One of the objectives of the GWI is to initiate, gather, and trumpet quality industry research. All our research is available for free to the public, and therefore we rely on sponsorship to underwrite the work. Our research sponsors understand well the value of supporting research, both as a service to the public and a business decision, as sponsors receive visibility throughout the year and are forever linked to the important work of the Institute. Please click here for more information about sponsoring research.
In addition to conducting our own in-house research, the Global Wellness Institute supports and partners with organizations and thought leaders who conduct research on a variety of wellness topics. While these research and findings may not represent the views of the Global Wellness Institute, we are committed to sharing different viewpoints and global research that stimulate thoughtful and rigorous discussions to help empower wellness worldwide.
Existing Research Available for Download:
Global Wellness Economy Monitor, October 2018
Since its 2014 inaugural report, the Global Wellness Economy Monitor has become the go-to source of comprehensive global wellness economy data for business leaders, researchers and the media. The 2018 report provides updated figures for the ten industry segments that comprise the global wellness economy: fitness and mind-body; healthy eating, nutrition and weight loss; personal care, beauty and anti-aging; preventative and personalized medicine and public health; spa economy; thermal/mineral springs; traditional and complementary medicine; wellness real estate; wellness tourism; and workplace wellness. The report includes a comprehensive, updated picture of the size, scope, and growth trends/projections for the global wellness economy, in-depth regional-level analysis, trends and data for six global regions and more.
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Build Well to Live Well, January 2018
The first in-depth research to size and analyze the global and regional wellness lifestyle real estate and communities market. This Global Wellness Institute report shows fast market growth, from $134 to $180 billion from 2017-2022, with a current global pipeline of 740 projects that grows by the week. The 150+ page report is packed with information: from data on global and regional market sizes, price premiums, and consumer demand – to regional trends – to tools that help execute successful projects – to seven key trends that will shape the market’s future. Sponsored by: Canyon Ranch, Delos, iGetBetter Inc., Laphina Spa, LightStim, Rancho La Puerta, Rezilir Health, Seabourn, Serenbe, Six Senses, The BodyHoliday, Two Bunch Palms, Universal Companies.
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Beauty 2 Wellness, January 2018
A new two-part study undertaken by the Global Wellness Institute and Dr. Anjan Chatterjee from the University of Pennsylvania that addresses the fundamental question: how might beauty contribute meaningfully to wellness? The first study identifies the concepts bridging beauty and wellness, and the second analyzes the range and depth of biases against people with facial disfigurement, to overcome them. Together, these studies provide new evidence-based insights to mitigate the barriers between beauty and wellness and build new bridges to enhance the connection between them. Sponsored by: Biologique Recherché, [comfort zone], HydraFacial, Immunocologie, OM4 Organic Male, Performance Health.
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Wellness 2030, January 2018
A collaboration between the Global Wellness Institute and the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute in Switzerland, “Wellness 2030 – The New Technologies of Happiness” investigates how new technologies and techniques of self-optimization will transform the wellness market over the next dozen years. This new research report takes an in-depth look at today’s happiness providers, the wellness industry, while offering a radical vision for that industry’s future.
Additional information available here.
Global Wellness Economy Monitor, January 2017
This study updates the pioneering research that established the size of the global wellness economy in 2014. Comprising ten sectors, the wellness economy is now worth $3.7 trillion, represents 5% of global economic output, and is almost half the size of all global health expenditures. The research confirms the unstoppable momentum of the wellness economy as we predicted two years ago. Sponsored by: Biologique Recherche, Elemis, HydraFacial, Miraval, Performance Health, Spafinder Wellness, The BodyHoliday, Treatwell, Two Bunch Palms, Universal Companies.
Additional valuable links, including a PowerPoint Presentation of the report, is available here.
The Future of Wellness at Work, January 2016
This study examines the current state of wellness in the global workforce and predicts what the future of work will look like. It makes the case for why wellness will matter more in the future, and also presents a new vision for wellness at work as well as a framework for actions that will help improve workforce health and unleash human potential. This report also includes a survey of over 600 full-time workers in the U.S., conducted by Everyday Health in partnership with the Global Wellness Institute. Sponsored by: Achievers, Blackhawk Engagement Solutions, Bon Vital, Clarins, Comphy Co, DELOS, ESPA, Hydrafacial, Hydropeptide, Massage Envy, Pantheryx, Rancho La Puerta, Spafinder Wellness 365, TheBodyHoliday, Treatwell, Universal Companies.
Unlocking The Power of Company Caring, January 2016
Co-released by Everyday Health, Inc.
A recent survey of over 600 full-time workers in the U.S., conducted by Everyday Health in partnership with the Global Wellness Institute, took an in-depth look at the impact the work environment has on productivity, health and wellbeing. And the study found that increasing wellness in the workplace may be more easily within our grasp than commonly understood. It has less to do with ‘programs’ and much to do with authentic company ‘caring.’
The Global Wellness Tourism Economy, June 2015
This important report combines the first-ever wellness tourism market research (2013) with updated data from wellness tourism research released in 2014. Wellness tourism continues to be one of the fastest-growing travel categories: revenues expanded from $438 billion in 2012 to $494 billion in 2013 – and that 12.7 percent growth rate was 40 percent larger than originally forecast. And wellness tourism also grew 74 percent faster than global tourism overall in the last year (14.6 percent versus 7.3 percent). Sponsored by: Biologique Recherche, The Body Holiday, Bon Vital’, Delos, ESPA, Jhana, Massage Envy, Mindbody, Natura Bisse, Noel Asmar, Spafinder Wellness, WTS International.
The Global Spa & Wellness Economy Monitor, September 2014
This important new research confirms wellness as one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing industries. The study sizes and analyzes the ten sectors that comprise the “umbrella” wellness industry was unveiled. The big finding: wellness is now a staggering $3.4 trillion market – and one of the biggest, fastest-growing industries on earth. Some context: it’s 3.4 times bigger market than the $1 trillion, global pharmaceutical industry. Sponsored by: Biologique Recherche, The Body Holiday, Bon Vital’, Delos, ESPA, Jhana, Massage Envy, Mindbody, Natura Bisse, Noel Asmar, Spafinder Wellness, WTS International.
Middle East-North Africa Wellness Economy Monitor, April 2017
Despite security concerns for nations like Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia, MENA’s wellness tourism market grew a strong 6% each year from 2013-2015 – from $7.3 billion to $8.3 billion. And spa industry revenues expanded even faster: 10% annually (from $1.7 billion to $2.1 billion) – or five times faster than the global average of 2%. Sponsored by: Biologique Recherche, Elemis, HydraFacial, Miraval, Performance Health, Spafinder Wellness, The BodyHoliday, Treatwell, Two Bunch Palms, Universal Companies.
Middle East-North Africa Spa & Wellness Economy, September 2014
The number of spas in Middle East-North Africa more than tripled from 2007 to 2013. Also, in 2013, the Middle East-North Africa was the second fastest-growing region for wellness tourism. Read the full report for more details. Sponsored by: Biologique Recherche, The Body Holiday, Bon Vital’, Delos, ESPA, Jhana Massage Envy, Mindbody, Natura Bisse, Noel Asmar, Spafinder Wellness, WTS International.
Latin America-Caribbean Spa & Wellness Economy, September 2014
Latin America’s spa market benefits from strong tourism and consumer spending, with many countries experiencing double-digit annual growth rates. Also, in 2013, wellness trips grew three times faster than overall tourism trips growth in Latin America-Caribbean. Read the full report for more details. Sponsored by: Biologique Recherche, The Body Holiday, Bon Vital’, Delos, ESPA, Jhana, Massage Envy, Mindbody, Natura Bisse, Noel Asmar, Spafinder Wellness, WTS International.
Thermal/Mineral Springs Economy, September 2014
Throughout history, people have used thermal and mineral springs for bathing, healing, socializing, and spiritual reasons. Those traditions are the roots of today’s spa industry so as consumers increasingly seek authentic spa experiences, there is a resurgence of interest in thermal/mineral springs around the world. We count over 26,000 establishments in 103 countries that have wellness, recreational, and therapeutic facilities and services built around thermal/mineral springs. Sponsored by: Massage Envy, Red Door Spa, Lighting Science, Spafinder Wellness, WTS International, Wellness Interactive, The Body Holiday, Bon Vital’, Delos, ESPA, Jhana, Mindbody, Natura Bisse, Noel Asmar.
The Global Wellness Tourism Economy, October 2013
Wellness tourism is revealed to be a $439 billion market, representing 1 in 7 tourism dollars. This SRI International Report shows wellness-focused travel will reach $678.5 billion by 2017—nearly 50 percent more growth than global tourism overall. Sponsored by: Massage Envy, Red Door Spa, Jhana, Lighting Science, Spafinder Wellness, WTS International, Wellness Interactive.
Spa Management Workforce & Education:
Addressing Market Gaps, June 2012
This 2012 SRI study shows the gap between the expansive job opportunities and qualified candidates in the spa & wellness industry. It examines industry challenges, makes recommendations to increase management talent pool and explores ways to spotlight the vast job opportunities available. Sponsored by: East West Learning Center, Eco Spa 360, Fairmont Raffles Hotels International., Massage Envy, Precor, Red Door Spa, Resort Suite, Self Optima.
Wellness Tourism and Medical Tourism: Where Do Spas Fit?, May 2011
This 2011 SRI research finds the potentially explosive, $106 billion wellness tourism market held back by conceptual confusion and weak promotional models. This is the first comprehensive report on medical tourism and wellness tourism and tackles key challenges and opportunities for these distinct markets.
Sponsored by: Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, Murad Inclusive Health, Red Door Spa, Resort Suite, Spafinder Wellness, SpaSoft, Westin, Yelo Spa.
Spas and the Global Wellness Market: Synergies and Opportunities, May 2010
This 2010 SRI report finds that wellness is no passing fad: the global market is estimated at nearly $2 trillion. SRI International defines a rapidly expanding wellness industry cluster with nine sub-segments, from fitness to spa. Sponsored by: Murad Inclusive Health
The Global Spa Economy, May 2008
SRI International reported that the global spa economy is estimated at $255 billion a year, according to first-ever study unveiled at the 2008 Global Spa Summit. Sponsored by: Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, Mandara Spa, Raison d’Etre, Spafinder Wellness, Spatality
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