Following the approval of the ECO calendar of 2019 events, by the 29th meeting of the Regional Planning Council (in Tehran, Iran, December 2018) and the 11th ECO Tourism Committee (in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, December 2018), the 2nd International Health Tourism Confobition of ECO countries will be held in Ardebil, Iran at the Ardabil International Exhibition Center, Mohaghegh Ardabili University (MAU).


After the successful completion of the ECO International Health Tourism Confobition in August 2015, they are back with the 2nd Edition 2019 as:

  • One of the most comprehensive international health tourism Confobitions in the health tourism industry,
  • The largest health tourism event of ECO countries
  • The No.1 meeting point for senior level executives and top professionals specialists from ECO countries and the Middle East in the field of health tourism.

The event has 4 main sections, including:

  • B2G sessions with industry leaders and high level officials from ECO countries
  • B2B meetings
  • Health tourism exhibitions
  • Workshop by CFMTA in partnership with Iran International Healthcare Association (IIHA)


Session I: Wellness & Spa Destination and Cluster Development
Session II: Health Tourism Marketing and Branding
Session III: Health Tourism and Telemedicine
Session IV: Cross-Cultural Interaction and Health Tourism

Conference workshops will be on the following themes:
Workshop 1: International Accreditation and Service Quality in Health Tourism
Workshop 2: Health Tourism Marketing and Branding
Workshop 3: Sustainable Health Tourism Development & Planning: from Theory to Practice

Why should you attend this conference?

At the 2nd Confobition (Conference and Exhibition) on Health Tourism:

  • Meet leading healthcare and allied professionals and researchers from ECO countries and exchange ideas
  • Efficient and elegant way to bond with buyers and sellers outside of the traditional trade shows
  • Possibility to book 9 or 15 business meetings choosing from their extensive list of medical, thermal spa, medical wellness and wellness buyers coming from more than 10 countries
  • Excellent business opportunity to boost your international healthcare startup idea
  • Learn about quality initiatives in health tourism that can be applied in the practice
  • Discuss how you can collaborate using quality initiatives in the health tourism industry
  • Gain direct access to core professionals and decision makers in health tourism
  • Increase visibility through health tourism branding and networking
  • Learn and discuss key news and challenges with senior level speakers

Event organizer: IIHA (Iran International Healthcare Association)

Co-organizer: Ardabil Chamber of Commerce Industries Mines and Agriculture

This event is also a joint effort of health tourism councils in Iran including:

  • Economic Cooperation Organization
  • Islamic Republic of Iran,
  • Iran Chamber of Commerce Industries Mines and Agriculture,
  • Medical Council of Iran
  • Iran International Healthcare Association
  • Allameh Tabatabai University of Iran

Sponsorship and exhibiting

They invite their industry colleagues to partner with them through sponsorship to showcase services and network with the industry’s key decision makers and budget holders.

The event is attended by senior level executives, leaders and decision makers involved in the following types of organizations:

  • Healthcare policymakers and Ministers of ECO countries
  • Tourism Ministers and Presidents of the Member State
  • Iran Steering Council of Health Tourism (ISCHT) members: Medical council of Iran,  Iran Chamber of Commerce Industries Mines and Agriculture and Islamic republic of Iran
  • Iran International Healthcare Association (IIHA) as “acting body” of (IHTC)
  • ECO Members, CCI Presidents and Senior Chamber Representatives, Businessmen, High Level NGO / International Organizations’ Representatives, Ambassadors, Trade & Economy Counselors, High Level Government Representatives
  • Private Hospitals Club of Iran
  • International clinics
  • Medical tourism facilitators and operators
  • Travel agents
  • Private medical insurers and brokers
  • Consultants and specialists
  • International hotels

The airfare (up to US $1500) and accommodation cost (3 nights during the event in Ardabil) for Minister of Health / Minister of Tourism and the accommodation of two accompanying persons (experts/officials/investors of the tourism field) will be borne by the organizer.

The economy air travel not exceeding US $900 for one participant from each ECO Member State and the accommodation cost (3 nights during the event) will be borne by the organizer for 3 people active in the field of Health Tourism from each ECO member state as follows:

  • One from the private active tourism sector
  • One from the hospital or related sector
  • One from a tourism agency

The organizer will also provide participants with visa support.



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