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Costa Rica Medical Tourism Summit Brings Together 250 Health and Tourism Companies
Date:5/8/2013

San Jose, Costa Rica (PRWEB) May 08, 2013

The Council for the International Promotion of Costa Rican Medicine (PROMED) welcomed more than 250 wellness and tourism companies from 15 different countries during the recent Costa Rica Medical Tourism Summit. The event was held in Playa Herradura from April 24-26 with the goal of promoting Costa Rica as a key destination for both retirement and state-of-the-art health care services at affordable prices. The conference was organized by PROMED and the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism (ICT), and co-sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chamber of Commerce.

The congress attracted companies including clinics, hospitals, insurance firms and Costa Rica hotels. Approximately 500 guests from Canada, the United States, Mexico, and several Latin American countries were in attendance at the fourth annual summit, which featured workshops and lectures related to medical tourism, retirement and marketing.

Costa Rica has rapidly evolved into one of the world’s leading destinations for medical tourism, with nearly 50,000 medical travelers documented in 2011. Ranked fourth among Latin American nations for the quality of its health services, the country attracts thousands with its reasonable prices and high standard of care. The local tourism sector has taken note of this burgeoning niche market, finding innovative ways to cater to the increasing number of medical tourists. Costa Rica vacation rental operator, Escape Villas, has witnessed a new trend among its patrons according to spokesperson Sara Hopkins. “Over the last five years, we’ve seen a marked increase in our medical tourism clientele, especially among baby boomers who fly down for denta
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