Turkey’s rise as a prominent player in health tourism continues with the announcement of several new thermal tourism destinations.
According to the Turkish Healthcare Travel Council Foundation, 20 cities have been earmarked for transformation into ‘thermal cities’ within the next 5 years. All will feature rehabilitation centres, living areas and natural healing waters and hot springs.
The foundation’s President, Emin Çakmak, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that Turkey has an abundance of thermal water resources, whose healing powers have been recognised for centuries. He added that, over the last 15 years, a number of specialist hospitals had become an integral part of the health tourism sector.
“The highest number of visitors come from the Middle Eastern countries, followed by visitors from Europe, the Turkic Republics and Russia. Of those designated 20 ‘thermal cities’, the first 10 have already been determined – these are Denizli, Afyon, Sivas, Balıkesir, Niğde, Uşak, Kütahya, Nevşehir, Ankara and Yalova. Two of these – Denizli and Afyon – have already been established, with Sivas soon to follow.’’