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17 Jul 2019
Architect Bill Bensley to speak about sustainability at Global Wellness Summit

The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has announced that landscape-designer-turned-architect Bill Bensley will deliver a keynote speech on hospitality design and sustainability at this year's summit in Hong Kong.

Bensley's keynote will challenge delegates to rethink how hotels and resorts are designed and built, by posing questions he believes that the conscientious traveller of the future will be asking, such as: Does this hotel respect its environment? Does it respect the people that engage with it? Does the hotel add in any way to the community?

"If we ask these questions regularly, hoteliers and developers will be forced to answer," Bensley said. "Our fragile environments walk a tightrope to a healthy future - let's ask those questions now before its too late.

"Conservation of the world's wild places matter and I firmly believe 'rewilding' is key to our mental health."

Bensley has worked on a number of unique projects across the globe, including the award-winning Four Season Tented Camp in the Golden Triangle, Thailand, where guests check-in by river canoe and bunk in the jungle, where they wake to the sight of elephants feeding nearby.

Recently, he has launched his own luxury boutique hotel group, which includes Shinta Mani Wild, a luxe-jungle escape located above a waterfall in the South Cardamom Forest in Cambodia, which combines modern conservation and sustainable tourism.

In addition, his firm, Bensley Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape, has worked on more than 200 projects in 40 countries, with projects including Oberoi Reajvials in Jaipur, MAIA Seychelles, Four Season Langkawi and Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

Nancy Davis, CCO and executive director of GWS, said: "Bill's commitment to, and passion for, the environment and sustainability in hospitality design is unparalleled, and his megaphone is large. I understand Bill is known for his unpredictable, memorable presentations, so we are very keen to lend him the stage in Hong Kong to see what unfolds."

The theme of this year's GWS is 'Shaping the Business of Wellness', and will include a host of speakers discussing emerging business and wellness trends. It will take place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Hong Kong from 15 - 17 October.


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12 Aug 2019
Beijing 2008 legacy has 'inspired millions' – will dovetail with 2022 Winter Games
The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games has resulted in a 'massive increase' in sports participation among the Chinese population.
09 Aug 2019
Own the Ride looks to inspire more people to take up cycling ahead of UCI world championships
A legacy campaign looks to utilise the forthcoming 2019 UCI Road World Championships and attract more people to take up cycling.
07 Aug 2019
MPs to press cricket chiefs over World Cup legacy plans
Members of Parliament will quiz cricket chiefs over their plans to capitalise on England's recent World Cup triumph.
05 Aug 2019
ukactive National Summit to position physical activity as critical to health policy
This year's ukactive National Summit will discuss plans to shape the future of public health, the workplace and the high street.
02 Aug 2019
FIFA to expand Women's World Cup to 32 teams
The success of the recent Women's World cup – and the resulting increase in interest in women's football – has led the world governing body FIFA to expand the number of teams taking part in the tournament from 24 to 32.
01 Aug 2019
ISPA to host Talent Symposium and Resource Partner Summit in 2020
The International SPA Association (ISPA) has announced the addition of the ISPA Talent Symposium and ISPA Resource Partner Summit, taking place 14-15 April 2020 at The Ritz-Carlton, Bacara in Santa Barbara, California.
01 Aug 2019
Kristen Bell to speak at Bold 2019
Digital wellness platform Mindbody has announced that actress and entrepreneur Kristen Bell will deliver a keynote speech at the 2019 edition of its Bold conference.
31 Jul 2019
FHT reveals details of 2019 conference
The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) has released details of this year's conference, which will take place on 29 November at The King's Fund in London's Cavendish Square, and will focus on research, best practice and positive body image.
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