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ITB Experts Forum Wellness


March 7, 2019

10:45 - 14:45

City Cube, Auditorium A3


Best practice examples and the latest research data.

All speakers are available for interviews after their sessions outside of the auditorium.

Hosted by:

Michael Altewischer, Managing Partner, Wellness-Hotels & Resorts


10:45 - 11:00

Michael Altewischer, Managing Partner, Wellness-Hotels & Resorts

The spa and wellness market in the Middle East continues to develop. With regard to the individual spa and wellness facilities, it is clear that they are positioned and positioned differently than institutions in Europe and especially in Germany.

  • What are the differences between the two regions and, above all, differences?
  • Can the German speaking market in particular learn something here?
  • What does the spa of the future look like?
  • Where do or should the developments go?

Dr. Yasser Moshref, Managing Director, Premedion GmbH

We all know: spa staff is our resource N° 1. The most beautiful facilities are of no use if there aren’t therapists taking care about guests. There is not one single Wellness hotelier who is not looking for staff. Are they threatened with closing down - similar to other service industries- because they can no longer find therapists? What are the reasons for the glaring staff shortage in the spa? Is it just a phenomenon in German speaking area? What is the situation in other European countries? And what are the solutions? Wilfried Dreckmann, who has been working as a consultant in the European spa business for over 10 years, knows the market and describes the challenges and possible solutions. From "simple but not short-term" to "short-term, but only supposedly simple".

Wilfried Dreckmann, Spa Project

What do German guests expect from a wellness holiday and how do hoteliers respond to these needs? Figures answering these questions are the key for developing and operating wellness hotels and spas. Beauty24 and Wellness-Hotels & Resorts (WH-R) have interviewed guests and hoteliers since 2004.

Michael Altewischer, Managing Partner, Wellness-Hotels & Resorts

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health includes "subjective well-being, perceived self-efficacy, autonomy, competence, inter-generational dependence, and self-actualization of one´s intellectual and emotional potential, among others. Mental health is a level of psychological well-being or an absence of mental illness - the "psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment". From the perspectives of positive psychology, mental health may include an individual´s ability to enjoy life, and to create a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience. As a certified mental coach and life coach, Diana Sicher-Fritsch has developed a health model for this purpose. Together with her guests during the stay at the MentalSpa Resort Fritsch am Berg am Bodensee she successfully implements everyday lifestyle changes. 

Diana Sicher-Fritsch, Spa-Manager & Coach, MentalSpa Resort Fritsch am Berg

A brief overview of the findings of the Global Wellness Economy Monitor 2018/2019 conducted by SRI International for Global Wellness Institute, Miami Florida.

Susie Ellis, Chairman CEO, Global Wellness Institut