Gate To Wellness, the only specialised medical tourism company in Doha that is also approved by the Medical Tourism Association in the United States, participated in the HTI Health Tourism Industry Conference held at the Austria Trend Park hotel Schonbrunn in Vienna, Austria last week. Organised by the Medical Tourism Association, the conference covered areas like determining the services needed to support capacity building projects between EU nations and better develop care continuum. Now in its 6th year, in Vienna, the HTI Conference is becoming a true European leader and the top trusted teacher in the health tourism industry.
Reem Al Daghma, General Manager of Gate To Wellness participated in a panel discussion that focused on 'Delivering medical wellness through luxury'. This panel covered topics related to five star hotels & resorts that cater to health services, European comeback of the luxury medical wellness; traditional medicine, luxury boot camps, high end and organic cosmetic innovations, among other topics.
"Today wellness is on every individual's mind, and the 'wellness travel' trend is certainly on the rise in markets such as GCC. This is both an exciting as well as a challenging time, and at Gate To Wellness, we are very happy to extend our unique services that focuses on integrating the best of holistic therapies from across the world," cited Reem Al Daghma.
During the discussion, she noted that the key to success is on understanding the customers and markets. "There are myriad wellness travel possibilities to explore...from singles to families, and budget to luxury, we are always looking to provide our attendees with new travel trends and experiences. So, the options in wellness travel are more personalised and diverse than ever before," she added.
The HTI Conference also presented two days of strong dialogue to action on the challenges faced by emerging markets in the health tourism sector and clear global trends driving strong underlying market growth. The conference further touched upon specific growth opportunities, large, attractive markets that reward invention and unique set of capabilities that works enable the development of the industry. Speakers included Mr. Carlo Corazza, Head of Unit "Tourism, Creative and Emerging Industries", DG Growth, European Commission, Belgium; Mr. Martyn Sibley, Blogger and Founder of Disability Horizons; Mr. Magnus Berglund, Accessibility Director at Scandic Hotels; Mr. Ivor Ambrose, Managing Director of ENAT and Ms. Katerina Papamichail, Architect and Accessibility Expert at ENAT, representing Pantou.org the European Accessible Tourism Directory.
With over 300 top executives from around the globe, the HTI Conference delivered health tourism stakeholders an incomparable learning, collaborative solutions, and networking experience.