It was about five and one-half years ago that “Stay Well” rooms first emerged in our industry at the MGM Grand. These rooms, created by Delos Living, LLC, include features designed to enhance overall health. From advanced air purification to dawn simulation, circadian rhythm lighting and a healthy mattress, the wellness features are specifically designed to allow rejuvenating sleep, deliver purified air, provide specially filtered water and protect guests against allergens and germs. Other hotel properties have since adopted Stay Well rooms, including some Marriotts but the rooms may have gotten their biggest boost yet at the recent Wyndham Hotel Group’s 2018 Global Conference.
According to reporting by Hotel Management, Wyndham Hotels is making the Stay Well rooms part of its brand standards. In fact, a minimum of 10 percent of each hotel’s room inventory will be converted to these rooms. I reached out to Wyndham about the rooms and they told me an official press announcement is coming soon. Wyndham is one of many brands trying to take advantage of the ballooning wellness movement.
According to the Global Wellness Institute, a nonprofit organization for the wellness industry, the total expenditure from both international inbound and domestic tourists defined as primary and secondary wellness tourists was $563 billion in 2015, up from $489 billion in 2013. This figure is expected to grow by another 43 percent to $808 billion between 2015 and 2020.