The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) that brings together the leaders and visionaries from around the world to positively impact and shape the future of the $4.2 trillion global wellness industry will be held in Hong Kong for the first time. This is the third time that the event is taking place in Asia in its 13-year history, with previously being hosted by Bali and India. The Summit is scheduled to take place at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong from October 15–17, 2019.

Catherine Feliciano-Chon, a leading brand development and communications expert, who founded CatchOn, a strategic marketing communications consultancy with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai in 2001 and Yoriko Soma, a Tokyo-based spa/wellness investor and entrepreneur, have been named to co-chair the conference.

Nancy Davis, Chief Creative Officer and Executive Director of the Global Wellness Summit said, “Hong Kong is a vibrant, exciting, business-centric destination, offering a gateway to the Asian marketplace, and we are thrilled to be bringing the Summit here.”

“From the world-class hospitality of the renowned Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, to top-rated local restaurants led by some of the world’s best young chefs, to the unique wellness scene in this exciting city, GWS delegates are in for an immersive experience of ancient culture and modern innovation that is the hallmark of Hong Kong,” she added.

As per the 2018 Global Wellness Economy Monitor that was released by the Global Wellness Institute, the biggest growth leader in key wellness markets is Asia. Asia has become the fastest growing wellness tourism market, with China being first and India second in worldwide growth. Asia also has the maximum number of spas and thermal/mineral springs in the world.

“Having the Summit in Hong Kong underscores Asia’s importance to the wellness economy,” said Feliciano-Chon, a GWS advisory board member. “With China at our doorstep, Hong Kong bridges East and West, the ancient and modern, and sits at the crossroads of many industries shaping the business of wellness. It’s an honor to be part of the leadership team for the GWS 2019.”

The Global Wellness Summit is an invitation-only event. Delegates, who are first-timers, need to apply to attend the event. On the other hand, previous delegates and invitees can take advantage of a preferred registration rate, if they apply before February 28, 2019.