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  • Jessica Pegula to Join Coco Gauff on U.S. Billie Jean King Cup Team in Delray Beach

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    Jessica Pegula to Join Coco Gauff on U.S. Billie Jean King Cup Team for 2023 Qualifying tie vs. Austria in Delray Beach


    February 22, 2023 – Top-ranked American and world No. 3 Jessica Pegula is confirmed to join world No. 6 Coco Gauff on the U.S. Billie Jean King Cup Team set to compete in a 2023 Qualifying tie vs. Austria April 14-15 at the Delray Beach Tennis Center in Delray Beach, Fla. 


    Pegula would be the highest-ranked player to compete for the U.S. Billie Jean King Cup Team since No. 1 Serena Williams in 2015. Pegula and Gauff together would give the U.S. team two players ranked inside the Top 6 on the same squad for the first time since the 2005 World Group First Round, when No. 1 Lindsay Davenport and No. 4 Serena Williams featured for a U.S. squad that defeated Belgium, also at the Delray Beach Tennis Center.


    Pegula reached the singles final at the WTA 500 tournament in Doha, Qatar, last week, and won the doubles title there with Gauff. Gauff is currently ranked No. 2 in doubles and Pegula No. 4.


    The U.S. team will feature a total of 4-5 players. The final team nominations will be made by March 13.


    The Qualifier is a best-of-five match series that begins Friday, April 14, with two singles matches. Two reverse singles matches and a doubles match will follow on Saturday, April 15, with an amended Saturday schedule possible if one nation clinches victory in the third or fourth singles match.


    Tickets are on sale to the general public via Ticketmaster.com. Visit usta.com/billiejeankingcup for more information.

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  • Norse Atlantic - NY to Paris this Spring....

    Party in Paris this Spring

    Fly to Paris this spring with Norse Atlantic Airways
    FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA -Paris – the city of love and excitement and if it’s good enough for Emily – it’s good enough for us. You can now fly to the French capital (CDG) from New York (JFK) with Norse Atlantic Airways from March 26, 2023.  With flights going from just $159 one-way, a gift of a trip to Paris is the perfect Valentine’s Day present for your one true love.
    Bård Nordhagen, Commercial Director, Norse Atlantic Airways, says: “Paris is the ultimate city of love, the perfect getaway for couples in need of some private time, or perhaps destined for a proposal. Just over a seven-hour flight from New York, it offers culture, adventure, amazing cuisine, the very best hotels and unrivaled  history and art that will educate and entertain.  We are thrilled to offer an affordable travel option for our American travelers who want to experience French glamour first-hand this spring.”
    Norse provides their top five reasons why Paris should be on your must-see list in 2023:
    • It’s the city of love – As you walk the beautiful cobbles of Paris and view the amazing Eiffel Tower hand in hand with your one true love, it is bound to give you that warm, fuzzy feeling. The countless charming bars and restaurants give the perfect setting for a couple’s love to blossom.
    • The Art – The Louvre, home to the Mona Lisa, is the world’s most visited art museum in the world for a reason. And you’ve got the Musee d’Orsay, housing impressionist and post-impressionist art from the likes of Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh, as well as The Centre Pompidou, Paris Museum of Modern Art and the Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin to choose from.
    • The Food – The French are, of course, famous for their food and drink, with new and unique restaurants popping up all the time, while traditional greats have remained for decades, stalwarts of French society. These include Bouillon Chartie, Café de la Paix and Le Train Bleu.
    • The History - The Palace of Versailles, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montremarte and the Sainte-Chapelle are just five of the architectural beauties that you must see when arriving in Paris.
    • The River Seine – The stunning river flows through the heart of the city and provides a picturesque walkway or a wonderful river cruise, particularly by night.
    Providing  comfort and affordability all in one airline, there is no better option than to fly to Paris with Norse Atlantic.  
    The airline launched in March 2021 and is a new long-haul, low-cost airline that offers transatlantic routes. Gone are the days of low comfort and high prices. With Norse Atlantic, travelers can experience affordable fares to destinations and great service on board modern and more fuel-efficient Dreamliners.
    You can fly to Paris from New York on the following routes:
    JFK – CDG $159 (oneway)
    Norse Atlantic offers two cabin choices, Economy and Premium. Passengers can choose from a simple range of fares, Light, Classic and Plus, that reflect the way that they want to travel, and which options are important to them. Light fares represent Norse’s value option, while Plus fares include the maximum baggage allowance, two meal services, an enhanced airport and onboard experience and increased ticket flexibility. 
    The large and spacious Boeing 787 Dreamliner cabin offers passengers a relaxed and comfortable travel experience, with each seat including a personal state of the art entertainment experience. Our Premium cabin offers an industry leading 43” seat pitch and 12” recline, allowing passengers to arrive at their destination feeling refreshed and ready to explore.  
    To book and for more information on Norse Atlantic please visit www.flynorse.com 
    About Norse Atlantic Airways 
    Norse Atlantic Airways is a new airline that offers affordable fares on long-haul flights, primarily between Europe and the United States. The company was founded by CEO and major shareholder Bjørn Tore Larsen in March 2021. Norse has a fleet of 15 modern, fuel-efficient and more environmentally friendly Boeing 787 Dreamliners that will serve destinations including New York, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Oslo, London, Berlin and Paris. The company's first flight took off from Oslo to New York on June 14, 2022. 
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  • ISPA Release Big Five Statistics

                                                  Spa Industry Revenues Rebound from 2020 Lows


    LEXINGTON, Kentucky. (May 3, 2022) – The International SPA Association (ISPA) released the findings of the 2022 ISPA U.S. Spa Industry Study, which indicate a return to near pre-pandemic industry revenue levels even as staffing challenges persist. In addition, ISPA released a new consumer snapshot report detailing the evolving habits of contemporary spa-goers.

    The ISPA Foundation commissioned PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to conduct both studies. The U.S. Industry Study presents the “Big Five” spa industry statistics: total revenue, total spa visits, spa locations, revenue per visit and total number of U.S. spa industry employees. The consumer snapshot report captured the spending and spa-going habits of U.S. consumers, which indicate strong demand for spa services and an increased focus on personal well-being and at-home care.

    “ We are thrilled to report strong signs of recovery for our industry, including a six billion dollar increase in total revenue,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees. “We are confident that this positive trend will continue, and we look forward to seeing how members use this new industry and consumer data to further elevate the industry.”

    The study reveals that U.S. Spa Industry revenues grew from $12.1 billion in 2020 to $18.1 billion, an increase of more than 49 percent and just below the industry’s all-time high of $19.1 billion in 2019. The number of spa visits grew from 124 million in 2020 to 173 million, while the total number of U.S. spas fell only slightly from 21,560 in 2020 to 21,510 in 2021. A notable increase in revenue per spa visit—up from $97.5 in 2020 to $104.5 last year—played a crucial role in elevating industry revenues. The number of industry employees also rose in 2021, increasing to 345,000 from 304,800 in 2020.

    “This year’s U.S. Spa Industry Study indicates a significant bounce back from the depths of the pandemic in 2020,” said Colin McIlheney, Global Research Leader, PwC. “The overall revenue growth, substantial increase in visits and sharp rise in revenue per visit are particularly encouraging as the industry continues its recovery.”

    The complete study will be released later this year.


    About the ISPA Foundation:

    The ISPA Foundation is the 501(c)3 arm of ISPA and was created in 1999 to serve the educational and research needs of the industry. The ISPA Foundation’s mission is to improve and enhance the value of the spa experience; their vision is to advance spa culture to sustain health and well-being.


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    After nearly a decade, Red Bull Culture Clash returns to L.A. and will feature four of the best West Coast and International party crews

    - Gasolina, The Do-Over, Subsuelo and Recreo - each curating a stage


    Tickets available now: https://win.gs/RBCCLA


    Santa Monica, CA – May 3, 2022 – Red Bull Culture Clash, the innovative live music experience featuring four opposing crews on four separate stages, is excited to announce official details for its return to Los Angeles - after a decade away. Coming June 24th to the Shrine Expo Hall, Red Bull Culture Clash Los Angeles will bring a once-in-a-lifetime music experience to attendees to highlight the Latinx musical and cultural diaspora across styles like reggaeton, global bass and hip-hop, in one of the largest U.S. clashes yet. Fans can expect performances from Tony Touch, Sky Rompiendo, Ape DrumsLos Rakas, Álvaro DÍaz, DJ Playero, DJ Blass, and the return of the legendary reggaeton duo, Luny Tunes, among others.


    Tickets for Red Bull Culture Clash Los Angeles are available now: RedBull.com/CultureClash


    Red Bull Culture Clash Los Angeles will bring together four of the West Coast’s biggest party crews - Gasolina, The Do-Over, Subsuelo and Recreo - who are each given the freedom to take over a corner of the venue and face off for a four-round bout, bringing big sound, heavy tunes, fierce competition and an exciting roster of special guests, all in an effort to outshine their competition and win over the crowd – because at Red Bull Culture Clash, the crowd decides who reigns supreme.


    Alongside Red Bull Culture Clash Los Angeles, Shop Latinx will create a unique shopping experience highlighting the passionate and talented Latinx creatives in the world of fashion. Positioned inside the venue, this experience will celebrate a community moment featuring a one-of-a-kind marketplace.


    Drawing a sold-out crowd when it last took place stateside in Atlanta in 2018, Red Bull Culture Clash aims to showcase each host city’s unique musical and cultural offerings across its past, present and future. Inspired by Jamaican sound system culture, Red Bull Culture Clash features head-to-head performances from four crews over four distinct rounds. Red Bull Culture Clash Los Angeles will follow Red Bull Culture Clash New York, which takes place May 19 at Warsaw.


    For more information on Red Bull Culture Clash and how the format works across four stages, visit www.redbull.com/cultureclash.


    Read on for all details and ticket info for the June 24th Los Angeles show:



    GASOLINAGasolina, originally started at Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, is a community for Reggaeton & Latin music fans - consistently pushing the culture forward. The group has grown to be the largest reggaeton party in the United States, bringing over 1,500+ attendees to iconic venues across the country.

    Featuring: Luny Tunes, DJ Playero, DJ Blass, Oplus


    THE DO-OVER: Established in 2005 in Los Angeles, the magical tropical daytime get-down has spread its fun-loving funky sounds across the world with a philosophy of keeping all guest DJ’s a mystery encouraging attendees to leave all hype and expectations at home. Expect the unexpected - from disco to dancehall, house to hip-hop, soul to samba.

    Featuring: Tony Touch


    SUBSUELOSubsuelo is a Los Angeles global bass crew, founded in 2011, that experiments with futuristic dance parties and old-school tropical music. The group started as a house party bringing cumbia, hip-hop, salsa, house, reggaeton, dancehall, baile funk, kuduro and all kinds of global bass variations to life for local communities and friends. Along with the DJs, Subsuelo also features a live flamenco band that performs traditional cante jondo and experiments with genre-bending fusions and collaborations. The group has performed at top music festivals including Coachella, Boiler Room at the MoMA in New York City, Manana & Musicabana in Cuba, Supersonico in Los Angeles, Genius Loci in Mexico, Joshua Tree Music Festival, Northern Nights, Boogaloo and more.

    Featuring: Ape Drums, Los Rakas


    RECREOCreated in 2020 by J Balvin’s Creative Director and founder of Broke Kids Music Label, DJ Milkman, Recreo’s presence in the music and party scene expands across North America and Europe, including Los Angeles, New York City, Mexico City, Las Vegas, Chicago and most recently at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Although new to the scene, Recreo is looking to take the title at Red Bull Culture Clash Los Angeles this June. 

    Featuring: Sky Rompiendo, Álvaro Díaz


    WHEN: Friday, June 24 at 5:00 p.m. PT

    WHERE: Red Bull Culture Clash Los Angeles will take place at The Shrine Expo Hall in Downtown Los Angeles.




    To learn more about the event format and what to expect, and to purchase tickets for Red Bull Culture Clash Los Angeles, visit www.redbull.com/cultureclash.



    Follow along at #redbullcultureclash


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    LEXINGTON, KY. (April 16, 2020) – The International SPA Association (ISPA) is working collectively with
    numerous global spa members to lead the development of resources designed to help spas reopen safely
    and responsibly following the coronavirus crisis.

    As spas around the world have closed in response to the pandemic, ISPA has been in frequent, close
    communication with leaders from across the industry, gathering their insights and creating resources to
    help guide those in the industry through this challenging period. Now, as spas turn their attention toward
    reopening their doors, it’s critical to equip them with the tools essential to completing that process

    The resources ISPA is developing include recommended operating procedures for reopening a spa,
    updated sanitation and hygiene standards for the spa industry, checklists for reopening preparedness and
    employee education, templates for guest communications and downloadable sanitation standards
    materials for display in the spa. Each of these assets is being developed in collaboration with a diverse
    group of experienced professionals from every corner of the spa industry. ISPA believes this approach will
    best serve the industry as a whole by ensuring that the needs of every type of spa are given full

    “The spa industry is once again showing its commitment to a stronger future through this cooperative
    effort,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees. “ISPA looks forward to putting these tools into the hands of
    those who can use them to safely, confidently welcome guests back into their spas when the time comes.
    We know that guests’ peace of mind will be critical to the reopening process, so a big part of this effort is
    strengthening the already rigorous sanitation standards practiced within the industry, offering guidance
    on communicating those standards to guests and protecting spa employees.”
    ISPA Chairman Garrett Mersberger echoed those sentiments and praised the volunteers working together
    for the good of the spa industry. “We need to relay to our guests that spas are safe, clean spaces and that
    they’ve always been safe. Every member needs us now, but we have to be data-driven, we have to be
    patient and we have to support each other.”

    ISPA expects to make the first of these resources available later this month. In addition to these resources,
    ISPA will be releasing the findings of a new consumer study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers that
    highlights key insights from both the spa-goer and non-spa-goer audiences in late April.

    About the International SPA Association: ISPA, with its headquarters in Lexington, KY and managed by Associations International, is recognized worldwide as the leading professional organization and voice of the spa industry. Founded in 1991, ISPA advances the spa industry by providing invaluable educational and networking opportunities, promoting the value of the spa experience and speaking as the authoritative voice to foster professionalism and growth. More details on ISPA are available on

    experienceispa.com. ISPA’s COVID-19 resources can be found here https://experienceispa.com/resources/covid-19. To view a message from the ISPA Chairman click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hD7e9p6K6c .



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