ISPA Releases Key U.S. Spa Statistics, MASSAGE MagazineLexington, KY. Key statistics released from the International SPA Association’s (ISPA) 2013 U.S. Spa Industry Study show signs of positive growth for the spa industry. The study, conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, found total revenue, spa visits, revenue per visit, total number of employees and total number of spa locations all experienced an increase over the previous year.

ISPA President Lynne McNees said, “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 prerecession peak and even more encouraging to see total spa industry revenue reach a record high $14 billion.”

The upward momentum of the spa industry has positively impacted the overall 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 dollars 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. 

ISPA’s definition of spa: Spas are places devoted to overall well-being through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit.

About the International SPA Association

ISPA is recognized worldwide as the leading professional organization and voice of the spa industry. Founded in 1991, ISPA advances the spa industry by providing invaluable educational and networking opportunities, promoting the value of the spa experience and speaking as the authoritative voice to foster professionalism and growth. More details on ISPA are available on experienceispa.com.

About PricewaterhouseCoopers

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