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Editor's letter: New competition

The pandemic has disrupted everything and as businesses across the leisure industry reshape themselves to survive and thrive, new competition is emerging that will change the sector

By Liz Terry, Leisure Media | Published in Health Club Management 2021 issue 7
Therme’s day resorts have full health and fitness offerings / Photo: Therme Group
Therme’s day resorts have full health and fitness offerings / Photo: Therme Group
The hospitality industry has been a sleeping giant in terms of its potential to harness the growth of health and fitness

Business is going to be like the Wild West for the next few years, with opportunities emerging, investors vying to back a ‘sure thing’, an inevitable percentage of business failures and competition coming from every direction. This much is clear from the frenzy of activity happening in the market since lockdowns started to ease around the world.

The pandemic is also re-shaping all sectors of the leisure market, making change inevitable when it comes to competition coming from new directions.

Although a big focus has been on how home fitness and digital will impact brick and mortar operations, this debate is now turning back to the reshaping of the facilities market.

The hospitality industry has been a sleeping giant in terms of its potential to harness the growth of health, fitness, activity and wellness, but the pandemic has woken it from its slumber.

The global tourism sector lost a billion trips in 2020 according to the World Tourism Organization and hotel strategists are turning their gaze to the health and fitness sector in their quest for alternative income streams from reliable, repeat customers.

We’re seeing hotel operators refurbishing their gyms or opening new ones and pointing their marketing firepower at local audiences to sign up consumers as members, bringing them head to head with gym operators.

There’s also an emerging trend within the hospitality sector of hotels changing to be full-service private members’ clubs and this will create new competition for gyms in urban locations.

The resorts sector is eyeing the fitness market too and in this issue, we talk to Stelian Iacob, CEO of Therme Group (page 16), which is doing a global roll-out of its health and wellness day resort concept, with eyes on Asia Pacific, North America and mainland Europe.

Therme is currently on-site in Manchester UK, building a 100,000sq m resort that will accommodate 7,500 people a day. This may sound ambitious, but three more are planned for the UK alone.

Therme is a broad offering, with pools and spa and wellness facilities, as well as a programme of exercise options, fitness classes, yoga and Pilates, starting at £14/day.

The company has traded well through the crisis at its existing sites and says the model is pandemic-proof.

So with all this change happening, consumers will have an increasingly wide range of choices when it comes to what they join and where and how they spend their money.

We can expect these new businesses to invest in, join and enrich our sector, as well as representing new competition. Existing health and fitness operators and trade organisations will need to be alive to the need to respond.

Liz Terry, HCM editor
[email protected]
@elizterry
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features

Editor's letter: New competition

The pandemic has disrupted everything and as businesses across the leisure industry reshape themselves to survive and thrive, new competition is emerging that will change the sector

By Liz Terry, Leisure Media | Published in Health Club Management 2021 issue 7
Therme’s day resorts have full health and fitness offerings / Photo: Therme Group
Therme’s day resorts have full health and fitness offerings / Photo: Therme Group
The hospitality industry has been a sleeping giant in terms of its potential to harness the growth of health and fitness

Business is going to be like the Wild West for the next few years, with opportunities emerging, investors vying to back a ‘sure thing’, an inevitable percentage of business failures and competition coming from every direction. This much is clear from the frenzy of activity happening in the market since lockdowns started to ease around the world.

The pandemic is also re-shaping all sectors of the leisure market, making change inevitable when it comes to competition coming from new directions.

Although a big focus has been on how home fitness and digital will impact brick and mortar operations, this debate is now turning back to the reshaping of the facilities market.

The hospitality industry has been a sleeping giant in terms of its potential to harness the growth of health, fitness, activity and wellness, but the pandemic has woken it from its slumber.

The global tourism sector lost a billion trips in 2020 according to the World Tourism Organization and hotel strategists are turning their gaze to the health and fitness sector in their quest for alternative income streams from reliable, repeat customers.

We’re seeing hotel operators refurbishing their gyms or opening new ones and pointing their marketing firepower at local audiences to sign up consumers as members, bringing them head to head with gym operators.

There’s also an emerging trend within the hospitality sector of hotels changing to be full-service private members’ clubs and this will create new competition for gyms in urban locations.

The resorts sector is eyeing the fitness market too and in this issue, we talk to Stelian Iacob, CEO of Therme Group (page 16), which is doing a global roll-out of its health and wellness day resort concept, with eyes on Asia Pacific, North America and mainland Europe.

Therme is currently on-site in Manchester UK, building a 100,000sq m resort that will accommodate 7,500 people a day. This may sound ambitious, but three more are planned for the UK alone.

Therme is a broad offering, with pools and spa and wellness facilities, as well as a programme of exercise options, fitness classes, yoga and Pilates, starting at £14/day.

The company has traded well through the crisis at its existing sites and says the model is pandemic-proof.

So with all this change happening, consumers will have an increasingly wide range of choices when it comes to what they join and where and how they spend their money.

We can expect these new businesses to invest in, join and enrich our sector, as well as representing new competition. Existing health and fitness operators and trade organisations will need to be alive to the need to respond.

Liz Terry, HCM editor
[email protected]
@elizterry
https://www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/images/2021/623144_714528.jpg
New competition for the fitness indutry is coming from every direction, says Liz Terry
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Boxing-inspired fitness operator Rumble has signed a master franchise agreement in Australia, which could see ...
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Hotel giant Accor has launched a new bespoke, premium fitness service for its upmarket Pullman ...
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People should concentrate on exercise and staying fit – rather than dieting and weight loss ...
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Sibec Europe, scheduled to take place in Cologne, Germany, from 2 to 5 November 2021, ...
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Swim England has warned that 2,000 swimming pools could be lost forever unless the government ...
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Sports Minister, Nigel Huddleston, has joined gym-goers this morning to kick-off the annual National Fitness ...
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Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Active IQ Skills Hub helps fitness professionals boost skills in post-Covid market
Suffice to say that the pandemic has completely changed the way fitness professionals work and the way consumers work out – and therein lies opportunity.
Featured operator news
Featured operator news: Being active helps Parkwood Leisure customers save the NHS £16m
Parkwood Leisure, one of the UK’s leading public leisure facilities operators, helped prevent more than 7,000 cases of stroke, dementia, depression and type 2 diabetes in 2019, saving the NHS £16 million, a new social value report has shown.
Featured operator news
Featured operator news: Everyone Active generates £342m in social value
Award-winning leisure operator Everyone Active generated £342million in social value at its sites across the country in 2019/20.
Company profiles
Company profile: Everyone Active
Everyone Active operates leisure centres in partnership with local councils across the UK. Today, Everyone ...
Company profiles
Company profile: ServiceSport (UK) Ltd
ServiceSport (UK) Ltd specialises in maintaining, servicing and re-manufacturing all brands of cardiovascular and resistance ...
Supplier Showcases
Supplier showcase - Gympass
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Exercise equipment
Pendex Fisio S.L.: Exercise equipment
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Management software
Premier Software Solutions: Management software
Independent service & maintenance
Servicesport UK Limited: Independent service & maintenance
Salt therapy products
Saltability: Salt therapy products
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
Uniforms
Service Sport: Uniforms
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Whole body cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Whole body cryotherapy
Fitness equipment
Octane Fitness: Fitness equipment
Property & Tenders
Welwyn Garden City
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
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Newport, Shropshire
Lilleshall Sports Academy
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Diary dates
13-14 Oct 2021
Online,
Diary dates
01-03 Feb 2022
Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry, United Kingdom
Diary dates
07-10 Apr 2022
Exhibition Centre , Cologne, Germany
Diary dates
15-16 Jun 2022
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
01-07 Dec 2022
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
Diary dates
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