Middle East spa industry continues growth surge
The spa market in the Middle East and Africa is valued at US $3 billion this year, and is set to grow by more than 20 per cent through to 2019 according to new research.
The leisure market report by Euromonitor International – prepared ahead of The Leisure Show 2016 and Piscine Middle East 2016 – also showed that the UAE leads the way, with a share of more 14 per cent of the market at a value of AED 1.59 billion (US $435 million).
Euromonitor has also forecast that the Middle East and Africa spa market will grow by 21.6 per cent from 2015 until 2019.
Rabia Yasmeen, research analyst at Euromonitor International, said: “Hotel and resort spas are most common in this region. UAE hotels report 60 per cent of total spa visitors are residents who are not otherwise staying on the property.”
Yasmeen said hotels are now leasing spaces for more spa related services as the demand increases.
“Compared to the US and Asia, current spa market leaders around the world, spas in the Middle East in particular are associated with more luxurious and therapeutic experiences,” he added.
“The trend towards health and wellness and medical tourism in this region is expanding. Health focused tourists usually spend more than 130 per cent as compared to regular traveller as they seek such experiences as part of leisure activities.
“There is now greater demand for experiences ranged over two to seven nights, health and wellness programmes, meditation, cosmetic treatments, and thematic environments similar to the Asian market.”
The Global Wellness Institute has previously identified Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa as the fastest growing spa markets in the world.