July 23: Turkey’s booming
medical value tourism industry has catered to 640,000 overseas people, 400,000
of them Europeans, offering a wide range of treatments. With this Turkey is
becoming a major player in medical value tourism and its revenues touched US$ 1
billion last year as per official estimates. Its major attractions are plastic
surgery, hair transplant and IVF.
unrecorded cases are also included the revenue would go up to $2.5 billion to
$3 billion, Cihat Alagöz, chair of the Trade Fairs Industry Council of the
Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), was quoted in the
media as saying.
well-positioned in the global health tourism industry, where India, South
Korea, the U.S., Thailand and Malaysia are the major players. With the progress
it has made, Turkey has turned into a pioneering country in the health tourism
sector. The local industry has a huge potential to become an important source
of hard currency,” Alagöz was quoted by Ankara daily Hurriyet Daily News as
the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) had showed that 388,000 foreigners
visited Turkey for health tourism and revenues stood at $550 million, Alagöz
recalled, adding that the number of visitors nearly doubled to 642,000 people
and revenues climbed to $1.05 billion in 2021.
however, estimated that the revenues were actually much higher at somewhere
between $2.5 billion and $3 billion when unrecorded revenues are included.”
Turkey’s overall tourism revenues amounted to $25 billion as some 30 million
holidaymakers visited the country.
that in 2021 the average spending per foreign tourist was $750 but in the
health tourism sector per capita spending was around $2,000.
foreigners visit Turkey for plastic surgery, hair transplant, cardiovascular
surgery, dentistry, orthopedics, cancer treatment and in vitro fertilization.