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Wellness now a $3.72 trillion global industry – with 10.6% growth from 2013-2015

KITZBUHEL, AUSTRIA – The global wellness industry grew 10.6% in the last two years, from a $3.36 trillion market in 2013 to $3.72 trillion in 2015, according to research released by the Global Wellness Institute (GWI). This new data on the ten markets that comprise the global wellness “cluster” provides fresh evidence that wellness is…


International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 garners support from the sector

Only few weeks ahead of the official launch of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, set to take place on the 18 of January 2017 in Madrid, Spain, representatives from various tourism industries and beyond have joined UNWTO to support the celebrations of this important event. The United Nations 70th General Assembly…


Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine joins Virtuoso’s exclusive luxury travel portfolio

SARDON DE DUERO, SPAIN – Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine, the award-winning historic hotel located in a restored 12th-century abbey surrounded by vineyards in Spain’s Duero winegrowing region, has been accepted into Virtuoso, announced Managing Director Andres Araya. “We can’t think of a better way to mark our fifth anniversary than being admitted into the incomparable Virtuoso…


Portugal commits to the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017

Portugal has committed to partnering with the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. The commitment was presented to UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai, during his recent official visit to Portugal. Among the initiatives to celebrate the Year, Portugal is promoting the rehabilitation of historical buildings in the interior of the country and routes through…


Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants releases 3rd Annual Culinary & Cocktails Trend Forecast

Cocktails with a culinary twist, the “nose to tail” movement, South American and Mediterranean-influenced cuisine, and re-imagined childhood desserts are among the top trends according to Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ 2017 Culinary & Cocktails Trend Forecast, released in November 2016. The third annual trend report offers a glimpse into the innovative flavours and unique sips…


International wellness tourism growing much faster than domestic

WTM LONDON 2016 – LONDON – REPORT: The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) recently reported that global wellness tourism revenues grew an impressive 14% from 2013-2105 (to $563 billion), more than twice as fast as overall tourism (6.9%*) – while also projecting that this “unstoppable” travel category would grow another 37.5%, to $808 billion, by year…

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