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Bally Total Fitness has opened its 10th franchise in China through a joint venture with China Sports Industry. Located in Shijiazhuang city in Hebei province, the new 45,000-square-foot facility makes Bally the largest chain of fitness centers in China.

LA Fitness is opening a new club in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In the next six months, the company will open a 45,000-square-foot facility in a shopping center that is still under construction. The company plans to open another 10 to 12 locations over the next three years in the Dallas area.

Steiner Leisure announced that its Mandara Spa brand has signed an agreement with Oceania Cruises for a five-year term through August 2009. This new agreement provides for Mandara Spa to be the exclusive provider of unique spa and massage services, hair dressing, beauty treatments, and fitness programs aboard the luxury vessels Insignia and Regatta, as well as on all ships it introduces into service during the term of this agreement.

The University at Albany's Recreation and Convocation Center started a $1.5 million renovation project. The 11-year-old facility will have its playing surfaces and indoor track replaced along with an upgrade of its electrical and sound systems. Renovations are scheduled to be completed by the end of November.

Solinca, a health and fitness chain in Portugal, plans to open three to six new clubs in Portugal and Spain during the next year.

My Gym Children's Fitness Centers and Sandals Beaches Resorts are joining together to offer a seven day/six night family vacation for four to Beaches Resorts in Jamaica. The trip includes all meals, snacks, drinks, watersports, landsports, taxes, transfers and gratuities. Anyone can enter the sweepstakes, which runs from through December 15, 2004, by going to

Fitness First opened its new concept club, Fitness First Platinum, in Sydney, Australia. The club is in an exclusive shopping center in Sydney and offers views of the Harbor. This is the 400th Fitness First club in the world, and the company expects to attract 8,000 members to the facility.

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