Health tourism growing rapidly in Poland: gov’t minister

Health tourism is developing dynamically in Poland, with estimated revenue at USD 205 million in 2018, Sport and Tourism Minister Witold Bańka has said.

In a speech at a tourism awards ceremony on Monday, Bańka said: “Poland has plenty to offer in the way of medical and health tourism, including spa and wellness opportunities.”

He added during the awards ceremony for the Best European Tourism Destinations competition that 45 Polish towns “have the status of health resorts.”

Meanwhile, the head of the Polish Tourism Organisation, Robert Andrzejczyk, said that Poland “has huge potential in this area because of its well-educated and experienced medical staff, modern centres and competitive prices.”

Andrzejczyk added that, according to the organisation’s estimates, about 150,000 foreign tourists came to Poland “to improve their health” last year.

The European Destinations of Excellence is a project launched by the European Commission to promote sustainable models of tourism development across the European Union, of which Poland is part.

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