Being located in an important geothermal zone, our country ranks seventh worldwide by the richness and potential of its resources and has more than 1500 thermal resources, the temperatures of which range between 20 –
110 degrees and the flow rates of which vary between 2 – 500 lt / s.
There are approximately 190 thermal facilities in 46 cities of our country. The bed capacity of the 12 facilities (the cure center of which has been approved by the Ministry of Health) which hold tourism investment certificates of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism for thermal purposes is 2.347, while the bed capacity of the 30 facilities which hold tourism management certificates are 8.567. The 156 facilities, which have an approximate bed capacity of 16.000, are certified by local administrations. There are 34 tourism centers, one Protection, Development Region of Culture, and Tourism to date, which have been declared as such according to the Law no 2634 on the Encouragement of Tourism and are still operative.
The inventory work aimed at assessing the mentioned thermal tourism centers’ current state and their potential with regards to tourism have been completed. According to the current approved development plans, the
planned bed capacity of thermal tourism centers is approximately 100.000.