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Ayurvedic Therapies Cashing In On Medical Tourism

Medical tourism is a growing business in Asia. Foreigners often come to this side of the content //to get therapies and treatment, which would be extremely expensive in their own countries. ..More and more Globetrotters are making a beeline for the state of Kerala in India during the monsoons. Why you may ask? Well it’s believed strongly that the best time to undergo natural Ayurveda healing ther...

Promoting Medical Tourism In India

Medical tourism focuses on treatment of acute illness, elective surgeries such as cardiology and cancer, among others. From October this year , the Government plans to start overseas marketing of India as a medical tourism destination. // Senior Government officials say that the formalities for marketing medical facilities to a global audience have already started and they hope to complete the pr...

Avenues to opened for medical tourists following relaxation of visa regulations

India has always been looked at by outsiders as the land of mystic magic, serine breath taking beauty, and the harmonious central key to getting in touch with the spiritual side of humanity. However there is more to // this large sub-continent then what meets the eye at first glance that cannot be enjoyed without a real time experience. .. ..Tourism has been a thriving business in India for over...

India – Haven Of Medical Touris

Among the Asian countries, India has become a major medical tourism destination, as it offers not only cheap but also sophisticated healthcare services, Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said Wednesday//. ...."We are getting people in thousands from various parts of the world with most of them coming for bypass surgeries, dental and orthopaedic treatment, and even for plastic surgeries," Ramadoss...

Medical Tourism To India Hurts US Hospitals

That medical tourism is widely prevalent is yesterday's news. Today's news is that many US insurers and hospitals have taken note of the fact that India is fast// emerging as a most wanted destination for elective surgeries. To stem the tide as it were, they are embarking on aggressive marketing strategies to make sure that the average American gets his surgeries done in-house. ..It is reported...

Briton tourists warned of Bird flu threat in Turkey

Spread of H5N1 bird flu strain in Turkey had led to researchers warning British tourists to keep away from turkey this summer to avoid spread of bird flu virus into Britain. Despite these warnings of a possible spread of bird flu tourists are booking holidays in Turkish resorts.// The Association of British Travel Agents had reported that the tourist season to Turkey is as usual and people seem t...

Tourism Industry Affected By Bird Flu

The tourism industry of Turkey may suffer as a result of the bird flu outbreak in the country. The country depends upon revenues from its tourism industry to a very large extent//. Both the Government of the UK and that of Russia have advised their citizens not to make tourist visits to Turkey. These two countries account for a large volume of tourists. The outbreak in the country has badly affec...

Tourism not to be affected by bird flu affected areas!

The problem of bird flu has taken gigantic proportions not only in the animal world but human world as well. ..The fear is so intense that tourists wanting to visit // countries with bird flu like China, Vietnam, Turkey and Croatia want an advice from doctors. ..At the moment the unanimous voice is to take the plunge as bird flu is an animal disease and not a problem for humans to worry... ..The...

Himachal Pradesh Fails To Become Health Tourism Center

The Indian State of Himachal Pradesh's plans to become a flourishing health tourism center has not proved to be a success. There were plans to take advantage of its sylvan settings and its 'panchkarma' ayurvedic cure system // and establish a healthcare hub similar to that which came into being in yet another Indian state, namely Kerala. ....Four years ago, the Central Health Ministry sanctione...

Travel And Tourism Industry Calls For Global Efforts To Limit Sexual Trafficking Of Children

An international conference, 'United Front for Children: Global Efforts to Combat Sexual Trafficking of Children in Travel and Tourism' // to be held on the 21st of April at the University of Minnesota will focus on ways and means to curb sex trafficking, at a global level. The event to be held at the Coffman Union Theater, 300 Washington S.E., Minneapolis, and is free and open to the public part...

World-class Facility A Must To Boost Medical Tourism In India

With India firmly establishing itself as a medical tourism destination, top hospitals here are offering facilities hitherto found in only upmarket hotels// - travel desks, multi-cuisine menus, translators and the like. ..'An international travel desk is one of the prime requirements of a hospital servicing foreign patients,' said Karan Thakur of the Indraprastha Apollo hospital here. ..With the...

India is the "IT" destination for obesity cure: med tourism

There are numerous foreigners that are flying to India and desperate to do so. It is not to see the backwaters of Kerala or the beautiful beaches// of Goa but to rid themselves of the extra flab. .. ..What is common between Christine a Canadian, Amir a Bangladesh-born American and Hardeep a Sikh from the US is there desire to get in shape. ....The hub of laparoscopic surgeries is Kolkata as shows...

Bariatric Surgery Solution to Obesity and to Boost Medical Tourism

Bariatric Surgery is the surgery done for obesity. This type of surgery is in high demand as in the US as 30% of its population is estimated to be overweight.// Bariatric Surgery in India could bring patients from US and Europe to the country... ..A private hospital in Calcutta today launched a world class Bariatric surgery clinic here to treat people suffering from severe obesity, a disease that...

Bariatric Surgery Clinic To Boost Medical Tourism

In a development that could bring patients from US and Europe to the country, a private hospital today launched a world class bariatric surgery clinic here to treat people suffering from severe obesity // , a disease that is fast attaining epidemic proportions in India. ....The star-studded launch of the clinic at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals here saw at least 25 people queueing up for surgery to...

Indonesian Tourism on Downward Trend After Java Quake

Indonesia's tourism industry, still shaky from terror bombings and the 2004 tsunami, was dealt another blow when the May 27 earthquake devastated parts of this Javanese cultural city, a prime tourist destination. // ....The ancient royal capital with its cultural history, temples and vibrant arts and crafts scene is second only to Bali for visits by overseas tourists. ...."We're suffering anoth...

Ayurveda Boosts Monsoon Tourism in Kerala

Despite dull and dreary rains during the monsoon season in Kerala, numerous tourists visit the state to savour ayurveda packages.// ..It is believed that the months of June and July are best suited for administering ayurvedic treatment. .."In the last five years the number of tourist places offering ayurveda-related services in Kerala has more than doubled. Capital investment for a cottage in a...

Uday Tour, Global Medicare Tie Up To Tap Medical Tourism Mart

Healthcare consultancy firm Global Medicare and Uday Tour and Travel have entered into an agreement to promote Indian medical facilities overseas with a view to tap the growing medical tourism industry. // ....As per the MoU, Global Medicare would provide technical knowhow and professional inputs, while Uday Tours would undertake promotional activities overseas and make all travel arrangements o...

Outbreak of Malaria to Lead to Loss in Tourist Industry

The Public Health Agency of Canada has reported that two tourists have contracted malaria after visiting Exuma, leading to increased fears that the recent outbreak //of malaria on the island could lead to losses in the country's tourist industry. ..The tourists, a Canadian and an American traveler contracted malaria after visiting Great Exuma. ..The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) had adv...

Doctors Attitude and Costs Plays a Vital Role in Boosting Medical Tourism in India

A leading Indian cosmetic surgeon, Narendra Pandya, says he foresees a dramatic rise in medical tourism to India because of not just the low costs involved but a more humane approach towards patients. // ...."What we are seeing now (in medical tourism) is just the beginning. At the Apollo Victor hospital in Goa, where I do surgery, over 90 percent of the patients are British expatriates," Pandy...

Rajasthan Plans to Promote Medical Tourism and Medical Education in the State

Rajasthan is to unveil an ambitious roadmap to boost medical education and medical tourism but there's a catch - investors will have to cough up //at least Rs.50 million (a million dollars) to take advantage of the scheme. ....Education Minister Ghanshyam Tiwari will unveil the "Policy to Promote Private Investment in Health Care Facilities 2006" at the Rajasthan Association of North America (RA...

Tourists Face Health Risks by Missing Vaccinations

According to a new survey millions of British tourists face several health risks are risking their health by not taking their vaccinations or anti malaria pills before they go abroad//. ..The study has revealed that around three million people have visited tropical countries on holiday over the last five years without taking the recommended vaccination. ....Although malaria has claimed over a...

British Tourist In Hong Kong Has Mad Cow Disease

A British tourist in Hong Kong is suspected of having the human variety of mad cow disease. The 23-year-old man has not been named and was admitted to a Hog Kong hospital// after he began behaving oddly. Hospital Authority in Hong Kong said the man came to the country on April 4 and was admitted in hospital on April 6. ....The man is of Chinese origin and underwent intestinal surgery earlier. Ho...

Medical Tourism can Fetch Rs.100 bn Annually by 2012

Medical tourism has a potential of growing by a whopping 25 percent annually to fetch India Rs.100 billion ($2.15 billion) a year by 2012, Tourism Minister Ambika Soni said Wednesday.// ...."The sector has a huge potential and looking at the response from foreign patients, we estimate that the country may fetch Rs.100 billion annually by 2012," said Soni while releasing the "Incredible India: The...

Nepal Plans to Promote Health Tourism Based on Traditional Medicine

Nepal plans to step up health tourism investment along the lines of Kerala, a hot tourist destination for ayurvedic treatments and health packages. // ...."Being a source of rare Himalayan herbs and oils, we are looking keenly at wellness tourism," Nandini Lahe-Thapa, the Nepal Tourism Board's director of marketing and promotion, told IANS. ...."Inspired by the success of Kerala (in southern In...

Kerala Tourism Affected by Viral Fever Outbreak

Kerala, hit hard by a viral fever caused by mosquito bites, is apprehensive that the tourist season starting mid-October might not take off.// ....For a state whose economy relies heavily on its flourishing tourism industry, 60 reported chikungunya deaths, as the viral fever is known here, could not have come at a worse time than this. ....The maximum chikungunya deaths so far have occurred in...

Kerala Tourism Will not be Affected by Chikungunya: Minister

A large number of cases of suspected chikungunya fever in Kerala will not affect the state's booming tourism sector, Tourism Minister // Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said Tuesday. ...."As the World Health Organisation (WHO) has come out with a report saying that the fever widespread here is not chikungunya, things have cheered up. There have been no reports of cancellation by tourists who have already...

Agra Hospitals Modernise to Promote Medical Tourism

In what should be welcome news for tens of thousands of visitors to this city, private hospitals and nursing homes are modernising and entering into tie-ups with well-known// groups, hoping to benefit from the growing trend in medical tourism. ....Half a dozen super specialty hospitals have come up in a year, in addition to scores of smaller general hospitals catering to locals and those from Ra...

Kerala to Venture into Medical Tourism

The backbone of Kerala's economy has always been the tourism industry with the scenic beauty of the famous backwaters// attracting visitors from all over the world. ..The latest buzzword in Kerala is medical tourism with the state government appearing to have cracked the winning combination of fun and well. ..Tourists like 50-year-old Clay Andersson from Carolina have already experienced the bo...

India to Be Made Medical and Health Tourism Destination

The Minister of Tourism and Culture Smt. Ambika Soni has informed the Rajya Sabha that the Ministry is promoting India as a Global Health Care Destination. In a written// reply she said, to attract more foreign tourist to the country Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with the Ministry of Health has already taken the following measures to promote Medial Tourism: ....i) Indian Healthcare Federa...

Promote Health Tourism, Say US-Based Malayalis

Kerala should appoint a brand ambassador to boost its health tourism industry in the US, says an umbrella grouping of Malayalis based abroad. // ....The Federation of Kerala Associations in North America (Fokana), which has members in North America and Canada, has asked the Indian and Kerala governments to promote the state as a destination for medical tourism. .. .."The brand ambassador should a...

Kerala Drafts a New Health Tourism Policy

A new health tourism policy from Kerala promises heavy investment opportunities for Non-Resident Keralites (NRK), making it a reliable venture ensuring steady returns in the// long term. ....Kerala Tourism Department has planned for an investor meet in Kochi from March 23 – 27 for showcasing the opportunities in the health tourism sector. The meet is expected to be a congregation of major hospi...

Haryana Tourism Complexes to Serve Low Calorie Dishes

Tourists visiting or passing by state-run tourist complexes in Haryana will have something new to look forward to - low calorie and trendy dishes//. ....This marks a changeover by the Haryana tourism in menus across its tourist complexes starting Jan 1, 2007. ....Cooks from Haryana tourism's complexes were given a few culinary lessons at the Food Craft Institute in Faridabad this week to help t...

Kerala to Promote Medical Tourism With Road Shows Abroad

Kochi: In its efforts to promote Kerala as an ideal destination for medical tourism, the state's tourism department plans to hold// road shows in the US, Britain, Dubai, Muscat, Kuwait, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. ...."A policy is required for this because it has to be systematic and we have asked the CII (Confederation of Indian Industries) to give inputs to the draft of the policy and when we...

Kerala Sees Medical Tourism Soaring

With Kerala expecting at least 100,000 medical tourists in the next three years, the therapeutic tourism industry is in the pink of its health//. ..Foreigners are arriving in Kerala's top hospitals for plastic and cosmetic surgery, facial surgery, dental treatments, cosmetology, hip and knee replacement, ophthalmology, voice therapy and obesity treatment. ....The second Kerala Health Tourism (K...

Transplant Tourism on the Rise, Says WHO

Organ transplant tourism is on the rise in the wake of persistent supply shortage, the World Health Organisation has noted.// .. .... It has pleaded strongly against the undesirable practice of preying upon poorer nations by patients from the developed countries of the West. Demand for human organ transplants far exceeds supply, WHO said after a meeting of experts on the issue. .. ..The kidney is...

Cemetery Tourism, the New Catchword in US

Historic cemeteries in the US, desperate for money to pay for badly needed restorations, are reaching out to the public in ever more unusual ways, with dog parades, bird-watching lectures, Sunday jazz concerts, brunches with star chefs, Halloween parties in the crematory and even a nudie calendar. ......The cemetery tourism fever is catching on. ......A recent nine-course re-creation of the la...

China to Replace France as World's Top Tourism Destination by 2014

Using the 2008 Olympics as its launch pad, China is expected to replace France as the world's top tourism destination by 2014. ......Experts interviewed by a foreign news agency said China received 22 million foreign tourists in 2006, excluding arrivals from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, compared to a mere 300,000 in 1978. ......They said that while tourism growth in France has been slow, Chi...

IVF Tourism Marred by Ethical Differences in EU

There should be a basic set of standards among the European Union countries regarding the IVF tourism some experts believe. There needs to be reduced legal differences between countries that are encouraging reproductive tourism." ......The term 'reproductive tourism' refers to people travelling to countries other than their own for fertility treatments because it may be cheaper or easier to ac...

Health Tourists Put Spanish Service Under Strain

Waves of tourists have been coming to Spain's sun-kissed eastern and southern coastline for decades and convalescents among them are connoisseurs of the climate's restorative properties. ......But as European integration progresses, more and more health "tourists" and foreign residents buying into the idea of retirement by the sea have been making increasing use of Spain's health facilities -- t...

Kerala to Set Up Holistic Tourism Centre to Promote Medical Tourism

Kerala is soon to set up a holistic tourism centre that will promote medical tourism besides other attractions for visitors, state Tourism Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said here Wednesday . ......"This centre would combine various segments of tourism like ayurveda, farm tourism and medical tourism," Balakrishnan told the state assembly. ......He said the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII...
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