Health Tourism Development; A Strategy to Deal with Sanctions (Case Study: Medical Tourism Development in Free Trade Zones of Iran)

Document Type : Original Article


1 Semnan University, Molavi St., Sadi Sq., Semnan, Iran

2 Department of Management and Accounting, Allameh Tabatabaei University, Tehran, Iran


Iran has potential abilities in tourism industry development. But it is facing the challenges that could note the comprehensive sanctions of America and its allies among Security Council in prohibition of economic relation with Iran. On the one hand bank sanctions and applying foreign investment restrictions has brought damage to tourism industry and has lowered opportunity to benefit from the country's foreign exchange resources. But, rising exchange has caused impressive enhancing of purchasing power of foreign tourists, developing domestic tourism, cutting cost and raising tourism revenues of the country. Review of world health tourism condition shows that many of regional countries are using their health abilities including high quality and low cost health services to overcome on foreign threats such as economic sanctions. Iran's capabilities in medical sciences alongside suitable cost of health care and high success rate of special operating are confirmed high potent of country in developing medical tourism. Article outcomes shows Iran free trade zones because many incentives of investing, is a safe place of economic sanctions for developing medical tourism and strategy of health tourism development is need of using investment opportunities and incentives of free trade zones in medical tourism development.


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Volume 2, Issue 1 - Serial Number 2
January 2014
Pages 13-30
  • Receive Date: 14 June 2013
  • Revise Date: 11 October 2013
  • Accept Date: 02 December 2013
  • First Publish Date: 01 January 2014