The strategies for the development of Health Tourism in Greece

The conference took place at the framework of the 4th International Tourism Fair on Saturday, December 9, 2017.The conference took place at the framework of the 4th International Tourism Fair on Saturday, December 9, 2017

As pointed out by the speakers, our country is claiming a substantial portion of the 40 billion euro pie from the medical tourism market worldwide. However, according to the figures presented today, Greece holds only 3% of medical tourism, when Turkey, Poland and the Czech Republic hold 13% and Belgium 8%.

Geoge Patoulis, the President of Athens Medical Association and Central Union of Municipalities of Greece, during his speech through Skype, stressed that Greece, through a series of interventions that has implemented, creates an important competitive front.

In particular, he highlighted the following:
“Our goal is to demonstrate Greece, as a top destination for medical tourism, 12 months a year. We must transform Greek cities to city break destinations and attract investments that will create thousands of new jobs and new incomes in a country, which has been experiencing a structural crisis in the last eight years. Our country has strong competitive advantages. We can attract high-caliber tourists and keep the country’s best minds, Greek scientists, in Greece. ”

Interesting speeches were made by:
– Giannis Karayiannis, President of the Hellenic Association of Thermal Springs, Mayor of Lagadas and Second Vice-President of KEDE
– Konstantinos Kouskoukis, Professor of Dermatology – Legal Scientist, President of the Greek Academy for Thermal Medicine, Scientific Adviser to the Central Union of Municipalities and Communities in Greece, former Vice-Chancellor of Democritus University – former Secr. Gen. of the Ministry of Education, Research & Religion
– Konstantinos Pantos, Director of Assisted Fertilisation Unit, Founder of “ATHENS GENESIS” clinic, Secretary General of Hellenic Society of Reproductive Medicine
– Keith Pollard, Managing Editor International Medical Travel Journal
– Electra Papazachou, Legal Advisor of Athens Medical Group
– Petros Mamalakis, General Secretary I.H.T.C., Founder & CEO of
– Grigoris Kyriakou, CEO Gamma Air Medical
– Theodora Zacharia, Scientific Advisor on Tourism and Regional Development, of Central Union of Municipalities of Greece and International Health Tourism Center
– Giannis Marmaras, Second Vice President of the Panhellenic Association of Physiotherapists
– Aggeliki Katsapi, Member of the Board of ELITOUR, Managing Director TemosHellas – SwissApproval T.B
– Spyros Sylvestros, Assistant Professor of the Department of Dentistry of the University of Athens, Periodontologist, Tufts University
– Ioannis Zervomanolakis, MD, PhD, MBA, MPH,Surgeon-Obstetrician, Specialist in IVF, Doctor of the University of Bonn, Founding Member of Assisted Reproduction Unit Institute of Life IASO
– Nikolaos S. Kouvelas, Ass. Professor of Dentristy in the University of Athens, President of Athens Dental Tourism Cluster, Founder & President of EURODENTICA
– Konstantinos Dretakis, MD, PhD, Orthopedic Surgeon, Doctor of the University of Crete, HYGEIA Hospital Associate