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The Global Wellness Institute initiates, analyzes and trumpets authoritative wellness industry research. We believe accurate and timely research on the $4.5. trillion wellness economy—and its 10 sectors—are the foundation of the Institute’s goal to empower wellness worldwide.

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GWI Wellness Economy Reports

2021 Global Wellness Economy: Looking Beyond COVID

New Global Wellness Institute research–the most in-depth in its history–reveals that the wellness market grew to a record $4.9 trillion in 2019 and then fell to $4.4 trillion in the pandemic year of 2020. But with a consumer “values shift” underway, the future of the wellness market is incredibly bright, predicted to grow 10% annually through 2025

Defining the Mental Wellness Economy

The Global Wellness Institute’s groundbreaking report, “Defining the Mental Wellness Economy,” focuses on the business of mental wellness—and explores the programs and products that are driving the mental wellness economy in four sub-sectors of this $121 billion global market.
“Defining the Mental Wellness Economy” is also available in Chinese here.

2018 Global Wellness Economy Monitor

A comprehensive, updated analysis of the size, scope and growth trends/projections for the rapidly growing $4.2 trillion global wellness economy. 2017 data released October 2018.

Resetting the World with Wellness


Global Wellness Institute White Paper Series


This series of GWI white papers, proposes how a holistic concept of wellness could transform human life, including our workplaces, our built environment and our mental wellbeing.

GWI Physical Activity Research Report

Move To Be Well: The Global Economy of Physical Activity

First-ever research report on the six-sector global physical activity economy, including the fitness, sports & active recreation, mindful movement, equipment, apparel/footwear and technology markets.

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GWI Understanding Wellness White Paper Series

Understanding Wellness: Four Global Forces Driving the Growth of the Wellness Economy

The Global Forces Driving the Growth of the Wellness Economy, examines the four macro forces that are propelling consumer demand and the ongoing, explosive growth of the wellness economy around the world.

Understanding Wellness: Opportunities and Impact of the Wellness Economy for Regional Development

This second paper, “Opportunities and Impacts of the Wellness Economy for Regional Development,” outlines the ways a growing wellness industry can facilitate development and growth in countries, regions and communities around the world.

GWI Wellness Tourism Research Reports

Global Wellness Tourism Economy

New global wellness tourism regional data and trends analysis, including, for the first time, the spending premiums for wellness travelers for dozens of countries. 2017 data released November 2018.

GWI Wellness Real Estate & Communities Research

Build Well to Live Well

The first in-depth research to analyze the global wellness lifestyle real estate and communities market. Includes data on global market sizes, price premiums and consumer demand. Released January 2018.
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GWI Workplace Wellness Research

The Future of Wellness at Work

This study examines the state of wellness in the global workforce and predicts what the future of work will look like. Released January 2016.
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Unlocking The Power of Company Caring

This survey of 600 full-time workers in the U.S., took an in-depth look at the impact of the work environment on productivity and wellbeing. Released in January 2016.
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GWI Spa Industry Research

Spa Management Workforce & Education: Addressing Market Gaps

This 2012 SRI study shows the gap between the expansive job opportunities and qualified candidates in the spa & wellness industry. Released June 2012.
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Spas and the Global Wellness Market: Synergies and Opportunities

This 2010 SRI report finds that wellness is no passing fad: the global market was estimated at nearly $2 trillion. Released May 2010.
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The Global Spa Economy

SRI International reported that the global spa economy was estimated at $255 billion a year, according to the first-ever study unveiled at the 2008 Global Spa Summit. 2007 data released May 2008.
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GWI Research with Partners


A two-part study that addresses the fundamental question: how might beauty contribute meaningfully to wellness? Released January 2018.
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Wellness 2030

An investigation of how new technologies and techniques of self-optimization will transform the wellness market over the next dozen years. Released January 2018.
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About the Global Wellness Institute Wellness Industry Research

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