April 2016 – Malaysia Healthcare is participating in the 16th Kazakhstan International Tourism Fair (KITF) from 20-22 April, at the Atakent International Exhibition Centre under the Malaysia Pavilion in Almaty, to showcase its unique qualities as a leading destination in global healthcare travel. Malaysia’s participation in KITF marks its presence for the 15th time this year.
Advertisements promoting health screening and various medical services are rampant. Medical tourism is now a major engine of economic growth, and Singapore has ambitions to be a world-class medical centre. But we must ensure that we do not capitalise on any economic exploitation of the anxious "well".
More Omanis are expected to visit Thailand in 2016, a senior official at the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Dubai and Middle East office told Times of Oman. “We are expecting to welcome 100,000 Omani visitors this year, compared to 80,000 in 2015,” Tanes Petsuwan, executive director of TAT said, adding that 80 per cent of Omani visitors visit Thailand for medical treatment.
British, German and Russian clients dominate among foreigners seeking treatment at Czech healthcare facilities, mostly for cosmetic surgery. The number of foreign patients in the Czech Republic has been rising by 10% to 15% a year.
The on-line medical tourism sector is growing on a global scale With 1.2 million to 1.4 million Americans annually seeking health-care services abroad, the medical sector experienced an average increase of 23% per year in the last decade. Top medical tourism destinations for people living in the US include: Mexico, Colombia, Barbados, Hungary, India, Thailand.
Tunisia's Central Bank said this month tourism revenue in first two months of 2016 fell to 182 million dinars ($90 million), 54 percent down on the same period last year. But Elloumi Rekik said Tunisia is diversifying by promoting cultural tourism, Sahara safari trips and medical tourism packages -- giving European patients access to less costly therapeutic and cosmetic treatments in Tunisia.
The number of health travelers from the United States who visit Costa Rica for medical and dental procedures could double by the end of this decade. Such was the forecast recently broadcast by national television network Teletica in a report by Adrian Fallas.
Seoul’s newest culture tourism facility, the K-Style Hub, is technology at its finest, offering the very best in information and education on Korea’s traditional culture as well as one-stop shop for hallyu.
The UAE-based healthcare conglomerate VPS Healthcare is entering India by acquiring majority stake in Lakeshore Hospital in Kerala, a tertiary level super specialty hospital and pioneer in large-scale health tourism.
The President, Association of Medical Scientists of Nigeria, Toyosi Raheem, has said that Nigeria would continue to lose billions of naira to medical tourism due to her weak health system.
He called on the Federal Government to strengthen the nation’s health system and to build the capacity of the medical laboratories, stressing that they were not well equipped to support medical services.
A highly fragmented market, online medical tourism is nonetheless developing strongly in the most unexpected parts of the world. While global figures are hard to find, venture fund group Accel Partners estimate that it could be worth $55 billion with six to 10 million people annually travelling to find medical services.