TEHRAN – Two hospital hotels are expected to come into operation in western Kermanshah province in the near future, the deputy provincial tourism chief said.
The opening of Kermanshah’s hospital hotels and improved conditions for providing separate medical services to tourists will enable the city to become a health tourism destination, Ali Saber said on Friday.
There are excellent facilities, equipment and medical specialties in Kermanshah, which can be used to attract tourists, the official added.
“Due to decisions taken by the national headquarters for coronavirus control to allow foreign tourists, Iraqi tourists will now be able to enter Kermanshah province from the Parviz Khan border,” he noted.
The majority of these tourists seek medical treatment, he said.
Kermanshah includes a variety of impressive historical sites, including Bisotun and Taq-e Bostan both on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Inscribed into the base of an imposing cliff, Taq-e Bostan includes extraordinary Sassanid bas-reliefs of former victorious kings who divide opinions. Late afternoon is the best time to visit, as the cliff turns bright orange in the setting sun, which then poetically dies across the duck pond.
Bisotun is a patchwork of huge but impressive life-size sculptures depicting King Darius I and several other figures. UNESCO wants Bisotun to bear exceptional testimony to the important exchange of human values on the development of monumental art and writing, reflecting ancient traditions in monumental bas-reliefs.
Medical tourism in Iran
The developing health tourism industry is one of the most important areas of Iran’s travel industry, which is trying to prove its capabilities and capabilities in attracting medical and health tourists to the country.
Many domestic experts believe that medical tourism in Iran is a win-win opportunity for both the country and foreign patients, as they are offered affordable but quality treatment services and the country earns considerable foreign exchange.
Iran’s two most popular medical tourist cities are Tehran and Mashhad, but the coronavirus outbreak has drastically reduced the number of travelers.
Iran is one of the main health tourism destinations in the region, and patients of 55 different nationalities, mainly from neighboring countries including Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman , Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan are seeking to use Iran’s services and facilities in this area.
Iranian hospitals admitted nearly 70,000 foreign patients in the Iranian calendar year 1397 (March 2018 – March 2019) and made an economic contribution of around $ 1.2 billion to the country, according to the tourism department. medical department of the Ministry of Health.
In April 2018, the rotating presidency of the International Health Tourism Conference of the Organization for Economic Cooperation (ECO) was given to the Islamic Republic for a three-year term.
Mohammad Jahangiri, who chairs a national center for the development of health tourism, said in May 2018 that Iran can earn $ 7 billion a year in medical and health tourism, although the sector now only reports one seventh, or even less, of the sum.
The Islamic Republic has set a target of exceeding the annual number of medical travelers to around 2 million in the Iranian calendar year 1404.
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