International SPA Association announced bestselling author and Marketing Hall of Fame inductee Seth Godin as the opening keynote speaker for the 2020 ISPA Conference & Expo.

This parable from the Quechua peoples in South America illuminates a simple point: Do the best we can in our complex—and often bewildering—world. As wellness leaders, we are called upon to be accountable for our own wellbeing and inspire our families, communities and workplaces. We must never underestimate our power. As global water champion Gemma Bulos says, “It takes a single drop of water to start a wave.”

Although the figures show international travel to Latin America down 0.9% from January to end of July compared to last year, by September forward bookings for August to January 2020 were showing a 1.2% rise.

Gallup conducts surveys in more than 140 countries every single year and asks people about how their lives are going.

Anna Bjurstam, a leader in the industry in addition to being a shaman talked about energy medicine, mind-altering substances and connecting with things we cannot see. Science is often disconnection where energy is connection. We can connect with the energy field through the heart, which sends more messages to the brain than vice-versa. Energy medicine must be combined with wellness. 



Day two commenced with stunning photography from Palani Mohan of wind and water across the city of Hong Kong. Palani invited us to consider how we interpret art and to surround ourselves with 



An impressive Chinese Dragon performance opened the summit with vibrant shades of red across the stage. Susie Ellis spoke of the inception of the summit and the evolution of the agenda and growth of the event and it's importance globally.


The research has helped to define and quantify the industry and its global expansion, where just over 10 years ago there was none; wellness was a word that was hardly used and data was scarce. The GWS now has 28 initiatives, such as wellness tourism, sound healing, wellness coaching, Susie shared the news that the GWI has been invited to participate in the World Economic Forum, a huge achievement. "Mission accomplished" Susie states, "wellness has become a global force, what's next?"

BuDhaGirl CEO Jessica Jesse reminds us that when we place our attention on the richness of life rather than what we believe we lack, joy naturally emerges. The Jewish diarist Anne Frank also understood the power of this inner shift. After a life of hiding during the Nazi occupation, she wrote, “I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.”

Susan Cain, ISPA’s keynote speaker on day one, posed the question; “Is the ideal spa owner bold, alpha and gregarious? What about the ideal manager? The ideal healer? Most of the messages that are received by children are that extroversion is the ‘right’ way to be and act. Introversion and extroversion govern who we are, how we act and how we are wired.

This year, we are pleased to present the winner of the Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe 2019 Sustainability Award, sponsored by Eminence Organic Skin Care, to a resort focused on truly sustainable practices, including the reduction of plastic waste.

The success of our Expert Panel has inspired us to add more international leaders to our team,


Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe awards the Best Spas of the region including Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America. Revealing the results of the best spas in the region, Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe increases knowledge and awareness of the thriving wellness industry among tourism and wellness experts, in addition to informing the general population of the wonderful the benefits of our region's spectacular spas.


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Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe premia a los mejores spas en México, el Caribe y América Latina. Con la develación de los mejores spa en esta región Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe fomenta el conocimiento y la difusión de la floreciente industria del bienestar entre los expertos en turismo y bienestar, además de informar a la población general de los grandes beneficios de los espectaculares spas en nuestra región.


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Tailored teen therapies are offered to instill wellness to mind, body, and spirit at a young age whether it’s about looking selfie-ready or simply sharing a moment with family.

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