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Spa Industry in U.K. Sees Growth

Posted: June 25, 2008

Since the beginning of April 2007, there has been a 6% increase in the number of spas—defined as a business that offers professionally supervised treatments, to enhance health, well-being and relaxation and has a minimum of five treatment rooms—operating in the United Kingdom, according to the newly published 2008 State of the UK Spa Industry Report. This report into spa sector growth, undertaken for SPATEC by The Leisure Database Company in March 2008, has revealed strong growth in the sector.

Twenty-four new spas have opened in the last 12 months since the inaugural State of the U.K. Spa Industry Report was launched at SPATEC 2007. These new spas are located throughout the United Kingdom and have provided an extra 173 treatment rooms to UK consumers for their spa experiences.

The majority of new spas that have opened are from chain operators in the hotel sector, although salon and day spa sectors have also seen some new spas opening. The trend in new openings has been towards chain spas rather than single site or franchise operations.

David Minton, director of The Leisure Database Company, says, “The spa sector is growing steadily and the hotel operators are recognizing the opportunities to be gained from investing now. We believe, however, that there is plenty more consumer demand for spas at all the price points and expect to see further sustained growth in this sector.”

In addition, the report has identified nine spas that have closed since the end of March 2007. The closures are spread across chains, franchises and single sites and are not restricted to small spas.