Academic journal article Journal of Tourism Challenges and Trends

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Academic journal article Journal of Tourism Challenges and Trends

Foreword

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Tourism related to health is an industry gaining momentum over a large territory attracting an increasing number of people. It goes by different name all encompassing the same basic rationale: travelling to certain locations for getting better health. It goes by under different names as medical tourism, health tourism, medical travel or global healthcare. The statistics suggest that while health tourism can exist within any given national borders, the international form--trans-border medical tourism is getting a clear prominence.

Oddly enough, health travelling is farfrom being new. Thousands of years back Greek pilgrims traveledfrom all over locations to Epidaurus, a small territory in the Saronic Gulf (Peloponnese of today's Greece). Epidaurus was the sanctuary of the healing god Asklepios. He was survived after being struck by thunderbolt by his daughter Hygieia and Panacea. In addition to Asclepios' healing power, the location had mineral springs. And not surprisingly Epidaurus became the first travel destination for medical tourism more than two thousands years back. Romans during their conquests were seeking healing springs in the new territories. …

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