Coun­try pre­par­ing new strat­egy for de­vel­op­ment of health tourism

Azer News - - Front Page - By Naila Huseynli

Re­cently, trav­el­ing for health and well­ness be­came one of the most im­por­tant tourist pat­terns of eco­nomic re­turns gen­er­ated by the tourism in­dus­try, tourist des­ti­na­tions and the health sec­tor. The num­ber of tourists com­ing for med­i­cal treat­ment has in­creased in the last ten years, which it shows the great po­ten­tial for fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of recre­ational tourism in Azer­bai­jan.

In this re­gard, a new strat­egy for the de­vel­op­ment of health tourism in Azer­bai­jan may be adopted by the end of 2018.

“The strat­egy is al­most ready and must be sub­mit­ted to the Azer­bai­jani par­lia­ment in the near fu­ture,” Rus­lan Guliyev, chair­man of the As­so­ci­a­tion for Sup­port of Med­i­cal and Ther­mal Tourism of Azer­bai­jan, pres­i­dent of the World Health Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion told Trend.

The rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the as­so­ci­a­tion noted that at the be­gin­ning of the year it was planned to adopt the "Ac­tion Plan for the De­vel­op­ment of Health Tourism", de­signed for 2018-2020, but this process is de­layed due to re­forms in the min­istry and the es­tab­lish­ment of new State Tourism Agency.

"In gen­eral, the cre­ation of the Ac­tion Plan re­mains a pri­or­ity, most likely, it will be ap­proved after the de­vel­op­ment strat­egy is adopted," Guliyev said.

Azer­bai­jan took over a chair­man­ship in the World Health Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion from the UAE in 2018.

"Azer­bai­jan’s chair­man­ship in the World Health Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion will fur­ther de­velop tourism in the coun­try," he added.

Azer­bai­jan has been a mem­ber of this in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion since 2014, in which 60 coun­tries are rep­re­sented, in­clud­ing Rus­sia, UK, Ger­many, Tur­key and In­dia.

The health tourism in Azer­bai­jan has been no­tice­ably im­proved after the adop­tion of the state pro­gram on de­vel­op­ment of re­sorts in 20092018. To boost the sec­tor, there was es­tab­lished the As­so­ci­a­tion to sup­port the health and ther­mal tourism in Azer­bai­jan, as well as mod­ern med­i­cal and health cen­ters were opened in Baku, Naf­ta­lan, Nakhchivan and other re­gions of the coun­try.

The fresh moun­tain air, pure wa­ter, or­ganic fruits of the Azer­bai­jani re­gions and beach recre­ation on the Caspian Sea Shore have al­ready known among many tourists. It would suf­fice to men­tion the world fa­mous Istisu, Galaalti, Naf­ta­lan, Duzdag recre­ational re­sorts.

Azer­bai­jan is rich with hot and min­eral springs, ther­mal sul­phur-hy­dro­gen wa­ter sources and all types of mud vol­ca­noes that are used for med­i­cal pur­poses. There are around 300 mud vol­ca­noes ex­ist­ing in Azer­bai­jan. The mud is used for treat­ment of radi­culi­tis, skin, car­dio­vas­cu­lar, gy­ne­co­log­i­cal, uro­log­i­cal dis­eases, and gas­troin­testi­nal dis­tur­bances. It is also widely used in the cos­me­tol­ogy. An­other ex­cep­tional med­i­cal prod­uct of Azer­bai­jan is its well-known heal­ing “Naf­ta­lan” oil which is con­sid­ered a treat­ment for many dis­eases. Naf­ta­lan, the place of ori­gin of this crude oil, is a fa­mous bal­neother­a­peu­tic health re­sort well-known for its oil baths.

More­over, Azer­bai­jan is also known for its salt mines used for asthma ther­apy. The most pop­u­lar one is called “Duzdagh Cave” (salty moun­tain cave) lo­cated in Nakhchivan. There are over-and un­der­ground treat­ment premises lo­cated 300 me­ters be­low sea level. The Cave is rich with sodium chlo­ride ions which are use­ful for treat­ment of bronchial asthma, hay fever, bron­chi­tis, rhini­tis and other res­pi­ra­tory or­gans dis­eases.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Azerbaijan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.