Opening Forum

  • ILTM Asia Pacific Opening Forum

    Healthy, Wealthy & Asian...

    A practice that began in Asia over 5000 years ago is now the biggest travel trend in decades!

    From its origins in ancient Varanasi, India, to a global phenomenon so huge that it is worth 3.5 times more than the pharmaceutical industry worldwide, wellness is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, and wellness tourism has grown by a breath-taking 133 million trips in the last two years alone.

    However, while wellness is fast becoming the new luxury, Asia has been practicing prevention over cure since 3000bc, and when it comes to wellness travel, Asia Pacific is the awe-inspiring growth leader with a yearly increase of an enormous 33%!

    Is wellness tourism the biggest opportunity for luxury brands in Asia right now? And what does Asia have to teach the rest of the world about the future connection between luxury and lifestyle?

    Our 2019 line up was...


  • Julien Paccaud, Founder of Ecologie du corps

    Julien discovered the power of Osteopathy as an athlete when he was French national Barefoot Water Ski Champion in 1992. Thus, he became an osteopath in 2000 and has since owned his own clinic. Paccaud helps athletes with their performance, including European tour pro golfers, polo players, and water skiers. The purpose of his work is to help people understand how they can stay in great shape – in body and mind. Since 2019, he's also been serving as a health advisor for Chanel.

    In his talk, Empower Your Posture and Mind, ILTM’s Resident Posturologist explores how you can minimize the impacts of your posture and bring more energy to your life and work.


  • Dr. Parag Khanna, Founder and Managing Partner of FutureMap

    Parag, is a leading global strategy advisor, world traveller, and best-selling author. He is Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap. Parag's newest book is The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict & Culture in the 21st Century. He is author of: The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order , How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance, and Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization. He is also author of Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State and co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization.

    In his talk, The Future is Asian, learn about the “new Asian values” shaping our global conversation.


  • Catherine Feliciano-Chon, Founder and Managing Director of CatchOn - A Finn Partners Company

    Cathy is a marketing expert with over 30 years’ experience in brand development and communications. Regarded as one of Asia’s leading agencies, CatchOn has distinguished itself as a hybrid consultancy with combined expertise in brand development, marketing communications, market research and PR. Cathy sits on the advisory boards of the Global Wellness Summit and Design Trust. In 2014, she was named one of the “100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World” by the Global FWN 100.

    In her talk, Cathy will explore the trends and customer segments driving luxury travel in the region and why Asia is the epicentre of global wellness.

    Download the report here.


  • Bill Bensley, Founder of BENSLEY

    Gardener, fisherman, artist, architect, interior designer, wide ranging explorer, lover of all things natural, conservationist… Bill Bensley is all of these things, and we might have missed a few. Hatched in Orange County in 1959, California (when oranges still grew there), the Harvard graduate was invited to work in Asia by classmate Lek Bunnag - “I had a burning desire for adventure, so I left the day after graduation!” He worked in Hong Kong and Singapore, exploring Southeast Asia and learning Indonesian and Malay. In 1989 he switched to Bangkok and opened shop. By 1990 he met his long term guiding light Jirachai, and started Bensley’s Bali branch… the rest, as they say, is history! With his team of over 150 talented individuals, Bensley has designed over 200 resorts, hotels and palaces in more than 30 countries. Despite their success, Bill still believes that Bensley’s best work is yet to come…

    In his talk, Bensley will talk about his 'Take on Health and Wellness'.

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