Since its inception in 2007, the Global Wellness Institute has commissioned six landmark research studies, three of which were executed by renowned research firm, SRI International. Below are some of the key charts from each report, the updated, topline industry figures and the GWI official definition of wellness, wellness tourism and spa.
Key sectors include:
The global wellness industry grew 10.6% from 2013-2015: from a $3.36 trillion to $3.72 trillion market.
Global wellness tourism revenues grew from $494.1 billion in 2013 to $563.2 billion in 2015 – or 14%. A growth rate more than twice as fast as overall tourism expenditures (6.9%).
World travelers made 691 million wellness trips in 2015, 104.4 million more than in 2013.
The global spa market grew from $94 billion in 2013 to $98.6 billion in 2015.
World spa locations jumped from 105,591 in 2013 to 121,595 in 2015. Since 2013, the spa industry added 16,000 spas, more than 230,000 workers (to reach 2.1 million), and $3.5 billion in revenue.
The number of global thermal/mineral springs properties grew from 26,847 in 2013 to 27,507 in 2015. These businesses earned $51 billion in 2015, up 2% (from $50 billion) from 2013.
The global workplace wellness industry grew 6.4% from 2013-2015, from $40.7 billion to $43.3 billion.
The global wellness real estate market was one of the fastest-growing wellness sectors from 2013-2015: growing 19% from $100 billion to $118.6 billion.
Global Wellness Institute