According to the news by AA, Yilik underlined that water, a vital resource, was also a crucial tool for tourism and that the economic value of water should not be disregarded.
Yılık continued: “surrounded on 3 sides by the sea and owning high-quality healing waters, Turkey has an important potential. Thermal tourism has great contribution to the economy of Turkey, which is an important attraction center with its seas, rivers and lakes as well as healing water. Our country ranks amongst the top 7 countries with around one thousand and 500 natural hot springs”.
“OUR HEALING WATER SHOULD BE PROTECTED AND USED WISELY”
Pointing that thermal water in Turkey is much more qualified that thermal water in Europe as to its water quality, flow rate, temperature as well as physical and chemical properties, Yilik continued: “The contribution of thermal tourism in national economies cannot be denied. It is estimated the number of tourists, who prefer Turkey for healthcare tourism, reached up to 1 million by the end of 2018. With this regard, it is highly important to protect and use wisely our health-giving and healing water and to transfer them to the next generations with the same properties. Awareness must be raised with this regard”.
Yılık reported that as they, as TESTUD, aimed at Turkey getting a larger slice of healthcare tourism cake and that they conducted activities to wise use and protection of thermal sources.