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.
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