TEHRAN – An expert meeting in Van, Turkey on Saturday discussed collaborations and exchange of studies and experiences related to health tourism between Van and the Iranian city of Maragheh in the eastern province of Azerbaijan.
Experts affiliated with the Department of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts of Maragheh and their colleagues from Van Yüzüncü Yıl University discussed ways to strengthen cooperation in health tourism in the two cities, the two cities said on Sunday. provincial tourism official Yaghub Talebi, CHTN reported.
“Both sides have good experiences in the development of health tourism, and by exchanging them, we can accelerate the development of this area,” said the official.
The beneficial mineral water and spas and the pleasant climate make Maragheh a considerable destination for the development of health tourism, he noted.
Van University’s studies in the field of medical and health tourism can make a valuable contribution to promoting Maragheh’s attractions, he said.
Historically speaking, Maragheh and Van have long lived in the same geographic area under the Kingdom of Urartu, which has fostered the development of relations between northwestern Iran and eastern Turkey over the centuries, he added.
The developing health tourism industry is one of the most important areas of Iran’s travel industry, which is trying to prove its capabilities and capabilities in attracting medical and health tourists to the country.
Many domestic experts believe that medical tourism in Iran is a win-win opportunity for both the country and foreign patients, as they are offered affordable but quality treatment services and the country earns considerable foreign exchange.
Iran is one of the main health tourism destinations in the region, and patients of 55 different nationalities, mainly from neighboring countries including Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman , Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan are seeking to use Iran’s services and facilities in this area. Iran’s two most popular medical tourist cities are Tehran and Mashhad, but the coronavirus outbreak has drastically reduced the number of travelers.
Iranian hospitals admitted nearly 70,000 foreign patients in the Iranian calendar year 1397 (March 2018 – March 2019) and made an economic contribution of around $ 1.2 billion to the country, according to the tourism department. medical from the Ministry of Health.
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