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The global wellness industry grew 10.6 percent becoming a USD3.72 trillion market during 2015, with the spa market a key driver according to new research from the Global Wellness Institute.

The research mirrored the growth in the MENA region of the tourism-related industry with the UAE at the forefront of growth.

The growing sector will be showcased once again at this year's Arabian Travel Market (ATM) as the dedicated Wellness & Spa Lounge returns for this year.

Over 35 exhibitors representing some of the world's most recognised health and wellness hospitality destinations will attend, showing an increase of 40 percent on 2016 numbers.

"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, ATM.