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The weekend when wellness ruled the world

Capoeira Valente

Wellness took centre stage on 19 and 20 September, when 1,207 venues around the globe offered free on-site or online activities to promote healthy lifestyles.

The venues participated as part of the 4th annual World Wellness Weekend (WWW). All in all, 543 cities (98 countries) took part in the event.

Says WWW founder, Jean-Guy de Gabriac of Tip Touch International: “Despite all the hardships and challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, my heart was overjoyed to see so many people and properties participate in WWW. I truly believe it’s a necessary endeavour to support the flame of our industry. The world needs wellness now more than ever.

“Since 2017, we have encouraged professional wellness leaders in hospitality, fitness, beauty and tourism across the world to open their doors, showcase the expertise of their teams, engage their local communities and raise their wellness profile.

“This year, from sunirise in Fiji (with Pure Fiji) until sunset in Hawaii (with the Hawaii Spa Association), ‘social distancing’ was replaced by ‘social wellness’, making WWW the longest and largest event of the year that promotes healthy living.

“Local regulations were followed to keep everyone safe and active, smiling behind masks at a respectful 6-feet distance.”

WWW South Africa ambassador and spa professional, Taryn Lilley, coordinated many activities hosted by local properties. These included Saxon Spa, Ellerman House Spa, NShape Pilates, Forever Strong Studio, Tiger Athletic Fitness, Capoeira Valente and Babor, among others.

The 5th World Wellness Weekend will take place on 18-19 September 2021.

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