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Hotel spa recovery hinges on vaccinations, consumer confidence and pent-up demand
07 Apr 2021 . BY Megan Whitby
Freitag believes vaccinations will be crucial for spas’ recovery considering they’re high-contact environments / Shuttertsock/Prostock-studio
It’s been a rough time and we know self-care needs to be top of the agenda
– Jan Freitag
According to Jan Freitag, senior VP at Smith Travel Research (STR), the industry can expect to see a pick-up in the luxury hospitality sector, including hotel spas, in a matter of months.

STR has been tracking the state of US hotels’ revenue per available room (RevPAR) alongside the proportion of the population that’s been vaccinated.

“It’s too early to make statements about more vaccinations and more people travelling because those who are already vaccinated – like the elderly or high-risk population – are less likely to be travelling,” Freitag tells Spa Business.

“However, there will be a relationship here very soon, especially as you get into the second half of the year, because vaccinations will have rolled out and this will give people the confidence to travel.”

Freitag believes vaccinations will be crucial for spas’ recovery considering they’re high-contact environments.

He also says that government approaches to lockdown and virus re-emergence will matter immensely to global hospitality recovery, as regions with stricter controls and more rapid responses have seen a much more promising return to business – for example, in the Asia Pacific region.

He says: “People have used the term ‘K-shaped recovery’ for the US, meaning people at the upper end of the consumer market have saved money over the last year, versus the downside of the K – those who’ve lost their jobs, are less financially stable and will be unlikely to travel.”

Freitag believes the upper end of the market will do well towards the end of Q2 and into Q3 2021.

“Plus, once corporate demand returns in Q4 and into 2022, full-service hotels that traditionally have offered spas should see very healthy demand,” he adds.

Some enthusiastic onlookers have gone as far as saying we’re on the cusp of the second ‘roaring 20s’, with hopes the economy will boom in the wake of the pandemic, as consumers splurge money they’ve saved during lockdowns.

STR reported that as of 20 February 2021 US hotel occupancy had reached 48 per cent and was on an upward trajectory, compared to its lowest point in early April 2020 where occupancy hit 22 per cent.

Freitag anticipates interest in hotel spas could be on the up because of the enhanced global focus on wellbeing.

“It’s been a rough time and we know self-care needs to be top of the agenda,” he says, “this will provide a prime opportunity and drive demand for all spas, because they epitomise what self-care stands for.”

To read the whole interview, head to the latest issue of Spa Business magazine.
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Hotel spa recovery hinges on vaccinations, consumer confidence and pent-up demand
07 Apr 2021 . BY Megan Whitby
Freitag believes vaccinations will be crucial for spas’ recovery considering they’re high-contact environments / Shuttertsock/Prostock-studio
It’s been a rough time and we know self-care needs to be top of the agenda
– Jan Freitag
According to Jan Freitag, senior VP at Smith Travel Research (STR), the industry can expect to see a pick-up in the luxury hospitality sector, including hotel spas, in a matter of months.

STR has been tracking the state of US hotels’ revenue per available room (RevPAR) alongside the proportion of the population that’s been vaccinated.

“It’s too early to make statements about more vaccinations and more people travelling because those who are already vaccinated – like the elderly or high-risk population – are less likely to be travelling,” Freitag tells Spa Business.

“However, there will be a relationship here very soon, especially as you get into the second half of the year, because vaccinations will have rolled out and this will give people the confidence to travel.”

Freitag believes vaccinations will be crucial for spas’ recovery considering they’re high-contact environments.

He also says that government approaches to lockdown and virus re-emergence will matter immensely to global hospitality recovery, as regions with stricter controls and more rapid responses have seen a much more promising return to business – for example, in the Asia Pacific region.

He says: “People have used the term ‘K-shaped recovery’ for the US, meaning people at the upper end of the consumer market have saved money over the last year, versus the downside of the K – those who’ve lost their jobs, are less financially stable and will be unlikely to travel.”

Freitag believes the upper end of the market will do well towards the end of Q2 and into Q3 2021.

“Plus, once corporate demand returns in Q4 and into 2022, full-service hotels that traditionally have offered spas should see very healthy demand,” he adds.

Some enthusiastic onlookers have gone as far as saying we’re on the cusp of the second ‘roaring 20s’, with hopes the economy will boom in the wake of the pandemic, as consumers splurge money they’ve saved during lockdowns.

STR reported that as of 20 February 2021 US hotel occupancy had reached 48 per cent and was on an upward trajectory, compared to its lowest point in early April 2020 where occupancy hit 22 per cent.

Freitag anticipates interest in hotel spas could be on the up because of the enhanced global focus on wellbeing.

“It’s been a rough time and we know self-care needs to be top of the agenda,” he says, “this will provide a prime opportunity and drive demand for all spas, because they epitomise what self-care stands for.”

To read the whole interview, head to the latest issue of Spa Business magazine.
If you would like to get each issue of Spa Business and Spa Business insider magazines sent direct to you for FREE, plus the weekly Spa Business and Spa Business insider ezines, sign up now!
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Elemental Herbology introduces luxury travel and wellbeing kit
Natural skincare and bodycare brand Elemental Herbology has launched a limited-edition beauty and wellbeing kit, featuring a curated selection of its new and best-selling body, haircare and skincare products.
Sommerhuber unveils elegant ceramic lounger that envelopes users in soothing heat
Ceramics manufacturer Sommerhuber has created a new heated lounger finished with a stylish, smooth and organic aesthetic.
ISPA’s 2021 Stronger Together Summit will inform and inspire the global spa industry
From 10-14 May, join ISPA members for the Stronger Together Summit, a one-of-a-kind virtual event for spa and resource partner leaders.
Yon-Ka introduces quartz facial sculpting crystal inspired by TCM meridian therapy
Yon-Ka has launched its first facial tool, made from the quartzite rock green aventurine and inspired by ancient Chinese meridian therapy.
Seed to Skin’s new honey face-mask draws inspiration from Maori healing traditions
Luxury ethnobotanical skincare and spa brand Seed to Skin has unveiled a new face mask containing more than 55 per cent manuka honey – an ingredient traditionally tapped by the New Zealand Maori people for its powerful healing properties.
Sacred Nature by Comfort Zone, dedicated to regenerating skin and planet
April marks the launch of Earth Month, an initiative close to spa skincare specialist Comfort Zone’s heart, due to its deep-rooted commitment to helping regenerate the planet.
Tech-based personalisation is the new luxury, says Frank Pitsikalis
Despite technology being critical to business success, the hospitality industry has always been a reluctant adopter, perceiving technology as a hindrance to offering a personalised experience.
Step into the world of HydraFacial for unparalleled skin health results
So, you’ve heard of HydraFacial, but what is it? One 30-minute treatment, three powerful steps and a guaranteed opportunity to achieve some of the best skin results you’ll ever experience.
Zenoti partners with Sutherland Global to provide 24/7 support to over 12,000 beauty and wellness businesses
Cloud-based spa and salon software supplier Zenoti has partnered with digital transformation services company Sutherland Global, enabling its 12,000 global customers to resolve support needs within minutes.
Cutitronics and ishga partnership ushers in new era of digital skincare in spas
Scottish skincare specialists Cutitronics and ishga have joined forces to introduce new skincare technology into UK spas.
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BC Softwear Product Demonstration Pure Spa Linen & Energy saving SupremeSoft Towels
BC Softwear introduces the new Pure Spa Linen cotton sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases especially designed for luxury spas. The SupremeSoft range offers incredible energy saving over traditional towelling with a cashmere soft feel. Find out more...
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