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Thursday, 08 February, 2018, 10 : 05 AM [IST]

IMC’s 2nd Health Tourism Conclave in the vanguard of availing opportunities

L-R: Arvind Pradhan, Dr. Pravin R. Amin, Dr. Nasir Fulara, Dr. Ramen Goel, Dr. Kulin Kothari, Dr Ajit R. Menon, Pradip Madhavji, Dr. Nirad S. Vengsarkar, Dr. Ramakant Deshpande and Dr. Parag Rindani


The Indian Merchant Chamber (IMC) of Commerce and Industry organised its second Health Tourism Conclave pertaining to the theme ‘Growing Opportunities’ at ITC Grand Central in Mumbai. Jaykumar Rawal, Minister of Tourism and Employment Guarantee Scheme, Government of Maharashtra was the chief guest for the conclave. The day long conclave covered four panel discussions where eminent experts, stakeholders from the medical, pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, travel and trade professionals and diplomats from various countries discussed and deliberated on the course of effective health tourism in India. The conference was attended by over 150 leading doctors, hospital administrators, travel & trade and hospitality professionals.

L-R: Arvind Pradhan (DG IMC), Farhat Jamal (Chairmal Travel & Hospitality Commitee IMC), Jaykumar Rawal, Dr. Lalit Kanodia President IMC, Dr. Deepak Sawant, and Raj Nair, VP, IMC


The Indian Merchant Chamber (IMC) of Commerce and Industry organised its second Health Tourism Conclave pertaining to the theme ‘Growing Opportunities’ at ITC Grand Central in Mumbai. Jaykumar Rawal, Minister of Tourism and Employment Guarantee Scheme, Government of Maharashtra was the chief guest for the conclave. The day long conclave covered four panel discussions where eminent experts, stakeholders from the medical, pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, travel and trade professionals and diplomats from various countries discussed and deliberated on the course of effective health tourism in India. The conference was attended by over 150 leading doctors, hospital administrators, travel & trade and hospitality professionals.

The four panel discussions were moderated by Dr. Parag Rindani, Centre Head, Wockhardt Hospital, South Mumbai, Sheldon Santwan, Editor & COO, TravelBiz Monitor, Dr. Ashish Contractor, Head - Rehab Medicine and Sports Medicine, Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Dr. Tarang Gianchandani, CEO, Jaslok Hospital, respectively.

L-R: Clarence Fernandes, Chairman, Rwanda Renaissance, Manoj Vijayan, Narendra Hosabettu, Sushil Bhatt, Co-Chairman, Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Committee, IMC, Dr. Ahmad Mecklai, Aashutosh Rathod and Sheldon Santwan


by Dr. Parag Rindani, Centre Head, Wockhardt Hospital, South Mumbai, Sheldon Santwan, Editor & COO, TravelBiz Monitor, Dr. Ashish Contractor, Head - Rehab Medicine and Sports Medicine, Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Dr. Tarang Gianchandani, CEO, Jaslok Hospital, respectively.

by Dr. Parag Rindani, Centre Head, Wockhardt Hospital, South Mumbai, Sheldon Santwan, Editor & COO, TravelBiz Monitor, Dr. Ashish Contractor, Head - Rehab Medicine and Sports Medicine, Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Dr. Tarang Gianchandani, CEO, Jaslok Hospital, respectively.

The third panel discussion focused on traditional Indian medicine and wellness in the context of health tourism. The panelists The third panel discussion focused on traditional Indian medicine and wellness in the context of health tourism. The panelists discussed the scope and the widespread usage of traditional methodology of healing such as Unani, Ayurveda and Panchkarma, and to aim on positioning these traditional services through a public private partnership to the rest of the world. Prof. Dr. Kuldip Raj Kohli, Director, Directorate of Ayush, Maharashtra State, Rajiv Nair, CEO, Kaya Limited, Mickey Mehta, CMD, Mickey Mehta Health Beyond Fitness Pvt Ltd., Dr. Hemanth Kumar, Corporate Director - Jiva Spa, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces and Tasneem Fidvi, Senior Manager, Administration & amp; Head department of Complimentary Alternate Medicine, Saifee Hospital were the panelists for the discussion.

L-R: Tasneem Fidvi, Sudhir Patil, Founder & Director, Veena World, Dr. Hemanth Kumar, Dr Mickey Mehta, Rajiv Nair, Dr. Aashish Contractor, Prof.(Dr.) Kuldip Kohli, and Aanurag Dhoot, Deputy Director-General, IMC


The panelists for the fourth panel discussion were, Dr. Anupam Verma, President, Wockhardt Hospital, Dr Jay Goel, Associate Director, L V Prasad Eye Institute, and Dr. Gustad B. Daver, Medical Director and Head of Department – General Surgery, Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre. They pointed out the understanding of quality institutions in India owing to the latest innovation in the industry. A precise importance was pinned on accreditation for quality institutions in order to boost medical tourism.

Indian medical tourism market is about USD 3 billion and is expected to grow up to USD 6 billion with a CAGR of 20% by 2020. In 2016, around 1.8 lakh medical visas were issued, denoting a 20% growth as compared to 2015. Bangladesh is the largest foreign user of India’s health services with 95,000 tourists in 2016; the medical tourist traffic from Bangladesh has been growing at an annual rate of 52% from 2013 onwards. Also, e-Medical visa services have been extended to 161 countries and the duration of stay has increased from 30 days to 60 days and is valid for a triple entry.

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