The fast approaching 2016 edition of the World Travel Market London will again be hosting spa specialists in its Wellness Lounge (EM3050), following the successful debut of the lounge last year.
Meanwhile, for the first time a dedicated Wellness Speed Networking session will be held, uniting Wellness Lounge partners with more than 40 high-calibre buyers. This will take place on Wednesday, November 9 from 10:00-11:00.
The WTM Wellness Lounge will be open throughout the day on November 9 to maximise networking opportunities between wellness exhibitors and buyers, who will be able to conduct business in the comfort of a dedicated area.
This year, Visit Guernsey is launching a campaign at WTM London to promote the destination as a wellness hotspot. Other wellbeing specialists will include the European Historic Thermal Towns Association (EHTTA), which represents more than 30 towns in Europe, and World Travel Award 2016 winner Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso in Greece.
Santani, a recently opened wellness hotel, will also have a pod in the WTM Wellness Lounge, as will Leukerbad Clinin Switzerland, a provider of preventative medicine and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.
Taking place on November 9 will be the 2016 Wellness Travel Awards, hosted by Spafinder Wellness. This ceremony will honour leading spas, resorts, hotels and retreats, and will take place from 17:00-18:00 in the WTM Wellness Lounge.
Senior director, World Travel Market London, Simon Press remarked: “Although once a niche market, spas and well-being centres are becoming central to mainstream travel products and the WTM Wellness Lounge highlights the growing representation and importance of wellness tourism at WTM London. The WTM Wellness showcase offers suppliers an exclusive platform to meet new contacts and conduct business in the comfort of the dedicated lounge.”
He continued: “Our speed networking sessions have worked really well in other market sectors and the WTM Wellness Speed Networking session is the perfect opportunity for domestic and international travel buyers to visit exhibitors in a series of mini-meetings.
“Combined with the 2016 Wellness Travel Awards and our dedicated wellness seminar programme, it’s an all-spa extravaganza at WTM London 2016.”
Wednesday’s Wellness Lounge is part of a two-day focus on wellness tourism at WTM London 2016. On Tuesday, November 8 a full range of seminars dedicated to the sector are taking place in the WTM Inspire Theatre (EU475).