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10th Anniversary Global Wellness Summit Agenda Announced

Amongst celebrations of the last wellness-packed decade, eye-opening innovation and future forecasts are prominent at this year’s Summit in Tyrol, Austria (Oct 17-19)


Miami, FL – September 27, 2016 The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), an annual event attracting international leaders to positively shape the future of the $3.4 trillion global wellness industry, today released the agenda for its historic 10th anniversary conference.

“Unveiling the agenda every year is always a thrill; however, this year marks so many milestones for both the Summit and the wellness industry; and we’re particularly excited about the speakers, discussion topics and networking opportunities we’ve curated for delegates this year,” said Susie Ellis, Chairman & CEO. “I can’t thank our co-chairs, Sue Harmsworth and Dr. Franz Linser enough for their brilliant guidance.”

This year’s sold out Summit will be attended by more than 500 delegates hailing from 45 countries, and the agenda’s theme – “Back to the Future” – will celebrate the history of health and wellness while exploring its future.

Some highlights of the 10th Anniversary Global Wellness Summit include:

Future Focus – The Summit is known for its forward-thinking agenda, but the 2016 conference will have the most powerful focus on the future of wellness yet. Delegates will learn about the economic, political, social and technological trends that will rewrite our world and the wellness markets; eye-opening new directions in medical wellness, wellness tourism and thermal bathing culture; and how wellness is shaking up everything from the beauty concept to architecture and real estate. It’s an agenda packed with surprises: from new connections between neuroscience and beauty to the rise of the sauna experience as an “event.”

Inspiring Moments – After delivering his keynote on “Mental Toughness,” Stephen Eberharter, Olympic gold medalist, world champion and World Cup winner, will join Summit delegates at the top of Kitzbühel’s Hahnenkamm mountain for an afternoon of outdoor activities and networking. The first-ever Debra Simon Award for a Leader Furthering Mental Wellness will be given. World-renowned cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg will share never-before seen footage when he opens the Summit.

10th Anniversary Time Capsule – Marking the milestone, Edie Weiner will inspire delegates to contribute their thoughts about the trends that are likely to impact the wellness industry in the near future. Edie will also be on stage at the Summit’s finale to ceremoniously seal the time capsule.

Shark Tank of Wellness Student Competition – The first-ever “Shark Tank of Wellness” student competition puts three finalists on stage to present their innovative wellness concepts; competing for grand prizes totalling $10,000 in front of a panel of judges and the audience.

To see all the activities taking place over the 3-day conference – as well as pre- and post- event activities – view the entire agenda.

The Global Wellness Summit is considered the world’s most prestigious gathering of leaders from every sector of the wellness industry: tourism, spa, education, beauty, fitness, nutrition, finance, environment, medicine, architecture, workplace wellness, wellness communities and technology. To learn more about the 2016 Global Wellness Summit, click here.

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 all over the world. Summits have taken place in the U.S., Switzerland, Turkey, Bali, India, Morocco and Mexico City. The 2016 Summit will be held in Kitzbühel, Tyrol, Austria from October 17-19.


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