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 "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."

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More Global Competition in Medical Tourism

July 2013

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.

From an article by the Costa Rican Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER):

Besides traditional competitors such as India, Thailand, Brazil and Turkey, new international players such as Mexico, Spain and Poland are now seeking to position themselves as medical tourism destinations. On the one hand is Poland, which through a government program is trying to promote itself as a good country in which to find health treatment, rehabilitation, diagnosis and aesthetics services and, through its participation in three consecutive fairs (Miami 2012, Moscow and Monaco in March 2013), has managed to be taken into account by the experts as a new player in this market.

Medical Tourism Growing in Guatemala

August 2011

Services for alternative medicine and dentistry are those most requested by visitors.

Promotion work by professionals in the sector grouped around the Committee on Tourism, Health and Welfare of the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport) has generated a sustained increase in the sector since 2007.

Guatemala Promoted as Medical Tourism Destination

February 2011

Representatives of U.S. medical institutions made a visit to the country in order to promote it as a medical destination.

The delegation consists of representatives from Jackson Memorial Hospital, Badia Hand and Shoulder Center, Katalyst, World Wide Medical Partners and Baptist Health South Florida.

El Salvador Bets on Medical Tourism

February 2009

The Association of Medical Tourism (ATM) of the United States is in the country accompanied by tour operators to learn about medical possibilities. publishes in its website: “...the work of promoting medical services is encouraged by institutions such as: Cámara de Exportadores de Servicios de Salud de El Salvador (Exportsalud), Agencia de Promoción de Exportaciones de El Salvador (Exporta), Agencia de Promoción de Inversiones (Proesa) and the Ministerio de Turismo (Mitur)."

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