Building a well world

Updated: November 02, 2015 11:31 AM

An international gathering bringing together leaders and visionaries to positively shape the future of the global wellness industry, the Global Wellness Summit this year will feature high-profile presenters, an extensive number of workshops, a competition to create a spa resort/wellness concept of the future and much more

An international gathering bringing together leaders and visionaries to positively shape the future of the global wellness industry, the Global Wellness Summit this year will feature high-profile presenters, an extensive number of workshops, a competition to create a spa resort/wellness concept of the future and much more

The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), an annual event that brings together international leaders to positively shape the future of the wellness industry, recently announced the key elements of its ninth annual conference agenda. Considered as one of the world’s most prestigious gatherings of business, government and academic leaders who value wellness, the summit will be held from November 13-15, 2015 at The St. Regis Mexico City and is expected to host a record number of delegates from myriad industries, including spa, education and tourism, as well as beauty, fitness, nutrition, finance, environment, medicine, architecture, workplace wellness, wellness communities and technology.

Keynote speaker Dr Deepak Chopra will head up a list of high-profile presenters which includes executives from companies as diverse as Cirque du Soleil and Zappos; Mexico City’s ministers of tourism and health; and panelists from renowned organisations such as Johnson & Johnson, the Mayo Clinic, Duke Integrative Medicine and Harvard Chan School of Public Health. In addition, top findings from the Global Wellness Institute’s major research report on the ‘The Future of Wellness at Work’ will be presented.

This year’s inclusive theme, ‘Building a Well World’, will attract attendees from over 40 countries and provide a comprehensive look at how the dramatic growth of the US$ 3.4 trillion wellness sector is transforming peoples’ personal and professional lives – and what the outlook is for the future.

Panels and workshops

An extensive number of panels and workshops will be presented on a wide-ranging array of topics, including spa, hospitality, technology, diet and nutrition, how to attract investment, wellness communities and residences, as well as new conceptual distinctions being made between ‘wellness’ and ‘well-being’. New for 2015 is a focus on ‘clinical wellness’, with panelists taking an objective look at how medical treatment and wellness modalities can better co-exist. Doctors from world-renowned institutions like the Mayo Clinic and Duke Integrative Medicine will join the debate with Scientific American VP, Global Media Alliances, Jeremy Abbate, moderating. Panels on the future of and current innovations in workplace wellness will include insight from top organisations like Johnson & Johnson and the Mayo Clinic.

Focus on Mexico

Both the minister of tourism, Miquel Torruco Marqués and minister of health, Dr José Armando Ahued Ortega, will share their perspectives on achieving wellness in an increasingly urbanised world; along with special presentations on wellness modalities unique to Mexico, including the indigenous temazcal treatment, and how these treatments can galvanise wellness tourism. In addition, Jeanene Bluhm, co-founder and creator of Mexico’s Thomas Jefferson Institute, will present on putting wellness at the centre of education.

Student competition

The seventh annual Student Challenge, a competition between international universities to create a spa resort/ wellness concept of the future, will see two schools competing: Universidad Anáhuac México Norte (Mexico) and the University of Nevada Las Vegas (USA).

Networking and gala events

The Summit is known for its networking and themed gala events. This year, delegates will have a chance to experience the new design and film school, CENTRO, as well as the famous Palacio de Bellas Artes.

GWS is an invitation-only international gathering that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively shape the future of the US$ 3.4 trillion global wellness industry. Held in a different location each year, the summit attracts delegates from over 40 countries. Previous summits have taken place in the US, Switzerland, Turkey, Bali, India and Morocco.

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