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Singapore to Host Inaugural Healthcare Travel Exhibition & Congress
Date:6/4/2009

SINGAPORE, June 4 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- For the first time in Asia, the medical tourism industry will have a unique platform to gain business insight and forge strategic alliances at the Healthcare Travel Exhibition and Congress 2009. According to market analysts, the medical tourism industry worldwide is growing at 15-20% annually, and the Asian market alone will generate revenue of more than US$4.4 billion by 2012. As the region's premier medical tourism event, Healthcare Travel Exhibition and Congress 2009 will give healthcare professionals and decision makers access to industry trends, best practices, and thought leadership to tap into Asia's growing market.

Organised by Informa Life Sciences, Healthcare Travel Exhibition and Congress 2009 focuses on the needs of the medical tourism value chain. Held from 28 to 30 June 2009 at The Fairmont Hotel, Singapore, the issues covered will range from marketing, insurance, patient care, service quality, telemedicine, post-operative care to travel.

Support from industry heavyweights

A highlight of the event is the two-day Healthcare Travel Congress, which will feature more than 30 CEOs and industry luminaries from institutions like Singhealth, National Healthcare Group, Raffles Medical Group and Parkway Group Healthcare from Singapore, US' Mayo Clinic, Apollo Hospitals Group from India, and Bumrungrad International in Thailand. This congress will offer case studies and interactive panel discussions to help companies in the medical tourism industry overcome challenges and enhance their market position. More than 30 exhibitors will also be exhibiting their latest innovations, products and services during the three-day exhibition.

Healthcare Travel Exhibition and Congress 2009 is sponsored by Singapore Medicine, CKMP-Council for Korea Medicine Overseas Promotion and National Healthcare Group. The event is also supported by International Enterprise Singapore, International Medical Travel Association (IMTA), Life Insurance Association, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Spa and Wellness Association Singapore, Thai Spa Association, and Spa Association Singapore.

"Asia is right at the centre of the medical tourism phenomenon," said Andrew Keable, Divisional Director of Life Sciences Division, IIR Asia Pacific. "This makes Healthcare Travel Exhibition and Congress 2009 an excellent platform to discover opportunities and strike partnerships in Asia's thriving healthcare travel industry."

For more information, please visit http://www.healthcare-travel.com

About Informa Life Sciences

Healthcare Travel Exhibition & Congress is part of a global series of life sciences events organized by Informa Life Sciences, the world's leader in providing quality conferences, publications and learning experiences for the life sciences industry. Along with Arab Health, Hospital Build and Aesthetics Asia, Healthcare Travel Exhibition and Congress also takes place annually in Dubai.

Informa Life Sciences lead the market in providing quality, expert-led conferences; delivering the expert knowledge our clients need to excel in their professional roles and guaranteeing a competitive advantage for their organizations. Our diverse portfolio covers the Pharmaceutical (Drug Discovery, Clinical Development, Regulatory Affairs, Biopharmaceutical, Generics and Business Strategy), Medical Devices and Diagnostics, Fine Chemicals and Agrochemicals and Veterinary Medicine arenas.

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     Yvonne Lim
     Senior Marketing Manager
     Asia Pacific Life Sciences Division
     IIR Exhibitions Pte Ltd
     Direct: +65-6517-3027
     Email:  yvonne.lim@iirx.com.sg

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