The presence of an entire hall dedicated to the medical sector – the Medical Tourism Pavilion – was one of the biggest advancements of ITB Berlin 2017. The hall provided a platform for medical health providers, hotels and destinations offering corresponding medical services to congregate, discuss products and services and attend presentations and workshops on the latest trends and developments in this growth market.
It also saw the Medical Travel Quality Alliance (MTQUA) announce the results of its annual report into global hospitals and destinations, based on inspections into the expertise, care and services offered those who have travelled for medical reasons.
Hospitals in Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, Jordan, Thailand, Mexico and Turkey were among the top ten, with the Asklepios Klinik in Barmbek, Germany rated number one, followed by the Clemenceau Medical Center in Beirut and the Fortis Hospital Bannerghatta in India. “We are honoured to be able to announce these outstanding hospitals to leading decision- makers, experts and buyers from the global travel industry at the rst medical tourism platform at ITB Berlin,” said Julie Munro, president of MTQUA. “The 2017 list contains a number of surprises and reflects the changes in this sector as a result of intense competition, efforts to improve quality and higher standards, and that benefits all medical tourists,” Munro concluded.