Jul 5, 2014, 12:03 PM
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Iran to host ECO health tourism seminar

Tehran, July 5, IRNA - Iran will hold the First International ECO Health Tourism Seminar states in the northern province of Mazandaran during August 18-20.

Representatives of 10 ECO member states, namely Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, will attend the three-day event.

Ahmad Asghari, the deputy head of Iranian committee of ECO Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told Iran Daily that the seminar will be held with the participation of 60 foreign guests, including ECO’s heads of state, foreign ministers or their deputies, deputy health ministers and tourism representatives of the member-states.

“The inauguration ceremony will be held in Ramsar, while Amol will host specialized gatherings, training panels and a specialized exhibition,” he said.

Asghari said the guests will visit tourist attractions and medical centers of Mazandaran province.

He noted that promotion of tourism, ecotourism and health tourism is the main goal of the gathering.

Objectives and Topics

The seminar seeks to boost tourism ties, particularly in the health tourism sector, among the ECO member states.

Asghari said diversity of products and services of health tourism is on the agenda of the seminar, which will also discuss alternatives for improving the quality of health tourism services, ECO regional conditions, health and treatment services, nature therapy and tourism infrastructures.

“The role of bioclimate, vegetation, coast and sea and health townships will be discussed,” he said.

“Promotion of health tourism economy, information technology and health tourism, communications with customers and health tourism market are the other axes of the seminar.”

On the importance of tourism in the global economy, Asghari said tourism industry, with an outlay of $1,100 billion, is considered the third biggest global industry.

The official noted that health tourism accounts for 10 percent of world tourism revenues.

The US, Germany, Britain, Lebanon, UAE, Malaysia and India have the lion’s share of health tourism.

Asghari said Iran, with its experienced specialists and subspecialists, modern hospitals and advanced medical equipments, has one of the strongest potentials among regional nations.

“Iran can become an important health tourism destination in Asia and the region,” he said.

“As one of the emerging and growing provinces in scientific, treatment, industrial and mineral fields as well as unique tourism and ecotourism attractions, Mazandaran can gain a higher share of health tourism.”


Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization provides travel agencies active in the health tourism sector with special facilities such as a pavilion in overseas fairs.

The organization has also designated the following provinces for health tourism in cooperation with Health Ministry:

– Tehran province for treating tuberculosis and lung disorders

– Khorasan Razavi for ophthalmology, skin care, heart surgery and orthopedics

– Fars for liver, kidney and marrow transplants

– Yazd for treating infertility

– Qom for its sun and desert potential.

– Hamedan, Ilam and Zanjan as centers of herbal medicine.

Medical treatment in Iran is safer, more knowledge-based and inexpensive. Until eight years ago, many Iranians travelled abroad to receive medical treatment, while now the country is treating health tourists.

Iran has taken great strides in science and technology, particularly in medical and medicinal fields, in recent years.