GSWS media partner, Spa Business magazine, reports on day one of the Global Spa & Wellness Summit. Spa Business writer Liz Terry writes about the invitation only event that kicked off on September 10 in Marrakech, Morocco, with more than 400 delegates gathering from 45 countries to share knowledge and best practice.
The Global Spa and Wellness Summit (GSWS) kicked off in Marrakech, Morocco, today (10 September), with more than 400 delegates gathering from 45 countries to share knowledge and best practice.
Research from SRI International, in conjunction with the Global Spa & Wellness Summit, presented new data on the global wellness tourism economy to a sold-out audience at the 8th annual Summit in Morocco.
Research from SRI International, in conjunction with the Global Spa & Wellness Summit, presented the first ever data collected on the thermal/mineral springs industry to a packed house at the 8th annual Summit in Morocco.
GSWS media partner, Day Spa Magazine, reports on the busy series of events that were day one of the Global Spa & Wellness Summit. Day Spa Magazine writer Lisa Starr outlined items that were discussed like Africa being the last frontier of wellness tourism or curveballs to the industry like 3D printing or robotics. It all encapsulates a busy yet groundbreaking day of keynote speakers, knowledge forums, and discussions that will stimulate the spa industry for the year to come.
GSWS media partner, Spa Business magazine, reports on the list of mentors for the recently announced spa manager mentorship programme as part of the Global Spa Management Education Initiative have been revealed at the Global Spa and Wellness Summit (GSWS) currently taking place in Marrakech, Morocco.
GSWS media partner, Spa Business magazine, reports on the start of the Global Spa & Wellness Summit on September 10. Spa Business writer, Helen Andrews, touched upon new events like the 2014 Spa & Wellness Economy Research Report and the third annual Spa Education Forum. Both have been greatly anticipated by the Global wellness community.
Since SRI released its major report on the global wellness tourism market a year ago – the GROWTH JUST KEEPS ON GROWING.
Global revenues jumped from $439 billion USD in 2012 to $494 billion in 2013 – or 12.5% growth. Wellness travel now represents 14.6% of all travel spending worldwide.
From 2012 to 2013 wellness travel trips spiked 11.8% – from 524 million to 586.5 million.
Domestic wellness trips (the lion’s share of the market, at 68% of spend) grew 12.1%. International trips grew 10.1%
Primary wellness trips (13% of market) grew 11.2% – while secondary trips grew 11.9% in a year.
International wellness tourists now spend 59% more than the average border-crossing tourist – while domestic wellness travelers spend 159% more.
Market revenue leaders: North America $196.5 billion USD – Europe $178.1 billion – Asia-Pacific $84.1 billion – Latin America/Caribbean $25.9 billion – Africa $3.2 billion.
But look at the developing story for developing regions…Growth from 2012 to 2013: Sub-Saharan Africa 57% – Middle East/North Africa 39% – Asia-Pacific 21% – Latin America 16% – Europe 12% and North America 8%.
Check out Morocco: they doubled their wellness travel trips and expenditures from 2012 to 2013 – to $2.2 million trips and $1.7 billion USD in revenue.
There has been a surge in popularity for Moroccan hammams in recent years–both in and out of Morocco. A key reason is that today’s spa-goers are seeking true authenticity alongside spa experiences that actually deliver results. Anyone who’s sampled this age-old ritual of cleansing and purification will understand its special appeal.
One of the most difficult issues facing our ever-growing industry is the lack of a qualified, motivated workforce. Research has shown that, wherever you are in the world, you likely face huge challenges when trying to recruit new staff. In fact, a full 95% of respondents to a 2012 survey* said they find it increasingly difficult to find job candidates, especially when it comes to the even more specialized position of spa manager.
This issue is set to get even more difficult as the industry continues to expand. Here’s a sobering statistic: while there are 130,00-180,000 spa managers/directors currently working globally, there are only 4,000 students currently enrolled in spa management-related degree programs. Continue reading
The renaissance of hot/mineral/thermal springs continues to be a hot topic in the spa and wellness industry. Consumer desire for local, natural and sustainable experiences, along with the uniquely affordable stress-relieving and social benefits of hot springs, has made them particularly viable during the past economic downturn. Investment in both refurbishing and building new hot spring spas is on the rise—and research coming out of this year’s Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) will shed further light on the industry when, in conjunction with research partner SRI, the first-ever dedicated data on hot springs spas—including market size and current revenues—is released. Continue reading
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We are so excited for you to begin your mobile app experience for the 2014 GSWS! The mobile app is now live in the Apple Store and on Google Play, just waiting to be downloaded on your device and/or computer desktop. Here is the link to download the app. Please know that you must be a registered delegate to receive access to this app. Before we get started, I want to thank ResortSuite for sponsoring our 2014 GSWS mobile app! Be sure to give them a shout-out when you see them in Morocco.