Stage for med­i­cal tourism

In­ter­na­tional In­dia Med­i­cal Tourism Congress, be­ing held in Hyderabad from Sept 3-4, will pro­vide a plat­form for na­tional and in­ter­na­tional play­ers from well­ness and med­i­cal tourism to dis­cuss poli­cies and trans­act busi­ness.

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Evolved to be In­dia’s first and only plat­form for del­e­gates from the health sec­tor from across the globe over the last three years, IIMTC will bring to­gether key stake­hold­ers un­der one um­brella to meet and greet, dis­cuss the poli­cies and pro­ce­dures, le­gal frame­work, lat­est trends, com­peti­tors and stake­hold­ers, med­i­cal tour busi­ness acu­men etc. With a vi­sion to help In­dia be­come a pre­ferred med­i­cal tourism des­ti­na­tion in the world, the Congress is or­gan­ised by In­ter­na­tional In­dian Well­ness and Med­i­cal Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion (IIWMTA) and So­ci­ety of Crit­i­cal Care Emer­gency Medicine (SCCEM), which aims to stream­line, pro­mote, and prop­a­gate ‘Brand In­dia,’ in the arena of med­i­cal tourism.

Dr. H. N. Garg, Pres­i­dent, SCCEM, says, “Call­ing hosted buy­ers from dif­fer­ent coun­tries on a sin­gle plat­form to In­dia to pro­mote med­i­cal tourism is a unique fea­ture of the Congress. The plat­form will fa­cil­i­tate a stage to show new tech­nol­ogy in med­i­cal science, hos­pi­tals and health cen­tres would be show­cas­ing their tech­nolo­gies and fa­cil­i­ties to every­one. Around 100 del­e­gates from nearly 50 coun­tries are ex­pected at the Congress.” Garg also points out that lack of aware­ness has been the ba­sic prob­lem in med­i­cal tourism. Ac­cord­ing to him, be­cause this seg­ment of tourism has been rel­e­gated to the niche tourism seg­ment, there is lit­tle sup­port ex­tended. “Our sug­ges­tion is that gov­ern­ment should en­cour­age and give all pos­si­ble sup­port to the or­gan­i­sa­tion of such events to pro­mote med­i­cal tourism in­dus­try in In­dia,” he adds.

The Congress in its third edi­tion will fo­cus upon var­i­ous fac­tors rang­ing from the im­pact of the Na­tional Med­i­cal and Well­ness Tourism Pro­mo­tion Board on In­dian med­i­cal tourism; chal­lenges and the way for­ward; al­ter­na­tive ther­a­pies in In­dia; health in­surance poli­cies where med­i­cal tourism can be a so­lu­tion to the in­creas­ing load on the or­gan­i­sa­tions prof­itabil­ity; med­i­cal ser­vice’s out­sourc­ing to In­dia; den­tal tourism, emerg­ing trends and a host of other top­ics in this seg­ment of tourism.

The event’s hosted buyer pro­gramme pro­vides a pre­set num­ber of dis­counts in reg­is­tra­tions, ac­com­mo­da­tion and flights to med­i­cal travel or­gan­i­sa­tions, gov­ern­ment bod­ies, in­surance agents and other qual­i­fied buy­ers. “Travel agents can learn how to build busi­ness mod­els from in­dus­try ex­perts and part­ner with med­i­cal providers, ho­tels, spas and well­ness cen­ters. The con­fer­ence also al­lows a breed­ing ground for busi­ness and knowl­edge shar­ing between the key stake­hold­ers of the in­dus­try,” says Garg.

Around 100 del­e­gates from nearly 50 coun­tries are ex­pected at the Congress

Dr. H.N. Garg

Pres­i­dent SCCEM

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