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Spa People: 20th anniversary issue
Susie Ellis

Spas have an opportunity to position themselves as places for connection, community and gathering


How has the industry evolved?
In 2003, wellness wasn’t a word used in the spa arena frequently. Facilities were seen as elitist and the medical arena, workplaces and governments didn’t understand what they were about. Our organisations (GWI and GWS) started using the term ‘wellness’ in 2010 and now that it’s part of the industry landscape everything has changed.

Who have been the biggest industry influencers?
Deborah Szekely, Mel Zuckerman, Nerio Alessandri, Rick Stollmeyer, Liz Terry, organisations such as our own, ISPA, Biologique Recherche and Global Wellness Day.

What business models are the most exciting?
True wellness real estate communities where you can live alone or as a family and be assured of a healthy life are extremely exciting. Today, that only really exists at Serenbe in Atlanta, Georgia, however there are more in the works.

I also love affordable and meaningful wellness. These days, some of the thermal resorts, such as Therme Bucharest, charge as little as US$35 a day to access many of its experiences.


Finally, there are evidence-based medical wellness models which offer true preventative diagnostics and work with people to avoid becoming ill in the first place.

What societal trends are having the biggest impact on spas globally?
Since COVID, it’s the recognition of the profound effect connection, community and gathering can have on mental and physical health. It’s something the industry should be more cognisant of and embrace and engage with because we have the opportunity to truly ‘own’ that space.

Read more: www.spabusiness.com/GWS22

Birthday message to Spa Business

"With its trusted, high-quality and unbiased communications, Spa Business has been a very uniting factor in our sector. In fact, there was no global spa and wellness industry until Spa Business began and helped aggregate the various players"

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In celebration of Spa Business’ 20th anniversary, industry leaders take a look at how far the sector has come since the magazine’s inception in 2003, share personal career highlights and reveal their plans and ideas for the future

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Spa People: 20th anniversary issue
Susie Ellis

Spas have an opportunity to position themselves as places for connection, community and gathering


How has the industry evolved?
In 2003, wellness wasn’t a word used in the spa arena frequently. Facilities were seen as elitist and the medical arena, workplaces and governments didn’t understand what they were about. Our organisations (GWI and GWS) started using the term ‘wellness’ in 2010 and now that it’s part of the industry landscape everything has changed.

Who have been the biggest industry influencers?
Deborah Szekely, Mel Zuckerman, Nerio Alessandri, Rick Stollmeyer, Liz Terry, organisations such as our own, ISPA, Biologique Recherche and Global Wellness Day.

What business models are the most exciting?
True wellness real estate communities where you can live alone or as a family and be assured of a healthy life are extremely exciting. Today, that only really exists at Serenbe in Atlanta, Georgia, however there are more in the works.

I also love affordable and meaningful wellness. These days, some of the thermal resorts, such as Therme Bucharest, charge as little as US$35 a day to access many of its experiences.


Finally, there are evidence-based medical wellness models which offer true preventative diagnostics and work with people to avoid becoming ill in the first place.

What societal trends are having the biggest impact on spas globally?
Since COVID, it’s the recognition of the profound effect connection, community and gathering can have on mental and physical health. It’s something the industry should be more cognisant of and embrace and engage with because we have the opportunity to truly ‘own’ that space.

Read more: www.spabusiness.com/GWS22

Birthday message to Spa Business

"With its trusted, high-quality and unbiased communications, Spa Business has been a very uniting factor in our sector. In fact, there was no global spa and wellness industry until Spa Business began and helped aggregate the various players"

More from spa industry leaders...

In celebration of Spa Business’ 20th anniversary, industry leaders take a look at how far the sector has come since the magazine’s inception in 2003, share personal career highlights and reveal their plans and ideas for the future

View next: Emlyn Brown

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One&Only’s new oceanfront spa in Greece offers treatments inspired by Greek mythology and Ayurveda
One&Only Resorts has introduced a new three-storey spa on the picturesque Greek island of Kéa, located at its recently launched oceanfront property, One&Only Kéa Island Resort and Private Homes.
Report identifies diversity, equity and inclusion challenges in health club sector
Diversity, equity and inclusion in the European fitness industry is examined in a new report which provides eye-opening findings and a starting point for change.
RLA Global: Wellness hotels experience positive growth trend globally in 2023
Hotels incorporating wellness amenities experienced a significant boost in Total Revenue per Available Room (TRevPAR) in 2023, according to the latest Wellness Real Estate Report by RLA Global, produced in partnership with P&L benchmarking firm HotStats.
World leaders gather at luxury Italian wellness retreat Borgo Egnazia for G7 Summit
The 2024 G7 Summit is now underway at a destination spa resort in Puglia, Italy, with leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US convening to address some of the world’s most urgent issues.
Minor devises new medi-wellness concept for Anantara, debuting in Phuket in Q3
Minor Hotels CEO Dillip Rajakarier has unveiled plans to introduce an innovative medi-wellness concept to the group's Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas brand, with ambitions to expand the concept to additional resorts in the future.
Global Wellness Day 2024 shatters records as 1 billion people unite for wellness and nature
Global Wellness Day (GWD) marked its 13th anniversary on Saturday, 8 June and was reportedly celebrated by a record-breaking 1 billion people worldwide, making it the most successful year yet.
Deepak Chopra-backed wellness resort Ameyalli to open among historic Utah hot springs
Wellness industry figure Deepak Chopra is co-developing a new wellness community and resort focused on wellbeing and longevity in Utah’s Heber Valley, centred around natural geothermal springs.
László Puczkó joins Ensana as senior health spa advisor
European health spa operator Ensana has announced the strategic appointment of Dr László Puczkó as senior health spa advisor.
EU funds Great Spa Towns of Europe youth project to foster intercultural dialogue among spa towns
The Great Spa Towns of Europe (GSTE) has announced the successful approval of its funding application under the European Town Twinning Programme. This funding will support a year- long project named INTERSPACE, aimed at fostering intercultural dialogue among communities within the GSTE network.
Gen Z women are more engaged with physical activity than previous generations, finds Ernst & Young research
According to new research from Ernst & Young, the gap between female and male engagement in sport and physical activity is narrowing, with Gen Z adult female engagement figures on the rise.
Welsh coastal hotel The Quay unveils new-look spa after £1m makeover
North Wales’ four-star The Quay Hotel & Spa in the Deganwy Marina in Conwy has invested £1 million (€1.2 million, US$1.3 million) refreshing its 580sq m destination spa with new wellness facilities.
Ritz-Carlton Reserve to land in South America with tropical retreat in Rio de Janeiro
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