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The Wellness Trend: Opportunities to Improve Our Health

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The Wellness Trend: Opportunities to Improve Our Health 

Judy Chapman, Former Editor-in-Chief for Spa Asia Magazine
ARDA Guest Blogger

April 25, 2014 

 The Wellness Trend: Opportunities to Improve Our Health 

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.  

According 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.

Wellness 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.

The 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.

Current 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.

With 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. 


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