LATEST: Medical travel and medical tourism news

GLOBAL: UNWTO reveals steady increase in global tourism spending
Receipts from international tourism in destinations around the world grew by four per cent in 2012, reaching US$1,075 billion, figures from UNWTO reveal. This suggests that health; wellness and medical tourism could also be slowly growing globally.

INDIA: Proposed medical tourism centre at Indian airport
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has issued a tender for opening a medical tourism centre – a first of its kind for India, although not globally – at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport to help international medical tourists coming to the city of Ahmedabad.

USA: What do American wellness travellers want?
Wellness Tourism Worldwide has produced an interesting new report ‘U.S. Vacationers: Health, Happiness & Productivity – The Essential Report for Travel, Hospitality & Wellness Industries.’ This report offers a perspective on what American leisure travelers seek, desire and expect during a vacation.

THAILAND: Thailand targeting Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Middle East
Thailand must not overlook unexplored medical tourism potential in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East, says the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Besides Russia – whose citizens have become big travellers to Thailand – Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are the three rising stars listed by TAT.

NICARAGUA: American medical tourists targeted by Nicaraguan hospitals
In Nicaragua, tourism is prospering. International arrivals passed the 1 million mark for the first time in 2011, according to the Nicaragua Tourism Board (INTUR). Some local hospitals now see medical tourism as the next opportunity.

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