Eric Stephenson kicked off the general session with some songs to get everyone up and dancing before Colin Mcllheney took the stage to present the latest US spa industry statistics. All of the big 5 metrics show a healthy increase and next year will mark 20 years of spa industry research data presented annually at ISPA.
We started the day with a breakfast meeting hosted by Green Spa Network, learning about the commitment to planting 1 million trees by Earth Day of 2019, approximately 100,000 trees in, the initiative is off to a great start and will reforest parts of Brazil that have been most affected by deforestation.
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 Sept. 24-26.
Global Wellness Institute announced experienced research expert Tonia Callender has joined the organization as a Research Fellow. In the newly created position, Callender will work alongside Senior Research Fellows Katherine Johnston and Ophelia Yeung on the record amount of new research now underway at the GWI, analyzing diverse markets within the nearly $4 trillion global wellness industry.
Global Wellness Institute Announces access+INSIGHTS, a Monthly Exploration Video Series on the $3.7 Trillion Wellness Economy
The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) announced access+INSIGHTS, a new series of monthly virtual video explorations of the most relevant topics impacting the $3.7 trillion global wellness economy. The forums, which take place the last Wednesday of each month, focus on timely wellness topics and are led by experts with deep insights into economic shifts and industry breakthroughs. The access+INSIGHTS series is available exclusively to GWI Ambassadors, individuals who have pledged support of GWI’s global campaign to empower wellness worldwide.
Clodagh, Pioneering Wellness Designer, Brings Unique Insight on Design to 2018 Global Wellness Summit
Multi-disciplinary designer, whose recent projects include the award-winning Six Senses Douro Valley and the reopened Six Senses Kaplankaya, will share her vision for truly integrated wellness design with conference delegates in Italy
W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, announced the opening of W Panama, the first W in Central America. Located in one of the most cosmopolitan capitals in the region, Panama City, the new hotel towers above the heart of the business district within the ultra-modern, 50-floor Evolution Tower on Calle 50. The bold and vibrant design of W Panama, under the ownership of Evolution Tower Corp., blends centuries of history and culture with the nearby tropical paradise and trendy metropolitan spirit of Panama City.
The International SPA Association (ISPA) is pleased to announce that New York Times bestselling author Shawn Achor will be the opening keynote speaker for the 2018 ISPA Conference & Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, from Sept. 24-26.
The winners of the 2018 World Spa & Wellness Awards were announced in a glamorous awards ceremony on Sunday, February 25. The World Spa & Wellness Awards, a black-tie event held at the Tobacco Dock events venue in East London, honours hotels and resort spas, and wellness destinations, around the world.
The 2018 World Spa & Wellness Awards winners are:
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), the annual event focused on the $3.7 trillion global wellness economy, today announced renowned fitness/wellness entrepreneur Tony de Leede and Mia Kyricos, a leader in shaping wellness-driven hospitality, tourism and lifestyle companies, as co-chairs of this year’s Summit (October 6-8, 2018). The 12th annual event will take place at Technogym Village, a 37-acre campus located in Cesena, Italy that combines high design and high tech seamlessly and was created to inspire and encourage every aspect of wellness. Technogym is a world-leading manufacturer of fitness and gym equipment and an official supplier of the Olympic Games.
Designed to rejuvenate and refresh one’s well-being, six new duplex Wellness Suites at Grand Velas Los Cabos are now available inclusive of a dedicated fitness loft, private training, personal wellness concierge, healthy minibar, in-suite juicing, and more.
Anantara Hotels Resorts & Spas debut in South America Anantara Maraú Bahia Resort in Brazil opens mid-2018
Offering an exciting new gateway to South America, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas will soon debut its authentic luxury in Brazil with the opening of Anantara Maraú Bahia Resort in mid 2018.
Poised to be a flagship hideaway, Anantara Maraú Bahia Resort will boast a breathtaking beach setting next to the Bay of Camamu on the Maraú Peninsula in Bahia, along a stunning stretch of Atlantic coastline. Proudly showcasing the country’s rich cultural and ethnic diversity, Bahia in northeast Brazil is renowned for its remarkable blend of African, indigenous and European influences.