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Pan-African Health Tourism Congress 2017

Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 8:00 AM - Friday, June 9, 2017 at 4:00 PM (SAST)

Pan-African Health Tourism Congress 2017

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Congress Delegate
Full Congress Access including Masterclass, Networking Cocktail, Gala Dinner, Congress Day Lunches and Refreshments. The first 100 registrants qualify for the Masterclass.
1h 10m $400.00 $0.00

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The Pan-African Health Tourism Congress 2017 will be the first of its kind targeted at not only South Africa, but the rest of the continent and will bring together experts from around the world who will give presentations linking medicine and tourism, and build a business case for the viability of the industry.


  •        3 Day Industry Exhibition
  •        1 Day Community Healthcare Expo and Roadshow
  •        2 Accredited Pre-Congress Masterclasses
  •        Dynamic Keynote Speakers to Begin and End Each Day of Sessions
  •        2 Days of High-Level Industry and Research Presentations
  •        A Dedicated Ministerial Plenary Session
  •        Opinion and Corporate Roundtables and Breakaway Sessions
  •        High-Level Panel Sessions
  •        Thursday Evening:
    • Networking Cocktail And
    • Pan-African Health Tourism
    • Awards Gala Dinner
  •        Industry Poster Presentations
  •        New Alliances with Other Professional Societies to Expand Our Audience Participation
  •        Hackathon and Industry Innovation Forum
  •        Plenty of Networking Opportunities throughout the Event!


  • Growing Africa’s health and tourism offerings so that the continent can be the destination of choice in the global the Health and Tourism market and subsequently contributing to economic growth and development for better advantage in the global economy.
  • Bring together leaders from government and business in the Healthcare, Tourism, Health Tourism, Economic Development and allied sectors to map best practices in the development and promotion of Health Tourism in Africa.
  • Focus on long-term strategic collaboration with active stakeholders in Africa and other regions to advance industry development.
  • Incorporate input and evaluate practical case studies from international and indigenous market, with the aim of bench-marking development opportunities and challenges.
  • Discuss feasible best practices and innovative approaches that have the potential to make significant progress in transformation of the Health Tourism industry.
  • New opportunities for collaboration and alliances between investment professionals, business, governments and industry associations to improve the understanding and on-going industry development.
  • Proposals for mechanisms that can help prioritise sector specific sustainability framework that maximizes informal farmer participation to boost regional Health Tourism development encouraging investment.


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:

  •        Directors and Associate Directors
  •        Ministerial and Ambassadorial Delegations
  •        Industry and Sector Experts
  •        Vice Presidents and Associate Vice Presidents
  •        General Managers and other Senior Level Managers
  •        Chief Executive Officers and other Senior Level Executives
  •        Consultants and professional in the 8 Categories of Health Tourism.


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.


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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Umfolozi Hotel Casino and Convention Resort
2 Copper Dr
UMhlathuze, KwaZulu-Natal 3880
South Africa

Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 8:00 AM - Friday, June 9, 2017 at 4:00 PM (SAST)

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