• Joanna Sterkowicz

World Wellness Weekend well on track

Updated: Aug 19



Some 60 World Wellness Weekend (WWW) ambassadors and coordinators across the globe are encouraging the general public to register online for this year’s event (19 and 20 September) and to state where they will practice their favourite wellness activity.


This is due to the fluctuation of COVID-19 lockdown regulations from one country or region to another, and the limited number of people who can meet in a closed place, or at a public place outdoors. WWW activities could range from a contemplative city hike in a historic centre, to a yoga session in a public park, to a guided relaxation on a beach, to a 3km run, to a bike ride along scenic routes, etc.


Those who register for the event will also indicate the time at which they will practice so that friends, family, colleagues or locals can join them to stand six feet apart, wearing a mask, to practice together.


Says World Wellness Weekend founder, Jean-Guy de Gabriac of Tip Touch International: “We wish to replace the notion of ‘social distancing’ by observing a respectful distance and social proximity between people (friends or strangers) who wish to practice together.


“Despite the difficulties related to COVID-19, the heatwave in the Northern Hemisphere, and the fact that many wellness / spa / fitness / hospitality professional are either out of their jobs or furloughed, the preparation of WWW 2020 is progressing well. The vast majority of venues currently on the World Wellness Map will update their page by the end of August.


“A team of students from Ecole Hôtelière de Lausane in Switzerland have joined us and are doing a remarkable job in preparing for this worldwide event. We still plan to be able to showcase fun, free and meaningful wellness activities, either on site or online, in over 100 countries.


“No one really knows when a COVID-19 vaccine will be available and whether antibodies will last a lifetime, or just a few months. The most pro-active and constructive approach is to encourage everyone to be the craftsman of their own well-being and to become an example that can inspire and empower friends or colleagues as #WellnessBuddies.”


De Gabriac notes that some venues (or groups) want to participate with onsite workshops (while simultaneously adhering to health regulations) and video-recorded activities. This will allow the general public to travel to the four corners of the planet thanks to WWW’s photo / video gallery, which will be activated in partnership with Mohmentz).


WWW participants will be able to see the very complete wellness programme by The Taj group of hotels (50+ venues), Anantara (20 venues), Avani (12), as well as the activities of venues from groups such as Accor, Corinthia, Hilton, Lux Collective, Kempinski (Resense), Marriott, Melia, Six Senses, Waldorf Astoria and WTS International, among others.


De Gabriac continues: “We are also collaborating with mega events like BeFit in Aix en Provence, with the participation of an ex-Miss France, Les Mills (and Planet Fitness Group) who organise ‘World United’ on 19 September, and European Sports Week.


Twenty-one cities in France are participating in WWW, with the mobilisation of Mayors and / or Tourist Offices.


“So WWW 2020 is not only #WellnessForAll, but #WellnessByAll,” concludes De Gabriac.


For more information about WWW, click here

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