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Over 550,000 tourists visit Turkey for health-oriented services in 2018

Over 550,000 tourists visit Turkey for health-oriented services in 2018

Over 550,000 tourists visit Turkey for health-oriented services in 2018

Turkey, which has recently made significant investments in health tourism, especially in city hospitals and thermal facilities, has become a focus of foreign tourists who want to benefit from these services. Around 551,748 tourists visited Turkey for health-oriented services last year, an increase of 27.3 percent compared to the previous year, according to Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) data.

On the other hand, the number of people who visited Turkey for the same purpose in the last 10 years was recorded as totaling 3.2 million, with the impact of investments in health-oriented infrastructure and facilities.

Ankara Health Tourism Association (ASTUD) Chairman Fatih Somuncu told Anadolu Agency (AA) that Turkey is visited by citizens from different nations for the treatment of almost every health problem. Somuncu added that the country is mostly preferred for surgeries and operations related to eye diseases, oncology, orthopedics, aesthetics and hair transplantation.

All kinds of tourism activities that offer health benefits are considered health tourism, which covers a wide field of categories such as medical tourism (such as treatment and surgery in hospitals), thermal tourism (services such as rehabilitation and rest in thermal facilities), elderly and disabled tourism (long-term stays with social activities in the geriatric treatment center or plateaus). While Turkey has developed its investment portfolio within the framework of these categories, the interest of tourists who seek treatment in areas such as oncology, orthopedics and aesthetics in the past few years has been reflected in official figures.

Over 550,000 tourists visit Turkey for health-oriented services in 2018

Looking at the details of the aforementioned data, the number of medical tourists entering Turkey during the 2009-2018 period increased, except for in 2010 and 2015.

In this scope Turkey hosted 201,222 people in 2009, 163,252 people in 2010, 187,363 people in 2011, 216,229 people in 2012, 267,461 people in 2013, 414,658 people in 2014, 360,180 people in 2015, 377,384 people in 2016, 433,292 people in 2017 and 551,748 people in 2018.

 

 

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