$500 Billion Travel Industry
The report notes that wellness tourism grew by 12.7 percent in 2013, surpassing 2012’s growth rate of 9 percent.
Overall, wellness tourism expenditures reached $494 billion in 2013. That surpasses the preventative and personalized health market ($432.7 billion) and draws close to the healthy eating, nutrition and weight loss market ($574.2 billion).
A New Concept
The new “Wellness” concept engages the traveler’s mind, body, emotions, and spirit in a holistic way, in order to achieve mental restoration and physical balance.
Yoga retreats are cropping up around the globe to teach us to stay present, focusing on the here and now of every movement and breath. At Rio Caliente, our resident Yoga Teacher, Dave Jeffers, combines meditation with gentle Yoga, giving students the opportunity to connect with Inner Silence, and the healing and creative wisdom that is there.
Hiking, Biking and Getting Back to Nature
Around the globe, destinations are beginning to fully leverage their landscapes for outdoor adventure and fitness. It’s in response to a growing segment of travelers who want to combat stress, improve fitness, and lose weight outdoors by pushing themselves to the extreme. Rio Caliente is literally surrounded by miles of hiking and biking trails that lead to waterfalls, hot springs, and beautiful rock formations. It is an amazingly beautiful destination for activity travel.
Meditation, Personal, Spiritual Growth Retreats
Instead of blasting through a checklist of must-see tourist sites, an increasing number of travelers are opting to spend vacation time in meditation or personal growth. These spiritual seekers are finding healing and purpose in meditative retreats, or through dance, art or connecting with higher consciousness through shamanism and individual self-expression.
Hot Springs And Thermal Baths
Bathing in hot springs, the world’s oldest spa experience, is one trend that never goes out of style and has been gaining popularity in recent years.
Cleansing And Detox Retreats
At several detox retreats around the world, specialists customize a safe cleanse for the traveler’s specific needs and body type.
When you book a weight-loss resort trip, you immerse yourself in a program with fitness, nutrition, education, relaxation, and camaraderie that will help you to improve your health in a pleasant environment.