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SpaFinder Announces Spa Partners Can Now Sell Their Own Instant Online Gift Certificates at SpaFinder.com


New York, New York (July 13, 2009) − SpaFinder, Inc., the leading spa/wellness marketing and media company, today announced the addition of a powerful new revenue-generating program for spas, allowing them to sell their own gift certificates instantly on their websites and on SpaFinder.com. Spas using SpaFinder’s SpaBooker management software will be able to take advantage of the gift certificate marketing program and reach customers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The new Instant Online Gift Certificates will be available to a potential market of millions of wellness and spa enthusiasts at SpaFinder.com and the spas’ own websites. Over the next months, the gift certificate sales program will be expanded to other highly trafficked websites.

Importantly, SpaFinder’s new gift certificate program provides consumers with the opportunity to personalize their gift of spa. During the buying process, the purchaser can choose from over ten attractive certificate templates and add a personalized message. Each gift certificate is marked with a unique barcode so it can be easily tracked and quickly redeemed when presented to the spa. The functionality works seamlessly, creating a quick new source of revenue while increasing customer convenience.

“SpaFinder’s new Instant Online Gift Certificate program can help any spa increase revenue and strengthen their relationship with valued customers,” said Peter Ellis, Chairman & CEO of SpaFinder. “Now it’s easy for spas to offer their own personalized, attractive gift certificates and make them available where millions of spa customers are searching online.”

The new offering adds another powerful feature to SpaBooker’s full product suite, which functions like the ‘OpenTable’ of spas and salons. Through SpaBooker, consumers can research menus and pricing, and then book times – selecting specific treatments from a Thai massage to an oxygen facial. Users simply pick a location, view service availability for their chosen day and time, choose the exact treatment they want, and reserve an appointment securely with their credit card or gift certificate. Their booking is confirmed instantly.

SpaBooker recently announced the launch of a new spa booking channel on Allure’s website, Allure.com, which is powered entirely by SpaBooker’s spa software.

For media, please contact Betsy Isroelit at (213) 300-0108, betsy@rbicom.com

Learn More:
To learn more about SpaBooker and/or arrange a demonstration, visit www.spa-booker.com or contact Lauren Brender, at (646) 871-5809 or at sales@spa-booker.com.

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About SpaFinder, Inc.:
The world’s largest spa media, marketing and gifting company, SpaFinder, Inc. connects millions of wellness-focused consumers with thousands of spas worldwide. SpaFinder’s media properties include the award-winning Spafinder.com, the Spa Enthusiast newsletter and the annual worldwide spa directory, Global SpaFinder. Spa Finder and its new gift division, Salon Wish, offer spa gift certificates and cards that are redeemable at a combined network of over 8,500 spas and salons worldwide and are available at thousands of retail outlets. The company’s technology division innovates new solutions that help spas build and streamline their businesses, including the popular SpaBooker online booking system. SpaFinder Europe and SpaFinder Japan offer regional spa marketing and gifting programs, including localized, native-language websites. Founded in 1986, the privately held company is headquartered in Manhattan.

About SpaBooker:
SpaBooker, a division of global spa resource SpaFinder, Inc., is a leading business management and online booking solution that connects customers from across the Internet directly to a spa’s appointment book, allowing spa-goers to view available treatments and times and book live, verified appointments. Businesses can also use this booking engine and eCommerce solution on their own websites at no additional cost.

SpaBooker is a comprehensive solution that puts all the tools a business needs a mouse-click away. SpaBooker is equipped with a complete point-of-sale (POS) system with fully integrated credit card processing, cash handling and inventory management. In addition, the credit card processing feature comes with some of the lowest merchant rates in the industry. The robust reporting options offered by SpaBooker also allow the instant export of financial information to QuickBooks and other back-office accounting systems.

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Betsy Isroelit
Betsy.Isroelit@spafinder.com 
(213) 300-0108