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The Cruise Industry is onboard with Wellness

The Cruise Industry is onboard with Wellness

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is promoting wellness throughout the month of September. This theme aims to showcase and champion what cruise lines are doing to create enriching wellness experiences on a cruise holiday.

Each week throughout the month, CLIA focuses on a different topic under the ‘wellness’ theme. The first week is dedicated to relaxation, highlighting the plethora of options on a cruise holiday that enable guests to feel relaxed and in turn increase positive wellbeing.

Andy Harmer, CLIA UK & Ireland director, said: “There’s something truly calming about a cruise holiday. Whether you are sailing on the open sea or pootling along a river, a cruise is the ideal escape for anyone searching for the ultimate relaxing holiday.

“Whether it be through onboard classes such as yoga, meditation and tai chi or simply relaxing in the onboard spa, relaxation has many lasting benefits to personal wellbeing and cruise lines are leading the way in finding innovative ways to ensure guests can relax and unwind during their holiday.”

Cruise Line News – Wellness & Relaxation

AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways recently introduced a wellness programme across the entire European fleet – each ship now has a professionally trained ‘Wellness Host’ to conduct complimentary classes including yoga, cardio and circuits, as well as discussion groups on healthy eating and relaxation.

https://www.amawaterways.com/explore/wellness

APT

APT has increased the number of wellness classes onboard its ships from morning stretches to yoga and tai chi. The classes are conducted by the line’s new entertainment – a duo who alongside providing onboard entertainment, host wellness and fitness classes.

https://www.aptouring.co.uk/

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Uniworld has enhanced its Wellness on the Water programme across the fleet for 2020, including a complimentary wellness programme on its India cruises, centred around the destination’s ancient tradition and practice of yoga with a certified yogi. There are daily sunrise sessions of yoga, group lectures and classes as well as individual meetings, so that guests at every stage of their practice can participate comfortably in this culturally immersive programme.

https://www.uniworld.com/uk/why-uniworld/wellness/

Scenic

Scenic has expanded their spa renovations including its innovative Salt Therapy Lounges for an invigorating boost – the first and only river cruise line to offer a therapeutic Salt Lounge, which invites guests to relax, energise and feel healthier. Handcrafted from salt bricks and humidity and temperature-controlled, the lounge has the micro-climate of a natural salt mine.

https://www.scenic.co.uk/

Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd has introduced IN2BALANCE themed cruises aboard 5 EUROPA 2. As part of the format, renowned experts and trainers present innovative training methods and the relaxation techniques of the Far East: yoga in all its variations, burnout prevention, t’ai chi, shiatsu and interval training. Depending on the cruise booked, guests discover new and proven techniques that help them to slow things down in our increasingly stressful day-to-day reality, bringing lasting benefits to their personal well-being.

https://www.hl-cruises.com/in2balance-ms-europa-2

Reflections on the Industry: When the H in Holiday means Health

Whether it’s beach time, adventure or cruising the ocean waves, holidays are to relax, enjoy time out and to set aside the usual routine. But as we become more aware of our health, holidays take on a new meaning.

Today’s travelling consumers are expecting more. Conscious of the importance of health away from home, they seek to adopt a health component during their time away, whether it be mindfulness, detoxing, diet, a specialist treatment, rehabilitation, or simply to de-stress.

Health issues are often easier to tackle during a holiday in the hope of returning renewed and invigorated with new routines and attitudes to integrate into lifestyle changes.

Today’s health travelers now expect wellness options and activities readily available to them to enhance their holiday experience such as healthy dishes on menus, nature walks, early morning yoga and tai chi amongst other specialist classes which reflect the destination’s culture. They also expect to see signature treatments on the spa menu which offer an opportunity to sample local practises, resources and products.

In response, many leisure hotels and resorts have adapted to this changing attitude towards the “health holiday” versus the “fly & flop” holiday. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, for example, has integrated a wellness culture throughout its brand. http://www.fairmontmoments.com/spa-wellness. Breakfast health shots smooth in the new day, more seeds and grains are scattered around, gluten-free options are more readily available, pillow menus help sleep patterns while fitness centres are the norm.

In our smart world, health is monitored in many ways – fit-bits, i-watches, and phones. They measure our steps, heart-beat and calculate calories on menus, amongst other functions. But e-gadgets can be detrimental to our health, giving rise to digital detox programmes offered in specialist wellness retreats, enticing “e-guests” away from twitter, facebook, mobiles and laptops and instead to plug into the destination and set the mind free.

Poured into a bottle, moulded into soap, extracted as miracle cures – consumers believe local means genuine and authentic. This has opened up the opportunity to market home-grown products with labelled promises of curative powers. From oils for aromatherapy massages, natural herbs and plants for skin and digestive problems, many natural resources have been blended and branded as supplements to wellness holiday programmes.

The consumer is defining and driving the travel & health industry with a strong focus on fitness, mind & spiritual health and weight-loss in the form of preventative programmes and specialist health holidays. The travel industry is reacting to these changing attitudes with proactive actions. There is a rise of wellness programmes, yoga & meditation breaks, and spa packages. At the same time, there is a plethora of organic, locally produced skin and health products to complement in-house treatments.

Enter, medical tourism and the rise of Medical Spas – the H in holiday is stepping up to offer bespoke health holidays for individual needs in destinations around the globe.

India Essential Facts

Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport
Time Zone: India Time Zone
Weather/Climate: New Delhi experiences drastic seasons. In the winter temperatures average around 5°C, while in the summer temperatures can reach 45°C. The ideal time to visit is from October through March.
Language Spoken: Hindi (main) as well as English, Urdu and Punjabi
Currency: Indian Rupee
Dialing Code: +91

Hungary Tourism Information

hungary

Hungary offers historical remains dating back to the Middle Ages, culinary classics such as goulash and paprika,  crystalline natural hot springs and the  iconic Danube River.

This  country is conveniently located in the heart of Europe with Budapest as its capital city. With captivating landscapes, unique architecture and rich culture, Hungary has a wide range of activities, from exploring Buda Castle, to visiting the Budapest Opera House, hiking through the Balaton-Highlands National Park and relaxing in its healing waters.

Budapest, Hungary’s capital and largest city, is considered one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Budapest is home to the world’s largest thermal water cave system as well as the world’s second largest synagogue and third largest Parliament building – the city’s top attraction.

Lake Balaton is Europe’s largest freshwater lake. It is also Hungary’s most popular summer resort. It’s so big it’s sometimes referred to as the “Hungarian Sea.” Ferries at Fonyod take passengers to Badacsony, a major wine-growing region. The north shore offers the historical bathing town of Balatonfured, the baroque Festetics Castle and more wineries,

Hortobagy National Park was established as Hungary’s first national park in 1973. It is the country’s largest protected area and Europe’s largest semi-natural grassland, with the alkaline steppe dating back 10,000 years. Expect to see wild horses.

Eger, northern Hungary’s second largest city, is famous for its magnificent baroque buildings. Hungary’s first Christian king founded the Episcopal cathedral, which remains an important religious center today. The cathedral was built on Castle Hill, with the city growing around it. The castle and basilica remain the city’s top sights, followed by the Valley of the Women, a series of wine cellars and restaurants built into surrounding hills.

Arizona Essential Facts

Airport: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.(PHX) is located 10 miles west of downtown Scottsdale
Voltage: 120v
Time Zone: GMT -7.00
Weather/ Climate: Scottsdale’s climate is arid. Winters are mild and summers are extremely hot.
Language Spoken: English
Currency: US Dollar
Dialling Code: +1 480

Arizona Medical Summary

Scottsdale offers a wide ranging list of treatments and specialisms.. The Mayo Clinic specializes in drug and alcohol addiction disorders, compulsive behaviors, codependency, underlying trauma and mental health issues, amongst others. In 2016 the latest cancer treatment – Proton Beam Therapy Program will be offered while it is the only clinical center in the Southwest USA to offer a new treatment that disrupts the growth of recurrent glioblastoma. In Scottsdale, there is a private luxury addiction centre, as well as a dedicated Joint Center

Arizona Tourism Highlights

general arizona

Renowned for its Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Arizona offers a wealth of holistic, health & wellness therapies, and holidays.

Under Arizona’s iconic canopy of year round sunshine, you can experience the uniqueness of native tribes, traditional medicines, spiritual healers, Sharma reading, “laughing yoga”, alpine therapies, and a range of quality wellness focused resorts.

Phoenix is the capital of Arizona and is considered one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. Here you can hike through some of the many desert preserves, learn about the valley’s native heritage at city-run facilities including the Pueblo Grande Museum and Heritage and Science Park, or play on one of the cities many golf courses.

Scottsdale offers a wide range of credited health, wellness, and spa facilities including the Mayo Clinic, St Josephs Hospital, the College of Integrated Medicine as well as the Medicine Woman at the Sheraton Wildhorse Pass. This city also houses several desert botanical gardens, boat tours, and helicopter views of the Grand Canyon.

Glendale is known for its extensive trails, parks, and bike paths The city offers approximately 40 miles of hiking trails open from sunrise to sunset. Some of the most popular include Sunset Creek Linear Park, Thunderbird Park, Bridle Path, and the Grand Canal Linear Park.

Flagstaff contains desert, mountains, and the world’s largest ponderosa pine forest near which many popular outdoor activities are available. Historical Route 66 is also stretches across Flagstaff.

Sedona is one of the most scenic cities in Arizona and is rightfully regarded as sacred by Native Americans. Home to 1.8 million acres of national forest land, multi-coloured stone formations, and desert land, Sedona is a popular destination among wellness travelers. It is known for the famous “Vortex energy.” – a special spot in the earth where energy is being projected out of the earth’s plane. Some say the vortex in Sedona is powerful enough to heal the spirit.

 

Dubai Tourism Information

Burj Al Arab 01From skiing to sunbathing with a wide range of high-class hotels and resorts, Dubai is an all season holiday destination. Dubai offers everything from peaceful desert visits, dhow cruises, gold souks, designer shopping, choreographed musical fountains, grand architecture as well as dining in top class restaurants.

Dubai is a city that’s constantly evolving, from the recent opening of numerous luxury properties such as the Palazzo Versace Dubai and renovated Hatta Fort Hotel, to attractions like IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai Parks and Resorts, and a new safari park.  The key landmarks like Palm Jumeirah and Burj Khalifa remain must-see places to visit.

Dubai has big plans….

Dubai will be hosting Expo 2020 and is busy with huge projects to show itself off as the place to be not only in the United Arab Emirates but within the MENA region. Below are 5 of the new attractions planned for 202o completion.

Blue Waters Island

Adding to the existing man-made islands such as the iconic palm Jumeirah and World Islands, will be the Blue Waters Island. It is rumoured to be one of the largest tourist hotspots in the world and home to the Dubai Eye, which is expected to be the world’s  tallest Ferris wheel.  The project will also include retail, residential , hospitality and entertainment zones and a boutique five-star hotel.

Dubai Creek Canal

This water feature will create a new district to include cafes, restaurants and shopping areas. It will extend the Dubai Creek by three kilometres while the canal will connect Business Bay to the Arabian Gulf.

 

Hungary Overview

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