Dalai Lama to address wellness summit

Last Updated: Mon, Jun 10, 2013 10:39 hrs

Delhi NCR, June 10 (IBNS) Spiritual leader, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, has accepted an invitation to speak at the Global Spa & Wellness Summit's annual conference, which will be held for the first time in India in October.

Winner of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize and the first Nobel Laureate to be recognized for his concern for the global environment, he was recently named the most popular world leader in the U.S. and six European nations, according to a Harris Interactive poll conducted in May.

Describing himself as a simple Buddhist monk, the Dalai Lama has authored more than 72 books and has travelled to more than 62 countries spanning six continents, meeting with presidents, prime ministers and crowned rulers of major nations.

Since 1959 he has received over 84 awards, honorary doctorates and prizes in recognition of his message of peace, non-violence, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion.

Speaking about the Dalai Lama, Dr. Kenneth Pelletier, clinical professor of medicine, University of Arizona and University of California, San Francisco, said, "I´ve had the privilege of working on scientific projects with him, and it´s difficult to imagine a more wide-ranging, compelling and inspiring thinker - or one more dedicated to making the world a healthier place, whether economically, environmentally or ethically.

"I have no doubt that hearing him speak will (in keeping with the 2013 Summit theme - 'A Defining Moment') represent a truly ´defining moment´ for conference delegates and the industry."

The 2013 Global Spa and Wellness Summit, which takes place from October 5-7 at The Oberoi Gurgaon in Delhi NCR, will mark a number of "firsts" for the annual Summit.

Not only is it the first time that the prestigious conference will be held in India, it will be the first time that the Summit will host a dedicated Global Wellness Tourism Congress and Global Destination Spa Forum.

The Wellness Tourism Congress will bring together ministers of tourism and other wellness tourism thought-leaders to shape the best strategies to grow this fast-emerging travel category, while the Destination Spa Forum will represent the very first time that leaders from the 1,500-plus destination spas worldwide are invited to gather to collectively strategize on how to best solve their biggest challenges and capitalize on their biggest future opportunities.

"There is no other conference that gives wellness and spa industry executives and leaders from around the world the opportunity to come together at one location," said Susie Ellis, chairman and CEO of the Summit. "We are deeply honored that His Holiness will be a keynote speaker."

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