The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), the premier conference that brings together international leaders to positively shape the future of the wellness industry, kicks off Day 1 with a welcome from Mexico City’s Minister of Tourism and a wide range of provocative keynotes: from new Global Wellness Institute research on the “Future of Wellness at Work” to global economist Thierry Malleret on the “Outlook for a World Where Wellness May Become Mandatory.”
The first-ever GWS to take place in Latin America also boasts its largest number of delegates ever, including more than 50% that are new attendees to the Summit.
“We’re thrilled to have our Summit in Mexico City this year, one of Latin America’s greatest cities, and look forward to elevating the ‘wellness’ topic to an entirely new level internationally. And I am delighted that this will be our largest – and broadest audience ever,” said Susie Ellis, GWS chairman and CEO. “Over the course of our 3-day event, we will be immersing more than 450 delegates from over 40 countries in the latest developments and innovations in wellness, a sector the Global Wellness Institute values at U.S. $3.4 billion.”
Mexico is a global and regional powerhouse in one of the fastest-growing wellness sectors—wellness tourism—ranking #1 in Latin America and #11 worldwide; with a market more than four times larger ($10.5 billion) than Brazil, and number two in the Latin American region. The country also attracts almost 1 in 2 wellness tourism “dollars” spent across the whole Latin American/Caribbean region ($10.5 billion out of $25.9 billion).
Miguel Torruco Marques, Mexico City’s Minister of Tourism, said: “Healthy populations and the growth of the wellness industry are critical to every nation’s economic performance, and are especially important to Mexico as we create new ways to encourage citizens to actively participate in health and wellness programs. We appreciate that the Global Wellness Summit chose Mexico City for its 9th annual conference, which brings together global industry leaders to create greater awareness of, and new directions for, wellness worldwide.”
The GWS and its delegates will be tweeting throughout the Summit, making it possible for everyone to follow the information and insights being presented (#GWS2015). A centerpiece keynote will be Dr. Deepak Chopra’s presentation entitled “The Future of Wellbeing: A Conscious-Based Approach to Health and Wellbeing,” taking place Sunday, Nov. 15, the last day of the conference.
About the Global Wellness Summit: The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) is an invitation-only international gathering that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively shape the future of the $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 U.S., Switzerland, Turkey, Bali, India and Morocco.