Hopes that thermal city concept attracts health tourists to Afyonkarahisar

 

Turkey's first thermal city could be built in Afyonkarahisar. It will have medical, supplementary and traditional application centres, physical therapy and rehabilitation centres, thermal pools, gardens, shopping malls and a convention centre.

Treatment will include balneotherapy, mud, leeches, acupuncture, hydrotherapy and ergotherapy. There will also be health care services, spa and wellness services and elderly care services. In the restaurants, the local cuisine and international tastes will be catered for.

It is hoped that the city will attract thousands of tourists a day. As a thermal city it could offer a business opportunity for those offering services to local and foreign tourists and longer stay elders.

Large thermal is a new concept for Turkey. The target will be tourists for health and thermal tourism seeking to experience the thermal water in hygienic and healthy places.

Afyonkarahisar is a city in western Turkey, the capital of Afyon province. Afyon is in mountainous countryside inland from the Aegean coast, and South-west of Ankara.

There is no detail and as yet it is unclear if this is just a fanciful outline project or one with solid investment and government support.

Turkey was once the rising star of medical tourism but has suffered since 2016 with troubles due to terrorism, Syria, human rights, embargos, refugees, and civil disputes. Exact inbound medical tourism numbers are hard to get as there is considerable spin and damage limitation going on.  View the detailed IMTJ country analysis on Turkey.

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