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Health &wellness tourismWhat could it mean for coastal resorts?Globally, the health and wellness market is worth an eye-popping 494 billion ( 314.8 billion). And it’s growing rapidly. Howeverrelatively little is known about the size and scope of the market inthe UK, particularly in a coastal context.We commissioned new research, surveying a nationally representativesample of over 2,000 people to discover the value of this market,and its potential as a growth opportunity, to coastal destinations.visit

Health and wellness tourismWhat is wellness tourism?All holidays should enhance your well-being76%5%AgreeDisagreeAre all holidays wellness holidays?It’s an ambiguous term, but put simply, wellness is about feelingbetter. So contrary to popular perception, it could be the mostinclusive of all tourism market sectors - everyone wants to feelbetter, no matter how big their wallet. Definitions vary even withinthe sector, and many would argue that if the purpose of a holidayor break is to enhance wellbeing, in other words, to make you feelbetter, then surely all holidays are wellness holidays.However, motivation is key to understanding wellness tourism.Primary wellness tourists are those for whom ‘wellbeing’ is the solepurpose or primary motivating factor for the trip and destinationchoice. Secondary wellness tourists are those who seek to maintaina healthy lifestyle while taking any type of trip.So the chances are, you may be a secondary wellness tourist andnot know it, whereas a primary wellness tourist is motivated byproactively enhancing a healthy lifestyle, and this will dictate theirdestination choice.Where the primary motivation is to enhance wellbeing, wellnessholidays could therefore be categorised as health and fitness, healthyeating, spa & beauty, mind-body, spiritual, personal growth, eco andadventure and even art and culture.155%29%YesNo2

visit and wellness tourismThe 6 Pillars of Wellness, showing the overall percentage of people engaging in different wellness activities in theireveryday lives, by life stage, and the overall percentage engaging in the same activities on a coastal break or holiday33%% at homewellness54%% on acoastalholiday29%% at homewellness58%% on acoastalholiday7%% at homewellness42%% on acoastalholiday7%% at homewellness7%% on acoastalholiday5%% at homewellness4%6%% on acoastalholiday% at homewellness9%% on ORSSPIRITUALLEARNING &DEVELOPMENTSPA EMPTYNESTER35%21%6%8%4%2%WHAT ARE WELLNESSACTIVITIES?While the perception persists that wellnesstourism just means spa breaks, it involvesa far broader range of activities. Our researchsuggests that this range can be categorisedas ‘cultural’, ‘physical’, ‘active outdoors’,‘spiritual’, ‘learning and development’ and‘spa and beauty’, and that people who areactively engaged in these activity types athome are more likely to look for theseactivities on a break or holiday. At home,more of us engage in ‘cultural’ and ‘physicalactivities’ than other activity types, with1 in 3 of us visiting at least two of eithermuseums, galleries, stately homes, thetheatre or the opera at least a few times ayear. People who regularly play outdoorsports, visit the gym, go swimming, hikingor cycling are considered ‘physically active’.Although fewer of us are engaged in ‘active outdoors’, ‘spiritual’,‘learning and development’ and ‘spa and beauty’ activities in oureveryday lives, there is evidence of an ‘active wellness niche’ marketin the young, affluent, pre-family audience, particularly in the affluentLondon pre-family audience, for whom wellness is a lifestyle choice.Active in all six pillars, this audience are significantly more likely tobe primary wellness tourists looking to maintain a wellness lifestyleon a break or holiday.‘Active outdoor’ activities unsurprisingly become significantly morepopular on a coastal holiday in all life stages, with 1 in 2 engaging.As well as the broader based cultural and physical activities, a coastalbreak or holiday makes people overall 35% more likely to be moreactive outdoors – particularly pre-nesters and families.The ‘6 Pillars of Wellness’ (above) illustrates the breadth of thewellness opportunity in the UK. To think of this opportunity purelyin spa terms is to limit growth potential considerably. Wellnessinvolves a broad spectrum of activities and, particularly for secondarywellness tourists, a large potential market size.3“The ‘6 Pillars of Wellness’ illustratesthe breadth of the wellness opportunityin the UK. To think of this opportunitypurely in spa terms is to limit growthpotential considerably. Wellnessinvolves a broad spectrum of activitiesand, par ticularly for secondar y wellnesstourists, a large potential market size.”4

visit and wellness tourismHOW BIG IS THE WELLNESS MARKET?WHAT CHARACTERISES THESE TRIPS?Globally, wellness tourism is one of the fastest growing marketsegments, rising 12.5% from 2012-2013 -significantly outpacingoriginal growth forecasts of 9% and worth an estimated 494billion( 314.8 billion) in revenues*. In the UK, 1 in 5 people take at leastone dedicated wellness break a year, with significant increases inthe younger demographic (nearly a third of all 18-34 year olds), andthose living in London (1 in 4).Coastal wellness trips in the UK are significantly more likely to beshort breaks, taken in 4 or 5 star accommodation and comprisemore AB visitors. Wellness breaks are also just as likely – if notmore so, to be shoulder season breaks (particularly in May or June).That wellness breaks are more likely to be short breaks than ‘main’holidays reflects a growing demand for ‘top-up travel’ between amain summer break and Christmas, with rebalancing and reconnectingcommon motivating factors, particularly for the affluent Londonwellness niche.However, with only an estimated 8% of these wellness breakscurrently taken in coastal destinations (albeit representing over 1million staying trips per year), there is significant opportunity forgrowth in coastal wellness breaks and holidays.Wellness tourists are also typically higher spenders. Internationalwellness tourists spend 59% more than the average border-crossingtourist, and higher spend is also evident in UK coastal wellnessbreaks, where median spend of wellness visitors is more than twicethat of ‘standard’ or ‘hedonistic’ trip spend in the case of Bournemouth.*‘The Global Wellness Tourism Economy’ (2013), Global Spa and WellnessSummit / SRI InternationalWELLNESS1.15 million trips * 400 Median spend67%33%Short-breakLonger break(1-3 nights)(4 nights)WELLNESS134,400 million trips * 900 Median spend65%35%Short-breakLonger break(1-3 nights)(4 nights)8%14%56%36%55%45%Short-breakLonger break(1-3 nights)(4 nights)51%35%“STANDARD”58%42%Short-breakLonger break(1-3 nights)(4 nights)8.21 million trips * 400 Median spend“HEDONISTIC”23%Longer break(1-3 nights)(4 nights)Purpose of most recent overnight coastal leisure trip,with trip length and associated trip spend5(1-3 nights)(4 nights)547,200 trips * 370 Median spend345,600 million trips * 400 Median spend*share of 0.96 million overnight domestic leisure trips30%Longer break“STANDARD”“HEDONISTIC”5.18 million trips * 400 Median spend*share of 14.4million overnight domestic trips to the seaside for holiday purposes77%Short-break70%Short-breakPurpose of most recent overnight leisure trip toBournemouth, with trip length and associated trip spend6

visit and wellness tourism38%37%35%28%19%19%26.9%“The natural setting of the place”Net likelihood to take a wellness break or holiday by month13.1%“Good quality spa facilities & treatments”Demand for wellness breaks or holidays is slightly less seasonal than other leisure trips, suggesting a strongershoulder season opportunity for coastal destinations.8.6%“Premium accommodation levels”8.5%“Quality local food & dining”7.3%“Healthy food”6.5%“Vibrant local cultural offer”5.7%“Opportunity for authentic local experiences”4.5%“Mind & body class activities”4.4%“Range of ‘soft‘ adventure activities”4.1%“Opportunities to make friends or socialise”3.4%“It is an area with known reputation for wellness”2.9%“Opportunities to develop new skills & interests”2.3%1.7%“Range of sports facilities”“A good range of premium leisure activites”JAN / FEBMAR / APRMAY / JUNJUL / AUGSEP / OCT NOV / DECPRIMARYIMPORTANCESECONDARYIMPORTANCEWHAT ARE WELLNESS TOURISTSLOOKING FOR?The quality of the natural setting is by far the mostimportant consideration for primary wellness tourists.A natural setting of perceived high quality, whethercoastal or not, is considered twice as important as otherfactors in promoting a wellness destination, althoughgiven the choice of a coastal, rural or urban setting fora dedicated wellness break, 59% would instinctivelyprefer a coastal/seaside setting as opposed to 37%preferring a rural/countryside setting and just 4%preferring an urban setting. The biggest opportunitytherefore for developing a wellness proposition lies incoastal destinations with a high quality natural setting.To a slightly lesser extent, good quality spa facilitiesand treatments, premium accommodation and goodquality local food and dining options are also the hygienefactors of a successful wellness proposition.The drivers of consideration vary by life stage. Whereasempty nesters (aged 55 ) in particular are driven bythe natural setting of a destination, as well as theperceived quality of the local food and dining offer (withhealthy eating increasingly important for this age group),pre-family and family groups will look for a wider rangeof attributes. A cultural offer, with authentic localexperiences, is more important for pre-family; the ‘activeoutdoors’, involving ‘soft’ adventure activities such ascycling and walking, is also more important for prefamily and family groups.Activities that also offer opportunities for learning andself-development will be of particular appeal to familygroups (for example aerial based adventure activities– hang-gliding, balloon rides, zip wires) where a senseof achievement enhances wellbeing.7IMPORTANCEVARIES BY LIFESTAGE / GROUPTYPEDrivers of consideration for a wellness break or holiday8

visit and wellbeing tourism29YOUNG /PRE FAMILYFAMILY23EMPTY g ofthe placeQuality spafacilitesQualitylocal food Mind & bodyclassesSoftadventureactivitiesImportance of decision drivers by life stage (%)FLASH IN THE PAN OR FULL STEAM AHEAD?There’s clear evidence that the market is growing – and fast. Currentestimates suggest that demand for wellness breaks and holidayswill outstrip supply in the next 3-5 years, so businesses anddestinations recognising the potential of this lucrative marketsegment first will reap the biggest rewards.It’s worth noting too that by developing and marketing a wellnessproposition, you’re not necessarily alienating mainstream marketsegments. Rather, you’ll be attracting new business from primarywellness visitors, at the same time as enhancing your overall marketappeal. With the emerging societal shift towards wellness, influencedboth by the media and public health policy, consumers will increasinglylook for (and may well pay a premium for) wellness facilities andservices on any type of trip.910

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wellness tourism visit What could it mean for coastal resorts? Globally, the health and wellness market is worth an eye-popping 494 billion ( 314.8 billion). And it’s growing rapidly. However relatively little is known about the size and scope of the market in the UK, particularly in a coastal context. We commissioned new research, surveying a nationally .

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