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Q & A: Keynote Speaker AdK Wellness Summit
May 13, 2014 - Ernest Hohmeyer
I would like to introduce a new feature to Adk Biz Today: an interview with a business or community rep.
Wellness Tourism World-wide
To start us off, the following is an interview with Camille Hoheb, CEO of Wellness Tourism World-wide. Ms. Hoheb will be traveling from California to be the keynote speaker at the Adirondack Wellness Summit that is happening this afternoon.
The public is invited.
Q: Are retailers, outdoor rec businesses, the arts or those involved in tourism important to the “new wellness” movement?
Absolutely! A few years back wellness was only seen through the lens of fitness and diet – now consumers innately understand wellness to be holistic and includes intellectual stimulation, community engagement, sustainable practices, spirituality, work/life balance, time in nature and other aspects of well-being.
Q: What about members of the community?
Wellness and wellness travel is accessible to anyone interested in quality of life
Q: What is Wellness Tourism Worldwide?
Wellness Tourism Worldwide is a company that provides education, development and promotion of wellness travel. We work with companies, destinations and travel entrepreneurs to deliver meaningful experiences and boost revenue by improving the well-being of clients and guests.
Q: Why did you start it?
Founded in recognition of the wide gap between health, well-being, leisure, tourism and sustainability, WTW's model for wellness travel is based on the domains of wellness and quality of life indicators. I started WTW because there was an absence of leadership and of practical information for businesses and consumers interested in wellness travel and tourism. My goal was to raise awareness about travel’s role in improving well-being and economic growth (which is our mission).
Q. We are small communities; can we take advantage of these new wellness trends?
Q. Can wellness be a community driver?
Yes. Everybody wants to feel healthy and vibrant.
Q. Many of our businesses are small. Can we benefit?
There is strength in numbers and small businesses are innovative thinkers and doers. Wellness travel provides an opportunity for businesses to come together and develop a local identity based on community assets.
Q. Why would Wellness Tourism Worldwide travel to the Adirondacks?
Why wouldn’t I travel to the Adirondacks? I’m happy to be a part of the Wellness Summit and am really excited to meet the participants and hear what’s important to them and what they envision for the future. Plus – what a great area to visit! I’m looking forward to visiting Saranac Lake and take in the crisp, fresh air and stellar pristine scenery. Growing up in Upstate NY, I will always have a soft spot for the area.
Q. Does our history in wellness help?
Yes! Healthcare professionals and wellness practitioners are key to keeping residents and visitors healthy and thriving. The Adirondacks is known for its tranquility and beauty which lends itself well to relaxation while there is also plenty of outdoor activities to get the body moving and clear away stress and worries. Research shows time in nature impact mood and health. Cultural assets such as visual arts, theater and music are also important to leading a balanced life, social engagement and life enjoyment. Wellness is multi-dimensional and the Adirondacks has much to offer.
Q. Can these new trends support existing efforts?
Wellness travel has the ability to breathe new life into existing businesses and initiatives in ways that encourage cross development and promotion.
Q. Who is Camille Hoheb?
Great question! Where do I start? Beyond the daughter, sister, aunt , friend categories – I am a person who loves to create, to help, to explore, to stretch myself and learn new things. Of course I love travel and all the different ways to achieve a sense of well-being. Most recently I took up impressionist watercolor, tai chi and am trying to stay on top of a daily meditation practice. I’m an animal and nature lover.
Q. Based in California but roots in upstate New York?
You got it! I was born and raised in the Albany area and am always proud of my roots. I visit several times a year and always consider the area I grew up in to be my home, in addition to my home in LA. I love nature, the change of seasons and down-to-earth and neighborly way people are in Upstate NY. It’s a great area.
Q. What are your goals for the Summit?
To start a meaningful dialogue that fosters collaboration and community building.
Adirondack Biz Week May 12-16th.
The Adirondack Wellness Summit is part of “Adirondack Small Business Week” spear-headed by the Saranac Lake Area Chamber. This is in support of National Small Business Week.
Monday, May 12 Small Business Week Kick-off Business After Hours
Tuesday, May 13 Adirondack Wellness Summit
Public Speaking Workshop Wednesday, May 14 Panel Discussion Night
Thursday, May 15 Speed Networking Friday, May 16 Small Business Breakfast
For More Info/Register For more information and to register contact Katy@SaranacLake.com or 518-891- 1990.
And thank you local entrepreneurs for believing in our communities by investing in them!
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