Sunday, October 21, 2012

International conference due on promoting medical tourism

An international conference will be held here Wednesday to promote Korea's quality medical services combined with tourism, the provincial government said .

The conference at Daejeon Convention Center in Daejeon, South Chungcheong Province, will host more than 2,000 people from China, Russia, Kazakhstan and seven other countries, a spokesman for the Daejeon City government said.

The three-day conference features seminars on promoting the international medical tourism industry and cooperation on health care strategies among medical institutions, alongside exhibitions of medical equipment and familiarization tours for medical tourism.

Sun Medical Center and Konyang University Hospital said they will sign agreements with several Chinese, Russian and Kazak medical centers and hospitals at the conference on the exchange of patients for medical treatment and tourism.

"The conference will be the biggest of its kind in Asia with more than 2,000 people attending to exchange information on medical tourism," said Yoon Tae-hee, who is in charge of health affairs for the city government. "We are trying to establish a global network to pave the way for making inroads into overseas medical tourism markets."

South Korea attracted more than 5.3 million foreigners in the first six months of this year with the total number of tourists estimated to surpass the previous 11 million record for the whole year. That number is supported by more than 150,000 foreigners expected to come to the country as medical tourists. (Yonhap)

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