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18 Oct 2018
Alessandri, Clodagh, McCann lead GWS Wellness Awards

The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) celebrated recipients of its 5th-annual Global Wellness Awards and the winners of its Shark Tank of Wellness student competition, all of which were announced at this year’s Summit at Technogym Village in Cesena, Italy. More than 630 invitation-only delegates hailing from 50 countries attended this year’s sold-out Summit, and the 2018 Global Wellness Award recipients, determined by the GWS Advisory Board, were announced on the final day of the Summit, as follows:

Leader in Innovation
Nerio Alessandri, founder and president of Technogym, for “his vision and courage to use the word wellness to define his leading technology and fitness company in the early ‘90s before the term became part of the daily lexicon.”

Leader in Sustainability
Clodagh, head of New York-based interior design firm Clodagh Design, for “being a vanguard of wellness design, as evidenced by her pioneering use of approaches like feng shui, biophilia, chromatherapy, wabi sabi and aromatherapy, as well as her passionate belief that good design supports wellbeing and can transform people’s lives.”

Leading Woman in Wellness
Sheila McCann, general manager of Lanserhof UK and prior GM of Chiva-Som, for “being a key figure in the global spa industry who has evangelised the transformative effects of authentic, immersive experiences offered by destination spas, integrated wellness resorts and wellness retreats.”

Leader in Workplace Wellness
Denise Bober, vice president of human resources at The Breakers Palm Beach, for “remaking the culture of a renowned destination property into a shining example of workplace wellness and proving that a ‘return on wellness’ is a real measurement of success.”

Leader in Social Impact
Rupert Schmid and Pierre-Louis Delapalme, co-presidents of skincare brand Biologique Recherche, for “working to make it possible for more people and societal groups to live healthier, happier lives – and whose work in the field of wellness has made a meaningful social impact.” Schmid and Delapalme have partnered with Wellness for Cancer to adapt facial and body treatments to meet the needs of cancer patients and those in remission.

Debra Simon Award for Leader in Furthering Mental Wellness
John Stewart, one of the founding partners and key visionaries behind wellness resort Kamalaya Koh Samui, for “creating projects that make a measurable difference in people’s lives. Stewart proves that happiness comes from giving and has created a unique destination that nurtures guests by combining ancient wisdom with the latest innovations in alternative and modern healthcare, offering healing in the broadest sense, encompassing heart, mind, body and spirit.”

Shark Tank of Wellness Award
Each year the Shark Tank of Wellness competition challenges university students around the world to create bold and viable new concepts in wellness (from technology to architecture to hospitality).

Fifteen of over 150 submissions from 39 countries were presented to the Wellness Sharks who ultimately identified three finalists. The finalists, along with their professors, were flown to Italy to present their ideas in front of a panel of real-world wellness experts and the live audience – and compete for US$10,000 in prize money.

First prize (US$5,000) went to Maria Mu of Cornell University for her sleep technology concept, Bellumo, aimed at helping hundreds of millions of people worldwide that have trouble falling asleep at night. An alternative to potentially harmful medications, Bellumo is a glowing, hanging mobile that guides users through breathing exercises to help them fall into sleep. The form of the mobile was inspired by the bioluminescence of jellyfish and their elegant pulsating shapes, and the glowing and dimming of the soft LED lights guides users to inhale and exhale for set amounts of time, helping them relax deeply.

First runner-up (US$2,500) was Ece Nur Temel from Istanbul Technical University for her concept Yoga Lounge, a personal yoga space (or pod) designed for use throughout airports. With over 560,000 flights delayed a month, Yoga Lounge provides a private yoga/meditation sanctuary in the extremely stressful airport environment. Each module is divided into two small areas: one where you place baggage and change your clothes, the other a circular area for doing yoga or meditation, with yoga essentials such as blocks, straps, etc. Yoga Lounge is also a chill-out option for libraries, universities, hospitals, etc.

Second runner-up (US$2,500) was Niccolo Saltarelli from Les Roches Global Hospitality Education in Switzerland for his concept CampWell. This innovative health and wellbeing-focused summer camp pairs young adults with experienced camp counselors from an older generation, for immersion in human connection and intergenerational bonding and physical and mental health education and experiences. Programming at CampWell is designed to attack the current epidemic of loneliness and unhappiness among young adults.



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09 Nov 2018
IAAPA 2018: 35,000 gather in Orlando for record-breaking attractions expo
More than 35,000 buyers, suppliers and representatives of the attractions sector from more than 100 countries are heading to Orlando, Florida, ahead of this year's IAAPA Attractions Expo, which is set to break records once again as the organisation celebrates its centenary year.
01 Nov 2018
Leicester City, Warwickshire CCC and Leeds Rhinos among winners of 2018 IOG Awards
Groundscare teams at Leicester City FC and Leeds Rhinos rugby club are among the winners of the 2018 Institute of Groundsmanship’s (IOG) awards for groundskeeping.
29 Oct 2018
Active IQ wins Innovation of the Year award at FAB 2018
Active IQ has been declared the winner of the Innovation of the Year Award at the FAB 2018 Awards, organised by the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB).
29 Oct 2018
STA secures Collaboration of the Year prize at FAB Awards
Safety Training Awards, the awarding organisation of the Swimming Teachers' Association (STA), has been handed the Collaboration of the Year award at this year’s FAB Awards.
26 Oct 2018
Bob Rogers unveils 2018 lineup for IAAPA Legends Panel
Some of the brightest and best minds operating in the attractions industry today will come together to discuss how best to open venues overseas in a culture that might be alien to the team behind it, in a world where fervent nationalism is on the rise.
25 Oct 2018
Birmingham completes venue plan for 2022 Commonwealth Games
Nearly every event at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will take place in a facility which is already open, the organising committee for the games has revealed.
24 Oct 2018
Dr Marc Cohen launches ‘Extreme Bathing’ wellness retreats
Dr Marc Cohen, professor at Australia’s RMIT University and board member of the Global Wellness Summit, has launched a series of ‘extreme’ wellness retreats focusing on hot and cold water and breathing techniques.
23 Oct 2018
VisitScotland targets European visitor markets to grow Scottish tourism
VisitScotland is upping its efforts to market Scotland as a destination for european visitors, by hosting its first ever pan-European travel trade mission.
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Diary dates
24 Apr - 26 Nov 2018
MAPIC Russia
Expocentre
Moscow
Russia
12-16 Nov 2018
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando
United States
13-14 Nov 2018
Spa Life UK
Hilton Birmingham Metropole (NEC)
Birmingham
United Kingdom
14-16 Nov 2018
MAPIC
Palais des Festivals
Cannes
France
15 Nov 2018
Active Training Awards + Conference
Unique Venues Birmingham
Birmingham
United Kingdom
19-20 Nov 2018
Israel Hotel Investment Summit (IHIS)
Hilton Hotel
Tel Aviv
Israel
20-21 Nov 2018
Sleep + Eat
Olympia
London
United Kingdom
27-27 Nov 2018
BASES Conference
Harrogate Convention Centre
Harrogate
United Kingdom
28-29 Nov 2018
MIPIM Asia
Grand Hyatt Hotel
Hong Kong SAR
05-06 Dec 2018
ARCHITECT@WORK - Germany
Messe Stuttgart - Hall 9
Stuttgart
Germany
05-06 Dec 2018
International Sports Convention (ISC)
Palexpo Convention Center
Geneva
Switzerland
05-06 Dec 2018
Esports Conference
Palexpo Convention Center
Geneva
Switzerland
05-06 Dec 2018
Turf and Grass Conference
Palexpo Convention Center
Geneva
Switzerland
05-06 Dec 2018
Stadium Connected Conference
Palexpo Convention Center
Geneva
Switzerland
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