Official Meeting of Greece's Minister of Tourism. Elena Kountoura with the National Body of Health Tourism ELITOUR
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Official Meeting of the President and the new Board of Hellenic Health Tourism Council, ELITOUR, with Greece's Minister of Tourism Mrs. Elena Kountoura
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Greek Minister of Tourism Mrs. Elena Kountoura held the first official working meeting with the new President Mr. George Patoulis of the Hellenic Body of Health Tourism, the Hellenic Medical Tourism Board ELITOUR, and the newly elected Board of ELITOUR, for the definition of the new institutional framework and the drawing up of the National Strategic Plan for the highlighting and promotion of Health Tourism in Greece, and of Medical Tourism in particular .
The meeting was attended by the new President of ELITOUR Mr. Giorgos Patoulis, President of the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece and President of the Athens Medical Association, the General Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism Mr. Evridiki Kournetta, the Vice President of the Greek National Tourism Organization Mrs. Angeliki Chondromatidou, the Secretary General of ELITOUR Mr. Petros Mamalakis, members of the new Board of ELITOUR and Heads of Sectors, the Vice President of the International Health Tourism Center and President of the Genesis In Vitro Fertilization Clinic, Mr. Constantinos Pantos, the President of Athens Dental Tourism Cluster Mr. Nikolaos Kouvelas, the President of IQ Dermatology, Christodoros Tzermias, the President of the Hellenic Association of Health Tourism and President of the Academy of Thermal Medicine, Professor of Dermatology Constantinos Kouskoukis, the President of Euroconsultants Paris Kokorotsikos, as well as representatives of the Greek Hospitals and Medical Groups, the Hygeia Hospital, the Athens Medical Center and Euromedica, which are members of ELITOUR.
Greek Tourism Minister, Elena Kountoura, welcomed the new members, expressing her delightment that the Ministry of Tourism has now the support of Elitour to the national effort of building up the new developing sector of Tourism in Greece, Health Tourism and Medical Tourism, , of "a dynamic Body with extroversion and introversion, " she said, and asked the chairman and members of ELITOUR to collaborate and submit their scientific experience and expertise from the field of Health for the determination of three, in principle, main areas for the drawing up of the National Strategy for Health Tourism:
• The identification of the specifications and certification systems based on the international regulations in force on the global market,
• The selection of those Health and Wellness Specialized Services Sectors which will serve as a springboard for the promotion of Greece’s Health Tourism abroad, on which Greece has the comparative advantages in terms of the quality and cost of the Medical, Health and Wellness services provided, as well as
• the jointly choice of the international markets and countries to which Greece will address promoting her Health and Wellness services to attract Health Tourists.
The President of ELITOUR, President of the Central Union of Greek Municipalities and President of the Medical Association of Athens, Mr. George Patoulis, stressed the special value of the National Tourism Product of Greece that is Health Tourism, he said, and stressed the need for coordination with the Ministry, of the efforts and initiatives to promote Greece as a world Health Travel Destination, that have hitherto been undertaken through the Central Union of Greek Municipalities (KEDE) and the Athens Medical Association towards international and Greek Diaspora markets, as well as initiatives taken so far individually by specialized Greek scientists and doctors , of whom, as the Preswident of Elitour said , their scientific excellence, reputation and success are already attracting to Greece an impressive number of Health Tourists, with particular reference to In Vitro Fertilization, Dental and Cosmetic Medicine.
"Greece's reputation as a global Medical Tourism Destination, which has raised Greece’s position in competitiveness in the Global Index over the past two years, will multiply with the concerted effort and collaboration, and the specific targeting for the optimization of the Health Tourism Product, and its promotion in international markets.
And the time has come to determine Nationally, What is the product, How it is certified and Where to it is addressed abroad ".
"It is such a pleasure and honor for the Board and the members of the Hellenic Medical Tourism Council ELITOUR, and all the participants and personalities that have hitherto worked to promote Greece to the World Charter of Health and Medical Travel, to cooperate with Minister Kountoura for the further establishment of the country as a World Health Travel Destination, the Minister who honors this ministry with her political role, " underlined the new President of the Council of Hellenic Medical Tourism ELITOUR, George Patoulis.