Global Wellness Day: Why Hotels Should be Involved
An Interview with Belgin Aksoy, Founder, Global Wellness Day
By Camille Hoheb Managing Director, Wellness Tourism Worldwide | May 29, 2016
A hotel's vitality hinges on the guest experience. Out of all the business trends, none is more powerful than the growing wellness movement. Wellness is everywhere. This is especially true in tourism, with healthy amenities at airports, airlines and lodging. Healthy hotel brands are leading the way and other properties are following suite. Hotels deliver healthy options related to physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, environmental and social wellbeing. This article is part 1 of a 2-part series on Global Wellness Day (GWD). GWD is an international, noncommercial initiative aimed at improving wellbeing across the world.
Founded by Belgin Aksoy, Global Wellness Day was born in Richmond Nua Wellness Spa in Turkey. Today 100+ hotels and spas worldwide celebrate this international day of observance. There are 3,000 properties & locations in 100 countries organizing GWD celebrations.
Global Wellness Day creates a focus on healthier lifestyle choices and the importance of living well. "We've honored almost everything which is valuable to us with a special day, so why not have one that's dedicated to the universally accepted importance of wellness?" says Belgin Aksoy.
Below is an exclusive interview with Belgin Aksoy:
Camille Hoheb (CH) - Which hotel chains have joined Global Wellness Day initiative?
Belgin Aksoy (BA) - The following hotels confirmed participation in Global Wellness Day: Constance Hotels and Resorts, ROYAT, Talise Spa (group of Jumeriah Hotels & Resorts), LUX Hotels & Resorts Group, GRACE Hotels of America, GOCO Spas & GOCO Retreats, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, SIX SENSES, Marriott Spas, Thalasso & Spa Serge Blanco, St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, SENSE SPA, Kurotel, Divani Apollon Palace, Best Alpine Wellness Hotels, WTS International, HILTON Group, Red Door Spas, OBEROI Spas, Chuan Spas, Shangri-la Bosphorus Istanbul, and Swiss Hotel to name a few.