U.S. spa industry back to pre-recession levels

The Umstead Hotel and Spa

BUSINESS AT U. S. SPAS REBOUNDED to pre-recession levels, according to an industry study by PricewaterhouseCoopers, commissioned by the International SPAS Association (ISPA).

The study showed signs of positive growth for the industry with total revenue, spa visits, revenue per visit, total number of employees and the total number of spa locations all experiencing an increase over the previous year. The study covered the period May 2012 to May 2013.

This year’s annual U.S. study paints a very positive picture for the spa industry and reflects what we are hearing from our members. It is encouraging to see the total number of spa visits back at its pre-recession peak and even more encouraging to see total spa industry revenue reach a record high $14 billion,” says ISPA President Lynne McNees.

The upward momentum of the spa industry has positively impacted the over-all U.S. economy. In addition to generating $14 billion in revenue in 2012, the industry employs more than 343,000 individuals in the U.S. The total number of spa visits increased to 160 million and the average guest spent $87 per visit.

“The key message from this year’s annual spa industry study, as reported by a wide range of spas in the US, is the return to growth,” said Colin McIlheney, PricewaterhouseCoopers global research director.

“All the key indicators such as number of visitors and total revenues are showing an uptick and sentiment is also positive looking ahead to the coming months.”
The full 2013 U.S. Spa Industry Study will be released later this year.

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