The Greek Tourism Ministry has just certified sixty-six thermal springs facilities across Greece. Deputy Tourism Minister Manos Konsolas has also announced to the Greek Parliament an additional 52 facilities that are under assessment.
Minister Konsolas told parliamentarians of the ministerial decision which had been signed by Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis and added that the springs of Apollonas on the island of Ikaria are soon to be licensed to operate.
A recent study by the Hellenic Association of Municipalities with Thermal Springs revealed that Greece’s thermal spring facilities can triple revenues to some 390 million euros per year once they are upgraded. According to the report, this will elevate the number of potential tourists to Greece’s thermal spas to more than 3 million.
The ministry has made the promotion of thermal spring, health and wellness tourism a priority since the new administration took office. The ministry has announced the revising the institutional framework for the certification of providers active in the field of health tourism, as well as incentives to attract investment in the sector.
There are currently more than 124 thermal springs across Greece.