Morocco 2014 Issue 1: White Papers: Addressing Key Industry Challenges & Opportunities

Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014, by Betsy Isroelit | 2 Comments


In 2013, the Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) presented the first dedicated forums on six critical industry subsectors: destination spas, spa retail, hydrothermal, hotel spas, hot springs spas and spa education. The GSWS Forums represented the very first time all global leaders from each sector were invited to tackle how best to solve their biggest (and unique) challenges and capitalize on the opportunities ahead. Continue reading

Wellness: We Know People Want It But How Do You Sell It? by Diana Wright

Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014, by Betsy Isroelit | 2 Comments

Panelists Linden Schaffer, Anne Dimon and Diana Wright discussed health and wellness travel Friday morning at a session for travel professionals at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show. (Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times / January 17, 2014)

That was the big question on the minds of the travel agents and writers after I presented the Global Wellness Tourism Economic Report on behalf of the Global Spa and Wellness Summit at the LA Times Travel Show last Friday.  It was clear that they were impressed by the numbers and with an already $439 billion dollar market predicted to grow to a $637 billion dollar market over five years, who wouldn’t be? Continue reading

Relive the 2013 Global Spa and Wellness Summit

Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014, by Betsy Isroelit | Leave a Comment

With the 2014 Global Spa and Wellness Summit announcement, we wanted to remind everyone that the 2013 Global Spa and Wellness Summit is alive and well on our powerpoint, videos, and transcripts page.  Re-watch your favorite speaker or panel to gain new insights on everything that was discussed during our wonderful time in India.

Here’s three videos from that page to get you started:

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2014 Summit Slated for Morocco, September 10-12

Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014, by Betsy Isroelit | 1 Comment


We are pleased to announce the eighth annual Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) will be held Wednesday, September 10, through Friday, September 12, at the Four Seasons Resort Marrakech in Morocco. The host-country sponsor and co-organizer is the Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT). Continue reading

“It was a triumph”

Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, by Susie Ellis | Leave a Comment

DLI spent over a year working with co-chairs Andrew Gibson and Mani Burger and the team here in our NY office on the many details needed to put together the 2013 Global Spa and Wellness Summit in India. By all accounts it was quite a success and my favorite phrase came from Liz Terry who wrote in an email, “it was a triumph.” Continue reading

A Defining Moment Issue 51: PowerPoints & Transcripts & Videos …Oh My!

Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013, by Betsy Isroelit | 1 Comment

As we look forward to the year ahead, we are excited to share many of the PowerPoint presentations, video footage, transcriptions and blogs that were part of the 2013 Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) program. If you attended the GSWS, we think you’ll enjoy reviewing these materials again; if you were unable to attend, we invite you to experience the dynamic and inspiring presentations and communications that made this year’s Summit the most successful to date. And please check back regularly; new materials will be added as they become available.

2013 was a year of significant accomplishments and defining moments that will shape our industry for years to come—and we have the leadership of the GSWS board of directors, the amazing speakers, presenters and delegates who made this year’s Summit so successful, our talented and dedicated team and everyone in our remarkable GSWS community to thank. We are grateful to all of you for joining together to build the leading global research and educational resource for the $1.9-trillion spa and wellness industry!

Happy New Year from all of us at the GSWS.

Question of the week:
What was your most defining moment in 2013? Please tell us by leaving a comment below.