Speaking to ITB Berlin News, Thomas Bömkes, Managing Director, Diversity Tourism GmbH, explained why the Medical Tourism sector is becoming so important.
Medical Tourism helps people from around the world enjoy cost-effective world-class quality medical care anywhere in the world. Over recent decades many destinations have emerged as medical and healthcare tourism leaders. Some factors contributing to the growth of Medical Tourism are higher costs, long waiting lists, restrictive medical insurance policies, healthcare infrastructure and political regulations.
In your role as ITB Berlin’s Medical Consultant, what is on offer for 2017?
For our first edition of the Medical Tourism Pavilion in hall 3.2a, we are lucky to have some great exhibitors from different countries with us like Turkey, Poland, Belarus and the UAE. We have workshops on Wednesday during the ITB Leisure-Trend-Forum in hall 4.1. And on Thursday in the Medical Tourism Pavilion, we have presentations with our partners from Portugal, Croatia and our exhibitors, plus educationals and networking opportunities.
What are the future projections for the sector?
The current turnover of the world’s medical tourism industry is around $439billion. Over the next ten years overall growth is forecast to reach up to 25%. During the same period, it is predicted that up to 4% of the world’s population will undertake trips motivated by offers of medical treatment. ITB Berlin aims to highlight this growth market and all its aspects and provide buyers and providers this new platform on a global stage