Health and Wellness Tourism

Emergence of a New Market Segment

  • Marta Peris-Ortiz
  • José Álvarez-García

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Ana Ladeiras, António Mota, Mª Carmen Pardo
    Pages 1-20
  3. Fernanda Nogueira, Ana Branca Soeiro de Carvalho
    Pages 33-46
  4. Anna Zollo, Biagio Simonetti, Vincenzo Salsano, Carlos Rueda-Armengot
    Pages 63-76
  5. María de la Cruz del Río Rama, José Álvarez García, María José García Rodríguez, Santiago Gómez Fraiz
    Pages 77-99
  6. José Álvarez García, María de la Cruz del Río Rama, Encarnación González-Vázquez, José María Merigó Lindahl
    Pages 101-115
  7. Marta Peris-Ortiz, María de la Cruz del Río Rama, José Álvarez García
    Pages 117-131
  8. Pablo Saz Peiró, Olga Martínez Moure
    Pages 133-151
  9. Maria Engrácia Leandro, Fernanda Nogueira, Ana Branca Soeiro de Carvalho
    Pages 153-164
  10. André R. T. S. Araujo, Teresa Paiva, Maximiano P. Ribeiro, Paula Coutinho
    Pages 165-180
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 181-183

About this book


This book aims to contribute to the literature and aid in developing a theoretical and practical framework in the area of health and wellness tourism. With contributions and research from different countries using a practical approach, this book is an essential source for students, researchers and managers in the health and wellness tourism industry. 

Recently, there has been an increased interest in health and wellness due to greater life expectancy, aging populations, increasing levels of stress among others. In this context, the concepts of health, wellness, beauty, relaxation, and tourism can be combined to satisfy the needs of people seeking better quality-of-life. This has given rise to health and wellness tourism, a new market segment that contributes to employment and economic growth in the new economy.

Health and wellness tourism involves two aspects: therapeutics, which seeks to cure certain diseases; and relaxation and leisure. As an alternative to traditional tourism, health and wellness tourism provides a new means of achieving regional and local development from a demographic, social, environmental and economic point-of-view. It contributes to tourist destinations’ economic growth, acting as a pillar to support other complementary activities. In short, health and wellness tourism contributes to employment growth and regional wealth, contributes to tourism seasonality, promotes quality in tourism destinations, helps create new tourist services with high value, promotes establishment of international cooperation networks, and yields a number of additional benefits. Featuring a variety of programs and initiatives from different regions, with an emphasis on thermal and thalassotherapy establishments, this volume sheds light on this emerging market segment and its implications for economic and policy development.


Health Tourism Regional Development Thalassotherapy Thermalism Well-being Wellness Tourism

Editors and affiliations

  • Marta Peris-Ortiz
    • 1
  • José Álvarez-García
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Business AdministrationUniversitat Politècnica de ValènciaValenciaSpain
  2. 2.Accounting & Financial Economy DepartmentUniversity of Extremadura Faculty of Business Studies and TourismCáceresSpain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-11489-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-11490-3
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