New Data on the Global Wellness, Spa and Wellness Tourism Industries Will Be Released at 2014 GSWS

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Global Spa & Wellness Summit announces that key benchmarking data industry has come to rely on will now be updated annually

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Research is the most altruistic of our sponsorship categories. And the eleven industry thought-leaders that are underwriting this year’s report are helping the hundreds of thousands of spa and wellness businesses both learn and grow.

The Global Spa & Wellness Summit announced today that its centerpiece research initiative to be released at the 2014 conference (being held Sept. 10-12 in Marrakesh, Morocco) would be fresh data on three critical, global industry sectors: the wider wellness industry, the spa industry and the wellness tourism market. Undertaken with long-time research partner SRI International, the new “Global Spa and Wellness Economy” report will include new data on:

  •     Global and regional spa revenues and locations, total spa industry employment and economic impact, benchmarking of key spa industry “clusters” (whether spa-related hospitality or beauty segments) – along with first-ever research on new sub-segments like the global hot springs market.
  •     The wider, global wellness industry and the individual market clusters that comprise it, including fitness/mind-body, nutrition/weight loss, complementary/alternative medicine, corporate wellness and beauty/anti-aging, etc.
  •     The global and regional wellness tourism markets (revenues, trips, etc.)

The GSWS also announced that the “big numbers” on these global wellness markets will now be updated every year. And for 2014, eleven industry sponsors have stepped forward to underwrite this much-needed research: Spafinder Wellness, Inc., Delos LLC, Massage Envy, MINDBODY, NATURA BISSÉ, Biologique Recherche, Bon Vital’, ESPA, Jhana, Noel Asmar and WTS International.

“So many private and public industry stakeholders have told me how invaluable the GSWS-SRI data on the spa, wellness and wellness tourism markets has been in shaping their development strategies and in raising their profile with both investors and consumers. And now they will be getting the crucial data they need annually,” said Susie Ellis, Chairman and CEO of the GSWS. “Research is the most altruistic of our sponsorship categories. And the eleven industry thought-leaders that are underwriting this year’s report are helping the hundreds of thousands of spa and wellness businesses both learn and grow.”

Mia Kyricos, Chief Brand Officer at Spafinder Wellness, Inc., which led the research sponsorship at the Titanium level, noted, “The importance of good industry benchmarking data simply cannot be underestimated, and given the pace at which the spa and wellness industries evolve, fresh numbers and analyses are always needed. We’re constantly seeking the best sources of global data for our business - and the thousands of businesses we support in the marketplace - and we simply wouldn’t have it without the work of the GSWS.”

Take the Survey: SRI International is currently conducting a global survey to support this research. If you’re a spa business, consultant, product company, association, educational organization or media company, please help the industry by taking their short survey here.

(All takers will be emailed the final report and be entered to win complimentary registration to this year’s GSWS in Marrakech.)

About the Industry Research Sponsors:


Spafinder Wellness, Inc.: Spafinder Wellness 365™ is the world's largest spa/wellness media, marketing and gifting company, connecting millions seeking a healthier, happier lifestyle with wellness providers around the globe. The company also offers businesses unique incentive programs to encourage workplace wellness.


Delos LLC: The pioneer of Wellness Real Estate™, which incorporates amenities that help sustain the environment and enhance residents’ wellbeing. In 2012 Delos introduced the WELL Building Standard™ with U.S. President Clinton, the world’s first building standard focused exclusively on enhancing people’s health through the built environment.

Massage Envy: Nearly a decade ago Massage Envy launched to create a new category in the wellness industry with its affordable massage and spa services. In 2009 the company opened its first Massage Envy Spa, and today the brand has over 950 locations in the U.S., and 1.4 million members.

MINDBODY: A leader in software development, and the fastest growing SaaS provider, for the health and wellness industry, MINDBODY is used by over 500,000 practitioners at over 35,000 locations in 100 countries. The company offers web, mobile, corporate wellness and consumer booking solutions.

NATURA BISSÉ: Since 1979 NATURA BISSÉ has been a global leader in developing innovative, exclusive facial and body cosmetics and skincare treatments, with formulations allowing the maximum concentration of efficient ingredients and new textures.


Biologique Recherche: Founded in Paris in the 1970s by renowned French biochemist, Yvan Allouche, Biologique Recherche’s efficient clinical line of 90 facial products, 30 body products and 10 hair products – known for their pure, concentrated, raw ingredients - are used by skin care professionals and celebrities in over 52 countries.

Bon Vital’: Founded in 1988 by chemist Guenter Heidenberger, Bon Vital' provides leading, organic products for the spa and massage therapy professions. Part of the Performance Health family, the company’s wellness brands (like Biofreeze®, TheraBand™, Thera°Pearl®, Cramer® and Bon Vital’®) are sold into U.S. clinical markets and leading national retailers in over sixty countries.

ESPA: Recognized as global leaders in spa, ESPA combines the design and management of prestigious spas across five continents with the creation of pioneering, natural products rich in heritage, texture and aroma - that are tested every day by professional therapists in 55 countries.

Jhana: An organization devoted to the practices of energy healing, mindfulness, meditation and yoga under the guidance of spiritual teacher and Prajnic healer, Felix Lopez, Jhana offers individuals private and group sessions, retreats and workshops; satsangs; and meditations at their Eagle, Colorado center - and around the world. They also conduct mind/body training for yoga, spa and wellness professionals.

Noel Asmar: The Noel Asmar Group includes brand divisions for innovative spa & resort uniforms, equestrian and lifestyle collections, and pedicure bowls & accessories. Voted best spa uniform provider in North America for six consecutive years, their stylish collections for spa/resort, medical/dental, hotel and fitness are intuitively “made for the way you move.”

WTS International: The world’s leading consulting and management firm for spas, fitness and leisure facilities worldwide, for over 40 years WTS has developed effective spa concepts, branding and design, and daily facility management for hotels and resorts, residential developments, private clubs and real estate developments.

To register for the 2014 GSWS, or to learn more about sponsoring, visit:

About the Summit: The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) is an international organization representing senior executives and leaders from over 40 countries, joined by a common interest in driving economic development and understanding of the spa and wellness industries. Delegates from diverse sectors, including hospitality, tourism, health and wellness, beauty, finance, medical, real estate, manufacturing and technology, attend the organization's annual Summit, which is held in a different host country each year. After just seven years, the GSWS is now considered the leading global research and educational resource for the $1.9 trillion spa and wellness industry.

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