The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), the foremost gathering of international leaders in the multitrillion-dollar global wellness economy, today announced that the dates and location of its 2021 conference are confirmed: It will take place in Tel Aviv, Israel, from November 15–18 at the Hilton Tel Aviv, set on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. It’s the first time in its 15-year history that the GWS will be held in the Middle East.
Delegates will experience three days of expert keynotes and panels on the very different—and very bright—future for wellness as the world emerges from the pandemic. The GWS aims to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for attendees, immersing them in the vibrant cultures of Tel Aviv and Israel, bursting with history, art, spirituality and innovation.
Balmy, beachy Tel Aviv, where world-leading innovation and ancient cultures come together, boasts more start-ups than any place other than Silicon Valley and is taking the lead in health and wellness technologies. The agenda, and an expanded Tech Innovation Pavilion, will expose delegates to the cutting-edge future of wellness. The 2021 GWS will also offer the most pre- and post-Summit trips in its history, including bespoke tours of historic Jerusalem and Petra, the archeological “Lost City” of Jordan.
Learn more about the 2021 GWS and amazing Israel.
“Analysts agree that the long crisis has made wellness the number-one priority for consumers, and so much investment is flowing into our industry,” said Susie Ellis, GWS chair and CEO. “The 2021 GWS will explore how wellness is at a crucial tipping point, with so many new directions and opportunities. Every business now needs to ‘think like a start-up,’ and Israel, the Start-Up Nation, is the perfect place to jumpstart needed new ideas.”
“We want delegates to be immersed in (and do lots of) business, but to also have a profound and pleasurable ‘bucket-list’ trip, so we’ve created extraordinary experiences where they can explore the unique history, cultures, cuisine and wellness of Israel,” added Nancy Davis, GWS chief creative officer and executive director.
Tel Aviv: The Capital of Mediterranean Cool
Tel Aviv, “the city that never sleeps,” is a center of ancient and modern culture—and incredible cuisine, art and nightlife. You can swim and take in sunsets on its five gorgeous beaches, with both air and water temperature averaging 72 degrees in November. One of the world’s most walkable cities, it’s packed with unique open-air markets and streets filled with authentic restaurants and shops: Stroll through Old Jaffa, party on Rothschild Boulevard, sample local cuisine at Carmel Market, and visit one-of-a-kind museums and galleries.
Tel Aviv’s tourism authority will host the Summit’s opening night reception and will provide special benefits to delegates. Learn more about dynamic Tel Aviv.
The Hilton Tel Aviv
Located in the heart of Tel Aviv’s Independence Park and boasting its own beach (one of the city’s best), the Hilton Tel Aviv offers stunning seaside views, a saltwater pool, five diverse restaurants, and a full-service spa—and it’s just minutes from HaYarkon Park, business centers, attractions like the Aviv Museum of Art and the Israeli Opera, and shopping areas. Delegates receive special, negotiated room rates.
A Record Number of Transformative Pre- and Post-Summit Trips
The GWS is known for its pre- and post-conference travel experiences, and in 2021 it will offer the most (and most incredible) options in its history so delegates can discover Israel and the region’s must-see destinations. Options include bespoke tours to the ancient, sacred sites of Jerusalem, the Holy Land for Jews, Muslims and Christians; to Petra, the historic “Lost City” of Jordan; and helicopter tours to extraordinary Israeli destinations. Unique Tel Aviv excursions span a ‘Be a Tele Vivian for a day’ bike tour to a Tel Aviv Start-Up Nation Tour. In addition to group travel, the GWS will offer private VIP travel with a guide and driver.
Each experience is created by Tova Wald, the leading expert in authentic, soul-stirring travel in Israel and the region.
Tel Aviv: The World’s ‘Lab’ for Health & Wellness Innovation
Tel Aviv is home to more start-ups per capita (6,000+) than anywhere in the world, and no place has such a dizzying mix of technologies and innovators in one place. According to the 2021 Bloomberg Innovation Index, ranking the most innovative countries, Israel takes the #1 spot for both research and development intensity and research concentration. Even during the pandemic, Israel’s tech industry had a banner year, attracting over $24 billion in capital.
Tel Aviv is becoming ground zero for health and wellness innovation, technology and investment–from companies reimagining a healthier future for food to those disrupting medicine, fitness, beauty, travel, mental wellness and workplace wellness.
Israel: World Leader in Vaccination & Safe Reopening
No nation has been as aggressive in vaccinating its population and working to reopen safely than Israel: According to Oxford University, they’re way out in front for vaccine doses administered per capita. The country expects that all citizens over 16 will be fully vaccinated—and that the economy will be completely reopened—by the end of March.
About the Global Wellness Summit: The Global Wellness Summit is an organization that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively shape the future of the $4.5 trillion global wellness economy. In addition to an annual conference held at a different location around the globe, GWS also hosts regular virtual gatherings, including Wellness Master Classes, Wellness Sector Spotlights and Investor “Reverse Pitch” events. The organization’s annual Global Wellness Trends Report offers expert-based predictions on the future of wellness. The next GWS will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel, November 15–18, 2021.