Industry Facts

  • The spa tourism concept continues to grow and evolve in Canada. There are numerous options for spa goers these days with the recent proliferation of spas over the last decade. In just ten years, from 1996 to 2006, the spa industry experienced cumulative growth of 329%, which resulted in the Canadian spa industry surpassing the billion-dollar
    revenue mark in 2005.
  • Research suggests that spa tourism has not even come close to reaching its full potential in Canada (Source: Canadian Tourism Commission (“CTC”) 2006 Canadian Spa Sector Profile). The CTC study indicates that tourism is a key component to the spa industry, as tourists represent 29% of total spa visits and 25% of spa revenues in Canada. Most new and prospective resorts in Canada are opening with spa components combined with meditation and yoga rooms as additional amenities to create differentiation.
  • The U.S. spa industry chips in with around 13 billion U.S. dollars in annual revenue. Around 156 million total visits to the almost 20,000 spa locations in the U.S. were counted in 2011. According to Scarborough Research more than 16 million people used services at a day spa within the last twelve months. Reasons given by consumers for visiting a spa are for example relaxation/stress management, hair/nail/waxing maintenance, the improvement of appearance and skin care. Almost 40 thousand people were employed by the industry, including full-time, part-time and contract employment.
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Industry Statistics :

  • The number of spa locations grew from 4,140 locations in 1999 to 20,600 locations in 2009.
  • The number of spa visits grew from 90.7 million in 1999 to 143 million in 2009.
  • The number of spa locations grew from 4,140 locations in 1999 to 20,600 locations in 2009.
  • The number of spa visits grew from 90.7 million in 1999 to 143 million in 2009.
  • The amount of spa revenue grew from $5 billion in 1999 to $12.3 billion in 2009.
  • The number of spa industry employees grew from 151,000 in 1999 to 340,000 in 2009.
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