One of the key objectives of The Tourism Observatory for Health, Wellness and Spa is to improve the understanding of the ways in which travel and tourism can improve health, wellness, wellbeing and quality of life. The global health tourism industry is very fragmented and does not even have a common vocabulary. We developed an analytical framework, the Global Health Tourism Services Grid with which we hope we could contribute to a better understanding and could facilitate further developments.

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Global Health Tourism Services Grid Medical (surgical) Occupational Wellness Thalassotherapy Therapeutic Recreation Spiritual and Holistic Tourism New Age Leisure and recreation Wellpitals/Medhotels Health Villages Dentistry Cosmetic Surgery Medical (diagnostic) Rehabilitation & Recuperation Medical (non-invasive) Tourism Medical / Structured Wellness Pampering Sport & Fitness Beauty treatments Yoga & meditation Hospitals & Clinics Speciality outpatient facilities MediSpas Club & Day Spas Destination Spas Ashrams & Retreats Meditation Centres Thermal Treatment Centres Longevity Centres Leisure centres Medical/Health Cities