Quezon City is setting its sights on becoming a major medical tourism destination by 2020.
City officials and their partners in the tourism and health industries affirmed their commitment to make the city a major player in the medical tourism industry during the first Medical Tourism Stakeholders Summit held recently.
Also during the event, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista signed the “QC Medical Tourism Vision 2020 Commitment.”
The local chief executive noted that the world tourism market is projected to be worth USD 143 billion by 2020, and that the city is “very ripe” to get its share of the market.
Earlier in January, the city official expressed their intention to enter the medical tourism market.
“The industry’s growth is phenomenal, and the Philippines is poised to benefit because of our hospitality, skilled doctors and ready facilities. Quezon City wants to be part of it, and I want all of you to be part of this success story,” Mayor Bautista was quoted by the Manila Standard.
A technical working group will detail the steps the city will take in becoming a preferred medical tourism destination.
Among the plans is to create a one-stop directory which links health facilities such as hospitals, clinics, medical spas, fitness and therapy centres.
Also being planned are medical tour packages and an international and local medical tourism hotline.
Mayor Bautista is optimistic that whatever achievement the city will achieve in medical tourism will hopefully reflect on the country’s standing in the medical tourism market.
He mentioned that the city is a true medical and wellness destination, as some of the best hospitals in the country have roots in the city, such as the St. Luke’s Medical Center, Capitol Medical Center, University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, and specialized hospitals like the Heart Center, Lung Center and Kidney Center, among others.
Burgeoning hospitals located in Commonwealth and Mindanao Avenue will also serve as places for recovery and healing.
Singapore, Malaysia, India, Thailand, and Brazil currently top the medical tourism market. MIMS
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