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The territory of the country is characterized by high geothermal activity, mostly with low-enthalpy geothermal energy.

The country is situated along the very favourable geothermal zone that starts in Hungary to the North and Italy to the West and stretches through Greece down to Turkey.

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The territory of the country is characterized by high geothermal activity, mostly with low-enthalpy geothermal energy. The country is situated along the very favourable geothermal zone that starts in Hungary to the North and Italy to the West and stretches through Greece down to Turkey. However, there has not been a systematic measurement of terrestrial heat flow neither organised use of the natural resource for medical/tourist purposes. Even with a long tradition in medical use of thermal waters, the country has a limited number of active thermal spas. It is evident from the potential of the thermal resources that the approach to this economy sector should be changed in order to reach possible benefits.

The country is rich with geothermal resources offering possibilities for development of a large spa business. However, presently, only 8 spas exist in the country. Temperature of the thermal waters differs, depending on the location and geothermal field in question. Highest is the temperature of the water in Bansko thermal spring (73?C), then in Banja – Kocani (55?C), Kezovica Spa (54?C), Katlanovo (40.5?C), Debar (38.6?C), Negorci (38?C), Kumanovo (31?C), etc.

The same is with the flows on disposal, i.e.: Debar thermal spring (91.2 l/s), Kosovrasti (68.8 l/s), Bansko (35 l/s), Kumanovo (3,34 l/s), Kezovica (5.4 l/s), and Negorci (1.8 l/s).
The existing eight spas have been built between 1960 and 1980. After that, a period of stagnation began due to the slow adjustment and privatisation process. The existing spas are included in the Health care policy of the country managed and funded by the Health Fund through the health care contribution. The process of privatisation of these facilities and the great potential of the country for thermal tourism increases the interest and the activities for development.

During the recent years, some new initiatives to recover the situation have been undertaken. The renovation of the current facilities to provide more wellness services rather than the focus being put in medical-cure segment is needed..

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