TripAdvisor, the travel planning and booking site, recently released a list of the top wellness travel destinations in the U.S. according to its website, along with top rated spa hotels, wellness experiences, and healthy restaurants for each destination.
As we know, wellness tourism is on the rise as increasing numbers of people are seeking out places around the globe to visit and discover where they can also nurture their health and spirituality.
“According to the Global Wellness Institute, international and domestic wellness tourism accounted for $563 billion in 2015, up 14 percent from 2013, and is expected to grow to $808 billion by 2020. The trend continues, with 25 percent of travelers saying they plan to take a wellness trip in the next 12 months, according to a recent poll of TripAdvisor’s global Facebook community.”
According to a media release, Brooke Ferencsik, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor said: “For travelers looking to improve their spiritual or physical health, or just an escape for digital detox, these destinations offer a wide variety of peaceful accommodations and experiences to revitalize the soul.”
To find the top wellness destinations, TripAdvisor identified locations seeing the greatest amount of related search terms such as “wellness,” “spiritual” or “yoga retreat.” Chosen spa hotels and wellness experiences were all highly rated on TripAdvisor with availability to book this summer.
According to its own research, TripAdvisor plays a very big role in influencing consumer decisions. And anecdotal evidence bears this out. Spas and other wellness businesses should be aware of the impact of their online reputations, and manage them accordingly.
These are the “Top 10 Wellness Destinations in the U.S.” according to TripAdvisor, along with their recommended spa hotel, wellness experience, and healthy restaurant in the area.
1. Sedona, Arizona
2. Hawley, Pennsylvania
3. Ojai, California
4. Amelia Island, Florida
5. Calistoga, California
6. Lenox, Massachusetts
7. Palm Springs, California
8. Park City, Utah
9. Stowe, Vermont
10. Wailea, Hawaii
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