New York, NY (PRWEB) June 13, 2013
The Global Wellness Tourism Congress (GWTC) today announced that a heavy-hitter lineup of speakers is confirmed for its first-ever conference, which will be held in New Delhi, India, on October 5, 2013. The Congress will feature tourism experts like Jean-Claude Baumgarten, former president and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), and ministers of tourism from around the world, who will be welcomed by Dr. K. Chiranjeevi, minister of state for tourism, India.
More attention has been paid to medical tourism (defined as travel for medical/cosmetic/dental surgical procedures or enhancements) than wellness tourism (travel to pursue activities that maintain or enhance health and wellbeing). But the most recent research shows that wellness tourism is already twice as big a market ($106 billion vs. $50 billion).* At the GWTC, for the first time, the conference agenda will be solely focused on global wellness tourism: from defining and sizing the segment, to identifying the best strategies that can help stakeholders further grow this packed-with-potential travel category.
The Congress will also represent the first time that ministries of tourism from 30 different nations are invited to share their current strategies and future plans to attract more business and leisure wellness travelers.
In addition, SRI International will present the first research report that benchmarks global and regional markets, and also gauges the powerful economic impact wellness tourism has on a nation’s revenue, job creation and healthcare costs.
“Wellness tourism is poised to reshape tourism as we know it. So many 21st-century forces are coming together to fuel it: On one hand, we have the rise of chronic diseases, and on the other, the stress brought by modern life. Diverse forms of niche travel are gaining on the old, mass-market model, and what people want to achieve durin
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