PATA Wellness and Luxury Travel Conference & Mart 2021
'Keynote Presentation: The Evolution of Wellness in Travel'
Susie Ellis, Chairman & CEO, Global Wellness Institute
Asia is becoming a growth leader in the wellness sector. This is driven by the need for emotional healing from isolation and overworking since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Destinations and resorts that can provide positive spaces for trauma recovery through wellness programmes are well positioned for this long-term trend
'Wellness and Luxury Consumer Trends and Insights'
Sarah Mathews, Group Head of Media Partnerships APAC, Tripadvisor
Based on a survey from Accenture and Tripadvisor that polled 1,000 Americans, high-income millennials are set to drive the post-pandemic travel boom. And across the demographic groups, 45% listed relaxation as what they seek on their next trip
'Fireside Chat with TAT & BBC'
L/R: Mariko Oi, Asia Business Correspondent/ Presenter, BBC News; Teerasil Tapen, Executive Director of The Americas Region, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)
Thailand is planning to allow quarantine-free entry for visitors from low-risk source markets starting Nov 1, 2021. They will be required to show negative PCR test results and must stay at an accommodation with SHA+ certification. The successes of its 'Phuket Sandbox' model of reopening destinations has resulted in 50K foreign arrivals since July and nearly 900K room night bookings between July 2021 and February 2022
'Closing Keynote: Awakening Travel’s Potential For Good'
Jake Haupert, Co-founder & CEO, Transformational Travel Council
In the post-pandemic environment, consumers are looking for deeper purpose and connections to their inner selves through their travels. They want their trips to have more purpose and would be willing to spend more money to do so. In this sense, the role of tourism is shifting towards healing, regeneration, and reconciliation from the ground up - and from inside to out - to help ensure a brighter future for all