According to Origo.hu, one-third of Hungarians visit thermal baths at least once a year. People over 55 years return regularly.
According to the study, three counties lead the list of regular bathers: Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Tolna, and Komárom Esztergom. The national representative research made on behalf of NaturMed Hotel Barbona of Hévíz reveals that the rate of visitors of thermal baths is the highest in these three counties.
34% of respondents visit a thermal bath at least once a year, 39% visit a bath every two or three years, or even more rarely, and one-quarter of them has never been to a thermal bath before.
The study shows that visiting thermal baths is a popular past-time among young people and the middle-aged age group as well.
More than one-third of 18-24 year-olds and 35-44 year-olds go to thermal baths at least on a yearly basis, 37%, and 36%. Two more age groups are conspicuous: 37% of 45-54 year-olds and 39% of 55-64 year-olds go to baths at least once a year.
40% of respondents believe that medicinal water has a beneficial effect on rheumatic diseases.
28% mentioned its positive effect on inflammatory joint diseases and spine diseases. 20% of respondents mentioned the follow-up care of joint surgeries, 18% the rehabilitation after bone breaks, injuries caused by accidents, and locomotor surgeries.
The research was conducted by Tárki Társadalomkutatási Intézet Zrt. by order of NaturMed Hitel Carbona last October.
The baths of touristic importance are popular according to data from the Hungarian Touristic Agency and the data of the statistics office. In 2016, thermal baths generated a tourist traffic of 28.8 million people and 64.2 billion HUF income.
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