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Dear participants and guests of the exhibition!

On behalf of the State Agency of Ukraine for Tourism and Resorts I congratulate you with the opening of IV International Exhibition of Medical Tourism, SPA&Wellness - Healthcare Travel Expo!
Today medical tourism is developing dynamically in Ukraine. Our state annually receives patients from foreign countries. 
Our qualified personnel deserved the respect and trust of foreigners. Some specialists conducting the unique operations, their scientific and practical developments are used all over the world. Resort and recreational complex of our country and favourable climate are the unique possibilities for recreation and treatment of rare diseases. 
In their turn, Ukrainians also has chosen their traditional routes and defined countries for recovery, diagnosis and treatment. Each year, our compatriots cross the border to visit the foreign medical centres, rehabilitation and physiotherapy centres, private clinics and sanatoriums. 
International Exhibition of Medical Tourism is intended to combine national and international organizations that working in the direction of medical tourism. This platform allows players of medical tourism to make themselves known, share experiences with colleagues, to enhance the bilateral cooperation and find their patients and clients.
Therefore, I wish everyone to have fewer borders in professional activity! 
V. R. Hordiienko,
First Deputy Chairman of the State Agency of Ukraine for Tourism and Resort


Dear members, guests and facilitators!
Let me, on behalf of the Embassy of the Hungary in Ukraine and me personally, welcome you to the opening of the IV International Exhibition of Medical Tourism, SPA&Wellness - Healthcare Travel Expo.
Hungary has been taking part in this professional event almost since its very beginning. And that's no coincidence, because Hungary is called “the country of the healing waters”: it's world's 5th greatest country with reserves of thermal waters, here there are almost 1300 thermal springs, 224 types of thermal waters, the world's only thermal Lake Hévíz, suitable for swimming all year round. Based on these natural treasures, Hungary has been developing the balaneutics for more than 120 years, gaining international recognition in the sphere of rehabilitation.
For the past decades the country has also strengthened its position in the sphere of medical tourism. In particular, Hungarian stomatology is leading in Europe. The development continues: this year, in Budapest, a modern multidisciplinary clinic Duna Medical Center will be opened, the “Phoenix” resort specializing in cardiovascular and orthopaedic rehabilitation will be expanded. The Association of Medical Tourism of Hungary, aimed at improving the communication between patients and health facilities, was founded.
Ukraine is an important partner for Hungary. The number of Ukrainians that choose healthcare in our country grows year in, year out. Even in 2014, with the overall decline in tourist flow from Ukraine, Ukrainians spent in Hungarian balneological hotels 7.7% more days than in the last year.
The representatives of the medical and tourism market of Hungary see Ukraine's potential, that's why every year more of them visit the Healthcare Travel Expo. This year we are glad to introduce the whole therapeutic region - Northern Hungary. Thanks to the professionalism, reliability, creative marketing of the facilitators, the Healthcare Travel Expo provides an excellent opportunities for the development of partnership for the best possible healthcare for the Ukrainians.
Wishing you success in the exhibition and sincere respect,
Dr. Erno Keshken,
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Hungary in Ukraine



Dear Organizers, Participants and Colleagues! 

Let me congratulate you on the opening of the IV International Exhibition of Medical Tourism, SPA&Wellness - Healthcare Travel Expo.
Slovenia, which is located in the heart of Europe, where the Alps and Adriatic, Karst Plateau and Serednodunayska plain are crossed, nature has gifted our territory with thermal and mineral waters generously. 
We have 87 natural thermal springs, which helping people to maintain health and well-being for the centuries. Among the main tourist attractions in Slovenia there are 15 major natural resorts that offer their guests to enjoy not only the healing waters, but a range of other natural resources. 
Developing tourism, Slovenia uses the best endeavours to ensure that guests know about the country as a green, active and healthy tourist destination.
Slovenia also appreciates Ukrainian guests. I am convinced that Ukrainian tourists will also feel good in a country that is close in cultural and linguistic terms, which has the great climate, quality service and reasonable prices.
I wish successful event to organizers and constructive work and new contacts to participants. 
Ms. Natasa Prah, 
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Slovenia in Ukraine

Dear participants and guests of the International Exhibition, friends!
On behalf of the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Ukraine and on my own behalf, let me welcome you on the opening of the IV International Exhibition on Medical Tourism, SPA & Wellness – Healthcare Travel Expo 2015!
Bulgaria and Ukraine are close, friendly countries, related historical and cultural with similar traditions and mentality. 
Bulgaria is a modern tourist destination that offers many opportunities throughout the year to relax and strengthen your health, which can be combined with interesting cultural and historical familiarization tours around the country. On its small territory Bulgaria offers everything - sun, sea, mountains, mineral resources, nature, the remnants of seven civilizations, ancient sanctuaries, rich culture. 
Bulgaria is one of the richest countries in the number and curative mineral springs in Europe and has a great variety of therapeutic thermal mineral water and mud deposits. Tradition in the use of such healing power of the mineral resources in our land dates back to ancient times. It originates from the Thracians who inhabited our lands and considered excellent healers. 
One of the hottest springs in Europe such as mineral water geyser Sapareva Banya with a temperature of 101.4 degrees is located there. With about 800 springs, there are all kinds of mineral waters in the country that exist in a nature. Our country occupies one of the first places in the world in a variety of medical herbs. 
Mineral water in Bulgaria has long been known for its therapeutic effect that gives health and beauty. Bulgaria offers a variety of spa and balneology health resorts, where all guests can take a rest, relax, cheer up and recharge.
I wish you all health, fruitful cooperation and meaningful dialogue. 
Krasimir Minchev,
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria in Ukraine


Let me, on behalf of Ministry of Tourism of Israel and on my behalf, to welcome you at the opening of the IV International Exhibition of Medical Tourism, SPA&Wellness - Healthcare Travel Expo.
Israeli medicine harmoniously combines modern methods of medical diagnostics and advanced technologies with professional experience of the specialists. Israel was established on the basis of ancient Jewish traditions, one of the top priorities of which is health. Seven leading universities teaching medicine, as well as the world's leading research centres turn Israel into a cherished country for all needing modern medical care.
Cancellation of visa regime, only three-hour flight from Boryspil International Airport in Kiev, and no language barrier are the additional advantages of choosing the Israeli medicine.
Foreign patients more often assure themselves of the superiority and efficiency of health care in Israel. However, Israel is a country, where you can uniquely combine getting health care and learning the history and culture.
We will be glad to use the exhibition platform to share our experience and talk about the medical tourism development in our countries.
We also want to wish you health, prosperity, and to invite you to always friendly and sunny Israel.
Larisa Samoilovych, Tourism Attaché Embassy of Israel in Ukraine

Dear participants and guests of the exhibition!
On behalf of the Trade and Investment Promotion Section of the Polish Embassy in Kyiv and on my own behalf, I sincerely congratulate you on the opening of the IV International Exhibition of Medical Tourism, SPA&Wellness – Healthcare Travel Expo! 
Today, we observe the formation and development of a new sphere of tourist services – medical tourism, which involves more and more continents and attracts more and more interested people from year to year. 
During a short period of time, Poland has become an important centre of global medical tourism, and as of today, it occupies one of the places of honour among such market leading countries as Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Tourists come to us in order to receive stomatological services, and to use the services of the Polish plastic surgeons, orthopaedists, cardiac surgeons, specialists in aesthetic medicine and surgery of the eye, as well as for the purpose of rehabilitation. The foreign tourists are attracted by the excellent quality of the procedures offered by the Polish clinics. Mostly these services attract the tourists from the East including those from Ukraine and Russia. The professionalism of the Polish doctors is another advantage, which the Polish sector of the medical tourism can be proud of. Implant surgeons, plastic and vascular surgeons, cardiologists, ophthalmologists and other specialists are the professionals of the highest category. More and more frequently, they are graduated from the prestigious western universities, train in the best clinics of the world and use innovative methods of treatment and the advanced medical equipment in their practice. 
The IV International Exhibition of Medical Tourism, SPA&Wellness – Healthcare Travel Expo is a great platform for sharing experiences, establishing business contacts and disseminating of information about the possibility of health improvement while travelling. I really hope that the knowledge received and the new business contacts will contribute to the development of international cooperation in the field of medical tourism. I wish success and prosperity to all participants of the Exhibition, and I invite to visit the Polish national stand which presents a number of the leading medical and rehabilitation centres. 
Yours faithfully, 
Małgorzata Gawin, 
Head of the Trade and Investment Promotion Section of the Polish Embassy in Kyiv 


On behalf of Korea, Congratulations on hold the IV International Exhibition of Medical Tourism, SPA&Wellness - Healthcare Travel Expo while medical tourism industry has emerged as the next growth engine. Medical tourism global market was recorded as $ 100 billion in 2014 and will be expected to reach $ 150 billion in 2016.
Ukraine has a great potential of medical tourism with the blessed Natural Forest and excellent human resources. Recently two Korean oriental doctors have visited the natural recreation forest resorts in the Carpathians and Vinnytsia region separately. The doctors concluded that the resorts have competitive advantages to attract Korean medical tourists so that they are planning with tourist agency to invite Korean patients to Ukraine. Korean medical tourists are expected to come to Ukraine as early as the second half of 2015. 
Given this situation, if the exhibition would be promoted to Korean oriental doctors, participants and visitors of the exhibition from Korea would be increased which result in promoting medical tourism industry for both countries.
The number of foreign medical tourists to South Korea has surged every year and recorded 200,000 tourists in 2014 which increased by 30% over the previous year. According to the OECD, Korea was ranked world 2nd in medical facilities and equipment, 4th in healthcare services and 9th in medical technology. The Korean government designated the medical tourism industry as one of the 17 new growth engines and has committed to improve the of services quality.
I sincerely hope that the medical tourism industry in Ukraine as well as in Eastern European countries will be developed through the International Exhibition of Medical Tourism, Spa&Wellness - Healthcare Travel Expo.
Mr. Kim Kwang Hee,
Commercial Attache of the Commercial Department of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Ukraine 
(Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency - KOTPA)


Dear participants and guests!
On behalf of the Committee on Family Matters, Youth Policy, Sports and Tourism of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, I congratulate you on the opening of the International Exhibition of Medical Tourism, SPA & Wellness – Healthcare Travel Expo! 
Despite some difficulties, since becoming independent, Ukraine has managed to multiply and implement potentialities in medical tourism.
Today, our country draws medical tourists from around the world coming here to get pluripotential medical care and related services.
Mineral resorts and sanatoriums of Mirgorod, Morshyn, Svalyava and Truskavets, the Carpathians provide the opportunity to improve your health and recuperate all the year round, combining with learning our culture and history. 
International Exhibition of Medical Tourism contributes to raising awareness of the high level of medical services in Ukraine and abroad, breaks barriers that potential patients, who will go to foreign countries or come to our, meet.
The advantage of such event is the interaction of various organizations and associations working in the field of medical tourism. An important factor is that the exhibition is held with the help of public authorities that support promotion of development and improvement of this promising field - medical tourism.
I wish you all you effective work, faith in our own strength and achievement of your plans.
Best regards,
A.L. Palatnyi, Committee Chairman


Dear participants, friends, colleagues and organizers!
On behalf of the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Ukraine and on my own behalf I would like to congratulate you on the opening of the IV International Exhibition of Medical Tourism, SPA&Wellness - Healthcare Travel Expo.
Slovakia and Ukraine are close not only territorially. Our countries are bound by history, similarity of mentality, affinity of languages, colouring of customs, national traditions.
Slovakia is an exceptional country. You may find it magical and exquisite due to its size and countless natural and cultural wealth as well.  
Our country is famous for its mineral springs the number of which amounts to about 1300. Health resorts of international importance have emerged on the basic of these springs where locomotor system, digestion, respiratory tract, nervous system, allergenic and other diseases are threaten. Many Slovak health resorts are proud of their history that goes back into far Middle Ages. 
Health resorts, SPA&Wellness complexes in Slovakia are an excellent opportunity to set up good physical fit and improve your health.
Come and see by yourself the diversity of Slovakia, get unforgettable impressions from visiting our health resorts and feel hosts' cordiality and hospitality in full.
IV International Exhibition of Medical Tourism, SPA&Wellness - Healthcare Travel Expo is a relevant and necessary event that contributes to development of medical tourism between our countries, it's a platform that represents the opportunities to get high-quality medical services in Ukraine and beyond its borders, and medical tourism itself is a lifestyle of modern human being. 
Wish you all good health, fruitful cooperation and constructive dialogue.
Faithfully yours, 
Juraj Siváček, 
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Slovak Republic in Ukraine