The Global Wellness Institute values the wellness economy at $ 4.5 trillion

Updated: Apr 2

In October 2018, the Global Wellness Institute released the GWI Global Wellness Economy Monitor. According to the Report, the global wellness economy reached a value of $ 4.5 trillion in 2018.

Miami, United States: 1 December 2020


The Global Wellness Institute, a non-profit organisation, is offers research and educational services for the global wellness industry. It defines wellness as the active pursuit of activities, choices, and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health.


According to the Global Wellness Institute’s (GWI) report:

  • Wellness expenditures reached $ 4.5 trillion and that was more than half as large as total global health expenditures $ 7.8 trillion. (based on WHO data).

  • The industry grew by 6.4 % annually from 2015–2017, from a $ 3.7 trillion to a $ 4.2 trillion market, nearly twice as fast as global economic growth (3.6 percent annually, based on IMF data).

  • The wellness industry represented 5.3 % of global economic output.

  • Among the 10 wellness markets analyzed, revenue growth leaders from 2015–2017 were the spa industry (9.8%), wellness tourism (6.5%) and wellness real estate (6.4%).

Source: GWI Global Wellness Economy Monitor


The Global Wellness Institute includes ten sectors in the global wellness economy, with a cumulative output of $ 4.2 trillion in 2018, representing 5.3% of global economic output.


By comparison, global health expenditures were estimated at $7.3 trillion in 2015. From 2015-2017, the wellness economy grew from $ 3.7 trillion to $ 4.2 trillion, or by 6.4% annually, a growth rate nearly twice as fast as global economic growth.

Source: GWI Global Wellness Economy Monitor

The value of each key sector is the following:

  • Personal Care, Beauty and Anti-Aging: $ 1,083 billion

  • Healthy Eating, Nutrition and Weight Loss: $ 702 billion

  • Wellness Tourism: $ 639 billion

  • Fitness and Mind-Body: $ 595 billion

  • Preventative and Personalised Medicine and Public Health: $ 575 billion

  • Traditional and Complementary Medicine: $ 360 billion

  • Wellness Lifestyle Real Estate: $ 134 billion

  • Spa Economy: $ 119 billion

  • Thermal/Mineral Springs: $ 56 billion

  • Workplace Wellness: $ 48 billion

To find more information on the report, please visit Global Wellness Institute Website

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