The 4th Panhellenic Congress of Thermal Medicine at Kamena Vourla, Central Greece, closed its works on October 14th 2018
“Thermal tourism is the niche market and privileged particularity of our country that upgrades the Greek cities and regions to Health and Wellness destinations unique to the world travelers. Greece is rushing to meet the chance of the Health and Wellness Travelers’ boom expected in the near future, who rediscover in Greece the first Medical Tourism destination of antiquity“, the President of Central Union of Municipalities of Greece (KEDE), President of Athens Medical Association (ISA), and President of the National Council of Health Tourism ELITOUR, George Patoulis stated in his speech.
Addressing the specialized audience of Greek and international holistic and medical scientists at the at the 4th Panhellenic Congress of Thermal Medicine in Kamena Vourla, Mr.Patoulis stressed that in 2025 Health Tourism is estimated to become worldwide the 2nd largest industry after health and pharmaceutical industry, and presented the unique comparative advantages Greece has, over most of the international Health Travel destinations, for the development of spa and medi-spa tourism. G.Patoulis called the official state to collaborate closely with Greece’s local and regional government for the exploitation of the 750 natural mineral Thermal springs that are found in Greece .
The 4th Panhellenic Congress of Thermal Medicine titled “Updating of Thermal Medicine in the Light of the Holistic Approach” was co-organized by the Hellenic Academy of Thermal Medicine and the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece, under the chairmanship of the Professor of Dermatology and President of the Hellenic Academy of Thermal Medicine Konstantinos Kouskoukis, and has been held by the participation of prominent Greek and foreign scientists of Holistic Medicine, representatives of foreign embassies, representatives of Greece’s local government, and also politicians and representatives of the Tourism and investment sector of Greece.
The President of the Hellenic Academy of Medical Medicine, Konstantinos Kouskoukis, presenting the newest findings of Complementary and Thermal Medicine, stressed that “the updating of Thermal Medicine is critical for Greece, firstly due to the demand shown by international travelers and patients on complementary therapies, secondly due to the inclusion of Thalassotherapy Units and Centers of Thalassotherapy in Primary Health Care, as well as the application of the provisions on patient mobility for holistic and thermal therapies in the European Union countries”.
President of KEDE Giorgos Patoulis especially congratulated for his Action Plan on the exploitation of the Thermal Springs of Kamena Vourla , the Mayor of Kamena Vourla- Molos- Ag. Konstantinos, Ioannis Sykiotis, who, “made a breakthrough on Municipal Development in the field of Thermalism, and succeeded in highlighting the healing wealth of his region to Greek and international travelers, starting by the renaming of the Municipality of Molos- Agios Konstantinos, to Municipality of Kamena Vourla- Molos Konstantinos so as to re- launch a Thermal Tourism brand name to the area”.
“We are aiming to establish Greece as one of Europe’s largest Thermal centers, but still, the 696 of the country’s 750 Thermal Springs remain untapped. We call on the Local Government to insist in our effort to transform all health tourism areas of our country, the Blue Zones, and the Greek Regions into a chain of certified points of Thermal Tourism that will attract the Traveler to repeat his visits to Greece for his health and rejuvenation. We promise to do our best for Attica Region to become the cradle of Health Tourism of the 3rd millennium”, concluded President of KEDE George Patoulis, who is running for Regional Attica governor next May.