Agents ben­e­fit from med­i­cal tourism

Headed by Tourism Min­is­ter Dr. Ma­hesh Sharma, the Med­i­cal and Well­ness Tourism Board will play an im­por­tant role in stream­lin­ing med­i­cal tourism in In­dia.

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Vinod Zut­shi, Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Tourism, says, “The for­ma­tion of this board will have a sym­bi­otic ad­van­tage of pri­vate and gov­ern­ment sec­tor.

As med­i­cal tourism in In­dia is mainly driven by the pri­vate sec­tor, the board will act as fa­cil­i­ta­tor. To­day we see no con­sol­i­da­tion of ef­forts. Ev­ery hos­pi­tal is try­ing their best to meet their own ob­jec­tive but the over­all ob­jec­tive of Des­ti­na­tion In­dia has to be brought to fo­cus, which is also one of the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the board.”

The board also as­sures ad­di­tional ben­e­fits to tour oper- ators in the coun­try. Su­man Billa, Joint Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Tourism, says, “The Na­tional Med­i­cal Tourism and Well­ness board will pro­vide mar­ket­ing de­vel­op­ment as­sis­tance to travel agents and tour op­er­a­tors who are keen on pro­mot­ing med­i­cal and well­ness tourism. A to­tal of four trips a year have been al­lot­ted. They can also avail mon­e­tary aid of up to 2.5 lakh for the same pur­pose.”

Vinod Zut­shi Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Tourism

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