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Examinations Of Health Tourism In Romanian Salt Mines


  • Gabriela Cecilia Stanciulescu


  • Elisabeta Ilona Molnar



The present paper proposes to present and identify the salt caves open to the tourists as well as to analyze speleotherapy as a tourist offer. Speleotherapy has become an increasing sector in recent years, and more and more tourists are attracted by its beneficial effects.The present research was realized in three stages: a documentary study regarding Romanian salt caves and their offers in speleotherapy and spa-tourism, a qualitative research based on a focus group organized at the Slănic-Prahova mine, and a qualitative research based on the interviews with the salt caves’ administrators. Such researches brought about results that reflect on the fact that health tourism practiced in salt caves can be viewed as a component of the future, if one takes into consideration the huge potentials of such salt caves together with tourists’ increasing interest in speleotherapy. The results of this research highlight the specific features of the deep salt, the places that can be considered real “natural hospitals.”

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  • Gabriela Cecilia Stanciulescu & Elisabeta Ilona Molnar, 2016. "Examinations Of Health Tourism In Romanian Salt Mines," Knowledge Horizons - Economics, Faculty of Finance, Banking and Accountancy Bucharest,"Dimitrie Cantemir" Christian University Bucharest, vol. 8(4), pages 72-80, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:khe:journl:v:8:y:2016:i:4:p:72-80

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    Tourism; Speleotherapy; SpeleoTourism; Health Tourism;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • Z32 - Other Special Topics - - Tourism Economics - - - Tourism and Development
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • M38 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Marketing and Advertising - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming


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