Analyzing Health Tourism Challenges in Mashhad From the Perspective of Foreign Patients

Saeed Maleki, Masoomeh Tavangar, Jahad Daneshgahi, Khorasan Razavi
2015 Journal of Geography and Urban Space Development   unpublished
Extended Abstract 1. Introduction Health tourism is a form of travel for the purpose of obtaining health and medical care in addition to entertainment, leisure and comfort. Medical developments and availability of state of the art medical equipment in Iran have created new opportunities for tourism industry and especially health tourism. Mashhad as the capital of the province and a main hub offering a variety of premium services, particularly in healthcare in the field of dialysis, dentistry,
more » ... rdiac surgery, plastic surgery, and eye surgery, etc., is of a special position not only throughput the province of Khorasan Razavi but also at the national and international levels. These conditions along with well-founded mode of transportation (roads, railway, international airport, etc.), residences, entertainment, and tourism centers especially religious tourism have provided an appropriate situation to attract medical and health tourists. Therefore, it is necessary to the requirements and problems of clients in heath tourism be recognized and considered in planning and management.