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15 December 2021
Wellness Tourism & Destination Spas and Retreats: An Emerging Facet
Over the last decade, the world has experienced far-reaching changes in societal attitudes, and behaviour towards wellness tourism. According to Global Industry Analytics (2020), amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Wellness Tourism was estimated at US$735.8 Billion in the year 2020 and projected to reach a revised size of US$1.2 Trillion by 2027 thus growing at a rate of 6.6% over the period 2020-2027. More and more tourists are willing to seek out wellness for improving their health and quality of life. Their motivation is to improve health and well-being through physical, psychological, or spiritual activities. Numerous researchers have investigated health and wellness tourism (see for example Traskevich, A., & Fontanari, M., 2018; Koskinen, V., 2019; Kessler, D., Lee, J. H., & Whittingham, N., 2020) focusing on gaining a deeper understanding of wellness tourism products and practices, tourist typologies and motivations.
Destination spas and retreats are centres with the aim of providing a combination of practices and wide-ranging treatments that aim to bring balance between mind, body and soul (Buxton, 2018, Dillette, et al, 2020; Huang & Xu, 2018). Considering the given projections regarding wellness tourism, the aim of this special issue is to present current insights into the fields of wellness tourism and longevity retreats and discuss their substantial connections at the background of multifaceted cultural and social changes.
During the last five years in particular, people have dramatically turned towards wellness and it’s hard to grasp the speed of its growth and evolution (Global Wellness Institute, 2018). Also, with so many people across the globe spending time at home during the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be an even more momentous shift towards wellness tourism. Tourism providers have accordingly grabbed this opportunity and presented attractive wellness packages in specialized destinations and retreats. This Special Issue sets out to examine the relationship between tourism and the fields of wellness, particularly as they occur within destination spas and retreats.
The proposed special issue on the theme “Wellness Tourism & Destination Spas and Retreats: An Emerging Facet” aims to stimulate the exchange of ideas and discussions related to the proposed topics and beyond. Innovative empirical, theoretical, quantitative, and qualitative or review articles focused on the topics of wellness, health retreats, and tourism in this rapidly altering world will be considered to be published. Inter-disciplinary research is also highly encouraged. By addressing these topics, the special Issue pursues to expand the prevailing knowledge and challenge the leading views in order to enrich our understandings of future of tourist practices. It targets research concerning the following topics, but not limited to:
- Wellness and Health: Dimensions and Transformations.
- The Rise of Wellness Tourism: In search of impactful transformation.
- Detox Retreats: Demand and Guest Profiles.
- Shifting lifestyle trends influencing customer demand and motivation.
- Fitness Boot camps: New Approaches for Physical Training.
- Service strategy and experience creation in wellness tourism.
- Lifestyle workshops on health and nutrition.
- Therapeutic effects of Yoga to increase quality of life.
- Meditation and circuit training to improve health and general fitness.
- Anti-ageing and Longevity Retreats: Therapies and Treatments
- Spas and the Global Wellness Market.
- Linkages amongst Nature and Wellness.
- Travel for Immunity: Rejuvenation & Revival.
- Wellness progressions in developing countries.
Dr. Sandeep Walia, Associate Professor & Head of Department, School of Hotel Management & Tourism, Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar, India ([email protected] )
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Authors willing to contribute to this special issue can contact the guest editor regarding topics of interest or any questions/suggestions regarding the special issue. An extended abstract up to750 words should be e-mailed as a MS word attachment file to [email protected] ; Full instructions for authors for the International Journal of Spa and Wellness the can be found at: - https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?show=instructions&journalCode=rspa20
The submission of full papers to the journal will be done on the online platform at the Special Issue Theme: Wellness Tourism & Destination Spas and Retreats: An Emerging Facet.
Proposed Submission Timelines for the Special Issue
- Abstract Submission: July 30, 2021
- Feedback on the Abstracts by the editors: August 30, 2021
- Full Paper Submission: 15 December 2021
- Initial Review Report: 28 February 2022
- Revisions Due: 15 April, 2022
- Second round of revisions (if applicable): 30 May 2022
- Final Decision by Guest Editor and Editor-in-Chief: 30 July, 2022
- Publication Date: End 2022/ Early 2023
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