Turkish Healthcare Travel Council Founding Chairman
Dear Sector Representatives,
On the Anatolian land having healing waters and springs for centuries, Sivas Kangal Baliklı Thermal Resort has become a health center that has been utilized by the past generations with its healing powers and has been known as a treatment region in which kings and queens have healed in the history.
Sivas has hosted many civilizations starting from the Neolithic Age to thousands of years. It was the most important commercial and residential center of Anatolia in Roman, Seljuk and Ottoman periods. Sivas known as the city of minstrels and poets, which also became capital and witnessed wars, invasions, National struggle, welcomes you with its monuments of different civilizations at every step you take.
Beginning from the times of Byzantine, Roman, Seljuk and Ottoman empires to the recent day, Sivas, with its Fish Doctors that treat psoriasis eczema diseases used by hundred thousands of local and foreign tourists coming to the region, also continues to provide health services to the future generations with new investments of health centers and thermal facilities by the help of its healing waters.
Despite the fact that our country is in third rank all over the world and first rank in Europe, thermal cure centers and cities are just newly formed. Sivas is a candidate to become a new thermal and cure city of our country with the investments made in its hot cermic region.
As Turkish Healthcare Travel Council we have been making intensive efforts to improve medical and thermal tourism in our country for 13 years. Our studies have become more intensified and accelerated especially with the support of Health Tourism incentives of Turkish Republic Ministry of Trade in 2012. We promote and continue to promote our country on the top levels with the support of our Ministry of Economy.
We have settled on the 3rd rank between 57 countries in the world providing services of health tourism with the support of our Ministry of Trade and Tourism within a short period of time. We treat more than 750,000 patients from 144 countries every year in our Health and Thermal centers.
We aim to reach 2 million health tourists and 20 billion dollars into our national economy in the 100th anniversary of our Republic. We need to develop Sivas region as a pilot Thermal Cure City and develop 20 cities like Karahayıt in our country in order to reach to this goal. It is obvious that Karahayit-Pamukkale region has an important contribution in reaching to these targets.
In order to promote, this developing Sivas Cure City model at its actual region, we will hold our’’3rd International Thermal Health Tourism Congress’’ with the participation of 250 purchasing delegations from 52 countries and local participants and approximately 500 professional delegates between the dates 26-30 September 2018 in Sivas , supported and patronized by of our Governor Mr. Davut Gül.
We invite all of our stakeholders and sector representatives to this important congress and look forward to their supports and participations.
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