Published on : Saturday, May 11, 2019
Barbados has had quite an intriguing history with people traveling to its shores for medical reasons. In fact, none other than George Washington himself, the first president of the US, ventured on his only trip abroad to Barbados in 1751 hoping to cure his tuberculosis with the help of the island’s sublime climate.
The trip made a profound impact on the then young Washington, and in his words, he was “perfectly ravished” by the serenity and beauty of the island. Over the years, Barbados has attracted visitors due its natural climate, and along with its sound infrastructure and business friendly environment, it is an ideal destination for not only leisure tourism but also for medical tourism investment.
Medical tourism sees thousands of patients travel annually to various destinations around the world like Europe, Asia, South America and the Caribbean for availing various medical procedures. The global medical tourism industry was valued at approximately US $36.9 billion in 2018, and is expected to grow at over 20 percent over the next decade. Barbados is also an attractive destination for medical tourism investment.
Barbados has the right ingredients for a medical tourism hub of excellence. Barbados is known and highly respected as a first class tourism destination as well as a mature and well regulated international business center. In the area of medical tourism, Barbados’ name is popular as a leading destination for IVF. The Barbados Fertility Centre has been attracting international clientele to its world class facility for almost two decades and it boasts some of the highest global success rates.
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