Pan-African Health Tourism Congress 2017
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 8:00 AM - Friday, March 31, 2017 at 4:00 PM (SAST)
THE PAN-AFRICAN HEALTH TOURISM CONGRESS 2017
The Theme for the 2017 Pan-African Health Tourism Congress (PAHTC) is “Tapping a Larger Share of the Health Wallet,” reflecting the impact of Health Tourism on the growth of the Health and Tourism sectors as well as their subsequent contribution to economic growth. To this end the 2017 Congress aims at guiding the development and promotion of Africa as first choice destination for global health tourism. Sub to the purpose the Congress will table strategies and hopefully, which will expand the Industry to address a broader Market meaning more business for all.
This Congress presents new opportunities for collaboration and alliances between professionals, asset owners, project developers, health tourism industry players, investment professionals, business, governments and industry associations to improve the understanding and on-going industry reforms.
FOREWORD FROM THE EXECUTIVE MAYOR OF UMHLATHUZE
It is both my pleasure and honour on behalf of uMhlathuze Municipality, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health and our supporting partner the Global Healthcare Travel Council, to welcome you to the Inaugural Pan- African Health Tourism Congress Business Opportunity Fair & Exhibition, under the banner “tapping a larger share of the health wallet”. Read the whole message...
WHAT TO EXPECT AT PAHTC 2017
WHY THE PAHTC 2017?
ATTENDING WILL BE
The PAHTC 2017 is a strategic meeting platform for African Ministers, Senior Public Sector Officials in the Tourism, Health, Home Affairs, Foreign Affairs, International Relations, as well as Dignitaries Based in South Africa in the same occasion as the following senior level executives from the related private and third sectors:
INDUSTRIES YOU WILL MEET AT THE PAHTC 2017
Specialised Hospitals and Clinics | Medical Evaluation and Treatment Centres | Pharmaceuticals | Cosmetic Surgery Specialists Spa and Health | Medical Resorts Rehabilitation Centres | Weight Loss Centres | Dental Centres | Alternative Medical Lifestyle Providers | Public and Private Health Care Providers | Medical Tourism and Travel Companies | Health Insurance Companies | International Insurance Companies | Medical and Tourism Associations | Chambers Of Commerce | Tourism Chambers | Tourism Boards | Visitor and Convention Bureaus | Medical Tourism Facilitators | Medical Holiday Package Providers | Global Healthcare Providers | Travel Agencies | Medical Travel Agencies | Cross Border Authorities | Investors | Financial Institutions | Venture Capitalists | Technology Solutions Providers | Fund Managers | Consulting Companies | Marketing Organisations | Software Companies | Airlines | Healthcare Organisations | Medical Associations | Suppliers and Healthcare Buyers.
HEALTH TOURISM IN AFRICA, THE FIGURES
According to the research, the main sources are neighbouring Lesotho (140,000), Swaziland (47,000), Mozambique (38,000), Botswana (55,000) and Zimbabwe (17,000); where public and private health provision is in crisis; so people are traveling for availability of and quality of treatment, not for price reasons. African countries account for at least 90% of the total spend of R1.5 billion. While much of this is privately arranged, the South African government does have formal deals with 18 African countries where many pay for treatment for their citizens.
South Africa even helps out with special funding mechanisms, but these are plagued by corruption on either side of the border. The average length of stay for Europeans is 8 nights as some do stay on as tourists. But the tourism element does not figure in medical travel from African countries; the average stay is 4 days, but only a day for Botswana and Lesotho. Most go to private hospitals and clinics, or for private treatment at public hospitals.
Courtesy of the International Medical Travel Journal.
It is both my pleasure and honour on behalf of uMhlathuze Municipality, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health and our supporting partner the Global Healthcare Travel Council, to welcome you to the Inaugural Pan- African Health Tourism Congress Business Opportunity Fair & Exhibition, under the banner “tapping a larger share of the health wallet”.
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