Web site featuring real-time reservations launches in July

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- The spa industry will get a much-anticipated on-line lift with the launch of a new Web site in July.

Spa.com offers round-the-clock, real-time spa reservations for agents as well as consumers.

Unlike some sites that enable Web surfers to submit a request for reservations, Spa.com takes that feature one step further, enabling visitors to book the spa vacation without needing someone to get back in touch with them.

In addition to the on-line reservation system, the site offers a place for agents and consumers to buy products and purchase gift certificates.

It also features sections providing "practical information on health, fitness, wellness and travel," according to a spokeswoman for the site.

Spa.com is partnering with day, hotel/resort and destination spas around the world to offer room reservations during the first phase of the site launch.

The second phase, to launch in the fall, will feature spa treatment bookings.

In other dot.com news, SpaView.com, another site offering real-time, on-line bookings, added The Peninsula New York to its roster of spa properties, which now totals 25 resorts and hotels.

The site plans to have 200 properties linked to the site by the end of the year.

SpaView.com, a full-service Web site that features a 25-page section on each property in its lineup, launched in January.

The pages include a virtual tour of the facility, a complete spa menu, an introduction to the venue's staff and information on specials and packages.

Both Spa.com and SpaView.com pay regular commissions to travel agents on bookings from their sites.

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