Wellness Trend: Opportunities to Improve Our Health
Judy Chapman, Former Editor-in-Chief for
Spa Asia Magazine
ARDA Guest Blogger
Most people who vacation do so to
rejuvenate and de-stress, but frequently return feeling less rejuvenated than
when they left. That’s why it should come as no surprise that travelers report
they now want much more “wellness” in their travel destinations.
to a consumer survey by Spa Finder Wellness 365, travelers want a vacation with
healthier food, spa packages, nature experiences, gyms, mindfulness packages,
and eco-conscious programs—and are looking for resorts that offer vacations
that fit these needs.
tourism—categorized by travelers that plan a vacation to improve their overall
health or well-being—is a $438.6 billion global industry, with hotels and
resorts making up $93.4 billion of the market, according to a report by Stanford Research Institute (SRI). Those who travel for wellness
purposes are typically wealthy, middle-aged, well-educated travelers from
Western countries who spend more on travel—usually 2 to 3 times more, according
to the Global Spa and Wellness Summit 2013 report.
potential for the resort industry is significant, as market share is driven
primarily by the Baby Boomer generation who want to live a longer and better
quality of life. SRI International indicates that wellness tourism is projected
to grow by 9.1 percent annually through 2017.
statistics show that the top five countries for in-bound and out-bound wellness
tourism are the United States, Germany, Japan, France, and Austria. The
predictions, however, indicate that more than half of the projected growth will
take place in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and North Africa.
more wellness-minded travelers looking for result-oriented experiences, more
and more timeshare resorts are creating healthier environments with world class
spa and fitness programs. Now that’s a trend we can all feel good about!
To read more on spa and wellness
opportunities in the timeshare industry, check out the article on this topic in the March 2014 issue of Developments magazine.