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29 Sep 2017
Jean Claude Baumgarten and Susan Harmsworth to speak at Wellness Travel Symposium

The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) has confirmed details of the Wellness Travel Symposium (WTS), taking place in London, UK, in November.

Held on 6 and 7 November, as part of the World Travel Market, the WTS will include two dedicated sessions.

The first day, under the theme The Future of Wellness Travel, will explore the wellness markets direction of travel. During the day, Susan Harmsworth, founder and chair of ESPA International, will give a keynote speech entitled Luxury: Past, Present, Future.

A wide range of topics – from marketing and consumer behaviour to healthy hotels – will be discussed during the day and GWI CEO Susie Ellis will present findings from the Wellness Trends 2030 report.

The theme for the second day will be Differentiation in Wellness Travel is a Competitive Advantage.

Speakers will include tourism stalwart Jean Claude Baumgarten, former president and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council, who will present a keynote under the title ‘Tourism & Wellness: Endless Discovery’.

“This session will emphasize differentiation,” a statement from GWI said.

“The traveller is becoming increasingly conscious of what they need and want when it comes to wellness.

“Wellness travel is growing twice as fast as tourism overall and has shown robust growth every year since the Global Wellness Institute first defined the category and began tracking its revenue.

“It is now more than a US$500bn (€423bn, £372bn) market and shows no sign of slowing down – expected to reach $800 billion-plus by 2020.”

The symposium is part of a strategic partnership between the World Travel Market and the GWI.

Earlier this year, GWI held a similar event at the WTM’s Arabian Travel Market in Dubai.

For more information on the WTS in London, click here.


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25 Jun 2018
Belfast loses right to host 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games
Belfast has been stripped of its right to host the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games, after the required funding for the event was not released by the Northern Irish government.
22 Jun 2018
ukactive Awards winners revealed – Stockport's Life Leisure named centre of the year
Winners of the inaugural ukactive Awards were revealed at a gala dinner in Manchester last night (21 June), as part of the three-day Active Uprising event.
21 Jun 2018
European thermal heritage to be celebrated in Budapest
The European Historic Thermal Towns Association (EHTTA) will hold an event this October in Budapest to celebrate European thermal heritage.
21 Jun 2018
Active Uprising kicks off in Manchester
Leaders from across the physical activity industry have gathered for the first ever Active Uprising event – organised by ukactive – which is being billed as a "three-day celebration of physical activity".
20 Jun 2018
‘Blue Zone Communities’ to be explored at GWS
Dan Buettner – who identified the five places in the world where people live the longest, healthiest lives and founded Blue Zone wellness communities – will discuss the science of living longer at the Global Wellness Summit this October at the Technogym headquarters in Cesena, Italy.
20 Jun 2018
Christine Muchemu to receive ISPA Foundation scholarship
The International SPA Association (ISPA) Foundation will award Christine Muchemu from Ithaca, New York, the Mary Tabacchi Scholarship onstage during the general session at the 28th annual ISPA Conference & Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, from 24-26 September.
20 Jun 2018
Rugby League World Cup launches legacy programme
The Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) has launched a legacy programme, which looks to use the tournament as a catalyst to develop the game of Rugby League and "engage with the widest possible audience".
20 Jun 2018
Two Women in Wellness conferences to be held in 2019
American Spa is bringing back its Women in Wellness Leadership Conference twice in 2019. The first event will take place 12 March, 2019, in New York City, and the second will take place on the US West Coast in October 2019.
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