The 10th Travel Turkey Tourism Fair and Congress, a leading tourism show held annually in Izmir, will be held from Dec. 8-11 with a special focus on health tourism.

Professionals and representatives from major institutions including state and university hospitals, health tourism agencies, thermal spa hotels and wellness centres will participate in the event, which will also include a training program designed for travel agencies to become licensed in health tourism.  Training courses will be offered by the educational head of the World Health Tourism Council Constantin Costantinidis on Dec. 8.

Health tourism has become a thriving sector in Turkey. Last year in 2015, 750,000 tourists travelled to Turkey for health-related services, with Lasik eye surgery and hair transplants being the most common procedures tourists have undergone. Each year, roughly 100,000 people travel to Turkey to receive hair transplants; the majority of whom are from Arab countries.

In its last edition in 2015, Travel Turkey Izmir hosted 1,008 exhibitors from 31 countries and was attended by more than 34,000 tourism professionals from more than 60 countries.

Source:  Daily Sabah

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