and confidence in delivering safe, nurturing services to clients who live with cancer.

We’ll help you—learn more.

Programs and pricing are only available to Spafinder Wellness 365 Network Partners. If you are not a partner, email us at joinnetwork@spafinder.com or sign-up online at www.spafinder.com/joinwfc.

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