Finalists in the 2016 Wellness Travel Awards (WTA), presented by Spafinder Wellness 365™ have been announced. Voted by a global panel of 39 editors and experts, they represent the increasing breadth and sophistication of wellness travel.
Wellness travel to Central America, Africa and Asia is also growing from previous years. Nations with the highest number of finalists are: the US, Indonesia, the UK, Thailand and India. A complete list of finalists can be viewed at WellnessTravelAwards.com.
The winners will be selected based on a combination of expert panelists’ nominations and property scores, along with consumer votes, and the winning properties will be announced on November 9 at World Travel Market London.
The number of properties recognized as finalists by panelists has also grown this year with a 32 percent spike, reflecting the global growth in the number of hotels, resorts, spas and retreats offering upscale and leading spa and wellness experiences.
Finalists were also named in 11 new countries, including Greece, Belize, Guatemala, Uruguay and Peru, and Tasmania, Australia.
Wellness travel, which is a relatively new pursuit, is now considered the fastest-growing tourism sector.
This year, Spafinder Wellness 365 introduced two new categories, “Hidden Gems,” which honors extraordinary properties that may not be widely known, and “Ahead of the Curve,” recognizing hotels, resorts and spas with the most innovative and creative wellness programs. Vote for your favorites here.