GSWS media partner, Professional Spa & Wellness Magazine, reports on the announcement of the $3.4 trillion Spa & Wellness Industry


Posted on Saturday, September 13th, 2014, by Beth McGroarty | Leave a Comment

GSWS media partner, Professional Spa & Wellness Magazine, reports on announcement made by SRI International regarding the now $3.4 trillion Spa & Wellness industry. Senior SRI analysts Katherine Johnston and Ophelia Yeung presented the data in a preview of the Global Spa & Wellness Economy Report, which will be published at the end of the month.

2014 Global Spa and Wellness Economy Research Report by SRI International Katherine Johnston

2014 Global Spa and Wellness Economy Research Report by SRI International Katherine Johnston

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GSWS media partner, Professional Spa & Wellness Magazine, reports the Global Spa & Wellness Summit


Posted on Saturday, September 13th, 2014, by Beth McGroarty | Leave a Comment

GSWS media partner, Professional Spa & Wellness Magazine,  reports on the kickoff of the Global Spa & Wellness Summit.  The Summit focused on the spa and wellness market in Africa, spa education initiatives and the latest wellness tourism economy figures during day one of the Summit.  

Brimming with Opportunity The Spa and Wellness Scene in Africa with moderator Magatte Wade

Brimming with Opportunity The Spa and Wellness Scene in Africa with moderator Magatte Wade

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SRI International in conjunction with the Global Spa & Wellness Summit presented the 2014 Global Spa & Wellness Economy Report


Posted on Friday, September 12th, 2014, by Beth McGroarty | Leave a Comment

SRI International in conjunction with the Global Spa & Wellness Summit released an updated report on the global and regional spa industry and presented on the wider wellness market. This update is the first for the spa industry since 2008 and for the wellness industry since 2010.

2014 Global Spa and Wellness Economy Research Report by SRI International Ophelia Yeung

2014 Global Spa and Wellness Economy Research Report by SRI International Ophelia Yeung

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GSWS media partner, Spa Business magazine, reports on Day One of the Global Spa & Wellness Summit


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GSWS media partner, Spa Business magazine,  reports on day one of the Global Spa & Wellness Summit.  Spa Business writer Liz Terry writes about the invitation only event that kicked off on September 10 in Marrakech, Morocco, with more than 400 delegates gathering from 45 countries to share knowledge and best practice.

Alexis Jones, moderator

Alexis Jones, moderator

The Global Spa and Wellness Summit (GSWS) kicked off in Marrakech, Morocco, today (10 September), with more than 400 delegates gathering from 45 countries to share knowledge and best practice.

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Dr. Nasim Ashraf Speaks of a Future with Predictive and Personalized Medicine


Posted on Thursday, September 11th, 2014, by Beth McGroarty | Leave a Comment

In case you missed the Knowledge Workshop by Dr. Nasim Ashraf (from the DNA Center for Integrative Medicine & Wellness in Abu Dhabi), it was fascinating and wide-ranging…

Dr. Ashraf discussed how predictive and personalized medicine – using genetic testing and epigenetics to ‘outsmart your genes’ – will completely transform the healthcare landscape in the next decade. Epigenetics is the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression rather than alteration of the genetic code itself, and it’s a science that zeros in on this essential truth: our genes may hold the gun on what diseases/conditions we will develop – but it’s our environment and lifestyle that pulls the trigger.

Sponsored Knowledge Workshop A New Model of Health & Wellness Dr Nasim Ashraf, Founder, DNA Health Corp, United Arab Emirates

Sponsored Knowledge Workshop A New Model of Health & Wellness Dr Nasim Ashraf, Founder, DNA Health Corp, United Arab Emirates

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GSWS media partner, Day Spa magazine, reports on Day One of the Global Spa & Wellness Summit


Posted on Thursday, September 11th, 2014, by Beth McGroarty | Leave a Comment

GSWS media partner, Day Spa Magazine, reports on the busy series of events that were day one of the Global Spa & Wellness Summit. Day Spa Magazine writer Lisa Starr outlined items that were discussed like Africa being the last frontier of wellness tourism or curveballs to the industry like 3D printing or robotics. It all encapsulates a busy yet groundbreaking day of keynote speakers, knowledge forums, and discussions that will stimulate the spa industry for the year to come. 

Magatte Wade, CEO & Founder, Tiossan, Senegal speaks from the heart about the future of Africa

Magatte Wade, CEO & Founder, Tiossan, Senegal speaks from the heart about the future of Africa

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GSWS media partner, Spa Business magazine, reports on Mentors for Spa Management Training


Posted on Thursday, September 11th, 2014, by Beth McGroarty | Leave a Comment

GSWS media partner, Spa Business magazine,  reports on the list of mentors for the recently announced spa manager mentorship programme as part of the Global Spa Management Education Initiative have been revealed at the Global Spa and Wellness Summit (GSWS) currently taking place in Marrakech, Morocco. 

Special Welcome from Morocco - Lahcen Haddad, PhD, Minister of Tourism, Kingdom of Morocco

Special Welcome from Morocco – Lahcen Haddad, PhD, Minister of Tourism, Kingdom of Morocco

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GSWS media partner, Spa Business magazine reports on the Start of the Global Spa & Wellness Summit


Posted on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014, by Beth McGroarty | Leave a Comment

GSWS media partner, Spa Business magazine,  reports on the start of the Global Spa & Wellness Summit on September 10. Spa Business writer, Helen Andrews, touched upon new events like the 2014 Spa & Wellness Economy Research Report and the third annual Spa Education Forum.  Both have been greatly anticipated by the Global wellness community.

Pete Ellis welcomes delegates to the 8th Annual Global Spa & Wellness Summit in Morocco

Pete Ellis welcomes delegates to the 8th Annual Global Spa & Wellness Summit in Morocco

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NEW WELLNESS TOURISM DATA


Posted on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014, by Beth McGroarty | Leave a Comment

Many missed SRI International’s presentation updating global wellness tourism numbers, because, understandably, they couldn’t miss retail/tech expert, Paul Price’s, fantastic keynote.image

Since SRI released its major report on the global wellness tourism market a year ago – the GROWTH JUST KEEPS ON GROWING.

Global revenues jumped from $439 billion USD in 2012 to $494 billion in 2013 – or 12.5% growth. Wellness travel now represents 14.6% of all travel spending worldwide.

From 2012 to 2013 wellness travel trips spiked 11.8% – from 524 million to 586.5 million.

Domestic wellness trips (the lion’s share of the market, at 68% of spend) grew 12.1%. International trips grew 10.1%

Primary wellness trips (13% of market) grew 11.2% – while secondary trips grew 11.9% in a year.
International wellness tourists now spend 59% more than the average border-crossing tourist – while domestic wellness travelers spend 159% more.

Market revenue leaders: North America $196.5 billion USD – Europe $178.1 billion – Asia-Pacific $84.1 billion – Latin America/Caribbean $25.9 billion – Africa $3.2 billion.

But look at the developing story for developing regions…Growth from 2012 to 2013: Sub-Saharan Africa 57% – Middle East/North Africa 39% – Asia-Pacific 21% – Latin America 16% – Europe 12% and North America 8%.

Check out Morocco: they doubled their wellness travel trips and expenditures from 2012 to 2013 – to $2.2 million trips and $1.7 billion USD in revenue.