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Wednesday, 28 November, 2012, 17 : 30 PM [IST]
Jaipur to host 2013 Global Spa & Wellness Summit
By TBM Staff | New Delhi

Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS), an international organisation that brings together leaders and visionaries to shape the future of the global spa and wellness industries, will travel to India next year to hold their seventh edition in Jaipur from October 4-7. It is for the first time that India will be the host country for GSWS. The Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India will be the Titanium partner for the summit. Although MoT had bid for the conference a few months back, the destination and dates were finalised recently. The venue and theme for the summit are, however, yet to be decided.

MoT is expecting around 400 international delegates from over 40 countries to attend this by-invitation-only global summit. The delegates and participants would comprise CEOs and representatives from diverse sectors, such as hospitality, finance, architecture and real estate, medicine, manufacturing, technology, consultancy and other related industries, informed an official from the government. Max Healthcare will do the ground-level facilitation for the conference, the official informed.

In an official release, Susie Ellis, Chairman and CEO, GSWS, said, “It is very significant that we will be meeting in India where the government has taken a worldwide leadership role by identifying wellness and Wellness Tourism as important contributors to a nation’s economy.” Ellis noted that India, as the birthplace of yoga, meditation and Ayurveda, has played a profound role in the development of spa and wellness worldwide, and that this country is an ideal location to explore those historic roots, and, at the same time, address new markets and new revenue opportunities around the globe.

This is the second time after its inception that GSWS is holding its annual summit in Asia. The first Asian country to host the summit was Indonesia, in which Bali was the venue for the fifth annual summit in 2011. After holding the first two summit meetings in New York in 2007 and 2008, GSWS had travelled to Interlaken, Switzerland (2009); Istanbul, Turkey (2010), Bali, Indonesia (2011); and Aspen, Colorado (2012).