The global wellness industry grew 10.6% to become a US$3.72 trillion market in 2015 and the global spa market set to top US$104 billion by 2020, according to new research from the Global Wellness Institute (GWI).
According to research from Colliers Experiential Travel Series: Wellness, Spa and Medical Travel 2017, the UAE spa industry is estimated to be valued at AED1.7 billion, accounting for 14% of the MENA spa market, and expected to surpass AED1.85 billion by 2020.
Dubai currently has more than 200 spas in operation, with 25 new hotel spas expected to open this year. Furthermore, the Dubai hotel spa market continues to experience increasing demand according to the Colliers report with a 9% increase in the average number of treatments sold per day in H1 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.
“The global wellness industry has witnessed incredible growth in recent years as more and more people incorporate healthy habits into holidays and corporate travel, with an increasing trend of travelers willing to commit their time and money to wellness proving to be a major driving force when making vacation decisions,” said Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, Arabian Travel Market.
The dedicated Wellness & Spa Lounge returns to this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM). Over 35 exhibitors representing some of the world’s most recognised health and wellness hospitality destinations will attend, reflecting an increase of 40% on last year’s numbers.