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  • Hilton Spotlights Travelers’ Changing Expectations as a Record Year of Travel Concludes
    If 2022 was the year of the changed traveler, 2023 is the year of the evolved traveler. Recently, Hilton released its 2023 trends report, The 2023 Traveler: Emerging Trends that are Innovating the Travel Experience, A Report from Hilton, which reveals the latest consumer expectations following a year when travelers showed up in record numbers. Based on a global survey and analysis of current travel trends, today’s travelers are looking for a balance of technological and human innovations, deeper connections and care, embedded wellness experiences and more.“In 2022, motivated travelers sought out new experiences around the world and reconnected with the people and places they love,” said Chris Nassetta, president and chief executive officer, Hilton. “The 2023 Trends Report showcases travelers’ evolving preferences and how eager and optimistic they are about their future adventures. Our Hilton team members are ready to welcome them and create a great stay experience at our more than 7,000 properties worldwide.”The new report is the result of evaluating both quantitative and qualitative data research paired with insights collected by more than 7,000 travelers across the world in a survey commissioned by Hilton and conducted by Material, a global strategy, insights, design, and technology partner. According to the study, 84% of global consumers hope to travel just as much — or more — in 2023. The research also uncovered four consistent themes for 2023 travel, driven by traveler experiences over the last three years.People will turn to travel for deeper, more engaging, human experiences and connectionsTravel is a gateway to discovering different perspectives and rich traditions. In 2023, travelers will focus on travel to create deeper connections with family, friends, colleagues, customers, cultures and the planet. Nearly half (49%) of survey respondents want to be immersed in local culture and products while traveling — this applies to travelers from China (65%) and Australia (54%) in particular, and Japan (23%) to a lesser degree. Meanwhile, 40% of consumers globally want personalized access to unique experiences or activities, such as performances, events, spa treatments, or classes. That proportion is higher in China (74%), Australia (46%), and just slightly lower in Japan (30%).From destination-focused culinary travel packages to impactful programs like Hilton’s Travel with Purpose, which helps guests positively impact the communities they visit, travelers are looking to create meaningful change through more immersive travel experiences. In fact, Hilton is witnessing signs of this growth through its reimagined Hilton Honors Experiences, which saw a 77% year-over-year increase in Hilton Honors Point redemption during the first nine months of 2022, allowing members to connect with their passions through new, exclusive experiences.People will recognize travel as an essential part of their wellness routineOverall wellness remains a priority for travelers as half (50%) of respondents seek travel experiences in 2023 that align with their holistic wellness goals and priorities.“Travelers in Asia Pacific now desire experiences that truly ingrain themselves into the culture of the destination in every shape and form — including mind, body, and spirit, to rejuvenate the senses,” said Alexandra Jaritz, senior vice president, Brand Management, Hilton, Asia Pacific. “Experiences need to be authentic and immersive; allowing travelers to disconnect from the daily grind and develop a deeper cultural understanding of the destinations they visit.”For about 1 in 2 (47%) travelers, physical wellness and accessibility to fitness amenities like centers or activities will be top of mind when it comes to traveling in 2023. For instance, healthier food and beverage options are top of mind for 66% of travelers from China. Guests will also seek moments of connection with their communities, as well as insights and solutions that improve their mental and emotional health. Addressing mental health on the road will be prioritized by 35% of global survey respondents. Meanwhile, another 49% of those employed will be looking to travel to disconnect from work.Travelers will want to be taken care of more than everPersonalization will continue to be a significant priority for travellers, with 86% of survey respondents indicating they want recognition and personalization while on the road. The trend is significantly more pronounced in Asia Pacific, with nearly all respondents in China (99%) wanting personalization, and 84% in Australia and 70% in Japan. Nearly half in China (46%) even look to travel and hospitality companies to accommodate their personal needs. This also corresponds with their interest in finding personalized food and beverage options — with respondents in China (69%), Australia (50%), and Japan (38%) specifying so.Travelers know the importance of wanting to feel valued for their loyalty — both in their wallet and as an individual. In fact, 42% of survey respondents indicate that loyalty perks — such as earning/redeeming points and loyalty benefits — will matter to them when traveling in 2023. Among these respondents, travelers from China value rewards the most, topping the list at 52%.Whether providing exceptional guest service for value-driven travelers at a Hilton Garden Inn property or accommodating large families looking to reconnect and spend more time together, Hilton understands the importance of delivering reliable and friendly service to every guest, every time. In fact, Hilton offers enhanced booking options like Confirmed Connecting Rooms by Hilton, which allows families and friends to reserve adjoining rooms when booking online.“In Asia Pacific, the pent-up desire to reconnect with loved ones as travel takes on a deeper meaning is resulting in today’s leisure traveler emphasizing quality time with family,” said Ben George, senior vice president and commercial director, Hilton, Asia Pacific. “Exceptional hospitality and innovative guest experiences that anticipate this need go a long way in giving families the peace of mind knowing that they will be taken care of on every level, including helping them to create more shared moments and memories together.”Travelers want frictionless travel innovations that are both technology- and human-led2022 uncovered unexpected friction points in travel. Hilton’s global research found that more than half (56%) of all travelers surveyed will prioritize adopting solutions that make travel easier in 2023 and among them, respondents from China (59%) prefer to have friction points reduced the most. Overall, 26% of respondents also anticipate hotel technologies will be important to them for a seamless stay.To reduce travel’s strongest tension points, guests will seek out the most logical and purposeful solutions. They will look for the hospitality and service that they expected pre-pandemic, whether that’s personalized dining recommendations or reservation adjustments. Within the technological innovations, they will continue to embrace efficiencies like Digital Key in the Hilton Honors app, which allows travelers to bypass the front desk and go straight to their rooms.For more information and a complete view of the 2023 Report, visit Stories.Hilton.com/2023Trends.
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    2022-11-17
  • Marriott Vacation Club Opens Newest Resort, Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Terrace
    Marriott Vacation Club — a global industry leader in Vacation Ownership and brand of Marriott Vacations Worldwide (NYSE: VAC) — has recently announced they have officially opened Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Terrace. The brand’s second vacation ownership property in Bali is perched in the hills of the island’s southernmost region, roughly 20 minutes away from the airport and near the area’s most popular beaches and cultural sites.“We had long ago set our sights on making Bali a destination available to both our owners and guests, and we are excited to be opening our second property here. Last year, Tripadvisor named Bali the most popular global destination, which is no surprise as it is known around the world for its pristine white sand beaches and vibrant culture, all enhanced by the warmth of Balinese locals,” says John Geller, President of Marriott Vacations Worldwide. “We know travelers are looking for more flexibility and independence on how they spend their vacation, and by expanding our Vacation Club portfolio, we have deepened our footprint in the Asia-Pacific region, and we’re making bucket-list destinations like Bali more approachable.”The ResortTucked away in the tranquil community of Nusa Dua, Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Terrace combines the best of vacation ownership and a lifestyle resort experience. The resort features 88 units offering one-, two-, and three-bedroom luxury apartments designed to feel like a private residence with a spacious living area, fully equipped kitchen, separate bedroom suite with a spa-like bathroom, and outdoor terrace with a private plunge pool. Each apartment’s interior features artfully-blended rich hues and intricate wood carvings as well as pillows, throws, and other décor with colorful patterns, gold accents, and diverse textures to reflect the joy and spirit of local Balinese culture - specifically, the annual Galungan Celebration, which is one of the island’s most important traditions. Apartment amenities include a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and in-unit washer and dryer, with baby/toddler items such as cribs and highchairs available upon request.“Whether visiting for a family vacation, romantic getaway, or to work remotely from a dream destination, our owners and guests can curate their own version of paradise thanks to the premium travel experience our apartments provide,” says Novi Murad, general manager of Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Terrace. “The co-located Renaissance Bali Nusa Dua Resort provides authentic Balinese wellness experiences, all-day dining, and hands-on activities inspired by the region. Once owners and guests get a feel for the Marriott Vacation Club experience, they can also visit our new sales gallery on property where they can learn about the benefits of vacation ownership with Marriott Vacation Club.”Owners and guests of Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Terrace have full access to the shared amenities at the co-located Renaissance Bali Nusa Dua Resort. The 5-star hotel currently features:· Four Outdoor Swimming Pools: Spread throughout the resort, guests can take a dip in the main pool, lap pool, and kid’s pool. The lagoon-like jungle pool is a stand-out, embodying the natural beauty that the island is renowned for, surrounded by lush greenery and a man-made waterfall. · Six Anticipated Food and Beverage Outlets: Days can begin with an espresso at R Bar, an artistic lobby bar with panoramic views of Nusa Dua Beach. As part of the signature Evenings at Renaissance programming, a ritual that ushers the transition of daytime to nightfall, R Bar transforms into an elevated venue every evening where guests and locals can mix and mingle over a full cocktail program and live music. Atomic 17 is the resort’s poolside lounge which serves fresh juices and smoothies during the day and handcrafted cocktails in the evening. Main restaurant Backstage Food Theatre offers a wide selection of local and international cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as live cooking demonstrations from chefs. And, still to come is Lion X, a contemporary Chinese restaurant with traditional Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine handmade daily, as well as Tanah Liat, a pottery atelier by day - where guests can create pottery - and an arts-and-craft-inspired restaurant in the evening serving fresh seasonal seafood and plant-based dishes. Additionally, opening early next year, Nusantara by Locavore will offer authentic Indonesian cuisine that provides a taste of Nusa Dua’s rich culinary heritage.· The SPA at Renaissance: Offering a holistic Balinese healing experience, this full-service spa features a thoughtfully curated menu of body treatments, facials, and massages inspired by ancient Balinese techniques and using only fresh natural ingredients. With seven single treatment rooms and two couples’ treatment rooms, the spa also features a beauty parlor, barbershop, and area for kids’ services. For an immersive wellness experience, guests can craft their own products at the Spa Mixologist Bar under the guidance of expert artisans.· Children’s Activities: For travelers with children 4-12 years old, the complimentary Lava Land Kids Club is the ultimate playground. Kids can play and mingle in the spacious indoor and outdoor play area inspired by volcanos, with large colorful structures, sand pits, and rock-climbing walls. Children under 4 must be accompanied by an adult. For an additional fee, in-room baby-sitting service is also available.Destination + ExplorationTranslating to “Two Islands”, Nusa Dua features two headlands, each topped with a temple. Plus, just minutes away are some of Bali’s best natural and cultural sites, further establishing the region as a coveted destination for travelers seeking balance between tranquility and adventure.Owners and guests can explore deep cultural connections by visiting The Museum Pasifika, which showcases works of art inspired by the Asia-Pacific region, as well as the Pura Geger temple, a premier cultural landmark and one of the town’s most coveted natural sites overlooking the ocean from a forested bluff. If interested in the beach, Owners and guests can take advantage of the free beach shuttle from the resort. For more nature immersion, the nearby Serangan Island is known for its wealth of sea turtles and is only a short boat ride away. Additionally, the Bali Camel Safari is an ideal option for those seeking adventure, offering guided camel rides on the pristine Sawangan beach.Beyond the resort, culinary delights are found in every corner of Bali. Must-visits are the Art Café Bumbu Bali, known for its authentic Balinese recipes spearheaded by acclaimed Chef Heins von Holzen, and Warung Bejana Nusa Dua, a staple for authentic Indonesian cuisine offered via their Balinese “Rijsttafel”, a collection of small plates served in multiple courses that offers a feast for all the senses.Vacation Ownership Experience of the FutureThrough the new Abound by Marriott Vacations™ exchange program, owners can enjoy year-round access to over 90 domestic and international properties in The Marriott Vacation Clubs™ portfolio, which includes the Marriott Vacation Club®, Sheraton® Vacation Club, and Westin® Vacation Club brands. Abound is designed to offer access to more destinations, vacation options, and experiences - key aspirations among millennial travelers, which represent a quarter of the brand’s first-time vacation ownership buyers.“As consumers are looking for more access, flexibility, and experiences, we are evolving along with our target market base and appealing to the next generation of travelers by giving them an opportunity to create a personalized vacation experience and an authentic way to discover the world,” shares Geller. “This is a key moment for our Marriott portfolio of Vacation Club brands, and we’re excited to showcase how the vacation ownership experience is being redesigned for the future with elevated accommodations, premium resort experiences, and authentic opportunities to explore the surrounding destination.”Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Terrace is the brand’s second Vacation Club property in Bali, joining Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Gardens which opened in 2018.For more information on Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Terrace, please visit TheMarriottVacationClubs.com.
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    • Global News
    2022-11-14
  • Global Wellness Summit Unveils Packed, 3-Day Agenda, This Year’s Hot Topics, and Dozens of New Keynotes and Panels
    The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), the most prestigious conference on the $4.4 trillion business of wellness, has unveiled the full, three-day agenda–and 30-plus new keynotes and panels–for its conference being held in Tel Aviv from October 31 to November 3. This year’s Summit will bring together a historic number of luminaries from the wellness, medical, scientific, tech, academic and investment worlds to explore the dramatically different and bright future for wellness and preventative health that lies ahead after the shocks of the pandemic. The agenda clearly illustrates a wellness industry with unprecedented momentum, and with a future that is more serious and science-backed, as well as more innovative and authentic. 350-plus high-level entrepreneurs and leaders in wellness from 50 nations have already registered. VIEW THE FULL AGENDA HERE. REGISTER HERE. “Third time’s the charm! This journey to bring the GWS to Tel Aviv began in 2020 but the world had other ideas. It took chutzpah to bring this Summit to life, and the caliber and variety of speakers, the soulfulness and creativity, and the sheer breadth of content, confirm that we have delivered a powerful agenda,” said Nancy Davis, GWS chief creative officer and executive director. “Getting to know the country, the people and the palpable energy that courses through Tel Aviv is something I want every delegate to feel. Producing a global gathering centered around wellness, at a time in the world when that’s needed more than ever, is an honor and a responsibility.” Topics and Speakers Announced Today: Future of Longevity: Longevity science is the buzzed-about topic in both medicine and wellness, and keynotes include: Tzipora Strauss, MD, Sheba Medical Center-Israel, on the medical science for longevity; Shai Efrati, MD, associate professor, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, and co-founder of Aviv Clinics, on how unique protocols for hyperbaric oxygen therapy can actually reverse the biology of aging: Blue Zones discoverer, Dan Buettner, on how the world’s longest lived eat; Richard Carmona, MD, 17th US Surgeon General, on the epigenetics of wellness; Naveen Jain, CEO, Viome, on making illness irrelevant; Anna Bjurstam, wellness pioneer, Six Senses, on curiosity’s role in longevity; and a panel on the future of functional medicine, including Bill Kapp, MD, CEO of Fountain Life, and Michael Roizen, MD, Emeritus Chief Wellness Officer at the Cleveland Clinic. Future of Travel, Hospitality & Spa: With wellness travel the big tourism gainer post-pandemic, travel leaders will predict the future, including: Neil Jacobs, CEO, Six Senses, on the future of hospitality; Tal Danai, founder of Artlink, on how to disrupt hospitality; Sue Harmsworth, MBE, founder of ESPA, on “Spa and Wellness Under Threat;” and Ömer Isvan, president, Servotel, on what customers want and what we’re not delivering. A panel with top execs from Accor, Six Senses and Chiva-Som will explore the future of wellness travel, while another panel on the booming business of thermal parks features leaders from Peninsula Hot Springs, Danubius Hotel Group, Therme Group and Castle Hot Springs. Cathy Feliciano-Chon, founder of CatchOn – A Finn Partners Company, will present critical new research from the Mabrian Institute: the first big data study that identifies the wellness travel activities most in demand today, the wellness destinations with the most future potential, and emerging trends. Future of health and wellness technology: With Israel the global hotbed for health and wellness tech innovation, the conference has the biggest focus on digital health in its history, with Israeli disruptors on full display. Keynotes include: Noam Gabison, industry manager for digital health at Meta, on how the future of wellbeing is in the metaverse; Mickey Beyer-Clausen, co-founder, Timeshifter, on the future of circadian solutions; Ilan Samish, founder and CEO, Amai Proteins, on how they cracked the sugar code; Sharon Handelman-Gotlib of Sompo Digital Lab on how multi-national insurance giants are using tech to innovate wellness; Aradhana Khowala, founder, Aptamind Partners, and chair of the advisory board for Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Project, on the future of femtech and wellness; and Varda Shalev, MD, co-founder of Alike.Health, on how crowdsourcing is the future of health and wellness. Amir Alroy, co-founder of Welltech Ventures, will present “From Start-Up to Scale-up: A Lightning Round of Israeli Innovation,” a panel of of high-profile founders of Israeli health and wellness startups, including Ben Enosh, co-founder of Antidote Health; Avishai Ben-Tovim, CEO and co-founder of MDI Health; Ziv Pereman, CEO of X-trodes; and Racheli Vizman, founder of Savor Eat. A Welltech Ventures-sponsored Tech Pavilion will immerse delegates in innovations from around the world. Future of wellness real estate and communities: Keynotes and panels include: Marian Herman, CEO of the global real estate developer HB Reavis Group, on “Wellness Real Estate: In Pursuit of Office Wellbeing;” Robbie Hammond, president of Therme Group US and co-founder of New York City’s High Line, on the future of public spaces in urban settings; and a high-powered panel on the evolving, explosive wellness real estate market, including Ricky Burdett, CBE, director, LSE Cities and Professor of Urban Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science, and John Fitzgerald, CEO and founder of Australia’s JLF Group. Future of beauty and wellness: Talks include: Zarina Kanji, TMall Business Development, Alibaba Group, on “Beauty and Wellness: Unpacking the Young Chinese Consumer’s Quest” and an expert-packed panel exploring why beauty doesn’t get the respect it deserves in the wellness industry, featuring Rupert Schmid, co-president and co-chairman, Biologique Recherche; Anna Bjurstam, Six Senses; Sarah Camilleri, editorial director, European Spa magazine; Chunxia Gao, Minor Hotel Group; and Jessica Smith, senior analyst at The Future Laboratory. Future of wellness, governments and policy: The Global Wellness Institute will release the first study to define wellness policy and argue for why it it’s so desperately needed at the government level–and how it can complement public health policy and happiness/well-being policy efforts. Using quantitative analysis, it’s the first research to provide answers to these questions: Does spending on wellness actually lead to better health and happiness outcomes and greater longevity? Future of faith: An extraordinary panel on how faith increasingly impacts business, moderated by Jean Sung, head of Philanthropy Centre, Asia, J.P. Morgan Private Bank, includes Brian Grim, founding president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation in the US; Judith Richter, MD, founder of Medinol Ltd. and The NIR School of the Heart in Israel; and Isaac (Yitz) Applbaum, chair of The Western Wall (Kotel). Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, president of the India’s Divine Shakti Foundation, will keynote on “From I to We: The Power of Spirituality in Moving from Illness to Wellness.” Future of Sustainability: Planetary wellness is a key topic, and keynotes include Itay Zetelny, groups leader of Innovation, Global Incentives & Cleantech at Ernst & Young, on the future of sustainability and Oded Rahav, Business & Strategy, Dead Sea Guardians, on their incredible sustainability project to save the Dead Sea. Future of investment and the wellness economy: With the wellness market estimated to grow from $4.4 trillion to $7 trillion by 2025, the conference will explore where investment and the wellness economy are headed. Thierry Malleret, global economist and founder of the Monthly Barometer, will analyze the triumphs and future challenges for the wellness economy. To provide a window into what global wellness investors are seeking today, the “Reverse Pitch” will have major investors–including Nichol Bradford, executive director and co-founder of Transformative Technology; Nimrod Cohen, managing partner of TAU Ventures of Tel Aviv University; Dr. Modi, founder and chairman of India’s Modi Holdings; Rick Stollmeyer, founder of Mindbody and CEO of Inspired Flight Technologies, Inc., David Stoup, chairman and CEO of Healthy Lifestyle Brands; Yoriko Soma, CEO, Conceptasia, Inc.; Amir Alroy, co-founder, Welltech Ventures; and Alejandro Weinstein, co-founder, WM Partners–pitching delegates on what they’re looking to invest in in wellness and why. A new feature, “What’s Bubbling Up in the Wellness Economy?”, will have delegates contributing the new ideas and trends they see emerging across every wellness sector. Amazing networking and parties–and musical, cinematic and wellness experiences–every day: The Summit is renowned not only for its future-focused content but for its networking opportunities, social events, and creative wellness experiences. Each day, delegates will be immersed in incredible music, film, art and wellness experiences. Myndstream is bringing stunning musical performances; Louie Schwartzberg, director of the blockbuster film Fantastic Fungi, will debut healing films, and BBC StoryWorks will premiere its groundbreaking, awe-inspiring new series, “In Pursuit of Wellness: The Art & Science of Living Well.” One night, delegates will dine at authentic restaurants in historic Jaffa, another evening they will dance the night away at the Gala.
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    • Global News
    2022-10-13
  • Long-Distance Lovebirds Renew Sweet Memories in Hong Kong
    Long-Distance Lovebirds Renew Sweet Memories in Hong Kong Long-distance lovebirds around the world found the pandemic emotionally difficult as travel restrictions across the world made it impossible for them to see their loved ones. However, Shan and Teh, a couple who have been apart since the beginning of the pandemic, have found solace from each other’s embrace and renewed their sweet memories in Hong Kong.Living in Guangzhou, Mainland China and Malaysia respectively, Shan and Teh stayed strong with their relationship despite travel restrictions. After over two years of separation, the couple decided to meet in Hong Kong in early October for some authentic local delicacy and creating new memories with the city’s great outdoors. They were even more rejoiced when they learned that they no longer had to undergo mandatory quarantine in hotels days before they visited Hong Kong. As they arrived in Hong Kong, the lovebirds turned to the online visitor services provided by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) for local suggestions for their long-awaited reunion.As passionate foodies and active outdoor enthusiasts, Shan and Teh appreciated the helpful suggestions from HKTB’s “Hong Kong Travel Buddy” on scenic hiking trails and outdoor activities. They took the advice and went to Sai Kung for a kayaking trip and some new outdoor experiences. The Hong Kong Travel Buddy also helped contact the kayak operator for the couple’s exciting kayaking trip in Sai Kung, as well as recommended to them a local bakery renowned for pineapple buns, making unforgettable memories on their romantic getaway in Hong Kong.
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    • Global News
    2022-10-06
  • GWI Spotlights Thailand’s Unique Wellness Assets on New “Geography of Wellness” Platform
    The nonprofit Global Wellness Institute (GWI), the leading research and educational resource for the $4.4 trillion global wellness industry, has announced Thailand as the third country to be spotlighted on its new “Geography of Wellness” microsite. Singapore and Brazil were the first two countries added to the newly launched resource that went live in May. This deep dive into Thailand’s wellness economy data is thanks to BDMS Wellness Clinic, the flagship wellness center from Thailand’s largest private healthcare network, Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (BDMS). BDMS Wellness Clinic operates on the simple philosophy that prevention is better than cure and uses advanced science and technology to help physicians predict future health issues and prevent disease, while also enhancing mental and physical performance. “GWI’s ”Geography of Wellness” is a platform that was created to give countries a deeper understanding of where they are positioned within the $4.4 trillion wellness economy,” said Susie Ellis, GWI chair and CEO. “This gives entrepreneurs, businesses, academics and government agencies a clear-eyed look at where short- and long-term opportunities may lie. Our thanks go out to country partners, like BDMS Wellness Clinic, for recognizing the value of these insights.” According to GWI data, Thailand’s wellness economy grew an impressive 29% between 2017 to 2019. This growth understandably stagnated and retracted under the pandemic’s strict travel restrictions because a large portion of Thailand’s wellness economy had come from Wellness Tourism and Spas, two sectors that were hit hard. For context, GWI researchers say the overall global wellness economy grew from $4.3 trillion in 2017 to $4.9 trillion in 2019, or by 6.6%, significantly higher than global economic growth (4%); but, in 2020, the wellness economy fell by 11% to $4.4 trillion and was harder hit than global GDP, which fell by 2.8%. GWI’s macro wellness economy market data, along with a deep dive into the Asia-Pacific region and Thailand specifically, can be found in the newly released report, “The Global Wellness Economy: Thailand,” which is available for free download thanks to BDMS’ partnership. “Of the 11 sectors GWI measures, one of the biggest gainers through the pandemic was the ‘Public Health, Prevention & Personalized Medicine’ sector, which grew 6.5% from 2019 to 2020,” said Dr. Tanupol Virunhagarun, Chief Executive Officer of BDMS Wellness Clinic. “BDMS is honored to have played a significant role in that growth.” “We see our partnership with GWI as a tangible way to give back to the local wellness community by fostering deeper knowledge about Thailand’s unique wellness assets and helping to create a roadmap to grow our country’s slice of the growing wellness economy,” continued Dr. Virunhagarun. Today, Thailand’s overall position in the Asia-Pacific wellness economy is currently #9, while its global ranking is #24. GWI researchers latest report, “The Global Wellness Economy: Looking Beyond Covid[1],” forecasts that the wellness economy is on track to expand to $7 trillion by 2025. Thailand’s 2020 global ranking in the 11 wellness sectors (among the 218 countries where GWI collects data) illustrates a huge opportunity for growth, especially with tourism and travel rebounding. Wellness in Thailand Thailand is known not only as a top travel destination with its tropical islands, cuisine, cultural richness and bustling markets, but it also is well-regarded for its world-class holistic wellness and health retreats. With well-established tourism, medical and wellness sectors, Thailand caters to both tourists and locals alike who are looking for the best in health and wellness. The popularity of the country’s traditional therapies and herbal remedies has made “Thai massage” a treatment coveted the world over. Thailand has also emerged as a leader in medical wellness and is very well regarded for its comprehensive preventive checkups and wellness retreats, making it an ideal destination for anyone seeking world-class health and wellness services at cost-effective prices.
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    • Global News
    2022-09-13
  • GWS Announces the “Future of Functional Medicine Symposium” in Bangkok, May 20
    The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), the foremost gathering of international leaders in the multitrillion-dollar global wellness economy, today announced that the “Future of Functional Medicine Symposium” will take place in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday, May 20th. The event, a partnership between GWS and Miskawaan Health Group (MHG), a global leader in functional medicine, will bring together top medical experts and scientists from around the world to explore the new directions and future opportunities in the fast-rising field of functional medicine. It will be a packed day of keynotes and panels, with 25-plus doctors, researchers and wellness experts presenting on what’s ahead for functional medicine–with topics ranging from new integrative approaches in cancer care to how functional approaches are rethinking fertility and preventative cardiology to the relationship between gut health, the immune system and long Covid and how hormones impact longevity. High-ranking Thai government officials, including Anutin Charnvirakul, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health, will also discuss how Thailand is well-placed to become a world leader in functional medicine. The symposium is a hybrid event and will be held in-person at the Anantara Siam Hotel in Bangkok from 8:30 AM to 5 PM on May 20. Bringing New Clarity to Functional Medicine: Functional medicine is often mistakenly equated with “alternative medicine,” but it’s a distinct integrative medicine approach. According to the Institute for Functional Medicine, it is a systems biology-based approach where doctors focus on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease, in contrast to traditional medicine, which is structured to manage symptoms. The functional medicine model is highly individualized: Doctors spend time identifying a patient’s genetic, biochemical, environmental and lifestyle factors–and use evolving research and diagnostics in nutritional science, genomics, and epigenetics–to prevent and treat conditions. This historic symposium will create new clarity around, and awareness about, this unique, whole-body approach to healthcare and wellbeing in the medical and wellness communities. “The Global Wellness Summit is excited to partner with Miskawaan Group on this sector-specific symposium. Functional medicine is such an important and timely topic, as a prevention-focused, medicine-meets-wellness philosophy that could impact so many lives and tackle rising healthcare costs,” said Susie Ellis, chair and CEO of the Global Wellness Summit and the Global Wellness Institute, the leading research organization for the $4.4 trillion wellness industry. “We will bring the trademarks of the Summit to this event: a stellar speaker lineup to spark a high-level, global conversation; evidence-based content; a C-suite invitee list; lots of networking opportunities; and media in attendance.” Anyone with an interest in integrative medicine, medical-wellness, anti-aging, “healthspan,” cancer prevention and treatment, biohacking, long Covid, and medical cannabis, will find the agenda innovative and eye-opening. “We’re thrilled to partner with the Global Wellness Summit, which has been bringing together the brightest, future-focused minds in health and wellness for 15 years,” said David Boehm, co-founder and CEO of MHG. “This is an important event for Thailand, and we believe that the country, with its centuries-old traditions of Thai Traditional Medicine, the regular application of over 2,000 effective Thai herbal remedies, and the support of the Thai Government and the Thai FDA, is ideally placed to become the center of functional medical excellence in Asia, and, indeed, the world.” In-person registration is limited, and those attending will have the opportunity to interact with speakers and attend a networking lunch and evening cocktail reception. Virtual attendees can interact with speakers during dedicated Q&A sessions. Register here. The symposium is a not-for-profit event: any excess revenue will be donated to Childline Thailand Foundation.
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    • Global News
    2022-04-22

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  • Hilton Spotlights Travelers’ Changing Expectations as a Record Year of Travel Concludes
    If 2022 was the year of the changed traveler, 2023 is the year of the evolved traveler. Recently, Hilton released its 2023 trends report, The 2023 Traveler: Emerging Trends that are Innovating the Travel Experience, A Report from Hilton, which reveals the latest consumer expectations following a year when travelers showed up in record numbers. Based on a global survey and analysis of current travel trends, today’s travelers are looking for a balance of technological and human innovations, deeper connections and care, embedded wellness experiences and more.“In 2022, motivated travelers sought out new experiences around the world and reconnected with the people and places they love,” said Chris Nassetta, president and chief executive officer, Hilton. “The 2023 Trends Report showcases travelers’ evolving preferences and how eager and optimistic they are about their future adventures. Our Hilton team members are ready to welcome them and create a great stay experience at our more than 7,000 properties worldwide.”The new report is the result of evaluating both quantitative and qualitative data research paired with insights collected by more than 7,000 travelers across the world in a survey commissioned by Hilton and conducted by Material, a global strategy, insights, design, and technology partner. According to the study, 84% of global consumers hope to travel just as much — or more — in 2023. The research also uncovered four consistent themes for 2023 travel, driven by traveler experiences over the last three years.People will turn to travel for deeper, more engaging, human experiences and connectionsTravel is a gateway to discovering different perspectives and rich traditions. In 2023, travelers will focus on travel to create deeper connections with family, friends, colleagues, customers, cultures and the planet. Nearly half (49%) of survey respondents want to be immersed in local culture and products while traveling — this applies to travelers from China (65%) and Australia (54%) in particular, and Japan (23%) to a lesser degree. Meanwhile, 40% of consumers globally want personalized access to unique experiences or activities, such as performances, events, spa treatments, or classes. That proportion is higher in China (74%), Australia (46%), and just slightly lower in Japan (30%).From destination-focused culinary travel packages to impactful programs like Hilton’s Travel with Purpose, which helps guests positively impact the communities they visit, travelers are looking to create meaningful change through more immersive travel experiences. In fact, Hilton is witnessing signs of this growth through its reimagined Hilton Honors Experiences, which saw a 77% year-over-year increase in Hilton Honors Point redemption during the first nine months of 2022, allowing members to connect with their passions through new, exclusive experiences.People will recognize travel as an essential part of their wellness routineOverall wellness remains a priority for travelers as half (50%) of respondents seek travel experiences in 2023 that align with their holistic wellness goals and priorities.“Travelers in Asia Pacific now desire experiences that truly ingrain themselves into the culture of the destination in every shape and form — including mind, body, and spirit, to rejuvenate the senses,” said Alexandra Jaritz, senior vice president, Brand Management, Hilton, Asia Pacific. “Experiences need to be authentic and immersive; allowing travelers to disconnect from the daily grind and develop a deeper cultural understanding of the destinations they visit.”For about 1 in 2 (47%) travelers, physical wellness and accessibility to fitness amenities like centers or activities will be top of mind when it comes to traveling in 2023. For instance, healthier food and beverage options are top of mind for 66% of travelers from China. Guests will also seek moments of connection with their communities, as well as insights and solutions that improve their mental and emotional health. Addressing mental health on the road will be prioritized by 35% of global survey respondents. Meanwhile, another 49% of those employed will be looking to travel to disconnect from work.Travelers will want to be taken care of more than everPersonalization will continue to be a significant priority for travellers, with 86% of survey respondents indicating they want recognition and personalization while on the road. The trend is significantly more pronounced in Asia Pacific, with nearly all respondents in China (99%) wanting personalization, and 84% in Australia and 70% in Japan. Nearly half in China (46%) even look to travel and hospitality companies to accommodate their personal needs. This also corresponds with their interest in finding personalized food and beverage options — with respondents in China (69%), Australia (50%), and Japan (38%) specifying so.Travelers know the importance of wanting to feel valued for their loyalty — both in their wallet and as an individual. In fact, 42% of survey respondents indicate that loyalty perks — such as earning/redeeming points and loyalty benefits — will matter to them when traveling in 2023. Among these respondents, travelers from China value rewards the most, topping the list at 52%.Whether providing exceptional guest service for value-driven travelers at a Hilton Garden Inn property or accommodating large families looking to reconnect and spend more time together, Hilton understands the importance of delivering reliable and friendly service to every guest, every time. In fact, Hilton offers enhanced booking options like Confirmed Connecting Rooms by Hilton, which allows families and friends to reserve adjoining rooms when booking online.“In Asia Pacific, the pent-up desire to reconnect with loved ones as travel takes on a deeper meaning is resulting in today’s leisure traveler emphasizing quality time with family,” said Ben George, senior vice president and commercial director, Hilton, Asia Pacific. “Exceptional hospitality and innovative guest experiences that anticipate this need go a long way in giving families the peace of mind knowing that they will be taken care of on every level, including helping them to create more shared moments and memories together.”Travelers want frictionless travel innovations that are both technology- and human-led2022 uncovered unexpected friction points in travel. Hilton’s global research found that more than half (56%) of all travelers surveyed will prioritize adopting solutions that make travel easier in 2023 and among them, respondents from China (59%) prefer to have friction points reduced the most. Overall, 26% of respondents also anticipate hotel technologies will be important to them for a seamless stay.To reduce travel’s strongest tension points, guests will seek out the most logical and purposeful solutions. They will look for the hospitality and service that they expected pre-pandemic, whether that’s personalized dining recommendations or reservation adjustments. Within the technological innovations, they will continue to embrace efficiencies like Digital Key in the Hilton Honors app, which allows travelers to bypass the front desk and go straight to their rooms.For more information and a complete view of the 2023 Report, visit Stories.Hilton.com/2023Trends.
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    2022-11-17
  • Marriott Vacation Club Opens Newest Resort, Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Terrace
    Marriott Vacation Club — a global industry leader in Vacation Ownership and brand of Marriott Vacations Worldwide (NYSE: VAC) — has recently announced they have officially opened Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Terrace. The brand’s second vacation ownership property in Bali is perched in the hills of the island’s southernmost region, roughly 20 minutes away from the airport and near the area’s most popular beaches and cultural sites.“We had long ago set our sights on making Bali a destination available to both our owners and guests, and we are excited to be opening our second property here. Last year, Tripadvisor named Bali the most popular global destination, which is no surprise as it is known around the world for its pristine white sand beaches and vibrant culture, all enhanced by the warmth of Balinese locals,” says John Geller, President of Marriott Vacations Worldwide. “We know travelers are looking for more flexibility and independence on how they spend their vacation, and by expanding our Vacation Club portfolio, we have deepened our footprint in the Asia-Pacific region, and we’re making bucket-list destinations like Bali more approachable.”The ResortTucked away in the tranquil community of Nusa Dua, Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Terrace combines the best of vacation ownership and a lifestyle resort experience. The resort features 88 units offering one-, two-, and three-bedroom luxury apartments designed to feel like a private residence with a spacious living area, fully equipped kitchen, separate bedroom suite with a spa-like bathroom, and outdoor terrace with a private plunge pool. Each apartment’s interior features artfully-blended rich hues and intricate wood carvings as well as pillows, throws, and other décor with colorful patterns, gold accents, and diverse textures to reflect the joy and spirit of local Balinese culture - specifically, the annual Galungan Celebration, which is one of the island’s most important traditions. Apartment amenities include a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and in-unit washer and dryer, with baby/toddler items such as cribs and highchairs available upon request.“Whether visiting for a family vacation, romantic getaway, or to work remotely from a dream destination, our owners and guests can curate their own version of paradise thanks to the premium travel experience our apartments provide,” says Novi Murad, general manager of Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Terrace. “The co-located Renaissance Bali Nusa Dua Resort provides authentic Balinese wellness experiences, all-day dining, and hands-on activities inspired by the region. Once owners and guests get a feel for the Marriott Vacation Club experience, they can also visit our new sales gallery on property where they can learn about the benefits of vacation ownership with Marriott Vacation Club.”Owners and guests of Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Terrace have full access to the shared amenities at the co-located Renaissance Bali Nusa Dua Resort. The 5-star hotel currently features:· Four Outdoor Swimming Pools: Spread throughout the resort, guests can take a dip in the main pool, lap pool, and kid’s pool. The lagoon-like jungle pool is a stand-out, embodying the natural beauty that the island is renowned for, surrounded by lush greenery and a man-made waterfall. · Six Anticipated Food and Beverage Outlets: Days can begin with an espresso at R Bar, an artistic lobby bar with panoramic views of Nusa Dua Beach. As part of the signature Evenings at Renaissance programming, a ritual that ushers the transition of daytime to nightfall, R Bar transforms into an elevated venue every evening where guests and locals can mix and mingle over a full cocktail program and live music. Atomic 17 is the resort’s poolside lounge which serves fresh juices and smoothies during the day and handcrafted cocktails in the evening. Main restaurant Backstage Food Theatre offers a wide selection of local and international cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as live cooking demonstrations from chefs. And, still to come is Lion X, a contemporary Chinese restaurant with traditional Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine handmade daily, as well as Tanah Liat, a pottery atelier by day - where guests can create pottery - and an arts-and-craft-inspired restaurant in the evening serving fresh seasonal seafood and plant-based dishes. Additionally, opening early next year, Nusantara by Locavore will offer authentic Indonesian cuisine that provides a taste of Nusa Dua’s rich culinary heritage.· The SPA at Renaissance: Offering a holistic Balinese healing experience, this full-service spa features a thoughtfully curated menu of body treatments, facials, and massages inspired by ancient Balinese techniques and using only fresh natural ingredients. With seven single treatment rooms and two couples’ treatment rooms, the spa also features a beauty parlor, barbershop, and area for kids’ services. For an immersive wellness experience, guests can craft their own products at the Spa Mixologist Bar under the guidance of expert artisans.· Children’s Activities: For travelers with children 4-12 years old, the complimentary Lava Land Kids Club is the ultimate playground. Kids can play and mingle in the spacious indoor and outdoor play area inspired by volcanos, with large colorful structures, sand pits, and rock-climbing walls. Children under 4 must be accompanied by an adult. For an additional fee, in-room baby-sitting service is also available.Destination + ExplorationTranslating to “Two Islands”, Nusa Dua features two headlands, each topped with a temple. Plus, just minutes away are some of Bali’s best natural and cultural sites, further establishing the region as a coveted destination for travelers seeking balance between tranquility and adventure.Owners and guests can explore deep cultural connections by visiting The Museum Pasifika, which showcases works of art inspired by the Asia-Pacific region, as well as the Pura Geger temple, a premier cultural landmark and one of the town’s most coveted natural sites overlooking the ocean from a forested bluff. If interested in the beach, Owners and guests can take advantage of the free beach shuttle from the resort. For more nature immersion, the nearby Serangan Island is known for its wealth of sea turtles and is only a short boat ride away. Additionally, the Bali Camel Safari is an ideal option for those seeking adventure, offering guided camel rides on the pristine Sawangan beach.Beyond the resort, culinary delights are found in every corner of Bali. Must-visits are the Art Café Bumbu Bali, known for its authentic Balinese recipes spearheaded by acclaimed Chef Heins von Holzen, and Warung Bejana Nusa Dua, a staple for authentic Indonesian cuisine offered via their Balinese “Rijsttafel”, a collection of small plates served in multiple courses that offers a feast for all the senses.Vacation Ownership Experience of the FutureThrough the new Abound by Marriott Vacations™ exchange program, owners can enjoy year-round access to over 90 domestic and international properties in The Marriott Vacation Clubs™ portfolio, which includes the Marriott Vacation Club®, Sheraton® Vacation Club, and Westin® Vacation Club brands. Abound is designed to offer access to more destinations, vacation options, and experiences - key aspirations among millennial travelers, which represent a quarter of the brand’s first-time vacation ownership buyers.“As consumers are looking for more access, flexibility, and experiences, we are evolving along with our target market base and appealing to the next generation of travelers by giving them an opportunity to create a personalized vacation experience and an authentic way to discover the world,” shares Geller. “This is a key moment for our Marriott portfolio of Vacation Club brands, and we’re excited to showcase how the vacation ownership experience is being redesigned for the future with elevated accommodations, premium resort experiences, and authentic opportunities to explore the surrounding destination.”Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Terrace is the brand’s second Vacation Club property in Bali, joining Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Gardens which opened in 2018.For more information on Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Terrace, please visit TheMarriottVacationClubs.com.
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    2022-11-14
  • Global Wellness Summit Unveils Packed, 3-Day Agenda, This Year’s Hot Topics, and Dozens of New Keynotes and Panels
    The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), the most prestigious conference on the $4.4 trillion business of wellness, has unveiled the full, three-day agenda–and 30-plus new keynotes and panels–for its conference being held in Tel Aviv from October 31 to November 3. This year’s Summit will bring together a historic number of luminaries from the wellness, medical, scientific, tech, academic and investment worlds to explore the dramatically different and bright future for wellness and preventative health that lies ahead after the shocks of the pandemic. The agenda clearly illustrates a wellness industry with unprecedented momentum, and with a future that is more serious and science-backed, as well as more innovative and authentic. 350-plus high-level entrepreneurs and leaders in wellness from 50 nations have already registered. VIEW THE FULL AGENDA HERE. REGISTER HERE. “Third time’s the charm! This journey to bring the GWS to Tel Aviv began in 2020 but the world had other ideas. It took chutzpah to bring this Summit to life, and the caliber and variety of speakers, the soulfulness and creativity, and the sheer breadth of content, confirm that we have delivered a powerful agenda,” said Nancy Davis, GWS chief creative officer and executive director. “Getting to know the country, the people and the palpable energy that courses through Tel Aviv is something I want every delegate to feel. Producing a global gathering centered around wellness, at a time in the world when that’s needed more than ever, is an honor and a responsibility.” Topics and Speakers Announced Today: Future of Longevity: Longevity science is the buzzed-about topic in both medicine and wellness, and keynotes include: Tzipora Strauss, MD, Sheba Medical Center-Israel, on the medical science for longevity; Shai Efrati, MD, associate professor, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, and co-founder of Aviv Clinics, on how unique protocols for hyperbaric oxygen therapy can actually reverse the biology of aging: Blue Zones discoverer, Dan Buettner, on how the world’s longest lived eat; Richard Carmona, MD, 17th US Surgeon General, on the epigenetics of wellness; Naveen Jain, CEO, Viome, on making illness irrelevant; Anna Bjurstam, wellness pioneer, Six Senses, on curiosity’s role in longevity; and a panel on the future of functional medicine, including Bill Kapp, MD, CEO of Fountain Life, and Michael Roizen, MD, Emeritus Chief Wellness Officer at the Cleveland Clinic. Future of Travel, Hospitality & Spa: With wellness travel the big tourism gainer post-pandemic, travel leaders will predict the future, including: Neil Jacobs, CEO, Six Senses, on the future of hospitality; Tal Danai, founder of Artlink, on how to disrupt hospitality; Sue Harmsworth, MBE, founder of ESPA, on “Spa and Wellness Under Threat;” and Ömer Isvan, president, Servotel, on what customers want and what we’re not delivering. A panel with top execs from Accor, Six Senses and Chiva-Som will explore the future of wellness travel, while another panel on the booming business of thermal parks features leaders from Peninsula Hot Springs, Danubius Hotel Group, Therme Group and Castle Hot Springs. Cathy Feliciano-Chon, founder of CatchOn – A Finn Partners Company, will present critical new research from the Mabrian Institute: the first big data study that identifies the wellness travel activities most in demand today, the wellness destinations with the most future potential, and emerging trends. Future of health and wellness technology: With Israel the global hotbed for health and wellness tech innovation, the conference has the biggest focus on digital health in its history, with Israeli disruptors on full display. Keynotes include: Noam Gabison, industry manager for digital health at Meta, on how the future of wellbeing is in the metaverse; Mickey Beyer-Clausen, co-founder, Timeshifter, on the future of circadian solutions; Ilan Samish, founder and CEO, Amai Proteins, on how they cracked the sugar code; Sharon Handelman-Gotlib of Sompo Digital Lab on how multi-national insurance giants are using tech to innovate wellness; Aradhana Khowala, founder, Aptamind Partners, and chair of the advisory board for Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Project, on the future of femtech and wellness; and Varda Shalev, MD, co-founder of Alike.Health, on how crowdsourcing is the future of health and wellness. Amir Alroy, co-founder of Welltech Ventures, will present “From Start-Up to Scale-up: A Lightning Round of Israeli Innovation,” a panel of of high-profile founders of Israeli health and wellness startups, including Ben Enosh, co-founder of Antidote Health; Avishai Ben-Tovim, CEO and co-founder of MDI Health; Ziv Pereman, CEO of X-trodes; and Racheli Vizman, founder of Savor Eat. A Welltech Ventures-sponsored Tech Pavilion will immerse delegates in innovations from around the world. Future of wellness real estate and communities: Keynotes and panels include: Marian Herman, CEO of the global real estate developer HB Reavis Group, on “Wellness Real Estate: In Pursuit of Office Wellbeing;” Robbie Hammond, president of Therme Group US and co-founder of New York City’s High Line, on the future of public spaces in urban settings; and a high-powered panel on the evolving, explosive wellness real estate market, including Ricky Burdett, CBE, director, LSE Cities and Professor of Urban Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science, and John Fitzgerald, CEO and founder of Australia’s JLF Group. Future of beauty and wellness: Talks include: Zarina Kanji, TMall Business Development, Alibaba Group, on “Beauty and Wellness: Unpacking the Young Chinese Consumer’s Quest” and an expert-packed panel exploring why beauty doesn’t get the respect it deserves in the wellness industry, featuring Rupert Schmid, co-president and co-chairman, Biologique Recherche; Anna Bjurstam, Six Senses; Sarah Camilleri, editorial director, European Spa magazine; Chunxia Gao, Minor Hotel Group; and Jessica Smith, senior analyst at The Future Laboratory. Future of wellness, governments and policy: The Global Wellness Institute will release the first study to define wellness policy and argue for why it it’s so desperately needed at the government level–and how it can complement public health policy and happiness/well-being policy efforts. Using quantitative analysis, it’s the first research to provide answers to these questions: Does spending on wellness actually lead to better health and happiness outcomes and greater longevity? Future of faith: An extraordinary panel on how faith increasingly impacts business, moderated by Jean Sung, head of Philanthropy Centre, Asia, J.P. Morgan Private Bank, includes Brian Grim, founding president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation in the US; Judith Richter, MD, founder of Medinol Ltd. and The NIR School of the Heart in Israel; and Isaac (Yitz) Applbaum, chair of The Western Wall (Kotel). Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, president of the India’s Divine Shakti Foundation, will keynote on “From I to We: The Power of Spirituality in Moving from Illness to Wellness.” Future of Sustainability: Planetary wellness is a key topic, and keynotes include Itay Zetelny, groups leader of Innovation, Global Incentives & Cleantech at Ernst & Young, on the future of sustainability and Oded Rahav, Business & Strategy, Dead Sea Guardians, on their incredible sustainability project to save the Dead Sea. Future of investment and the wellness economy: With the wellness market estimated to grow from $4.4 trillion to $7 trillion by 2025, the conference will explore where investment and the wellness economy are headed. Thierry Malleret, global economist and founder of the Monthly Barometer, will analyze the triumphs and future challenges for the wellness economy. To provide a window into what global wellness investors are seeking today, the “Reverse Pitch” will have major investors–including Nichol Bradford, executive director and co-founder of Transformative Technology; Nimrod Cohen, managing partner of TAU Ventures of Tel Aviv University; Dr. Modi, founder and chairman of India’s Modi Holdings; Rick Stollmeyer, founder of Mindbody and CEO of Inspired Flight Technologies, Inc., David Stoup, chairman and CEO of Healthy Lifestyle Brands; Yoriko Soma, CEO, Conceptasia, Inc.; Amir Alroy, co-founder, Welltech Ventures; and Alejandro Weinstein, co-founder, WM Partners–pitching delegates on what they’re looking to invest in in wellness and why. A new feature, “What’s Bubbling Up in the Wellness Economy?”, will have delegates contributing the new ideas and trends they see emerging across every wellness sector. Amazing networking and parties–and musical, cinematic and wellness experiences–every day: The Summit is renowned not only for its future-focused content but for its networking opportunities, social events, and creative wellness experiences. Each day, delegates will be immersed in incredible music, film, art and wellness experiences. Myndstream is bringing stunning musical performances; Louie Schwartzberg, director of the blockbuster film Fantastic Fungi, will debut healing films, and BBC StoryWorks will premiere its groundbreaking, awe-inspiring new series, “In Pursuit of Wellness: The Art & Science of Living Well.” One night, delegates will dine at authentic restaurants in historic Jaffa, another evening they will dance the night away at the Gala.
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    2022-10-13
  • Long-Distance Lovebirds Renew Sweet Memories in Hong Kong
    Long-Distance Lovebirds Renew Sweet Memories in Hong Kong Long-distance lovebirds around the world found the pandemic emotionally difficult as travel restrictions across the world made it impossible for them to see their loved ones. However, Shan and Teh, a couple who have been apart since the beginning of the pandemic, have found solace from each other’s embrace and renewed their sweet memories in Hong Kong.Living in Guangzhou, Mainland China and Malaysia respectively, Shan and Teh stayed strong with their relationship despite travel restrictions. After over two years of separation, the couple decided to meet in Hong Kong in early October for some authentic local delicacy and creating new memories with the city’s great outdoors. They were even more rejoiced when they learned that they no longer had to undergo mandatory quarantine in hotels days before they visited Hong Kong. As they arrived in Hong Kong, the lovebirds turned to the online visitor services provided by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) for local suggestions for their long-awaited reunion.As passionate foodies and active outdoor enthusiasts, Shan and Teh appreciated the helpful suggestions from HKTB’s “Hong Kong Travel Buddy” on scenic hiking trails and outdoor activities. They took the advice and went to Sai Kung for a kayaking trip and some new outdoor experiences. The Hong Kong Travel Buddy also helped contact the kayak operator for the couple’s exciting kayaking trip in Sai Kung, as well as recommended to them a local bakery renowned for pineapple buns, making unforgettable memories on their romantic getaway in Hong Kong.
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    2022-10-06
  • GWI Spotlights Thailand’s Unique Wellness Assets on New “Geography of Wellness” Platform
    The nonprofit Global Wellness Institute (GWI), the leading research and educational resource for the $4.4 trillion global wellness industry, has announced Thailand as the third country to be spotlighted on its new “Geography of Wellness” microsite. Singapore and Brazil were the first two countries added to the newly launched resource that went live in May. This deep dive into Thailand’s wellness economy data is thanks to BDMS Wellness Clinic, the flagship wellness center from Thailand’s largest private healthcare network, Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (BDMS). BDMS Wellness Clinic operates on the simple philosophy that prevention is better than cure and uses advanced science and technology to help physicians predict future health issues and prevent disease, while also enhancing mental and physical performance. “GWI’s ”Geography of Wellness” is a platform that was created to give countries a deeper understanding of where they are positioned within the $4.4 trillion wellness economy,” said Susie Ellis, GWI chair and CEO. “This gives entrepreneurs, businesses, academics and government agencies a clear-eyed look at where short- and long-term opportunities may lie. Our thanks go out to country partners, like BDMS Wellness Clinic, for recognizing the value of these insights.” According to GWI data, Thailand’s wellness economy grew an impressive 29% between 2017 to 2019. This growth understandably stagnated and retracted under the pandemic’s strict travel restrictions because a large portion of Thailand’s wellness economy had come from Wellness Tourism and Spas, two sectors that were hit hard. For context, GWI researchers say the overall global wellness economy grew from $4.3 trillion in 2017 to $4.9 trillion in 2019, or by 6.6%, significantly higher than global economic growth (4%); but, in 2020, the wellness economy fell by 11% to $4.4 trillion and was harder hit than global GDP, which fell by 2.8%. GWI’s macro wellness economy market data, along with a deep dive into the Asia-Pacific region and Thailand specifically, can be found in the newly released report, “The Global Wellness Economy: Thailand,” which is available for free download thanks to BDMS’ partnership. “Of the 11 sectors GWI measures, one of the biggest gainers through the pandemic was the ‘Public Health, Prevention & Personalized Medicine’ sector, which grew 6.5% from 2019 to 2020,” said Dr. Tanupol Virunhagarun, Chief Executive Officer of BDMS Wellness Clinic. “BDMS is honored to have played a significant role in that growth.” “We see our partnership with GWI as a tangible way to give back to the local wellness community by fostering deeper knowledge about Thailand’s unique wellness assets and helping to create a roadmap to grow our country’s slice of the growing wellness economy,” continued Dr. Virunhagarun. Today, Thailand’s overall position in the Asia-Pacific wellness economy is currently #9, while its global ranking is #24. GWI researchers latest report, “The Global Wellness Economy: Looking Beyond Covid[1],” forecasts that the wellness economy is on track to expand to $7 trillion by 2025. Thailand’s 2020 global ranking in the 11 wellness sectors (among the 218 countries where GWI collects data) illustrates a huge opportunity for growth, especially with tourism and travel rebounding. Wellness in Thailand Thailand is known not only as a top travel destination with its tropical islands, cuisine, cultural richness and bustling markets, but it also is well-regarded for its world-class holistic wellness and health retreats. With well-established tourism, medical and wellness sectors, Thailand caters to both tourists and locals alike who are looking for the best in health and wellness. The popularity of the country’s traditional therapies and herbal remedies has made “Thai massage” a treatment coveted the world over. Thailand has also emerged as a leader in medical wellness and is very well regarded for its comprehensive preventive checkups and wellness retreats, making it an ideal destination for anyone seeking world-class health and wellness services at cost-effective prices.
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    • Global News
    2022-09-13
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