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Published on : Saturday, November 23, 2013
Reiterating the fact that medical tourism worldwide generated approximately 50 billion dollars in revenue and this is “clearly an industry that Bermuda should explore,” Tourism Minister Shawn Crockwell said Friday in the House of Assembly.
The Minister said that in 2011, Medical Tourism worldwide generated approximately 50 billion dollars in revenue and Wellness Tourism generated approximately 106 billion dollars in revenue.
The Minister was speaking after his trip to the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress in Las Vegas earlier this month.
He was accompanied by the Minister of Health Patricia Gordon-Pamplin, and said that to his knowledge, this was the first time that a Bermuda Tourism Minister had attended this Congress.
Minister Crockwell said, “This is clearly an industry that Bermuda should explore and the
Government is looking into various niche models which can set us apart from the competition.
“There is currently an exciting proposal on the table, which I am not at liberty at this stage to enlarge upon, but which has great potential for developing this industry here in Bermuda.
“Nine per cent of medical tourists spend time relaxing in the destination after their procedure. In Barbados, there are hospital resorts wherein patients receive medical treatment on one part of the facility and then move to the resort-like part for convalescence.
“Medical and Wellness travel have historically not been areas focused on for Bermuda tourism.
Combined, these industries generate more than one hundred and fifty billion dollars a year in revenues. “This Congress was very useful to my understanding of these growing industries and it is my intention to share what I have learned with the Bermuda Tourism Authority, with a view to develop a strategy so that we as a destination can benefit from this lucrative trend going forward,” said the Minister.
There were 2,100 delegates in attendance from all around the world, including the Turks &
Caicos Islands, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados and Belize just to name a few.