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The SPA & Health Conference “Health & Medical Tourism – open to everyone” within the framework of the LUXURY Leisure-2010 Exhibition. Registration is open.

The 6th International SPA & Health Conference for health-related tourism specialists will be held on September 22nd, 2010 as is customary, within the framework of the exhibition, in which representatives of Russian and foreign health resorts, sanatoriums, clinics, and salon spas come to take part each year. As usual, professionals at the international level will shed light on only the most relevant and interesting questions at this conference.

Main theme of the Spa & Health 2010 Conference is Health & Medical Tourism. The market for this type of tourism is growing with each passing year, in part, because the world continues to age. According to the United Nations (UN), 10% of the world's population consists of disabled persons. At the present time, there are approximately 50 million people in Europe and more than 600 million worldwide who have disabilities. In the Russian Federation, there are 10.8 million disabled adults and 1.5 million disabled children, some 3 million sugar diabetes patients, and approximately 15,000 patients on hemodialysis.

During the past 10 years, experts have noted a dynamic increase in this segment of the tourism market, and they are calling 2008 a banner year. The demand for affordable tourism is on the rise. Therefore, most of the new health resort facilities around the world at large are being built in compliance with the principles of a "barrier-free environment". "Dialysis on Vacation" is one of the most frequently visited sections of the portal for one reason alone – the nonavailability of this information in Russia.

Speakers from Russia, Austria, Spain, Latvia, the Czech Republic, and other countries will talk about barrier-free environment health resorts, hemodialysis centers at health resorts, and the special opportunities cultural tourism offers people with limited mobility, impaired hearing, and vision disorders.

The conference participants will also learn about new trends in the development of spas and wellness centers in Europe and Asia. Experts in the field of health-related tourism will conduct a market analysis based on the pricing mechanism, level of service, and traditions of different countries.

In 5 years, the Spa & Health Conference has become a traditional meeting place for health-related tourism market specialists.

You can view the activity program and register in the SPA & Health Conference section of our website

For further information please contact Ms Margit Hatzmann,