New Delhi: Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first Health and Wellness Centre to mark the launch of the union government’s ambitious health assurance programme — Ayushman Bharat. The government aims to set up 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres by 2022. These centres will leverage on comprehensive primary healthcare through preventive and curative care.
“The wellness industry is rapidly growing in India and as well as all over the globe. This sector is not limited to elite people or luxury brands. There is tremendous scope. Ayurveda and yoga can become leading providers of this sector. Ministry of AYUSH is closely working with the ministry of commerce, tourism and MSME to capitalise on this opportunity,” says Dr Rajesh Kotecha, secretary of AYUSH ministry. Union minister of state for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik foresees a three-fold increase in the market size of ayurvedic products, from $2.5 billion to $8 billion by 2022.
The Indian wellness tourism sector is expanding at 22 per cent a year according to the Global Spa & Wellness Summit report. India ranked 12 among wellness tourism nations.