Trends in the News – Week of October 27th 2021

The New Overtourism Debate–Travel Weekly A great overview of how global travel destinations are creating new plans to fight overtourism–whether by ending mass-market marketing campaigns, curtailing short-terms rentals, or by banning cruise ships. The new tourism vision revolves around bringing in high-yield tourists, but the challenge will be how to not erect new travel barriers for the non-rich while keeping the numbers and destruction down.    Should Some of the World’s Endangered Places Be Off-limits to Tourists?–National Geographic  An in-depth piece with tourism experts explaining the different models now being launched to address overtourism. National parks, overrun by pandemic travelers seeking remote nature, are…

TREND: Fighting Overtourism Moves from Talk to Real Action

TREND: Fighting Overtourism Moves from Talk to Real Action     The experiments–from banning short-term rentals to nixing cruise ships to charging fees to enter a place to marketing only to “conscious travelers”– are really heating up   In our 2021 trend “The Year of the Travel Reset,” author and New York Times columnist, Elaine Glusac, predicted that this long travel pause caused by the pandemic would give everyone—consumers and travel suppliers—a rare, crucial opportunity to think of the ways that travel could be…

Biophilia is not a “trend” but the long-term future of architecture and design

Biophilia: Not a Passing ‘Trend’ but the Long-Term Future of Architecture and Design     Homes, cities, workplaces and hotels intentionally designed to reconnect people with nature are at a major inflection point   Biophilic design specifically connects people with the diverse, complex natural world to improve their physical and mental wellbeing. Biophilia is obviously not a new concept: The term was coined by psychologist Erich Fromm in 1964 and made popular by Harvard biologist Edward O. Wilson in the 80s, whose influential book Biophilia posited that if…

TREND: Hospitality brands set sights on lucrative wellness real estate sector

Hospitality brands set sights on lucrative wellness real estate sector   Wellness real estate has become a natural—and profitable—extension for brands like Aman Resorts, Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Mondrian, Montage and more  Yesterday, the Global Wellness Summit’s nonprofit sister organization, the Global Wellness Institute (GWI), hosted its inaugural Wellness Real Estate & Communities Symposium in New York and virtually around the globe. (The full day’s presentations and takeaway materials are available on demand.) The event drew hundreds of attendees…

Wellness Real Estate and Communities: New Momentum, New Directions

Wellness Real Estate and Communities: New Momentum, New Directions The pandemic ignited demand for “well” homes and new trends–from developments that blend home, work and wellness to a huge new value for nature to a shakeup in senior living to thinking beyond the billionaires Waaay back in 2007, GWS trends forecasters named “spa real estate” a rising trend (when destination spas were starting to add…

TREND: Take That, Digital: When the World Opened Up, Visits to Real World Wellness Destinations Surged

Take That, Digital: When the World Opened Up, Visits to Real World Wellness Destinations Surged  …People hit gyms, fitness studios, spas and wellness travel destinations at rates far greater than expected Since the pandemic hit, we’ve—of course—seen a massive adoption of (and investment in) all kinds of digital health and wellness—from virtual workout platforms to new companies that deliver mental health support (and wellness via screens was a big focus in our 2021 trends report). Investors are pouring gazillions of dollars…

Trend: A ‘Wellness Sharing Economy’ Takes Off with the Pandemic

A ‘WELLNESS SHARING ECONOMY’ TAKES OFF WITH THE PANDEMIC Platforms that let people book daycations at hotels and resorts—and rent private homeowners’ pools, campsites, tennis courts, gardens, boats and more—are on fire We’re deep in our second pandemic summer with a joy-killing Delta variant, and most of us have suffered a long year-plus of nixed vacations, closed public and private pools, and parks swarmed with…

Trend: Wellness Destinations Get into Serious Emotional Healing

WELLNESS DESTINATIONS GET INTO SERIOUS EMOTIONAL HEALING  In response to pandemic pain, more programming is tackling tougher emotions—from grief to trauma  Back in January, at our trends event in NYC, we speculated that when travel (and the world) started to open up, wellness resorts would need to address tougher, more raw human emotions and pain given the mental wellness crisis wrought by the pandemic. We…

TREND: BreathTech: New Apps, Platforms and Devices Put Breath at the Center of Wellness

JUST BREATHE!  By: Sandra Ballentine The Tech Breathwork apps and YouTube videos have been a thing for a while. Gaining traction are handheld devices that track air quality and fitness trackers and other wearables that incorporate breathing- related metrics like breathing rate, pulse oximetry, heart-rate variability and habitual breathing patterns. Some interesting examples include: HeartMath and lief use wearable sensors to help users track and…

The Oral Microbiome Trend: Putting the Mouth Back in Health & Wellness

The Oral Microbiome Trend: Putting the Mouth Back in Health & Wellness In our just-released Mid-Year Wellness Trends Update, we explore not only how the gut microbiome has become a burning issue in medicine and wellness in 2021 but how there’s also a new focus on other crucial microbiomes in our body. The “microbiome” refers to ALL the bacteria, viruses and fungi that live in and…