Medical Tourism to Guatemala Increases
Statistics from the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism indicate that the increase in tourists with medical purposes was 39% in 2008.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Susana Portillo writes in Elperiodico.com.gt: "The services of highest demand are odontology and plastic surgery. Hospitals, hotels, obesity clinics, plastic surgery, oculists, dental surgeons, spas and alternative medicine centers offer their services, and they compete in the market to attract their clients."
Services for alternative medicine and dentistry are those most requested by visitors.
Mexico, Spain and Poland are looking to position themselves as medical tourism destinations competing with the traditional ones such as India, Thailand, Brazil and Turkey.
Representatives of U.S. medical institutions made a visit to the country in order to promote it as a medical destination.
Medical tourism destinations have emerged all over the globe. The industry anticipates a great deal of growth in the coming years, from a 2004 estimate of $40 billion to $100 billion by 2012, according to statistics produced by McKinsey & Company and the Confederation of India.
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