Regional Spa News
Jamaica Event a Success for Caribbean Wellness & Education
If there’s one thing the home of “one love” can do well it’s bringing people together in the spirit of harmony. Those who had the opportunity to participate in this year’s Caribbean Wellness & Education (WE) event took away new relationships, professional and personal inspiration, and knowledge on how to integrate their brands and expertise into this ever-flourishing region.
The week began with WE’s attendance at the first World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) conference in the region. The conference was designed to deliver high-level content on jobs and inclusive tourism growth, bringing together diplomats and tourism stake-holders from around the world.
Highlights from the WE Jamaica Event
• WE Jamaica hosted their event at the newly opened Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa. This is the home of the Grande Spa—a 30,000+ square-foot indigenously Jamaican spa. Spa professionals enjoyed personalized meetings, allowing for business to happen in an expedited format. Attendees enjoyed authentic Jamaican experiences, including a visit to Fisherman’s Inn on the Luminescence Lagoon and attendance to the Chronixx Reggae concert.
• Local massage therapists attended a course on how to provide safe and effective spa services for clients living with cancer. The course was taught by wellness professional veteran, Christine Ann Clinton, Harvard Medical School holistic cancer care specialist. Montego Bay residents living with cancer were invited to be a part of this important training, attesting that compassion and quality-of-life are an essential part of the treatment process for patients.
• Finally, the Jewel’s ‘Grande’ pool transformed into an awesome runway show with top international models from Jamaica and Los Angeles, wearing resortwear by SITA Couture, Anatomie, and Ala Turca Textiles. The show was produced by BESTalent Group, and the models’ faces and nails were done by GloBody, HydraFacial, Dazzle Dry, and Jane Iredale.
“Caribbean Wellness & Education has been an invaluable resource for understanding the potential in delivering the nearly four trillion dollar growing wellness economy to the region,” said Matt Cooper CMO of Caribbean Hotel & Tourism.“While focusing on growing tourism collaboratively as a region this year, we are anticipatory of drawing in the high-yield wellness traveler, to enjoy what the World’s Spa has to offer.”
Now in its second year, Caribbean WE will continue to provide the region with educational programs, wellness development, and networking opportunities on their home turf.
•WE Caribbean will create The Wellness Zone at Caribbean Market Place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in conjunction with Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association. WE Wellness Zone is a pop-up “spa experience” in the centre of the CHTA Marketplace. Over 30 islands and 200 hotels participate, making Marketplace the largest annual hospitality event in the Caribbean.
• The Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association, presents the 1st annual TCI Wellness Week in partnership with Caribbean Wellness & Education.