Expanding Your Wellness Through Tourism
In the effort to maintain and improve health and wellness, we often have to look outside of the traditional methods to enhance our ability to stay healthy. Eating healthy and exercising regularly are two main components for our health and wellness and we can often find the resources we need for the maintenance and improvement of these behaviors within our community. However if we are struggling to stay healthy, then it may take some thinking outside the box in order to be able to achieve the health and wellness outcomes we want.
Tourism has exploded as a common way to improve health and wellness and reach beyond the confines of the community we live in. In procuring resources from other places around the world, we may find that there is something that we could be doing extra, some sort of nutritional component, a certain exercise or workout plan, or anything else that may help us get over the hump and achieve the health and wellness outcomes we want.
According to a partnered research project between the Global Wellness Institute and SRI International, there was roughly $494 billion spent on wellness tourism in the year 2013. This is an extremely high amount of investment in the global effort to improve wellness by health-conscious individuals. The same research report highlights that this amount was a 12.7% increase in wellness tourism expenditure from the 2012 numbers.
Additional information tells us that there is a 7.3% growth rate of tourism overall, which is substantially lower that the 12.7% growth rate that wellness tourism has incurred. This shows us that not only are individuals trying to expand their health and wellness efforts outward, but that the amount of individuals looking for any sort of health and wellness solution is increasing. This bodes well for global wellness outcomes and hopefully with the influx of people who are trying to get healthier, tourism can play a role in improving global health altogether.