About 2018-09-12T00:13:23+00:00


The Wellness Tourism Association (WTA) is a not-for-profit business, privately held and designed to serve the industry with the creation of networking, educational, and marketing opportunities. Members meet a set of criteria and must qualify annually and pay a membership fee.

The WTA is creating a global network for qualifying destination marketing organizations, hotels and resorts, destination spas, tour operators, travel agencies/advisors, wellness practitioners/educators and others with an interest in supporting and growing the wellness tourism industry.  Our plan is to become the voice of the industry.

Message from the Chairman

Welcome to the Wellness Tourism Association (WTA). This association has been created to offer anyone connected to, or interested in, any aspect of Wellness Tourism an opportunity to become a member and, subsequently, have a voice in the industry, along with the opportunity to help shape its future and sustainability.

One of our first aims is to agree on an industry-approved set of definitions of what constitutes wellness tourism and wellness travel. Definitions are an effective way to create standards and credibility in a field that is global, broad and attractive to many operators and companies seeking a competitive edge.

Wellness Tourism is not a new industry. People have traveled both nationally and internationally with health or wellness the primary focus since the time of the Roman Baths.  In more recent times, the typical wellness vacation, retreat or holiday might consist of an all-inclusive package with accommodation, healthy meals and fitness or other wellness-related activities.

Many other types of travel and vacation options can also fit the realm of wellness tourism when and where there is a secondary benefit of wellness attributed to the journey. For instance, vacations that include activities such as walking tours, hiking, cycling or kayaking; yoga or meditation sessions, spa treatments or healthy culinary activities.

As an association, it is crucial that we work together to help define our industry, as well as educate the public so they can recognize legitimate and credible wellness suppliers and operators. The WTA also collaborates with leading wellness organizations and education authorities for the benefit of the industry to ensure a consistent and unified message and development for wellness tourism. We welcome anyone connected or wishing to be involved in the development of wellness tourism from operators to suppliers, and travel agents to fill out our application form.

 Our primary goals are to:

  1. Create a common set of standards
  2. To educate and increase awareness of Wellness Tourism as well as the various categories that fall under the umbrella of this growing sector of the industry.
  3. To provide a networking platform for those involved in the industry.

As with all associations, the goals and objectives will be determined by the members. We encourage you to join us in helping shape the future of this growing and still developing global industry.

Join us and help shape the future of wellness tourism.

Andrew Gibson
Chairman, WTA

First Board of Directors

Andrew Gibson
Andrew GibsonVP - Well-Being, Luxury Division - Accor Hotels
As a world-leading travel & lifestyle group, AccorHotels takes a forward-thinking approach to wellbeing. Across the company’s portfolio of luxury brands and their 300+ spa facilities worldwide, this commitment to redefine the sector is brought to life through innovation, customized wellness strategies and the creation of meaningful, personalized experiences. The trend-setting Vitality Room at Swissôtel, Sofitel’s rejuvenating So Spa and So Fit concepts, and Fairmont’s personalized workout and apparel offering, Fairmont Fit, are but a few examples of recent luxury wellness initiatives across the AccorHotels network.

Thomas Klein
Thomas KleinPresident & Chief Operating Officer - Canyon Ranch
Canyon Ranch® has been a pioneer and an industry-leading proponent of the wellness lifestyle for nearly 40 years, operating the world’s most celebrated collection of life-enhancement properties. Canyon Ranch has wellness destinations in Tucson, Ariz. and Lenox, Mass. In addition, the brand operates a Canyon Ranch wellness and spa complex at The Venetian® & The Palazzo® hotels in Las Vegas, Nev., as well as Canyon Ranch at Sea onboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2® luxury ocean liner, Oceania® and Regent Seven Seas Cruises®, and on Celebrity Cruises®.

Anne Dimon
Anne Dimon Founder & CEO - Travel To Wellness
Launched in 2004, Travel to Wellness was the first editorially- driven online magazine catering specifically to the growing number of wellness-minded travelers. We’ve been talking wellness travel, spa vacations, wellness living and travel in general for 13 years. Now we are also working with companies and brands wanting to create new wellness travel offerings or market existing programs.

Madeleine Marentette
Madeleine Marentette Founder - Grail Springs Retreat Center for Wellbeing
Grail Springs Retreat Centre for Wellbeing is an award-winning establishment founded by Madeleine Marentette. With a developed holistic approach to wellbeing, its focus is to inspire and renew the body, mind and spirit through lifestyle experiences and education. Surrounded by one of the most beautiful lakeside settings in Ontario, Canada, individuals learn how to manage stress with daily yoga and meditation, enjoy spa therapies, eat healthily, and connect with nature through daily hikes and a unique program in equine meditation. Guests gain a fresh perspective and leave with take-home tools to last a lifetime.

Nilendu Srivastava
Nilendu Srivastava Managing Director - The Art of Living Retreat Center
Opened in 2012, The Art of Living Retreat Center is the newest outgrowth of the Art of Living Foundation’s 30+ year global commitment to health, happiness and Ayurveda. Nestled in a majestic setting in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the center offers immersive wellness experiences that are inspired by authentic traditions of yoga and Ayurveda. From signature workshops in the life-transforming power of breath and meditation to cleanses that have been practiced for thousands of years, the experiences at the center and its Shankara Ayurveda Spa provide timeless tools that help guests tap into their potential for lasting health and happiness.

Cindy Hoddeson
Cindy HoddesonDirector, North America Monaco Government Tourist Office
With a history of wellness that dates back to 1860 when people visited for the curative powers of the Mediterranean, Monaco boasts a wide range of healthy options from the active to the relaxing. Walking the entire Principality, jogging on the harbor, hiking the Via Alpina, rowing in front of the Monaco Yacht Club, practicing yoga on the beach, strolling the colorful Princess Grace Rose Garden, and embracing nature with singular attractions such as the Exotic Gardens, the Observatory Cave and the Pelagos Sanctuary – await the wellness-minded. Add luxury hotels, spas and healthy culinary offerings from Michelin-starred restaurants and you have an ideal luxury wellness destination.