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International Wellness Tourism Conference 2022

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The 2nd Annual International Wellness Tourism Conference held November 29 & 30, 2022 in the Dominican Republic, was totally devoted to Wellness Tourism, Wellness Travel, and other topics of interest to DMOs, suppliers, travel agents, wellness retreat leaders, wellness practitioners, media, and others interested in the growing wellness sector of the tourism industry. Scroll past the photos to read comments from attendees.

A few photos from the event


A Welcome Reception kicked off our 2nd Annual International Wellness Tourism Conference at Eden Roc Cap Cana.

This IWTC group photo was taken at our WTA member property Melia Punta Cana.

Globally-recognized equine coach Devon Combs gives the group a little demo on day two of IWTC.

Molly Anderson, Vice President of Sales at Cayon Ranch, talks about the post covid shift in programming and marketing. 
Dr. Adam Abodeely

Dr. Adam Abodeely, CEO of Coral Cove leads this session on Wellness Meets Cannabis
Tameka Wharton

Tameka Wharton, Director of Tourism AG, Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority talks about how the destination is working to launch a wellness-initiative. 

Bibi Mukherjee speaks on Building a Marketing Strategy to Reach the Wellness-Minded Consumer. 
Jason Kycek
On behalf of the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism, Jason Kycek, Vice President of Casa de Camps, addresses the delegates on what the destination offers the wellness-minded.
Soundbowl Therapy demo
Sound Bowl Therapy demo at YHI Spa at Melia Punta Cana Beach.
Out IWTC 2022 group at Eden Roc Cap Cana for the Farewell Dinner sponsored by the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. 

Comments from attendees:

“Thank you for putting together a very comprehensive, educational, as well as a fun event at Punta Cana last week! What a vibrant group of folks!! For me, not only it was very eye-opening and educational but I somehow enjoyed every minute we all spent together!”                        Bibi Mukherjee – Founder & Principle  of Curve Trends Marketing

“Thank you so much for an amazing conference! It exceeded my expectations in every way. I’m grateful to be part of this powerful association of wonderful people and made many new friends and connections. I appreciate your time, passion, dedication and hard work to bring us all together to uplift the world.” Devon Combs – CEO & Founder of Beyond the Arena

“Thank you WTA for organizing such a fabulous conference. It was a pleasure to connect with everyone, and to learn from all of your experience and expertise. Looking forward to the next conference!”​ Hillary Thurston – Therapeutic Counsellor of The Tarotologist

“Congratulations on an amazing, thought-provoking conference.” Maria Blackman – Marketing Communications Director of Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority

“It was a wonderful experience and so great to meet others passionate about all that we do! ” Mary Blackmon – Founder of Farm to Wellness Retreats

“It was our pleasure to be a part of such a restorative event.” Tameka Wharton – Director of Tourism Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority – Canada

“Thank you to the WTA team for an awesome conference. I thoroughly enjoyed the information, the Dominican Republic and the activities. The WTA community is a very special group of people.” Maureen Johnson – Legacy Travel and Tours LLC

“This year’s IWTC was an incredible event on every level, surpassing expectations; enlightening presentations and deeply meaningful conversations, all in the most inspirational setting. It fostered a deep connection with fellow attendees and presenters. Stefano and Pedro from Eden Roc, Reyes and the team from Melia and DR Tourism outdid themselves with special experiences! Truly a Wellness experience in paradise with a synergistic group of amazing people. I’m proud to be a part of the WTA and to serve on the Board of Directors. ” Barbara Nichuals – Bayside Travel Group of Companies

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