Health tourism experts say Croatia is ready for post-COVID patients

The eighth Crikvenica International Health Tourism Conference was held on November 12 and 13, for the first time virtually in English, visitors could follow it via a special mobile ...

The eighth Crikvenica International Health Tourism Conference was held on November 12 and 13, for the first time virtually in English, and visitors were able to follow it through a special mobile event application, You Tube and Facebook channels.

The Crikvenica Conference on Health Tourism was again successfully organized this year by the Tourist Board of the City of Crikvenica and the Kvarner Health Tourism Cluster, and the co-organizers were Thalassotherapia Crikvenica and the Terme Selce Polyclinic.

The conference has traditionally been supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Ministry of Health, the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, the Kvarner Tourist Board, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the City of Crikvenica.  

"The strategic focus of Croatia is the further development of our health tourism, which has a great potential to contribute to year-round tourism activity. In addition, Croatia has all the important comparative advantages for this form of tourism, which we will use in the period aheadAnnounced the Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac, greeting all the organizers, sponsors and participants of the eighth conference on health tourism.  

Already in the first two days of the conference, it achieved over three thousand views. “It is extremely important to promote the possibilities and quality of health tourism in Kvarner, but also in the whole of Croatia, through such international conferences. I believe that in the future, health tourism will become one of the most profitable branches of tourism in Croatia", Said Professor Ivan Đikić.

The focus of this year's conference was on how the pandemic affects health tourism, ie the current market situation, new practices and opportunities in the field of health travel, and in the field of promotion and communication, as well as what can be expected in the future. that is, in the so-called post-COVID period.

"We are glad that the conference has grown beyond the national framework through this way of presentation, and that we have brought the conference, but also Crikvenica as a health destination, closer to the world. What we knew, and what we have now confirmed, is that it is necessary to work on connecting at all levels, from national to local, in order for Croatia to become a recognizable destination for health tourism. Emphasis should always be placed on the quality of health services, but also on the certification of health institutions, especially in this COVID and post-COVID time, which was emphasized by many panelists at CIHT. Also, additional work should be done on branding Croatia as a destination for health tourism, on which local brands should then rely."Concluded Marijana Biondić, director of the Tourist Board of the City of Crikvenica and with great optimism invited all participants to the ninth CIHT conference in Kvarner, in Crikvenica on November 4 and 5, 2021.

Watch the video of the first and second day of the conference below:

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