Hydeotherapy centres in Tunisia are expecting 40,000 Russian visitors, compared to only 15,000 presently
06/09/2019 21:07, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP)- The National Office of Balneology and Hydeotherapy (ONTH) will participate in the Moscow International Travel & Tourism Exhibition (MITT) which will take place from 9 to 13 September 2019 in Moscow, Russia, in order to promote Tunisia as a medical tourism destination.

In a statement made Friday to TAP, ONTH Director General Rizig Oueslati said that the Office will participate in this event with a delegation of 40 representatives of public and private structures in the sector, including travel agencies and 12 hydeotherapy centres that expect to attract 40,000 Russian visitors per year, their current number not exceeding 15,000 visitors, among the 108 foreigners who travel to these centres.

He pointed out that ONTH's participation in MITT will aim to attract more Russian tourists, while official figures predict that 750,000 Russian tourists will visit Tunisia at the end of the current year.

In this respect, the trend since 2010 points to an increase in the number of Russian tourists visiting hydeotherapy centres in Tunisia, benefiting from the positive effects of the visit of the illustrious Russian cosmonaut, Gennady Padalka to a hydeotherapy centre in Hammamet, widely reported by the Russian press.

Russian tourists rank third, after the French and Swiss in the ranking of foreign tourists who visit Tunisian hydeotherapy centres, according to Oueslati. He pointed out that demand for the services of these centres is maintained throughout the year, including outside the high season.

Tunisia hosts 60 hydeotherapy centres divided between those offering thalassotherapy treatments and those offering mineral water treatments, attracting a total of more than 100,000 visitors, while the percentage of Tunisians who visit these centres does not exceed 10%.

Hydeotherapy is one of the therapeutic solutions of preventive medicine to overcome back diseases, bone diseases, arthritis, asthma and other pathologies, in addition to its significant contribution to the tourism sector's revenues.

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