Catalonia receives each year more than 20,000 health tourists
There are other tourists, foreigners who come to Catalonia to undergo medical treatment, an entire market segment yet to be developed in these latitudes. Apparently the room for growth is vast. The quality of life offered by Barcelona multiplies the attractiveness of its private hospitals.
Therefore now the Catalan Tourist Board and Tourism of the Generalitat of Barcelona promote the brand Barcelona Medical Destination. Its aim is to promote Barcelona and Catalonia as other medical tourism destinations with high added value internationally.
And it is that Catalonia receives annually visited by health reasons of some 20,000 people, 20,000 people flocking l country through the private system. Usually these people spend on average three to four times more than a tourist attracted mainly by the sun and the beach.
We talked of other tourists, affluent visitors do not come only to undergo surgery, but also citizens who are interested in enjoying the treatments offered, for example, thirty spas with mineral waters declared public utility.
The Minister of Health, Boi Ruiz, explained in the presentation of this initiative that the affiliated institutions are private, and that this development will not cause any negative impact on the public system. On the contrary, he said, since they will be the people living here who ultimately will be the major beneficiaries of the improvements.
The counselor d’Empresa, Felip Puig, said that the arrival of citizens from mainly the Persian Gulf, the US and North Africa will involve an injection amount for research, innovation, attract talent and, ultimately, to the wealth generation.
Meanwhile, Joan Gaspart, President of Turisme de Barcelona, explained that this new route reinforces the role of tourism in the Catalan economy. “Just finished an exceptional year, and yet the tourist train does not stop.”