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The global spa services market size was valued at USD 77.85 billion in 2022 and is projected to grow from USD 87.63 billion in 2023 to USD 259.26 billion by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 16.76% during the forecast period.
Spa services, which are still considered a luxury, have gradually started expanding its roots toward the middle-class population. The service literally means ‘treatment through the use of water’ translated from the Latin word 'Solus Per Aqua'. Such services originated primarily in Europe in ancient times as it was believed that water can cure any type of disease. Treatment used to be offered by taking a bath in thermal springs. Willingness to experience the convergence of the body, mind, and spirit has led to availing various therapies from proven aromatherapy to novel cryotherapy, LED therapy, hydrotherapy, and sound therapy among others. Therefore, changes in the consumer mindset are likely to bolster the product demand in the near future.
Strict Lockdown Measures Severely Impacted the Wellness Industry During COVD-19 Outbreak
Government authorities across the globe imposed stringent rules to contain the virus. Shelter-in-place orders made customers cancel their planned visits to the personal care service facilities. Several governments imposed physical distancing rules, where a minimum distance of about 6 feet has to be maintained between two people to limit virus infection. For availing services such as body massage and facials, the therapist has to be in close proximity with the guest and has to touch the body/face of the guest for completing the treatment.
Therefore, the physical distancing rules could be followed at such centers as physical contact is imperative during the treatment process. These factors along with cessation on services adversely affected the market growth of spa services.
Moreover, hotel resorts and destination spas were badly hit as these facilities had to be shut down under the government's lockdown rules. As per a surveyed data presented by the International Spa Association (ISPA), in April 2020, 52% of spa operators and owners reported that their business had been significantly impacted by COVID-19 pandemic, 8% of them closed their doors, and 74% adjusted their services’ cancellation policies.
According to a survey conducted by the U.K. Spa Association for COVID-19 impact on the wellness and spa industry, in the first half of 2020, 80.6% of U.K. respondents operating in the market confirmed the closure of their facilities, whereas about 31.1% surveyed participants stated that they are anticipating gross revenue to decrease by 51%. However, as per the same source, 80% of customers are keen to visit these service centers immediately (48%) or in the next few months (36%) after the lockdown is lifted. Nevertheless, rising awareness regarding fitness and wellbeing especially in the time of pandemic was a driving factor for the growth of the market.
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Technology-enabled Facilities to Attract Visitors
Massage centers as well as sauna facilities are becoming stronger by day with the adoption of software-based management systems, which enable customers to easily book appointments as well as provide hassle-free transaction options. For instance, in 2021, ISM Spa partnered with Spa Space, a company delivering SaaS software solutions for improving customer engagement and satisfaction. This partnership enabled the company to improve its ability to implement turnkey spa management practices and deliver custom solutions to its customers.
Besides, several facilities are taking efforts for gathering personalized data through social media platforms and various applications for their guests, to offer customized packages that can enhance their experience during the visit and also encourage them for future engagements. Digitalization enabled the visitors to virtually meet the staff, take a location tour prior to the visit as well as review the food offerings through the website. For instance, ISM Spa’s partnership with Spa Space company resulted in 25% increase in its guest satisfaction level, lowering the time-consuming administrative tasks.
Therefore, the implementation of various ‘Customer Relationship Management’ programs by facility owners is likely to aid in the footfall of visitors.
Wellness Tourism Trend to Bode Well for Market Growth
Growing lifestyle-related concerns and hectic lifestyle has led to the deterioration of health among people across the globe. Hectic schedules and longer travel times pose a negative effect on the body. Therefore, tourists are seeking options where they can gain the advantage of being healthy and rejuvenated during their travel. For instance, as per data released by the Global Wellness Institute, in 2020, average spending on wellness tourism-related trips in Latin America reached USD 1,365.84.
‘Green’ concept based facilities, ship/cruise based facilities such as offered by OneSpaWorld as well as time-saving quick service centers such as XpressSpas at airports and cab based services are being greatly explored by tourists. Attractive packages for couples are being offered at destination spas which are also driving the spa services market growth.
Therefore, growing awareness regarding body and mind wellness and rising tourism worldwide is expected to promote market expansion.
Growing Popularity among Teenagers and Baby Boomers to Foster Product Demand
The growing popularity of beauty services among teenagers is positively impacting the market. Teenagers avail such services before school/college functions or proms where they are greatly looking for grooming treatments that can enhance their appearance as well as tone their body through rigorous fitness and diet programs. Beauty service facility owners are investing in attractive specialty packages, interior décor, lighting effects, and music facilities to gain the teenager's attention. For instance, Slieve Russell Hotel specifically offer packages for 13-16 years old guests under ‘Professional Junior Treatments’ services such as manicure, pedicure, and facials.
On the other hand, elderly people experience several body-related concerns such as back pain, neck pain, digestive disorders, and others due to their collapsing health. Therefore, relaxing treatments, pain management, anti-aging as well as internal body healing packages are being widely explored by the geriatric population which is likely to further accelerate market growth. Furthermore, the Global Wellness Summit 2020 released its report on ‘10 Wellness Trends for 2020’ in January 2020, wherein it identified wellness needs among aged old generation as a significant aspect. And therefore, it considered ‘Aging Rebranded: Positively Cool’ as one of its 10 forecast trends for 2020.
High Cost, Regulations, and Employment Issues to Limit the Market Growth
The higher cost of most of the packages which are not affordable to the mass population can limit the market growth. Moreover, several strict regulations are imposed by governing authorities for operating such types of facilities to ensure the safety of the staff as well as guests. Therefore, the facility operator has to comply with several stringent governmental regulations while operating the business, wherein it also has to face the strict inspection process number of times throughout the business cycle. This factor poses challenges to the facility operator. Moreover, rising incidences of physical abuse and other malpractices at such facilities are likely to limit the customer visits as well as pose challenges in employment due to safety issues of working at such centers.
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Day Segment to Hold Major Share Due to Easy Access and Affordability
Based on facility type, the market is segmented into day, resort/hotel, medical, and others (destination, mineral springs, and others). Day type facility offers services that can be completed within a day and is expected to dominate the segment over the estimated period. Facilities under hotel/resort and destination segment include services that can span from a day to one week depending on the requirements, where guests can have food as per the diet plan and also can stay at the same location overnight. Therefore, day facilities are affordable to most of the visitors as the package does not include staying and food charges.
Destination or mineral/thermal spring facilities are majorly explored by tourists and high-class population. On the other hand, medical spa services offer specific treatments in the presence of healthcare professionals to give solutions over ailments as well as therapeutic bathing that aid in the healing process from several disease types. Growing concerns related to the body as well as psychological problems are expected to increase the need for medicated facilities in the near future.
Massage Segment to Dominate due to its Traditional Usage
Based on service, the market is segmented into massage, beauty/grooming, physical fitness, and others (hydrotherapy, diet, and others). Spas are traditionally known for offering massage service for relaxing body muscles, including full-body, foot, hot stone, Thai massage, and prenatal as well as couple massage available as per customer requirement. However, facials, manicure, pedicure, and other grooming services are gaining traction owing to the growing trend of beautification. Awareness regarding fitness is expanding opportunities in the fitness category, where the demand for yoga and breathing exercises is increasing.
Women Segment to Dominate the Market Owing to Growing Product Popularity among Women
Based on end-user, the market is segmented into men and women. Women are the primary users of personal care services, owing to which the women segment holds a major share of the market. In addition, increasing women consumers’ concerns of skin aging and rising demand for the anti-aging skincare services among them are accelerating the segmental revenues globally. According to the surveyed data presented by World Bank Group, an international financial institution, the global women population aged 65 years and above increased from 3.89 billion in 2020 to 3.92 billion in 2021.
However, the increasing trend of grooming among men population is likely to propel men segment growth. Several companies are coming up with the centers dedicated only for male customers, such as New Paradise Men's Spa based in New York, U.S. that offers massage, and facials that are specifically designed by men only for men customers. Therefore, the growing adoption of massage and beauty services by men is likely to push overall market growth.
Europe Spa Services Market Size, 2022 (USD Billion)
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The market size in Europe stood at USD 28.17 billion in 2022. Europe is expected to hold a dominant spa services market share, owing to increasing disposable income of the populace. Increased spending on health owing to increased awareness regarding wellbeing in the region also contributes to greater market penetration. Moreover, growing travel and tourism activities in European countries, such as France and Germany, is further driving the regional market growth.
According to data presented by the VISAS Association, in 2021, Germany recorded a 2.7% increase in hotel overnight stays compared to 2020. In addition, the number of overnight stays in the Netherlands reached 4.7 million in 2021.
The North America market is majorly driven by a rising number of luxurious facilities offering spa services and growing demand for full body massage and beauty treatments among women in the U.S. and Canada. As per a surveyed data published by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), in 2021, 46% of American female consumers and 21% of American male consumers got a massage service at spa setting, compared to 21% and 25%, respectively in 2020.
A significant share is held by the Asia Pacific owing to the growing number of middle-class population in the countries as well as an increasing number of massage, sauna, as well as mineral spring facilities in the region. As per data published by the Global Wellness Institute (GWI), thermal/spring spa services are mainly concentrated in Asia Pacific, with Asia Pacific and European regions together accounting for 94% of the global number of thermal/spring spa establishments in 2020. In addition, the number of establishments for spa services in Asia Pacific increased from 48,679 in 2018 to 49,876 in 2020.
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South America & the Middle East & Africa held lower market share. However, the growing popularity of beauty treatments in gulf countries, as well as countries such as South Africa and Algeria, is likely to fuel the demand for these services in the region. Furthermore, rapid urbanization rate and continual development of the salon facilities offering skincare treatment is further supporting the product demand in these regions. For instance, in 2021, Emirates Palace Spa partnered with The Elixir Clinic, a global wellness services provider clinic to add a bespoke collection of VitaDrip infusions in its spa treatments with the facility located in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The infusions are formulated with minerals, anti-oxidants, and antiaging essentials that enhance the users’ energy level, hydration, and immunity. Therefore, rapid urbanization in the region will boost the market growth.
Customized Packages and Remodeling Activities to Aid Players for Attracting Guests
The market is characterized by several small scale private businesses as well as giants such as Marriott and Hyatt. Players are largely focusing on offering customized packages to the customers for enhancing their experience in the spa services facility. Similarly, owners are adopting software-based tracking systems and applications to collect and sort data from a customer that enables paperless convenient management of the facility.
Moreover, players are taking efforts on continuous renovation activities as per the changing customer preferences, as the classic ambiance is one of the important factors considered in such type of personal care centers. For instance, in March 2023, Hyatt Regacy’s Hill Country Resort and Spa facility invested USD 50.0 million to renovate its 300 acres San Antonio, U.S.-based facility. Therefore, strategies such as offering customized packages, creation of attractive décor, and improved digitalization are adopted by players to gain competitive advantage.
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CAGR of 16.76% during 2023-2030
Value (USD Billion)
By Facility Type
North America (By Facility Type, Service, End-user, and Country)
Europe (By Facility Type, Service, End-user, and Country)
Asia Pacific (By Facility Type, Service, End-user, and Country)
South America (By Facility Type, Service, End-user, and Country)
Middle East and Africa (By Facility Type, Service, End-user, and Country)
Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 77.85 billion in 2023 and is anticipated to reach USD 259.26 billion by 2030.
In 2022, the global market value stood at USD 77.85 billion.
The global market is expected to expand at a CAGR of 16.76% during the forecast period.
Based on facility type, the day segment is expected to lead the market during the forecast period (2023-2030).
The growing wellness tourism industry is mainly accelerating the market growth.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Four Seasons Hotels Group, Siam Wellness Group, and Hilton Hotels Resorts are some of the leading companies worldwide.
Europe dominated the global market in 2022.
The rising number of technology-enabled facilities is likely to surge the demand for spa services.
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