GWI’s Arabian Travel Market Symposium Tackles Wellness & Medical Tourism Trends

The GWI’s agenda for its Wellness Symposium at the 2019 Arabian Travel Market is set. The session on April 30 will feature experts in both medical tourism and wellness tourism exploring the unique opportunities and trends unfolding in both sectors. Attendees will also hear the latest GWI research on MENA’s wellness markets, including its wellness tourism and spa markets, which in terms of recent percentage…

Must-Reads from the Wellness World

Exercise Makes You Happier than Money, According to Yale and Oxford Research – Business Insider, April 3, 2019 Despite the silliness of the title, this article presents interesting new research showing that exercise is more important to our mental health than our economic status. In addition, sports that involve socializing tend to have a more positive effect on our mental health than others. The Land…

GWI’s Social Impact Initiative Releases Manifesto

The GWI’s Social Impact Initiative’s mission is to drive collaboration among business leaders, community members and a wide range of organizations to create significant, sustainable world impact. At its first Roundtable/forum, participants shared “We believe” statements around their mission, which resulted in a manifesto to inspire and guide social impact. ACCESS MANIFESTO

Trend to Watch: Less Conspicuous, Expensive Wellness

MONTHLY BAROMETER – WELLNESS EDITION For the second winter in a row, the success of a basic coat has gone viral. The Orolay puffer jacket, produced in China and sold (mainly) on Amazon for about $130, competed with premium brands, such as Canada Goose, Moncler and Fusalp, priced at exponentially more than that amount. So what? (1) It reveals the growing disruptive power of the…

A “Well Death” Becomes Part of a “Well Life”

In our modern age, death has become over-medicalized, and the “human” has been removed from the process. Enter a new kind of wellness practitioner: the death doula, caregivers who give the dying full physical, emotional and spiritual support and fill that serious gap in care between medicine and hospice. Read a new conversation with Henry Fersko-Weiss, a true pioneer of the death doula movement and…

Wellness Evidence Study: With Exercise, Midlife Is Not Too Late to Begin

A large, new study from the National Cancer Institute, analyzing data from the N.I.H.-AARP Diet and Health Study, indicates that with exercise, it’s never too late to begin. People who started exercising in midlife had the same protection against mortality as people who had always worked out. The bad news? The reverse is true: If you stop exercising in midlife, all the longevity benefits you accrued…