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Premier wellness event returns to Europe in 2018; Summit for global executives to take place at Technogym Village in Cesena, Italy, October 6-8, 2018

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The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), the annual event focused on the $3.7 trillion global wellness economy, wrapped up its incredibly successful 3-day Summit earlier this month at The Breakers Palm Beach, FL. The event, which attracted a record 600+ health and wellness leaders from 43 countries, included an inspirational “Wellness Moonshot,” a call-to-action to rid the world of preventable disease. Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Andrew Weil and Weight Watchers’ CEO Mindy Grossman were just some of the luminaries that voiced their strong support for this massive, yet urgently needed, goal.

Call to action to eradicate chronic, preventable disease unites health and wellness industries; Wellness Moonshot gained immediate support of health and wellness leaders, including Dr. Richard H. Carmona, 17th Surgeon General of the United States

 

Wellness Moonshot announced by GWI at the 2017 Global Wellness Summit

 

Lifestyle related diseases and the continuously skyrocketing cost of healthcare are creating a global crisis that is affecting us both physically and mentally. The stark reality is that roughly 70% of all deaths each year are a result of preventable diseases (CDC), while the global cost of largely preventable chronic disease could reach $47 trillion by 2030, according to the World Economic Forum. On the opening day of the 2017 Global Wellness Summit, health and wellness leaders united behind the first global commitment to achieve a world free of preventable disease, a moonshot that is arguably as urgent as it is massive in scope.

 

ISPA Day One commenced with keynote speaker Amy Cuddy on the main stage. Cuddy showed how power poses can influence behavior and confidence levels.

 

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Hotels, Alternative Accommodations and Wellness: Jan D. Freitag, Senior Vice President, STR, Inc., U.S.

 

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The report card for the US hotel industry, STR compiles market data for the industry. Gyms are a commodity and prevalent in mid to high-end hotels, but less so in economy hotels, which incidentally are also more likely to have ‘smoking permitted’ rooms. Spas of course are found in luxury and upscale properties, but in a sea of brands, how can a hotel brand differentiate itself? Every brand has their own answer, create a wellness brand, such as Even hotels, Westin Workout. The alternative is to buy a brand, such as Hyatt acquiring Miraval and exhale spas. Luxury hotels with spas charge a significantly higher room rate, however the relationship is tenuous – do hotels get to charge more because they have a spa, or are spas more prevalent in hotels that charge more?

My day kicked off with a group breakfast with Global Wellness Day Ambassadors and Key Supporters, a big surprise is coming later today!

 

Dr. Andrew Weil: How To Really Help People Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices

 

The US does not have a healthcare system, but a disease management system, spending more than almost every other developed nation. Prevention doesn’t pay; wellness doesn’t pay. How can we encourage people to live a more healthy life? If information can be presented in a way that connects with people, they will move in the right direction. To deliver the message, you must embody health and demonstrate health. To improve your habits, spend more time in the company of people who embody these habits. This works for diet, exercise, mental wellness and happiness. Governments need to support these health messages with taxes and subsidies in the right place. Mexico has seen success with its tax on sugary drinks. Fashion is powerful, how can we make wellness fashionable and fun? If we can recruit celebrities to promote a wellness lifestyle this can encourage positive change.


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Once again we started the Summit with an incredible visual art display from Louie Schwartzberg highlighting the therapeutic benefits of mushrooms. Yes, the magic kind!

Spafinder's business strategy helps thousands of spas and beauty salons in the Spafinder network more effectively connect to consumers

 

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Spafinder—a leading marketing, gifting, incentives and rewards brand that connects people to thousands of spas and beauty salons—today announced its new gift card technology, enhanced distribution channels and additional partner services, making it even easier for consumers and businesses to give the gift of spa and beauty experiences.

“Champions of Change: Stand Up for Women Worldwide” Event to Include Keynote by Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

 

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Susie Ellis, Chairman & CEO of the Global Wellness Summit and Global Wellness Institute, will be honored this month by the Metropolitan New York Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women as a trailblazer for gender equality in wellness. The “Champions of Change: Stand Up for Women Worldwide” event, which takes place October 18th at The Harmonie Club in New York, will be keynoted by Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women.

 

Sprawling across 7000 acres in the beautiful area of La Romana, a short drive from Punta Cana, sits Casa de Campo Resort & Villas. The resort offers a wide variety of rooms and suites, including one and two bedroom condos, golf lodge rooms and villas, all of which come with a complimentary 4 person golf cart. The golf cart is essential for getting around the idyllic grounds of Casa de Campo to visit the multitude of restaurants, the three golf courses, beach club, pools, meeting rooms and, of course, the spa and fitness facilities.

 

The luxurious Four Seasons Costa Rica property sits at the tip of the Papagayo Peninsula in the North Western region of Guanacaste. Beaches adorn either side of the property, which is accessed via winding roads and steep hills. This hidden gem, currently the only Forbes 5-star rated property in Central America, sets the standard for luxury, quality of guest experience and eco adventure. This family resort offers 181 well-appointed guest rooms, including 24 suites, 34 villas and 3 estate homes. Guest accommodations at Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo are currently undergoing renovation and redesign and will be introduced to guests along with a resort-wide transformation in December 2017.

 

Sunrise Springs Spa Resort, located on the outskirts of Santa Fe, New Mexico, spans 70 acres of lush grounds and picturesque waters. Historically, these legendary waters provided a welcome respite for weary travelers looking for rest and rejuvenation on the historic trade route ‘El Camino Real’. Due to the natural springs, the resort has a lush vibrant feel with tall trees, spacious lawns and lush foliage in every shade of green imaginable. Emphasizing harmony rather than balance, guests are encouraged to immerse themselves in nature and benefit from the phytoncides, a substance emitted by trees and plants which can help to calm the nervous system.

 

Xandari Resort & Spa is set in Tacacorí de Alajuela on a ridge overlooking Costa Rica’s capital city of San Jose, nestled below in the Central Valley. The grounds are a lush, tropical paradise with extensive hiking trails through steep hills and winding paths. With five spectacular waterfalls, the hikes provide the ideal wellness activity for those looking for an active vacation in Costa Rica.


The most noticeable feature on arrival at Xandari is the abundance of tropical color - partnered with contemporary design, innovative architecture and artistic accents. Xandari Resort boasts 24 spacious and uniquely designed individual villas, each offering guests private terraces and stunning views of the jungle foliage and cityscape across the majestic Central Valley.

 

Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa is situated near the base of the Arenal volcano just outside the town of La Fortuna in the northern region of Costa Rica. It sits amidst 364 hectares of rainforest and hot springs within Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal. On the journey to Tabacón, enjoy spectacular scenic views of Lake Arenal and lush, tropical rainforest foliage along the climbing, winding roads that lead to this natural wonder.


In 1991, Costa Rican architect Jaime Mikowski came across the Tabacón River and its thermal springs. Mikowski purchased, renovated and reopened the property with the fresh vision of a natural and sustainable spa and wellness escape. Tabacón is now Costa Rica’s leading thermal springs experience, ideal for wellness and adventure travelers who want to authentically experience this spectacular destination.

 

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, health and wellness experts, in addition to informing the general population of the wonderful the benefits of our region's spectacular spas.

 

Sponsored by Aeromexico

        

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, salud y bienestar, además de informar a la población general de los grandes beneficios de los espectaculares spas en nuestra región.    

 

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