Our Continuing Evolution


Posted on Friday, January 16th, 2015, by PaulinaT | Leave a Comment

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Dear Faithful Weekender Reader,

First of all, thank you for being part of our Weekender communication these past few years. We have enjoyed bringing you ideas and topics of interest, primarily borne of the Global Spa and Wellness Summit. Whether or not you have attended one of our Summits, we consider all of you part of our global community. Continue reading

2015: The year of the Ministry of Wellness?


Posted on Friday, January 16th, 2015, by Susie Ellis | Leave a Comment

Dear Colleagues,

Today our motto of “Joining Together. Shaping the Future” resonated in a very exciting way, and I wanted to share the news.

The Huffington Post published an article entitled, “2015: The Year of the Ministry of Wellness?”.  It was a direct result of our 2014 Summit in Morocco!  Guillaume Lefevre, President & Co-Founder of THÉMAÉ, came up to me at our farewell champagne toast and asked if the Global Wellness Institute might consider introducing the idea of governments around the world establishing a Ministry of Wellness. Continue reading

Memory Lane 2014 and Crystal Ball 2015


Posted on Friday, January 16th, 2015, by Susie Ellis | Leave a Comment

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am sitting at my breakfast counter enjoying a few moments of quiet during a warm and lovely holiday break.  At this peaceful time, I am moved to share some thoughts with you.  I started writing this email as a “year-end message” and then decided to write a “year-beginning message.”  Those of you who know me well will understand that I’ve decided that it now has to be a little of each. Continue reading

The Business of Wellness


Posted on Saturday, December 20th, 2014, by PaulinaT | Leave a Comment

weekender122014Growing the $3.4 trillion wellness industry was the topic under discussion at a recent gathering of 17 executives from leading wellness-related companies and organizations. The lively roundtable discussion took place at the French Embassy in New York City on November 19.

The group identified five key opportunities for growth in the industry:
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Weekender – 8th Annual GSWS Takeaways: Women in Wellness


Posted on Wednesday, November 26th, 2014, by PaulinaT | Leave a Comment

weekender112114_v3At the 2014 Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) in Morocco, we had the pleasure of awarding the first-ever “Leading Woman in Wellness” award to Magatte Wade, a prominent Senegalese entrepreneur who also has been named a “Young Global Leader” by the Davos Global Economic Forum and one of the “20 Youngest Power Women in Africa” by Forbes. Desiree Watson, president and CEO of Wellness Interactive, Inc., presented the award. Continue reading

Listen to Travel Journalist Peter Greenberg’s Radio Show from Moroccan Summit


Posted on Friday, November 14th, 2014, by PaulinaT | Leave a Comment

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Peter Greenberg, travel editor for CBS News, joined us as a speaker and moderator at the 2014 Global Spa & Wellness Summit at the Four Seasons Resort Marrakech in Morocco. But that’s not all he did while in the “red city”—he also used the opportunity to chat with many of the other interesting delegates and speakers for his weekly radio show: Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio. Listen now.

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First-Ever Global Wellness Award Winners: Prestigious awards presented during Summit in Morocco


Posted on Thursday, October 30th, 2014, by PaulinaT | Leave a Comment

weekender11114_header_v2There were tears and standing ovations at this year’s Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) when the first-ever Global Wellness Award winners took the stage. The recipients were clearly surprised and moved by the recognition of their significant contributions to wellness around the world—and the audience was visibly touched by their gracious and emotional acceptance of their awards. Continue reading

Wellness Is Now a $3.4 Trillion Global Industry – Three Times+ Bigger Than the Worldwide Pharmaceutical Industry!


Posted on Friday, October 17th, 2014, by Alexandra Plessier | Leave a Comment

weekender10417_headerNew GSWS report analyzing 10 wellness sectors show eye-popping growth everywhere; Spa industry jumped from $60 to $94 billion from 2007-2013, across brutal recession

At the recent GSWS in Marrakesh, Morocco, important new research that sizes and analyzes the ten sectors that comprise the “umbrella” wellness industry was unveiled. The big finding: wellness is now a staggering $3.4 trillion market – and one of the biggest, fastest-growing industries on earth. Some context: it’s a 3.4 times bigger market than the $1 trillion, global pharmaceutical industry. Continue reading

Ten Major Shifts Set to Impact Wellness: Key takeaways from the 8th Annual Global Spa & Wellness Summit


Posted on Friday, October 3rd, 2014, by PaulinaT | Leave a Comment

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With the dust settled after the extremely successful 8th annual Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) in Morocco earlier this month, we wanted to share with Weekender readers some of the highlights of our future-looking agenda.

At this year’s GSWS we hit the >>Fast Forward button with an agenda that included a wide-range of futurists, marketing gurus, and, of course, spa and wellness experts. The journey we took into our future was full of game changers, and there were ten major takeaways we identified that could impact how the world, and our industry, approach wellness in the future. Continue reading

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

Click here to see the presentation.