Senior Tourism Leaders Roundtable
At the World Travel Market hosted by the Global Wellness Institute
November 2, 2015
This forum brought together senior figures of tourism who are pro-actively exploring or actively incorporating a wellness culture into both their strategies and forward planning discussions. The diverse benefits of wellness tourism were debated and the growing reality of wellness as an essential and even (becoming) compulsory element to a tourism and cultural strategy. The challenges, the opportunities, and the potential of embracing this high growth tourism sector was explored and discussed.
KEY TAKE AWAYS:
- Education in both the public and private sector must not be underestimated in its need and most importantly its essential role in enabling strategic progress both economically and socially.
- The aggregation of data, case studies and monitored impact must be gathered and disseminated to better effect for regional and global advantage.
- Investors are interested because of high margins and multi demographics wishing to approach everything with wellness at the forefront of their decision making process.
- Challenges remain where more ‘traditional’ tourist attractions still trump the wellness opportunity – this mirrors back to the importance of education and driving data collection and evidential case studies.
To learn more, read the complete Roundtable Report highlighting key takeaways from the event.
LIST OF PARTICIPANTS:
Katia Carvalho, Regional Director of Tourism, Madeira
Liisa Renfors, Product Specialist – Visit Finland
Richard Sermon, MBE
HE Michael Nazzal, Senator for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Director of tourism
Mia Kyricos, Founder and CEO Kyricos and Associates
Yazmin Azman, Head of strategy and communications for Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council
Stella Photi, Founder and Director – Wellbeing Escapes
Dr. Eleni Michopoulou, Asst Professor – Tourism and Wellness Derby University
Anni Hood, Founder and CEO Wellness Business Consultancy