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Technogym will be site of prestigious 2018 Global Wellness Summit

The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), the foremost gathering of international leaders in the $3.7 trillion global wellness economy, today announced that preparations are underway for its 12th annual Summit, which will be held for the first time in Italy. The global forum will take place from October 6-8 and will be hosted by Technogym Village, a world-leading company specializing in technologies for fitness, wellness and health located in Romagna’s Wellness Valley. Delegates to the Summit will be immersed in future trends and emerging business opportunities within wellness markets, while being exposed to the uniquely Italian aspects of wellness, including food, art, design and fashion.

The sectors of the welfare economy
The GWS is expected to attract well over 600 high-level delegates from more than 45 countries. Keynotes, panels and roundtables will explore the ten sectors of the wellness economy:

1. beauty
2. spa
3. thermal/mineral springs
4. wellness tourism
5. healthy eating

6. fitness/mind-body
7. preventive/personalized medicine
8. complementary/alternative medicine
9. workplace wellness
10. wellness lifestyle real estate.

“Italians have an inherently healthy, wellness-focused lifestyle, including some of the lowest obesity rates in Europe. Bringing the Global Wellness Summit to Italy gives us the opportunity to celebrate its growing impact on the rapidly expanding wellness economy,” said GWS chairman and CEO Susie Ellis. “Wellness is rewriting industries like beauty and real estate and is transforming retail, fashion, design and architecture. Italy is the perfect setting to explore these exciting new aspects of wellness.”

Italians have an inherently healthy, wellness-focused lifestyle, including some of the lowest obesity rates in Europe

Ellis noted that numerous Italian academic and business luminaries will join the roster of international wellness leaders that will present at the Summit, including:
Summit guests
Nerio Alessandri, Technogym’s Founder and CEO

Antonio Citterio, award-winning Italian architect/designer and the visionary behind Technogym Village

Andrea Illy, Chairman of illycaffè, notably the first company to earn the Responsible Supply Chain Process certification from arbiter DNV GL, and whose Fondazione Ernesto Illy is the sole sponsor of the World Happiness Report from 2018-2020 – crucial research that is helping nations put happiness and wellbeing at the heart of government policy.

Sergio Pecorelli, MD, PHD, academic and surgeon at the University of Brescia Italy and the Italian EU representative for healthy ageing

Giovanni Pes, Italian demographer and physician, and one of the original researchers of Blue Zones, which identified a region in Sardinia as one of five geographic areas where people live much longer than average.

The Global Wellness Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, will also release a highly anticipated, in-depth update of the Global Wellness Economy Monitor, which will include all-new data and trends for the ten wellness markets. Currently, Italy is the 7th largest spa market in the world, with over 3,000 spas generating annual revenues of roughly $2.5 billion – and the 9th-largest wellness tourism market globally, with 6.6 million wellness trips taken each year, generating $12.7 billion in revenues.
“Technogym launched the wellness concept over 25 years ago when everydoby in the industry was only talking about fitness; in the years wellness has changed the industry by transforming it from a niche targeting only sport enthusiasts to a sector able to involve a huge public” said Nerio Alessandri, Technogym’s Founder and CEO. “We are exited to welcome the international thought-leaders who will attend the Summit and who share our commitment to helping people around the world become happier and healthier.”

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