The Routledge Handbook of Health Tourism


Health and medical tourism experts; László Puczkó and Melanie Smith, have published The Routledge Handbook of Health Tourism. This 458-page handbook provides a comprehensive and cutting edge overview of the philosophical, conceptual and managerial problems that providers in the health tourism sector face, with contributions from over 30 expert academics and practitioners from around the world.

The book explores and analyses the terms that are frequently used when defining health tourism, such as wellbeing, wellness, holistic, medical and spiritual.

An overview is provided of health tourism facilities such as thermal waters, spas, retreats and wellness hotels and the various challenges that come with managing these profitably and sustainably.

Typologies are given not only of subsectors of health tourism and related activities but also of destinations, such as natural landscapes, historic townscapes or individual resources and attractions around which whole infrastructures have been developed.

Attention is paid to some of the lifestyle changes that are taking place in societies which influence consumer behaviour, motivations and demand for health tourism, including government policies, regulations and ethical considerations.

This book offers a comprehensive synthesis, conveying the latest thinking and research. The text is internationally focussed and is an invaluable resource for those with an interest in health tourism.

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Publishing details

  • Authors: Melanie Kay Smith and László Puczkó
  • Publisher: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
  • Country: UK


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Hungary wellness tourism (part one)

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International Wellness & Spa Tourism Monitor 2015

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An in depth study into the motives of customers’ travels for wellness and spa services.

Names and numbers: Taxonomy and definition for the sector

Resources, 15 April, 2015

László Puczkó: IMTJ Summit 2015

Health, Tourism and Hospitality: Spas, Wellness and Medical Travel

Resources, 10 December, 2013

Melanie Smith, Laszlo Puczko : Routledge



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