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Termatalia Brasil positions Foz de Iguaçu as an international health tourism destination

Foz do Iguaçu, 13/09 / 2018.-Termatalia, International Fair of Thermal Tourism, Health and Wellbeing, this afternoon opened the doors of its 18th edition (the fourth in Latin America) calling in Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil) to professionals from 34 countries, 200 exhibitors, 25 international tour operators and 60 speakers. The inauguration of the fair was attended by the Minister of Tourism of Brazil, Vinicius Lummertz, and with the participation of representatives of the entities, both from Brazil and Galicia, which have made possible the celebration of this edition in Brazil.

The Minister of Tourism of Brazil was accompanied by the prefect of Foz do Iguaçu, Chico Brasileito; by the Secretary of Tourism of the Prefabrication of Foz do Iguaçu, Gilmar Piolla; by the Secretary of State for Sports and Tourism of the Government of the State of Paraná, Joao Carlos Barbiero and by the financial director of Itaipú, Antonio Cecato. Galicia, and Ourense in particular (official venue of the fair when it is celebrated in Europe), were represented at the inauguration by the Director of Tourism of Galicia, Nava Castro; by the Councilor for Tourism and Thermalism of Ourense, Jorge Pumar; by the Deputy of Thermalism of the Provincial Deputation of Ourense, Ana Villarino Pardo, and by the director of Termatalia, Alejandro Rubín. Representing the professional delegations of 34 countries participated the tourism secretary of Argentina, Alejandro Lastra.

Under the slogan "The energy of the waters" and with a massive presence of companies and professionals from Latin America and Europe and also incorporating Asia-Pacific, Termatalia Brasil 2018 gathers between today and tomorrow 200 exhibitors, 25 international tour operators and 60 experts who participate in the XIII International Meeting on Water and Health.

Termatalia Brasil is the fruit of the strong commitment made by the Brazilian authorities, especially the Foz de Iguaçu Municipal Prefeitura to position this city as a destination for health tourism. It is one of the main tourist destinations in Brazil and South America and hosts the Iguaçu National Park (shared with Argentina), considered a Natural Heritage of UNESCO and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Modernity, the Falls. Here is also the Itaipu Binacional Power Plant, the largest generator of renewable energy on the planet. It is the destination that has the greatest growth prospects as a tourist destination, 10% in 2018, and is committing works at its airport to receive direct flights, nonstop, from the United States or Europe. The Brazilian authorities indicate that hosting this fair is an opportunity to demonstrate the thermal potential of the Guaraní Aquifer, the largest reserve of fresh underground water in the world and to offer tourists an extra reason to visit Foz do Iguaçú: its thermal waters.
With business and knowledge as the two main axes of Termatalia Brasil, the objective is to once again act as a dynamic agent of the health tourism sector worldwide, placing the main focus on the enhancement of natural resources such as water. The professional success of the last editions of Termatalia has boosted the interest of Latin American countries to develop their thermal resources following the European model. This interest is evident with the approach of authorities of the different destinations represented and broad delegations of entrepreneurs of the thermal sector of many countries of the continent, including those of Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Spain, Cuba, Ecuador or Costa Rica.

BUSINESS ACTIONSThe different professional actions turn the fair once again into the international business center of the sector that will include the different professional meetings between tour operators, importers of equipment goods, suppliers and exhibitors. In this context, the Tourism Recruitment Exchange of this edition has 25 tour operators and wholesalers from 12 countries (Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Spain, United States, Mexico, Peru, United Kingdom, Russia and Uruguay) . The presence of these wholesalers is complemented by the specialized international press mission that will bring together thirty media from Latin America and Europe at the fair.During this first day of the fair, took place the presentations of thermal investment projects in which destinations such as Ourense, thermal capital in Spain, or Lapinha Spa of Brazil took part.

XIII INTERNATIONAL ENCOUNTER ON WATER AND HEALTHWithin the scientific program today the Scientific Session on Medical Hydrology and the Session on Management and Integration of Wellness and natural resources are held.

SPECIALIZED COURSESThis edition of Termatalia reinforces its formative character by programming a cycle of courses that will consolidate the role of this appointment as a thermal training center worldwide. It is a highly specialized training for professionals in the sector. The courses taught in this first day are "Thermal resources and health tourism" by the Hungarian Laszlo Puzcko and the first level of the course of Hidrosumiller of the Mercedes-Benz Galician.

MINERAL WATERTermatalia serves as a platform for the Mineral Water Industry packaged with activities such as the International Water Tasting that will celebrate its 16th edition or the Hydrosumiller Courses (1st and 2nd level). It also has a Water Bar in which 18 brands from different countries participate. It also highlights the participation of the Cluster of Mineral and Thermal Water of Galicia that will have a large exhibition area that will aim to promote Galicia internationally as the first thermal destination in Spain and show its thermal baths and bottled waters under the umbrella of the brand "Auga de Galicia".

HEALTHY NUTRITIONThe fair will feature an area of ​​Healthy Eating, a space dedicated to promoting healthy living habits with special attention to food and in which visitors can learn the benefits of healthy cooking through live cooking showcookings taught by five prestigious international chefs from Brazil, Spain, Panama and Costa Rica.