3 Indian cities in top 15 wellness destinations list in Asia
"India, which has its own history of health and wellness traditions Ayurveda therapies and Yoga, features three times in the top 15 with Jaipur and New Delhi (placed 12th, 86.11 per cent) and Mumbai (15th, 84.73 per cent)," report by a travel search engine 'Wego' across Asia-Pacific and Middle East, showed.
The report described wellness tourism as travelling to seek improved health and well-being through physical and spiritual activities.
"With the increased popularity in Yoga around the world, India's Ministry of Tourism is currently drafting a policy to promote the exercise in a bid to attract more foreign visitors to experience it in the country from where it originated," Wego Chief Marketing Officer Joachim Holte said.
He said the Global Spa & Wellness Economy Monitor values wellness tourism at USD 3.4 trillion, a number that is expected to continue to grow exponentially each year.
Wellness tourism is no longer a niche industry and has made a solid impact on global tourism overall, he said.
"Some destinations automatically imply relaxation and recharge by their very nature and reputation, so it's no surprise that Bali is at the top of the list scoring 88 per cent of positive hotel reviews for wellness," Holte added.
Bali, which topped the list, has a reputation for perfecting the wellness retreat combining specialised luxury spas, using unique traditional and natural therapies.
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