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                                                                               TOURISM: THE NEXT GROWTH AREA


MEDICAL TOURISM RISING IN INDIA

Professor Sibal is Group Medical Director of the Apollo Hospitals Group, Adjunct Professor of Paediatrics at the School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Australia and a Senior Pediatric Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist at Apollo Hospital Delhi. was born in Australia the son of an Indian diplomat, was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003 – UK. He established own business in the travel sector 25 years ago and realised the critical role the Internet would play in the travel industry. He established the first interactive website for travel agents in the UK, flightbookers.net, in 1996. Ebookers.com was formed in 1999. NASDAQ, NEUER, and LSE listings soon followed and ebookers.com rolled out across Europe becoming the leading online travel agency in Europe.

What are the present statistics of tourists visiting India? How long is the average stay, how much do they spend on average, where do they come from and where do they go?

Sibal: Around 450,000 medical tourists visited India from South Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North America in 2007. According to the Ministry of Tourism, the average medical tourist in India spends more than US$ 7,000 per visit. The average length of stay is around 5.9 days (taken from the ALOS for Indian hospitals, as separate data is not available for medical tourists).

Dhamija: I think 4 million visitors, of which 1 million are nonresident Indians.

What do you project will the above picture look like in five years time?

Sibal: India expects to receive 1 million medical tourists in 2012. The medical tourism sector is expected to experience an annual growth rate of 30 percent. Dhamija: Six million in five years time.

>>India expects to receive 1 million medical tourists in 2012. The medical tourism sector is expected to experience an annual growth rate of 30 percent.the  <<

If you had a ‘Wish List’ for tourism in India, what would be on that list?

Sibal: The “Wish List” for medical tourism in India would be:

a. Tax exemption for the construction of hospitals and the expansion or refurbishing of existing ones.

b. Incentives under the Income Tax Act for expenses incurred by private hospitals to obtain domestic or internationally recognized accreditation.

c. Governmental support for international advertisements and participation in road shows.

d. Facilitation of medical visas. e. Medical visas on arrival.

Dhamija: Improve infrastucture to western standards, allow casinos, improve infrastructure to Western standards and the concept of Southeast Asian service........


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