One of the most difficult issues facing our ever-growing industry is the lack of a qualified, motivated workforce. Research has shown that, wherever you are in the world, you likely face huge challenges when trying to recruit new staff. In fact, a full 95% of respondents to a 2012 survey* said they find it increasingly difficult to find job candidates, especially when it comes to the even more specialized position of spa manager.
This issue is set to get even more difficult as the industry continues to expand. Here’s a sobering statistic: while there are 130,00-180,000 spa managers/directors currently working globally, there are only 4,000 students currently enrolled in spa management-related degree programs. Continue reading
The renaissance of hot/mineral/thermal springs continues to be a hot topic in the spa and wellness industry. Consumer desire for local, natural and sustainable experiences, along with the uniquely affordable stress-relieving and social benefits of hot springs, has made them particularly viable during the past economic downturn. Investment in both refurbishing and building new hot spring spas is on the rise—and research coming out of this year’s Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) will shed further light on the industry when, in conjunction with research partner SRI, the first-ever dedicated data on hot springs spas—including market size and current revenues—is released. Continue reading
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We are so excited for you to begin your mobile app experience for the 2014 GSWS! The mobile app is now live in the Apple Store and on Google Play, just waiting to be downloaded on your device and/or computer desktop. Here is the link to download the app. Please know that you must be a registered delegate to receive access to this app. Before we get started, I want to thank ResortSuite for sponsoring our 2014 GSWS mobile app! Be sure to give them a shout-out when you see them in Morocco.
Jack Travis, MD, and Don Ardell, PhD, are widely credited with shaping the way we talk and think about wellness today—pioneering the concept back in the ’70s
Wellness is now a staggering $2 trillion global industry (SRI International). The term and movement is spreading worldwide, and sometimes it feels like the “W” word is now everywhere. Sure, we can roll our collective eyes when it’s cheaply applied to a “lite” TV dinner, but most of us will agree that the world remains in dire need of alternatives to traditional medicine’s reactive, illness-centered model, and that new health concepts based on more self-responsibility—where the goal is a dramatically more comprehensive “total wellness” of body and mind—can be life- and world-changing. Continue reading
We have been talking for some time now about the gathering momentum and growth within the wellness tourism sector. Since conducting our landmark research last year, The Global Wellness Tourism Economy report has garnered world-wide attention, both in the media and in the halls of ministries from Mexico to Madrid.
One person who has taken particular notice is the renown travel journalist, Peter Greenberg. Peter was part of our agenda last year in New Delhi, and he is joining us again in Morocco, not only to moderate panels and offer his insights into the benefits of wellness tourism, but also to record his syndicated radio show, “Peter Greenberg Worldwide!” Peter will be inviting speakers, presenters and delegates to share their thoughts with his global audience of 40 million listeners. Peter is also taping video segments, directly from our Summit, for his PBS series, “Travel Detective.”
But don’t take my word for it.
If you’re in the wellness and tourism industries, you would be well served to find your way to Marrakech on September 10th!
For some, connecting the terms “wired and wellness” is counterintuitive, especially as being tethered to cell phones, computers and tablets every waking minute of our lives has created a backlash of its own. But we have become a society that is crazy for data – and putting this data to work can truly make us “well”. Continue reading