INTERCARE: SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE TAKES OFFICE

Just a few weeks away from the beginning of Intercare, the scientific committee of the 1° International Medical Tourism Congress is completed. Intercare, first international Fair and Congress of Medical Tourism in Italy, will take place in Milan, from May 25 to 27. It will be a moment of  exchange and comparison among main players iof the sector, but also an opportunity, in addittion to business, also of  deepening of issues linked to Health Tourism, as well as international market analysis and of

Gari Cappelli

INTERVIEW TO GARI CAPPELLI, TOURISM MINISTER OF THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA

Croatia as a Medical Tourism Destination: development and promotion strategies With a sustained growth rate, Medical Tourism is becoming an increasingly relevant economic sector which has proven to spur quality and service improvements in the healthcare sector, with lasting benefits for those who live in these destinations. Moreover it allows to improve tourism flows in shoulder and low season, thus bringing economic benefits to the regions. Croatian Government has acknowledged the importance of the sector and has since included it in the

MEDICAL TOURISM: IS INDUSTRY INTEGRATION THE MOST EFFECTIVE CHOICE?

Interview to Monica Figuerola, general manager of  Spaincares. Medical Tourism is a complex business that, beyond clinics, involves a value chain that includes: prescribers, facilitators; health, tourism and logistic service providers. And this is just a part of the story. Creating a medical tourism destination requires a combined approach from market analysis about therapeutic needs to tourist flows, to the definition of the different clusters of patient’s needs. For this reason, those nations who wish to increase this market in a structured form, have

OBESITY AND MEDICAL TOURISM: TRAVELING EAST TO START A NEW LIFE

According to the last surveys, there are more than 650 millions overweight individualsin the world. In 1975 they were about 100 millions, with over a 600% increase in 40 years. Many are the causes: from socio-cultural factors to methabolic syndrome, from emotional and psychological disorders to genetic factors. Even greater is the number of diseases that come with obesity, causing every year nearly 3 million deaths. Even if obesity is increasing constantly, especially in western countries, awarness and culture of healthy lifestyle to

Wellness Medical Tourism

2017: LUXURY WELLNESS AND MEDICAL TOURISM

A new business that will lead 2017 trends According to the “World Tourism Barometer”,destinations around the world welcomed 956 million international tourists between January and September 2016 and more than a billion during the whole year: a 4% increase. But another great business in full growth is aftercare wellness, so “Global Wellness Summit” has identified eight trends for 2017 in wellness and aftercaremarket: -Health sauna -Wellness architecture -Sound Insulation -Cultural initiatives and artistic design -Mental wellness -Wellness treatments  to deliver comfort to cancer sufferers -Affrordable  pricis to offer health

HTI: THE FUTURE OF MEDICAL TOURISM IN CROATIA AND IN THE WORLD

The seventh edition of Health Tourism Industry conference ended yesterday; has been the biggest European event about medical tourism.   HTI conference, which started onthe 28th of February, hosted, like every year, many international opinion leaders ofthis emerging sector. An intense program of meetings and conferences along three days. In thiscontext, the panel “Croatian Clinics: an emerging EU brand” aimed at differentiating Croatia from a purely dental care medical tourism destination. Indeed it offers several excellence centres in advanced specialization as orthopaedics or spinal

CZECH REPUBLIC: BOOM OF STAYS FOR IN VITRO FERTILISATION

Czech Republic is among the first European destinations of medical tourism for in vitro fertilisation Also thanks to regulatory reforms, the demand of IVF treatments continues to grow in Italy. But still remain some challenges linked to long waiting lists and heterologue fertilisation. This is why more and more Italian couples embark on trips abroad to realize their dream. In the last ten years, Czech Republic has established itself as one of the most requested destination by couples looking for assisted reproduction treatments: the

SAUDI ARABIA: GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN MEDICAL TOURISM

Saudi Arabia believes in medical tourism’s great economic potential: Government launches “Vision 2030” plan. A project to radically transform the Kingdom’s economy basically relying on oil industries and commerce, by creating new jobs in private health sector. In the next five years, the aim is to triple the non-oil revenue with more then 500 initiatives, by reducing public-sector salaries but increasing government’s free services and by funding private sectors like the medical tourism one, in which the Ministry of Health wants to

MADE IN ITALY: FOOD, WINE, FASHION AND… MEDICAL TOURISM

Finally the “Made in Italy” expands, because beyond the cornerstones whic are food, wine and fashion, today we can say that both, medical tourism and spa tourism, are undergoing a big growth. The firsts to understand it right away were the Turkish tourists, in fact, Italy has become the first destination sold in Turkey, also because of the fact that Turkish Airlines has quadrupled in the last three years the number of Italian airports in. In addition we have to consider

RUSSIA RISING AS A MEDICAL TOURISM DESTINATION

“I am going for treatment to Russia”: that is a refrain increasingly running among foreigners. Igor Lanskoi, advisor to the Russian Health Minister, announced that the number of foreigners coming to the country as medical tourists is on the rise, and has brought between 7 to 10 billions (€ 115 million) of rubles in extra revenue. Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said that, in 2015, the number of foreigners who underwent treatment in Russia increased fourfold compared to 2014. “Earlier, only citizens

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