Hotels scale back on spa operations as demand wanes

Not so long ago, the demands of business as well as leisure travelers resulted in almost every major hotel featuring a lavish, oversize spa. The economic downturn, however, has changed the game, eliminating the need for large, expensive spas. Many hotels have scaled back their spas as well as the services offered. "What's keeping them alive is the community that books services, the locals who go there for their upkeep -- not the hotel traveler," said Mary Bemis, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Organic Spa Magazine. "Most people who are visiting spas just want to use the fitness center and steam room rather than book a long treatment."

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