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Last month a group of wellness tourism experts were invited to participate in The Future of Wellness Tourism, presented by The World Spa and Wellness Conference. Below is the replay. With the dynamic exchange of insights, observations and projections, I'll be creating a series of shorter posts along with my answers to the many questions posed in and off screen.
Q. Wellness tourism was a very strong trend before Covid 19, growing twice as fast as regular tourism. What is your perspective for the next 6 to 12 months?
A. As perceptions about safety improve, there will be less and less concerns about contracting Covid19 and as a result there will be more comfort going out and participating in local activities as well as local traveling. On the economy side, there are concerns about the personal financial impact of coronavirus and concern about the national and world economies. All factors combined, I think we can agree that generally people are eager to celebrate, to reconnect with others, to try something new, to create wonderful memories and to re-invest in themselves --- these are all reasons travel is missed and why it will bounce back. There will be those who will want to indulge and to pamper themselves. How this will look will vary. While most will stay closer to home, there will be a smaller subset people of wellness adventurers, more Millennials than Boomers, willing to take calculated risks in order to travel further distances. Wellness resorts and local retreats will be attractive and should benefit from a regional pull. Leisure travelers will avoid air travel and cruise lines will have a much tougher time making a comeback. The skyrocketing increase in travel insurance will continue, especially for “cover for any reason” clauses. The stress of self-quarantine will be a motivation for wellness vacations - girls getaways at beach locations with some indulgence, solo travel centering around fitness and group hikes, and soft adventure vacations for family.
The Future of Wellness Tourism (Replay: May 12, 2020)
Camille Hoheb is the President of Wellness Tourism Worldwide. A version of her article originally appeared on HotelExecutives.com in July 2018. Click here to check it out.
On June 9th, Global Wellness Day, will be celebrated around the world in 5,000 different locations and in 100+ countries.
Global Wellness Day places a spotlight on wellness as a human right. This special observance recognizes the value of human life, encourageing self-reflection, to be at peace with oneself and the world, and to raise awareness about physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. This is a belief that strongly aligns with Wellness Tourism Worldwide and our vision for a healthier world.
When I first met Belgin Aksoy Berkin in Thailand, we were both speakers at the World Spa and Wellness Summit. She shared during her presentation that health is one of the most important issues in our lives, pointing out there were days to celebrate National Donut Day and other such trivial observances. Why not have a special day to living well?
Many hotel chains, local spas and resource partners offer free hosted events. Learn more about Global Wellness Day at globalwellnessday.org or through social media hastags #GWD & #GlobalWellnessDay
Belgin Aksoy Berkin, founded Global Wellness Day in 2012 in Turkey.
Camille Hoheb is a food blogger, a wellness travel champion and a lover of the good things in life. She is featured in Travel Pulse and other publications, speaks at conferences and is the Founder of Wellness Travel Academy and Wellness Tourism Worldwide and the author of The Guide to Selling Wellness Travel. Read More.
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Camille Hoheb is a wellness travel expert, who has trained hundreds of professionals around the world in wellness tourism. Camille is a wellness travel speaker, wellness travel writer, wellness travel advisor, wellness travel consultant and you guessed it - loves all things wellness + travel.