Costa Rica: Medical Tourism and Hot Springs

A plan is underway to boost medical hydrology in the north of the country, taking advantage of the tourist infrastructure and natural conditions in the area.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Entrepreneurs from San Carlos, in the northern part of the country, plan to form partnerships "with the medical community and businesses in order to build medical centers and train professionals in the health industry, said Lorena Herrera, businesswoman and team president", reported

Data from the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) has revealed that 25% of the tourists coming to Costa Rica visit the area. "This type of tourism has been growing as people recognize the benefits of thermal waters," said Gabriela Moreira spokeswoman for Baldi Hot Springs resort.

Meanwhile, Rodolfo Lizano, leader of Macroprocess Planning and ICT Development, said that he was not aware of the initiative and that the concept of thermal tourism or medical hydrology is not within any of the categories of reasons for travel taken into account by the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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