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Editor’s Welcome                                                                       Oct.  2013 

September came and went with several exciting events, announcements and trips. I put my own stamina and wellness to the test with 12 flights and 8 different hotels in 18 days including a trip LA to Miami for the ASTA Convention, on to Spain for the Termatalia Expo, and an uber quick tour in Portugal. Two days after returning home, I was outbound  for an exceptional FAM trip focusing on health and wellness, courtesy of Tourism Authority of Thailand. While October's newsletter is coming a bit late, it bares the fruit of September's labor.  For consumers, there are fun give-aways for both him & her, photos from the road & tips to travel well. For those in the industry, there are several opportunities to promote your business, learn something new & be inspired. It's been an amazing Fall so far with many exciting developments that I'm happy to share with readers and colleagues.

Travel Happy. Travel Well.
Camille Hoheb
Editor, Wellness Travel Journal
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Tips for Vegetarian Travelers in Asia
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I stumbled upon an interesting website called The Veggie Bus which helps vegetarians navigate food in Asia by 1) providing cuisine by country as well as tips for dining out 2) how to say "I'm a vegetarian" in different languages 3) restaurant reviews & links and 4) info about tried and tested dishes.  For 10 Tips for the Vegetarian Traveler visit www.theveggiebus.org 

I learned Thailand celebrates "Vegetarian Week", which takes place the first nine days of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar. Usually the festival takes place in late September/early October and is celebrated to make merits by sparing the lives of animals that would be eaten for food.
(Photo taken in Thailand, Bangkok Flower Market)
Making Merits in Thailand
Thailand is 95% Buddhist & "making merits" is important part of their culture. Believing in karmic giving,Thai people regularly provide donations and help to bring peace & happiness to others.  By doing good deeds, Thais believe they earn merits that will help them in their next life. Merits also engender good will & helps overcome obstacles or misfortunes in life.  This photo collage shows our FAM group merit-making by giving food to the monks and the monks blessing us in return. One of many highlights.

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Super Summer Sipper
Packing for Every Occassion
When it comes to traveling, packing outfits for every occasion is a must. Pieces that can be dressed up, down, and all the way around are a lifesaver. Plum Pretty Sugar has compiled a list of their favorite picks, versatile enough for you to wear on multiple occasions on your getaway.  Read More
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Thank You Pritikin!
Many thanks to Jen Weinberg, Marketing Project Leader for the tour and hosted stay of the world famous Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami, Florida. Pritikin's guest statistics are impressive with documented cases of lowered cholesterol, blood pressure, weight loss and other health improvements. I'm super excited about working with Pritikin and helping others lead healthier lives. Here with Katherine Wagner, CEO, Business Council for the Arts. www.Pritikin.com  Like Wellness Travel Journal October Newsletter on Facebook
Advance Copies & Listing Available to Promote Food Travel Businesses
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Have Fork, Will Travel addresses tourism & drink strategy, product development & promotion & includes how-to lessons, examples & other helpful info for businesses of all types.  WTW is proud to be a supporter & you can be a supporter too!  For More Information Click Here.  
Wellness Tourism Worldwide is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with the World Food Travel Association. Together we are educating & promoting the importance of food, culinary & agri-tourism to wellness travel experiences. Like Wellness Travel Journal October Newsletter on Facebook
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6 Countries Convene at WTW's Booth
Wellness Tourism Worldwide was pleased to be an exhibitor and media sponsor of Termatalia, an international tourism fair focusing on hot springs, mineral water, thalassotherapy & spas. It is a global meeting point for wellness travel professionals with 35 countries represented.
Top left: Maria Todd, Mercury Consulting (USA), Csilla Mezösi, Director, Hungarian Tourism Office (Germany & Switzerland).Top right: Emma Gonzalez, Conference Manager, Expourense (Spain). Bottom left:  Stragalis Jean Yves (Greece) with Ms. Mezösi and Joachim Leiber, European Spa Association (Germany). Bottom right: Joao Barbosa, Marketing Manager, European Spa Association (Portugal)
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Tourism Authority of Thailand's Amazing Health & Wellness FAM Tour
I'm delighted to have been invited as a guest of the  Tourism Authority of Thailands 8-day FAM tour for health and wellness tourism.  Many thanks to  Proud Sukthavorn, Kulpromote Wannalert and the entire team at Thailand Tourism Authority, Los Angeles for an educational, fun, inspiring trip and wonderful itinerary. Thank you also to Dusit Thani, Chiva Som, Oasis Sanctuary, Tao Retreat Center, TAT Chang Mai Office and fellow FAMers for making memorable. 
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Working Together to Build a Better World

We are pleased to form strategic alliances with like-minded industry organizations that are vested in improving well-being and economic growth through travel (WTW's mission).  

Our strategic partnerships are based on shared values and positive engagement with people, cultures and planet. We partner with associations, businesses, teaching institutions, conference organizers and non-profit organizations.  WTW also provides media partnerships to select conferences. If you are interested in collaboration, we'd love to hear about it. Send us an email!  Like Wellness Travel Journal October Newsletter on Facebook
U.S. Consumer Believe in the Transformative Power of Vacations

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Our surveyed U.S. consumers believe in the value of vacations.

To find out more about the psychology behind U.S. leisure travel motivations, purchase patterns & trip behavior or to request the free report snapshot (including infographic)  click here. 

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