Spa and Wellness Growth
According to the International Spa Association (ISPA), in addition to generating $14 billion in revenue in 2013, the industry employs more than 349,900 individuals in the United States. The total number of spa visits increased to $164 million and the average client spent $89 per visit. The study reveals that the global spa and wellness industry is worth an estimated $3.4 trillion in 2013, which is a commendable feat by all means.
With more than 32,000 spas, Europe had the highest revenue of $29.8 billion, followed by the Asia-Pacific region with $18.8 billion and North America with $18.3 billion.
Thermal/mineral springs generated $50 billion worldwide but the biggest industry sector was wellness tourism, or travel associated with maintaining or enhancing one’s personal well-being and health, which accounted for $494 billion.
The global spa industry generated $94 billion last year, according to the Global Spa and Wellness Economy Monitor report, up from $60 billion in 2007.
The report showed that the number of people taking international and domestic wellness tourism trips grew by 12 percent from 2012 to 2013. That was 36 percent faster than overall tourism trip growth, which is estimated at 9 percent.