Romania should develop health tourism

“Approximately one million persons go to Romanian spas every year, approximately 100,000 of them being foreigners. There are several traditional markets they come from, Israel, Germany and Italy,” Nicu Radulescu, president of the Organization of Spa Owners in Romania (OPTBR), stated during a conference. He pointed out that most foreigners go to Covasna and Herculane for heart problems and the treatment of rheumatism and to Felix for wellness and spa. “Compared to our renowned tourism offer, the geriatric one, we have a regress from this point of view. Prior to 1989 over 300,000 foreign tourists were coming to our spas each year,” Radulescu stated, being quoted by Mediafax.The drop is explained by the drop of advertising and the degradation of some products such as the geriatric one, which started to recover only in recent years. According to Radulescu, a foreigner coming to treatment in Romania spends on average approximately EUR 800, including on lodging and meals, which means that Romania wins approximately EUR 80 M per year. “We still have a low treatment average because its share in the services stands at 10-15 per cent. This has to be improved so we can sell it at a higher price,” Radulescu stated.According to Health Minister Vasile Cepoi, foreigners come to Romania for dental treatment, plastic and heart surgeries. Regional Development and Tourism Minister Eduard Hellvig, present at the conference, stated that the ministry he leads will promote health tourism, being of the opinion that it has potential.

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