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Global Wellness Summit Confirms Next Event to Be Hosted in Tel Aviv

The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has announced that the next conference will take place in Tel Aviv, Israel, Nov. 15 to 18 at the Hilton Tel Aviv. It’s the first time in its 15-year history that the GWS will be held in the Middle East.

Delegates will experience three days of expert keynotes and panels on the future of wellness as the world emerges from the pandemic. The GWS aims to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for attendees, immersing them in the vibrant cultures of Tel Aviv and Israel. Conference registration is now open, as is booking at the Hilton Tel Aviv. 

Tel Aviv, where world-leading innovation and ancient cultures come together, boasts more start-ups than any place other than Silicon Valley and is taking the lead in health and wellness technologies. The agenda, and an expanded Tech Innovation Pavilion, will expose delegates to the cutting-edge future of wellness. The 2021 GWS will also offer the most pre- and post-summit trips in its history, including bespoke tours of historic Jerusalem and Petra, the archeological “Lost City” of Jordan.

“Analysts agree that the long crisis has made wellness the number-one priority for consumers, and so much investment is flowing into our industry,” says Susie Ellis, GWS chair and CEO. “The 2021 GWS will explore how wellness is at a crucial tipping point, with so many new directions and opportunities. Every business now needs to ‘think like a start-up,’ and Israel, the Start-Up Nation, is the perfect place to jumpstart needed new ideas.”
“We want delegates to be immersed in and do lots of business, but to also have a profound and pleasurable ‘bucket-list’ trip, so we’ve created extraordinary experiences where they can explore the unique history, cultures, cuisine, and wellness of Israel,” says Nancy Davis, GWS chief creative officer and executive director.

Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv, “the city that never sleeps,” is a center of ancient and modern culture—and incredible cuisine, art, and nightlife. You can swim and take in sunsets on its five gorgeous beaches, with both air and water temperature averaging 72 degrees in November. One of the world’s most walkable cities, it’s packed with unique open-air markets and streets filled with authentic restaurants and shops. Tel Aviv’s tourism authority will host the Summit’s opening night reception and will provide special benefits to delegates.

Israel’s Vaccination and Safe Reopening Strategies

No nation has been as aggressive in vaccinating its population and working to reopen safely than Israel. According to Oxford University, it’s way out in front for vaccine doses administered per capita. The country expects that all citizens over 16 will be fully vaccinated—and that the economy will be completely reopened—by the end of March.

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Julie is the co-founder of Well Defined and a longtime influencer and advocate in the wellness world. Along with her work at Well Defined, she is an executive recruiter and marketing specialist for Hutchinson Consulting. She is also a consultant and content strategist for numerous wellness brands. She is the former editor-in-chief and publisher of American Spa and was named a 2019 Folio Top Woman in Media in the Industry Trailblazers category and a 2018 winner of ISPA’s Innovate Award. She is also a seasoned journalist, specializing in spa, travel, health, fitness, wellness, sustainability, and beauty. She has been published in Departures,, E! Online,, Insider’s Guide to Spas, Luxury Travel Advisor, Marin Magazine, Ocean Home, Smart Meetings, Spa Asia, and Travel Agent.