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
I 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
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.
One of the obvious challenges that the conference highlighted is the need for us, as a global industry, to join together in using more generic and consistent terminology when differentiating sectors, such as being able to clearly articulate the different types of tourism that have evolved in our industry over recent years–without confusion. It is common in Europe to hear the term health tourism but the challenge is then to discern what is meant by the term. Does the speaker, media or consumer mean wellness tourism or medical tourism? The distinction is often not clear, even for industry professionals, so how can we expect consumers, industry partners, ministries and stakeholders to know what we mean? The good news is that there is now an official Wikipedia entry that defines wellness tourism, which you can find here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wellness_Tourism
In the September 6 issue of the Weekender, Andrew Gibson, group director of spa, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, challenged the industry to embrace both the traditions of “high-touch” and the opportunities offered by “high-tech” operations, programs and marketing, noting that “…the new high-tech/high-touch way of doing business will spread to day spas as branding and wellness unify.” Continue reading
International film star Leonardo DiCaprio made news this week when he purchased a multimillion-dollar unit in a green and sustainable Greenwich Village building with over 500 wellness and health features, cheekily described by the NY Post as “vitamin C-infused showers, purified air and water, posture-supportive flooring, a kitchen herbarium and dawn simulation provided by a proprietary circadian lighting design.” Continue reading