Forget beach parties and all-night clubbing: Wealthy travelers are spending money differently, and it’s created a massive $639 billion industry

Travelers are paying $1,400 per night to stay at resorts with on-site therapists and shelling out more than $5,000 for weekend ‘wellness summits.’

As the wellness industry continues its explosive growth, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s now expanding into another huge industry: tourism.

Wealthy travelers are ditching the beach parties and all-night clubbing and instead spending their money on wellness summits, spirituality retreats, and resorts that focus on self-care, which has turned “wellness tourism” into a $639 billion industry, according to the 2018 Global Wellness Tourism Economy study.

While yoga retreats are nothing new, the growth of the wellness-tourism industry has been skyrocketing in recent years, with the industry expected to be worth $919 billion by 2022. There’s now even a Wellness Tourism Association that was launched in January 2018 by a group of wellness-industry executives.

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High-tech salon offers private pods, movies and Alexa

‘Starring By Ted Gibson’ in West Hollywood, California has turned the traditional hair salon model upside down creating a place where trim meets tech.

It’s owned by celebrity stylist Ted Gibson and his husband and business partner, colorist Jason Backe. The pair boast a client list that includes Sandra Oh, Priyanka Chopra, Lupito Nyongo, Melissa McCarthy and Debra Messing.

Clients get their hair done in one of five semi-private pods called ‘clouds’. These allow for privacy and are meant to replace the bustling busy hair salon where rows of people are lined up staring into the same mirror.

The pods are equipped with an Amazon Fire tablet, an Amazon video application and Sonos smart speakers which allow clients to shop, order products from the salon, ask Alexa to change the music and ambient lighting and watch movies.

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25 Captions For Summer Spa Days, Because You’ll Be Relaxing All Season Long

Summer is the season for a lot of special things: vibrant fruits, frozen cocktails, long days spent at the beach and pool, pics in front of palm trees, chilling in a hammock with a good book, and of course, relaxing in the sun as much as possible. Even if you don’t hit the surf and sand, you can still have a relaxing time indoors by treating yourself to a spa day. (Massages, and facials, and mani-pedis — oh my.) Days spent at the spa are always worth documenting on the ‘Gram — whether you snap a pic in your plush robe post-treatment, or you grab a pic lounging poolside — so you’ll definitely need captions for summer spa daysfor all of your posts.

Spa days are a necessity year-round, but they’re especially fun in the summer. It really is the season of rejuvenation and relaxation, and what better way to celebrate that than with a day — or two, or five — of self-care? I recently took a summer self-care trip to Scottsdale, Arizona so I could indulge in several spa days myself, and it was truly one of the best ideas I’ve ever had. It was wonderful getting to spend a few days leaving my worries behind, relaxing in the desert, and seriously treating myself to luxurious treatments.

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COSMEDIX Global Director of Education to Host 20th Anniversary Celebration at International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference (IECSC)

COSMEDIX professional skincare brand announces its 20th anniversary celebration will be held during the highly anticipated International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference (IECSC) June 15-17, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. During the three-day event, the brand will celebrate 20 years in business by hosting skincare professionals from all over the world and by giving them the opportunity to experience the brand’s clean, clinical and luxurious products through a combination of product exhibitions and cutting-edge master classes.

IECSC, a professional-level tradeshow that focuses on those who are in the spa industry is expected to host more than 600 exhibitors and more than 22,000 attendees comprised of salon and spa owners along with managers, estheticians, makeup artists, medical estheticians, plastic surgeons and wellness practitioners.

Ryan Christopher, Global Director of Education at COSMEDIX will lead the classes that include demonstrations on today’s most innovative treatments such as Lymphatic Drainage using a Rose Quartz facial roller; nanoneedling with COSMEDIX treatment serums; and microcurrent and radio frequency with the COSMEDIX ELITE RELIEF Soothing Peptide Gel.

Christopher states his excitement about seeing all of the professional esthetician supporters. “The IECSC Las Vegas is our biggest show of the year and I’m so excited to see all of our spa partners. We have two classes this year that will demonstrate the power of COSMEDIX alongside trending devices to truly show how advanced our formulas can be!”

The classes will be on Saturday and Sunday from 3:30pm until 5pm. No registration is required to attend as IECSC admission tickets gain professionals free access to the COSMEDIX classes. As a special bonus, the brand will be honoring Peel Kits and product specials to all attendees. For more information, visit

The United States Spa Trends for 2019

A new study reveals the spa experience through the lens of spa-goers by diving into their behaviors, preferences and experiences, with particular attention paid to both the role of the service provider and the use of technology within the spa.

Findings from the International SPA Association (ISPA) Foundation Consumer Snapshot Initiative show that when looking to book appointments, traditional methods are still favored over modern appointment-making methods such as booking online or through social media. Nearly half (44 percent) still preferred to book over the phone; intriguingly, there were almost no differences demonstrated between generations despite the tech-centric reputation of Millennials and Generation Z.

Service providers continue to play a pivotal role within the spa as they educate and advise spa-goers on a range of topics such as product suggestions, health care ideas and the benefits of spa-going. When choosing the gender of a service provider, almost half (47 percent) of spa-goers had no preference whatsoever.

Even as spa menus grow, human touch remains at the core of the spa-going experience: massage still ranks as the most frequently booked spa treatment, with over two thirds of spa-goers stating they had received a massage in the last year. When asked what words they most associated with spa, ‘stress-reducing’, ‘refreshing’ and ‘pampered’ were the top three chosen by those surveyed.

Across all generations, spas are viewed as a place to seek relaxation, which is why it is crucial that all spa-goers feel comfortable and welcome while visiting a spa. Overwhelmingly, spa-goers agreed that they felt comfortable during their spa experience and that the staff acted professionally.

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Green Spa Network Launches Research Program

NANTUCKET, Mass., June 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — In January 2019, Green Spa Network (GSN) launched its first sustainability research survey to collect information from its members regarding their environmental efforts in their businesses. The response has been positive and since then, monthly surveys have been collected and have given GSN great insight into where its members are and how to best direct them on their sustainability journey.

Conducted surveys have been geared towards gaining knowledge to increase members’ ability to successfully transform their businesses into a socially and environmental responsible leaders in the wellness industry. A few of the findings show GSN that:

  • 84% of members say consumers are choosing brands because they are green
  • 28% of members have a sustainability officer or a green team
  • 57% of members say time is the biggest challenge to being green
  • 40% of members say lack of money is the biggest issue to being green

GSN’s member feedback has been instrumental in the organization’s direction moving forward and continued research will help gear its events and educational resources to better serve its members success in making a positive change for the planet.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing of-the-moment data on green or related topics to GSN members and the wellness community,” says Bonnie Baker, Board President.  “By creating a quarterly infographic and sharing with our members, the industry, and the press we hope to inform decisions on sustainability in real time,” adds Joanna Roche, Executive Director. 

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Academy to train Malaysian youths for spa industry

The Inner Peace Academy 2.0 aims to help Sabah youths embark on a career in the SPA Industry which it feels have a bright future.Its Managing Director, Kennedy Datuk John said the construction of the academy new  building situated at the Duo Tandian Park in Apin-Apin here began last November.

Corporation of Small and Medium Enterprises Malaysia (SMECorp Malaysia) financed part of the project.“With this new building, the academy will be able to train 20 apprentices in every intake and hope to help the industry fill vacancies and reduce dependency on foreign workers in line with the Government’s plans,” he said at the opening of the new building by state Rural Development Minister, Datuk Ewon Benedick.Kennedy said apprentices who are following the Inner Peace programme will undergo a one-month intensive training at the academy before undergoing 11 months of industrial training at leading Spas throughout Malaysia. 

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ESPA, the umbrella organization of European health tourism, comprises 21 member countries, which are homes to destination spas and institutes for research and education in the fields of medical and wellness tourism. The congress this year was held at the convention center of Terme Tuhelj, the largest destination spa in Croatia, in a region of the country that is blessed with numerous hot springs.

The annual event brings together representatives of individual spas, as well as regional associations, for sessions dedicated to best practices in the health tourism sector, understanding trends and challenges facing providers of wellness tourism services, and the development of new niche markets through innovation. In many European countries, health resorts and medical services can account for up to 25% of revenue from tourism – big business indeed.

This year, the ESPA Congress invited guests from North America, China, Russia and Israel to share with attendees tips on how spas can attract new visitors from these desirable markets. As an additional aspect of their outreach, ESPA invited a delegation of foreign journalists from these same countries, plus a few more, to cover the congress, as well as to learn firsthand about health and medical tourism in Croatia.

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Be more like Jacinda: Why we all need a wellbeing budget

When New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern came to power she promised her government would do things differently, and with Thursday’s landmark Wellbeing Budget she kept her word.

“Today we have laid the foundation for not just one Wellbeing Budget, but a different approach for government decision-making all together,” Ardern said.

Promising to put matters of public wellbeing next to the economic figures, her government has announced billions of dollars towards new spending on tackling mental health, suicide rates, child poverty, homelessness and domestic violence. It’s the first time a western country has designed an entire budget around wellbeing measures.

“For me, wellbeing means people living lives of purpose, balance and meaning to them, and having the capabilities to do so,” New Zealand’s Finance Minister Grant Robertson said.

And I’m applauding it! As a leadership strategist and modern psychology practitioner (and someone who works with burnt-out leaders all the time), at a time when the world’s peak medical body has just included burnout in their guidebook for diagnostic classifications, public investment in wellbeing is much needed.

Women running themselves into the ground to run the ‘insta-perfect’ life, juggling businesses, careers, families, health and home life, is one of the biggest issues facing women in 2019.

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Universal Companies Initiates Children’s Wellness Circles for Global Wellness Day 2019

Abingdon, VA (May 24, 2019) In anticipation of Global Wellness Day (GWD) 2019, Universal Companies partnered with Moonflower Montessori School in Abingdon to host wellness circles for students. Students were broken into two groups, by age, and were led through a series of mindfulness and breathing activities. Cory Scott, RYT 500 yoga instructor and licensed child and family therapist led the circles with Breece Bryan, RYT 200 yoga instructor leading the breathing exercises.

The circles are a result of the GWD and Global Wellness Institute’s Wellness for Children initiative which aims to create awareness of the need for children and young people to be actively involved in their own wellness. Through holistic practices of mindfulness, meditation, energy medicine, movement, and nutrition, the hope is to teach children in the formative years the benefits of being healthy. Three primary areas of focus are: self-love, breathing, and mindfulness.

“We want to encourage children to integrate wellness practices into their lives on a daily basis and to carry on those practices throughout their lives,” GWD founder Belgin Aksoy recently explained.

“It is our hope that this idea will stick and even spread to other schools,” Universal Companies’ CEO, Karen Short, states, “We’d love to continue our partnership with Moonflower and are so grateful to be able to lead wellness initiatives that impact future generations.”

Global Wellness Day is an international celebration of wellness. Saturday, June 8, 2019, will mark the eighth annual event with the Cayman Islands, China, Peru, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Dominican Republic taking part this year. To learn more, check out

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