Past Summits

Held in a different location each year, the Global Wellness Summit attracts delegates from over 50 countries.

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Location: KitzKongress, Kitzbühel, Tyrol, Austria
Theme: “Back to the Future”
2016 Agenda
2016 Photo Gallery
2016 Invitation

The Global Wellness Summit celebrates its 10th anniversary in the town of
Kitzbühel, nestled in the Alps in the region of Tyrol, Austria. Long regarded as
the European cradle of wellness tourism, Tyrol holds a unique place in history
as a wellness pioneer. By putting tourism at the center of its economy, it brings
people and businesses together to promote the region’s distinct health-focused
natural resources. With the theme “Back to the Future,” we acknowledge
Europe’s contribution to the wellness movement, along with the Summit’s
prestigious history, while at the same time, conceiving the best strategies for the
next 10 years.



Location: The St. Regis, Mexico City, Mexico
Theme: “Building a Well World”
2015 Agenda
2015 Photo Gallery
2015 Invitation

With a rich history and sophisticated setting, Mexico City was the perfect destination for the ninth annual GWS, and the first one in Latin America. The vibrant capital wows visitors with a deep commitment to preserving its history and culture, while providing a showcase for innovation in art and commerce. Our theme last year was “Building a Well World.” It describes a mission to catalyze collaborative action within every aspect of the wellness industry and achieve sustainable change on a global scale. The keynote speaker was Deepak Chopra, MD, renowned author, physician and Ayurvedic expert. The event was emceed by Giselle Fernandez, the Emmy Award-winning journalist and noted philanthropist.


Location: Four Seasons Resort, Marrakech, Morocco
Theme: “>>Fast Forward
2014 Agenda
2014 Photo Gallery
2014 Invitation

The eight annual GSWS was held September 10-12, 2014 at the Four Seasons Resort Marrakech, Morocco. The second annual Global Wellness Tourism Congress (GWTC) will be held on day one of the Summit. The theme for this year’s event is Fast Forward, and the agenda and keynote speakers will be focused on looking closely and creatively at the future of spa and wellness. Famous for its hammams, argan oil and historical spas, Morocco is one of the top 10 nations worldwide predicted for wellness tourism growth. As well, its government is investing heavily in growing the wellness tourism market—which makes Morocco the ideal host country for this year’s Summit.


Location: The Oberoi, Gurgaon, New Delhi, India
Theme: “A Defining Moment”
2013 Agenda
2013 Photo Gallery
2013 Invitation

The seventh annual GSWS was held in India for the first time in 2013. A truly “defining moment” for our industry occurred when His Holiness the Dalai Lama took the stage for his keynote speech. The record number of delegates also heard from 30 other high-profile keynote speakers who explored where the spa and wellness industries have been, where they’re heading and the many opportunities emerging in new wellness concepts and markets. The 2013 conference featured several critical firsts, including the inaugural Global Wellness Tourism Congress (GWTC) and six Global Forums on key industry subsectors. Unprecedented released research from the “Global Wellness Tourism Economy” report revealed this evolving sector to be worth $439 billion globally, or representing one in seven of all tourist dollars.


Location: The Aspen Meadows Resort, Aspen, Colorado, USA
Theme: “Innovation through Imagination”
2012 Agenda
2012 Photo Gallery
2012 Invitation

For its sixth-annual conference, and after adding “& wellness” to its name, the GSWS was held for the first time in collaboration with another organization: the Aspen Institute. The event set a new attendance record, and delegates heard from eclectic speakers such as the former president of Costa Rica, the governor of Colorado, the former chair of Disney’s Imagineering, an Academy Award-nominated actress and an innovation heavyweight. Big-picture economic and geo-political trends were presented, and groundbreaking research from SRI International addressed the spa management education gap.


Location: The Bali International Convention Center, Bali, Indonesia
Theme: “Engage the Change: The Customer. The Money. The Future.”
2011 Agenda
2011 Invitation

Held for the first time in Asia, the 2011 Summit attracted a record number of delegates and media. Attendees explored new ways to engage with consumers, enter new markets and embrace new technologies. The world’s first online portal dedicated to the medical evidence that exists for spa and wellness therapies,, was unveiled. A landmark research report explaining the differences between wellness tourism and medical tourism was also presented.


Location: The Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul, Turkey
Theme: “Bridges Worth Building”
2010 Agenda
2010 Photo Gallery
2010 Invitation

The 2010 Summit attracted top-level executives and thought-leaders from 40 nations, as delegates tackled critical industry issues and emerging opportunities. Highlights included a keynote speech from futurist Edie Weiner, of Weiner, Edrich and Brown. A research report, Spas & the Global Wellness Market: Synergies & Opportunities, from SRI International, examined how the industry can capitalize on the explosive consumer wellness revolution.


Location: The Victoria-Jungfrau Resort & Spa, Interlaken, Switzerland
Theme: “The Power of Collaboration”
2009 Agenda
2009 Invitation

The third-annual Global Spa Summit, held in Interlaken, Switzerland at the Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa was attended by delegates from a record 32 nations. The 2009 Summit featured keynote presentations by Dr. Adolf Ogi, the former president of Switzerland and United Nation’s Special Advisor, and Reto Wittwer, the president and CEO of Kempinksi Hotels, along with roundtable discussions on topics ranging from profit margins, to the value of hydro and thermal spa experiences, to spa design of the future.


Location: The Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, New York, USA
Theme: “Advancing the Global Spa Economy”

Building on work that began in 2007, the 2008 Summit addressed an industry-wide skilled labor shortage, the lack of agreed-upon benchmarking and the need for environmental leadership. Keynote presentations by hotel visionary Ian Schrager and Dr. Richard Carmona, 17th surgeon general of the U.S., provided delegates with powerful calls to action. The landmark Global Spa Economy Report from SRI International was presented.


Location: The Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, New York, USA
Theme: “Joining Together. Shaping The Future.”

The inaugural Global Spa Summit made history as leaders from the global spa, real estate, investment, travel, spa education, beauty and wellness sectors came together to chart the future of the booming spa industry, which had seen double-digit growth for the past two decades. The Summit featured a keynote address by Steve Case, whose Revolution LLC. is leading innovation in the health care, wellness and resort industries.