SpaFinder.com has launched the first dedicated spa-travel booking site to tap into the $48 billion global spa industry on the Web at MySpaVacations.com. The new site makes it faster and easier for travelers and agents to plan ideal spa vacations based on a range of special interests then check live room, flight and rental car availability to book vacation packages in real time.
“The first wave of online travel was strictly about price, but the new wave, of which MySpaVacations.com is a part, is all about helping travelers plan their perfect vacations,” said MySpaVacations.com’s director of online travel, Dan Chandre. “Our goal is to provide the best live spa property inventory for the millions of online travelers who want to include spa in their vacation plans.” Chandre notes that MySpaVacations’ live spa property inventory can also be accessed by major travel portals looking to tap into the booming spa travel niche which isn’t so “niche” anymore.
A recent Travel Industry Association survey found 54 percent of travelers said they’re interested in going to a spa or a place where they can relax and rejuvenate. Travel marketing intelligence firm YBP&R has listed growing interest in spa travel as one of its top 10 trends to watch in 2007.
Live spa property inventory at MySpaVacations.com comprises a range of properties from traditional destination spas, to luxury hotels and resorts that feature spa amenities. Site users can access in-depth property overviews including photos, pricing, features, amenities and spa information, as well as general spa-going tips and information.
Users also can search geographically to find properties in prime spa-going destinations like California, Mexico and the Caribbean. Once a property is selected, users can dynamically book spa vacation packages in real time, including air travel, cuisine and spa treatments.