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A Wellness Community on Water

Luxury Wellness Onboard

The wellness real estate sector has been valued as a $134 billion global industry in 2017 by the Global Wellness Institute, with a projected growth to $198 billion by 2022.  Blue World Voyages, the world’s first cruise concept dedicated to active healthy lifestyles, is a player in this sizeable industry and has announced 40 Owners Residences onboard their first vessel, which launches in 2021.

Wellness lifestyle real estate is defined as a home which has been proactively designed and built to support the holistic health of its residents. Blue World Voyages’ Owners Residences will now offer this. The team have crafted a vessel and itinerary which is centred around wellness in all its forms, from the physical and social aspects to the emotional and intellectual dimensions. Owners can benefit from being part of this wellness community on water.

Those purchasing a Residence will have access to the ship’s two floors. which are solely focused around sports and wellness. They will offer a variety of state-of-the-art facilities which are unapparelled at sea. These range from a functional training & strength conditioning centre, golf & football stimulators, various fitness studios for classes such as yoga and spinning, and a sea-water lap pool which enables guests to do their laps in the ocean. Owners will also be able to take part in a range of active programming both onboard and ashore.  Land excursions will offer everything from cycling in Castellon (Spain) and surfing in Lisbon (Portugal), to horse riding in Cherbourg (France) and learning Tai Chi in Amsterdam (Netherlands). There will also be a dedicated team of experts and specialists onboard to offer tailored advice and personal programming as well as hosting talks on their fields of interest.

The ship’s interiors, from public spaces and guest suites, to the Owners Residences, have been designed and styled by top marine design architects, Tomas Tillberg International and acclaimed interior design firm Juan Poggi Designs. Owners are free to use their property as frequently as they wish, enabling them to travel the world and live in one of the healthiest environments possible. The vessel will be home to 40 one and two bedroom Residences, priced at £1,790,000 and £2,557,000 respectively.

Our surroundings and communities directly affect our daily lifestyles and have an impact on our health. Blue World Voyages believe that our homes, our most important personal investment, should also be a positive investment in our health and wellbeing.

Contact the editor@thehealthcareholiday.comif you have an interest in the sale of these luxury floating Residences.

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Growth & trends in medical and wellness tourism

Burgenstock Waldhotel, Switzerland

The two spectrums of health tourism, medical and wellness are showing nourishing growth and massaging the lifestyle demands of today’s travellers.

The latest research was revealed at this year’s Arabian Travel Market in Dubai. Growth rate in Medical Tourism, according to Patients Beyond Borders and the Global Wellness Institute was up by 17% in 2017, with 22 million crossing borders. Wellness Travel had increased by 7.5% accounting to 290 million travellers. In the Middle East, the top five markets were, in descending order,  UAE, Morocco, Israel, Jordon and Bahrain. Spas and thermal mineral springs were highlighted as the most popular treatments.

Arab Health Magazine (January 15, 2019), featured medical tourism trends. Mental and dental treatments are at the top. Millenniums,  however, being more tech savvy, view medical tourism in a new light preferring telemedicine rather than doctors surgeries. Their treatments are usually due to incidental medical travel. Millenniums view wellness in the form of meditation and personalized nutrition while fashion has joined the wellness movement using fabrics and styles that allow more freedom.

The key current trends focus on mental wellness encompassing meditation and arts & creativity programming. They also include insomnia which is ruffling pillows to create sleep mania solutions, CBD (Cannabis based therapy) is making the industry light-headed and ways to make us happy are a subject for conversation.

Countries and cities are competing to become the key health tourism destination. Dubai’s Health Tourism  is now advancing and taking shape to meet its objective as a Preferred Global Health Care Destination & Wellness Hub. Ninety percent of Dubai’s hospitals have international accreditations and affiliations. This destination has a specialist holistic wellness resort, The Retreat Palm Dubai. Through its accredited facilities it is offering futuristic signature treatments like Cryotherapy and Vitamin Revitalization. For the international market its focus is on orthopedics, dentistry and dermatology amongst many other medical conditions. And to make bookings and research easier, Dubai Health Tourism www.dxh.ae helps visitors to make their bookings on one smart, smooth, seamless platform.

Dubai is working on emerging opportunities such as the meditation industry as anxiety and depression rates reach epic proportions worldwide. Meditation is now the fastest growing wellness trend in the US and elsewhere, with an explosion of meditation studios, apps and brands.  Wellness for aging and anti-aging is growing with countries like Italy, Japan and the US searching for solutions for ageing population and senior’s revitalization.

As a Capital of the Islamic Economy, Dubai offers specialised halal wellness that embraces other forms of wellness such as eco-wellness. This will attract the massive Asian and MENA audiences currently going to Central and Far East destinations.

Dubai aims to expand its tourism to Transit Tourism, its “On-the-go” wellness tourism boosted by same-day ‘in and out’ procedures that Dubai is already offering in dental and other cosmetic facilities.

There’s growing medical consensus that DNA testing and blood analysis can guide diet and lifestyle changes for weight loss, dermatology treatments, allergy treatments and more. Since DXH already welcomes many tourists facing these problems, it can boost its existing procedures with genetic evaluation

According to Dr. Yasser Moshref, CEO Premedion, the top concepts shaping the international medical wellness landscape include Thalasso therapy, medical beauty, detox and weight management. The top performing countries in this area are Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Thailand. The properties highlighted are the Thalasso Spa A-Rosa in Sylt Germany, Premedion Spa & Prevention Zhanijang, China with an Anti Aging Centre, the Premedion Spa & Prevention Alexandria, Egypt and in planning is the Premedion Spa & Prevention, Al Ahsa.

Dr. Abhishek Jain, VP, International Operations, WTS International sees clients looking for Integrative Wellness described as a mix of a conventional spa settings and modern clinical settings. Intergrative Wellness is the fusion of the authenticity of holistic treatment approaches with the effects  of non-invasive evidence based medicine. We have seen the formation of partnerships in this concept with Hyatt who acquired the Miraval Group & ‘Life In Balance” Spa Brand and Singapore Airlines with Canyon Ranch.

The increase in medical and wellness tourism indicates that well-being is no longer a health measure but  a life measure. It is drawing together partners in tourism and specialist medical-wellness providers to deliver more spa & wellness therapies and wellness holidays. Traditional and state of the art treatments are joining forces to bring health tourism as a lifestyle habit.

And as we discuss these two spectrums of health tourism, there is evidence of them uniting in the rise of dedicated wellness-medical properties such as the Waldhouse in Burgenstock, Switzerland and opening soon, The Corinthia in Dubai in 2020.

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The published definition of Medical Tourism is travel across international borders for the purpose of receiving medical care whereas Wellness Tourismis associated with the pursuit of maintaining or enhancing personal wellbeing.

Healing hands

Therapeutic care

Tourism Developments in the Middle East Region

Over the years, the UAE is one of the great success stories of global travel and tourism with Emirates and Etihad changing the face of global aviation, Dubai International Airport recognised as one of the world’s best hubs and Dubai, the fourth most visited city in the world.

And the UK plays its part being in the top three markets travelling to the region – and growing. So what is that that attracts us?  The answers were on display in full glory at the annual Arabian Travel Market which takes place, yes, you guessed correctly, in Dubai, the so called “engine room” of the UAE.

Architecture splendour in the form of hotels, laced with chandeliers and gold trimmings remind us in which part of the world we are. Hotels in this region continue to grow as brands compete for individuality and to attract new markets such as the hotel brand Voco which has made its debut in Dubai. Part of the InterContinental Hotels Group it aims to attract leisure and business guests.

Home-grown hospitality provider, Emaar Hospitality Group is set to open five new hotels in Dubai this year including four under its premium brand and upscale lifestyle brands. Two hotels will be under its Address Hotels & Resorts in Downtown Dubai, the Address Fountain Views and Address Sky View and two under Vida Hotels & Resorts. The company will also add to its midscale hotels, Rove, The Park which is ideal for families.

Opening 14 new hotels is Millennium Hotels & Resorts adding to its existing portfolio of 40 hotels in the Middle East & Africa. On a bright note, Millennium Place, the happier hotel brand has been introduced which strives to deliver a smile to its guests through different touch points in the guest’s journey. Millennium Place Marina and Millennium Place Barsha Heights are due to open in 2019 with eight more to open over the next two years in the region.

Jumeirah Group is expanding in Asia and Europe. This Dubai-based luxury hotel company is opening in China and Indonesia while the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London is undergoing renovation this year. Work is also progressing on a new hotel near Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. This will be a 400-room property on the beachfront.

Yas Island last year opened Warner Bros World. Its upcoming developments includes a new sports facility to feature the world’s widest indoor skydiving flight chamber and the highest indoor climbing wall.

A luxury Camp is currently under construction in Ras Al Khaimah and will house 47 luxury tented units, a health club, heated pool, spa and wellness centre, kids area, fire pit and restaurant. This glamping site will be located atop Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the UAE.

The Museum of the future, scheduled to open next year, will showcase cutting-edge technology and innovations that are designed to change the way we live and solutions to climate change, energy production, healthcare, transport, education, housing and security. Also in Dubai the Dubai Creek Harbour will become the location for the city’s tallest building , the $1 billion Dubai Tower when it is completed next year.

In Abu Dhabi the world’s first commercial hyperloop service is currently under construction and will start operations in 2020. The first phase will employ a network of hyperloop tubes covering a distance of up to 150km. It is later scheduled to expand services to Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

In Oman, the high-speed passenger and freight rail line will span 2,135km of the sultanate from Salalah in the south to Al Buraimi and Sohar in the north in 2020.

However, Saudi Arabia caught the limelight this year at the Arabian Travel Market with its eye-watering ambitious plans to become a tourism destination of the future. E-visa rules for international travellers will be the game-changer. The Kingdom will be open to all.

Tourism is Saudi’s new “white oil” spanning a destination offering culture and history, coastlines and desert. Rumoured to be funded with half a trillion US dollar investment, tourism is the ingredient of the government’s Vision 2030 economic diversification strategy. This in turn will attract new hotels and innovative hospitality concepts, operated to international standards, particularly high-quality budget hotels. New mega  projects include Neom City, Amaala, an uber-luxury wellness tourism destination, the Red Sea Development reshaping the coastline and Qiddiya offering leisure, entertainment, sports, wellness, adventure and cultural destinations.

Winter sunshine, family leisure and adventure maybe the core attractions for travel to the region as well as convenient regional flights but in the heart of the exhibition, the Expo 2020 stand stood proudly as a beacon for visitors next year. This mega project aims to deliver one of the most sustainable World Expos. The UAE Pavilion has been designed to resemble a falcon in flight to harvest clean energy as its hydraulic “wings” open and close. Ultimately, Expo 2020 in Dubai seeks to inspire us all to live in better balance with the world and build a brighter and more sustainable future together – a unique opportunity to see tomorrow today!

Read more about the Arabian Travel Market here

 

 

The Arabian Travel Market – Influencing Industry Change

Exhibition Director ME, Arabian Travel Market - Danielle Curtis

Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director ME, Arabian Travel Market

Where would you hear of robotic concierges, visionary tourism plans, mega projects, even giga projects transforming regional tourism landscapes, disruptive technology and Expo 2020, all under one roof?

Where would government ministers, travel planners, experts and decisions makers, investors, developers, media and techies converge to ring the changes on a global travel scale?

Enter centre stage, The Arabian Travel Market, (ATM), run by Reed Exhibitions. With fingers on the tourism pulse, this company uncovers the plots and trends, the key issues and tourism visions. All this in order to display the travel & tourism barometer of the Middle East and North Africa region.

From small beginnings back in 1993 when Reed Exhibitions set up its first travel stall with 2,000 sqm of space and 7,000 visitors, the industry has seen unprecedented expansion and maturity. Last year, its show, held annually in Dubai, attracted 40,000 industry professionals from 141 countries.

Capitalizing on these growth factors, the Arabian Travel Market 2019, saw the unveiling of an umbrella brand, Arabian Travel Week, with new events running within the show. These included ILTM Arabia,  a service bringing together luxury and global buyers through pre-arranged appointments in a dedicated area, the first CONNECT Middle East, India, Africa 2019, a route development forum exchange for airlines and airports and ATM Holiday Shopper, a consumer-led event.

At the helm, Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director ME, Arabian Travel Market, explained how ATM has carved a winning formula and why she believes connectivity is key. “We are always looking for new verticals and approaches to focus on specific avenues across the breadth of the travel industry. And to do this in an environment where the industry meets, does business, exchanges ideas and showcases its brands and services to cover all facets of the industry for commercial success.”

“ATM strives to identify the top tourism trends and growth potential, learn how the industry is evolving and how to affect that change. Content is important. Our advisory board is instrumental in bringing together the general parties to discuss subjects such as stopover tourism to help the industry address key issues. Yes, we are an exhibition that runs for four days but we aim to be an instrumental part of the industry and a driver to help change or at least a platform where these discussions can drive the industry forward.”

This year, the theme took the form of technology and innovation as digital developments change the face of the industry and bring in disruption, especially to the hospitality sector.

The GCC is one of the fastest growing regional hospitality markets globally and reliant on innovative technology. The first ATM Hotel Industry Summit focused on this digital infrastructure – facial, voice recognition, chatbots, virtual reality robot concierges and AI – and how it is transforming the industry and affecting hotel design and guest communications.

Danielle Curtis stressed the significance of the scheduled Arabian China Summit. “China is now a key source market set to account for a quarter of international tourism by 2030. With relaxed visa rules, ATM has brought 120 buyers from China to this event. We are following the needs and demands of the travel industry.”

The future of selling travel for both Inbound and outbound tourism professionals is key to visitors and exhibitors alike. Seminars and debates focused on projects which will change the future tourism landscape. These included the aptly named Saudi’s White Oil and their Vision 2030 expansion and infrastructure plans such as Neom and Red Sea Project. With years of experience in the market, ATM has been conversing on Expo 2020 for a number of years and to date 182 destinations have signed up for this 6 month event in Expo City.

An influencer inspires, creates awareness, showcases products and highlights the latest trends. Exhibitions provide a central platform and a global stage. Following 26 successful years as the travel & tourism beacon for trade professionals, the Arabian Travel Market has branched out launching new initiatives to attract a wider audience to  the region causing ripple effects globally. The Arabian Travel Market is certainly an influencer and a driver of change so watch this space for ATM’s themes for its 27thshow in 2020.

Emirates and Etihad have influenced the global aviation

Dubai International Airport is one of the world’s busiest hubs.

For more news from the Arabian Travel Market 2019, click here

Arabian Travel Market  international travel and tourism event in the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals. The 25thedition of ATM showcased over 2,500 exhibiting companies across 12 halls at Dubai World Trade Centre. www.arabiantravelmarket.wtm.com.

Reed Exhibitions  is the world’s leading events business, enhancing the power of face to face through data and digital tools at over 500 events a year, in more than 30 countries, attracting more than seven million participants.

 

 

 

Saudi tourism at ATM sees healthy growth

 

The stand for Saudi Tourism at ATM

Saudi Tourism at ATM

Saudi Arabia’s travel and tourism sector is expected to contribute $70.9 billion (SAR 263.1 billion) in total to the country’s GDP in 2019, according to data from the World Travel and Tourism Council.

According to data from  Arabian Travel Market’s (ATM) research partner Colliers, international arrivals to Saudi Arabia are expected to increase 5.6% per year from 17.7 million in 2018 to 23.3 million in 2023. Saudi Tourism at ATM will demonstrate that religious tourism is expected to remain the bedrock of the sector over the next decade, with a goal of attracting 30 million pilgrims to the Kingdom by 2030, an increase of 11 million from the 19 million Hajj and Umrah pilgrims that visited the country in 2017.

According to Danielle Curtis Exhibition Director ME, Arabian Travel Market: “More relaxed access to visas, through online portals, and the growth of the Umrah plus market – combining religious and leisure travel – are expected to be key drivers in the growth of international tourism in the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia will see a vast expansion of its hotel and resort inventory during 2019. The projected growth in visitor numbers in both the domestic and international markets is expected to boost occupancy levels throughout 2019.”

The first phase of the Red Sea project, which is estimated to grow the kingdom’s GDP will consist of an airport, marinas, up to 3,000 hotel rooms and various recreational activities, is expected to complete during 2022.

Additionally, last year Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund announced the development of Amaala, a new ultra-luxury tourism mega-project which is earmarked for completion in 2028. The development will add 2,500 hotel rooms – further boosting the accommodation offering for both domestic and international visitors alike.

Saudi Tourism at ATM will have a focused seminar titled ‘Why Tourism is Saudi’s new ‘White Oil’ which will take place on the Global Stage on Monday 29thApril between 14.50 – 15:50.  The session will discuss Saudi Arabia’s tourism potential as the Kingdom undergoes a period of rapid economic diversification and forges ahead with its Vision 2030 blueprint.

Domestic tourism is driving Saudi’s tourism industry with the number of local tourist trips inside Saudi Arabia exceeding 47 million in 2018. The latest research from Colliers forecasts this figure to increase by 8% per year and to reach 70.5 million by 2023.

ATM, considered by industry professionals as a barometer for the Middle East and North Africa tourism sector.

Arabian Travel Market (ATM) is the leading, international travel and tourism event in the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals. Arabian Travel Market 2019 will take place in Dubai from Sunday, 28thApril to Wednesday, 1stMay 2019. To find out more, visit: www.arabiantravelmarket.wtm.com.

New this year is the launch of Arabian Travel Week, an umbrella brand comprising four co-located shows including ATM 2019, ILTM Arabia, CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa– a new route development forum and new consumer-led event ATM Holiday Shopper. Arabian Travel Week will take place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 27 April – 1 May 2019.

 

 

The Rise of Dental Tourism & Dental Health

Drilling into Dental Tourism

Have you joined the Cosmetic Dentistry set? Celebrities such as George Clooney, Victoria Beckham and Tom Cruise have with their gleaming pegs smiling out to us from our screens and fashion pages.

Vanity comes at a price. Whitening, bridges, crowns, or implants – dental care is expensive, especially if extensive reconstructive or cosmetic work is required.

With high costs for dental work, especially experienced in the UK, more and more patients are travelling to overseas destination which are promoting dentistry at lower and very competitive prices using the latest technology.

A global population living longer, considerable cost savings and ease of travel are the key factors which have led to the rise of dental tourism.

The increasing number of low-cost airlines are today providing more frequent services, opening up new routes and enabling a growing number of people to travel across borders for high quality and low cost care.  The savings gained from travel and dental costs have opened up the short breaks market to define the trend in dental tourism. Friends and family can enjoy exploring the destination, happy to accompany the dental patient but to be away from the dentist chair and drill!

Hungary, is a key example of the rise in dental tourism, and in particular it’s capital, Budapest. It has been estimated that around 50,000 visitors to Budapest per year are those seeking dental treatment. Here, average dental prices are 50% – 70% cheaper than in the UK.Hungary boasts more dentists per capita than any other country but more destinations are promoting their services.

Dental care is not just about teeth and gums. Research indicates that a good set of teeth and gums affects health overall. Gum diseaseis an infection of the tissues that support the teeth and is mainly caused by bacteria from a build-up of plaque. In some patients who are susceptible to gum disease, the body over-reacts to the bacteria around the gums  which then causes too much inflammation. Intense gum inflammation affects the bloodstream, and is believed to slowly damage blood vessels in the heart and brain over a long period of time.

Gum disease can increase the risk of a range of health complications, includingstroke and heart disease.Diabetes is another associated disease, but it can be controlled if gum disease is treated. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis can reduce the swelling in their joints and their morning stiffness through proper dental treatments. Gum disease is also a risk factor for osteoporosis, and according to studies at West Virginia University, good dentistry may help senior citizens keep their memory sharp.

As an incentive modern dental technology and the increase in well trained practitioners are located in many European cities giving rise to the new trend in dental tourism and membership to the cosmetic dentistry set.

 

Reflections on the Industry: When the H in Holiday means Health

Whether it’s beach time, adventure or cruising the ocean waves, holidays are to relax, enjoy time out and to set aside the usual routine. But as we become more aware of our health, holidays take on a new meaning.

Today’s travelling consumers are expecting more. Conscious of the importance of health away from home, they seek to adopt a health component during their time away, whether it be mindfulness, detoxing, diet, a specialist treatment, rehabilitation, or simply to de-stress.

Health issues are often easier to tackle during a holiday in the hope of returning renewed and invigorated with new routines and attitudes to integrate into lifestyle changes.

Today’s health travelers now expect wellness options and activities readily available to them to enhance their holiday experience such as healthy dishes on menus, nature walks, early morning yoga and tai chi amongst other specialist classes which reflect the destination’s culture. They also expect to see signature treatments on the spa menu which offer an opportunity to sample local practises, resources and products.

In response, many leisure hotels and resorts have adapted to this changing attitude towards the “health holiday” versus the “fly & flop” holiday. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, for example, has integrated a wellness culture throughout its brand. http://www.fairmontmoments.com/spa-wellness. Breakfast health shots smooth in the new day, more seeds and grains are scattered around, gluten-free options are more readily available, pillow menus help sleep patterns while fitness centres are the norm.

In our smart world, health is monitored in many ways – fit-bits, i-watches, and phones. They measure our steps, heart-beat and calculate calories on menus, amongst other functions. But e-gadgets can be detrimental to our health, giving rise to digital detox programmes offered in specialist wellness retreats, enticing “e-guests” away from twitter, facebook, mobiles and laptops and instead to plug into the destination and set the mind free.

Poured into a bottle, moulded into soap, extracted as miracle cures – consumers believe local means genuine and authentic. This has opened up the opportunity to market home-grown products with labelled promises of curative powers. From oils for aromatherapy massages, natural herbs and plants for skin and digestive problems, many natural resources have been blended and branded as supplements to wellness holiday programmes.

The consumer is defining and driving the travel & health industry with a strong focus on fitness, mind & spiritual health and weight-loss in the form of preventative programmes and specialist health holidays. The travel industry is reacting to these changing attitudes with proactive actions. There is a rise of wellness programmes, yoga & meditation breaks, and spa packages. At the same time, there is a plethora of organic, locally produced skin and health products to complement in-house treatments.

Enter, medical tourism and the rise of Medical Spas – the H in holiday is stepping up to offer bespoke health holidays for individual needs in destinations around the globe.

Reflections on the Industry: Wellness Tourism is on the up

Wellness means different things to different people. Is it a spa weekend, walking in the forest, hugging trees, a meditation and yoga retreat, trekking with friends, a wellness cruise or a two week stay at a medi-spa? We all want to feel and look better and now an increasing number of consumer travellers see wellness as part of their holiday’s DNA. Wellness is no longer a niche sector.

Many destinations have jumped on the wellness stage, placing this segment of the industry firmly on the map as the key growth sector. It’s a big umbrella terminology. It crosses many themed holidays and retreats – spa, fitness, culture, spiritual, adventure and green tourism. Even spas retreats have changed and subdivided – the massage of years ago has had a cosmetic makeover resulting in many versions and styles of spa getaways.

Tourism businesses are adapting to the demands of the growing number of travelling consumers defined as wellness travellers. Visit Scotland www.visitscotland.org, for example, has published a review of industry trends and highlights self-development as its focus this year. According to their research, wellness tourism worldwide was worth £500bn in 2017, and has recently grown at more than twice the pace of tourism overall. With scenic vistas and healthy outdoor activities, they are offering holidays that provide “restorative recreation”. Being at one with nature, the destination naturally lends itself to themed retreats such as art workshops, survival training and creative writing.

Wellness, however, is not limited to land-based holidaying. Cruises lines have created itineraries to appeal to the wellness cruiser. AmaWaterways, www.amawaterways.com has a dedicated wellness host onboard its ships to keep the active sailor amongst us, busy, active and culturally enthused. There are bikes on board for guided rides along the towpaths and city tours during visits to cities and towns along the way. While ocean cruises such as Seaborn Cruises, www.seabourn.com has specific wellness programme for mindful sailing under the guidance of Dr Andrew Weil with thought provoking lectures and tailored treatments to integrate the concepts of wellness into lifestyle habits.

Island resorts are bringing in experts for exclusive specialist retreats such as a former professional ballet dancer, Grace Hurry, to host yoga & pilates holidays at the Niyama Private Islands in the Maldives, www.niyama.com which is part of Niyama’s ongoing programme of visiting practitioners from across the globe. The resort sees Dr Paolo Fernandes’ Longevity, Lymphatic Massage and Nutrition Programme

With sustainable tourism being a hot issue, Visit Scotland is promoting “green getaways” aimed at those who want to limit the impact on the environment. Tourism business are behind many environmental initiatives such as cleaning up beaches and helping poor neighbourhoods while airlines such as Ryanair aimito eliminate plastic cups and packaging on flights.

This type of holiday can also be an answer to over-tourism. Peaceful and more remote places lead the health traveller to less-know destination and away from the high traffic, traditional destinations and attraction that are usually on the bucket list – think historical attractions such as Peru’s Machu Picchu, and the floating city of Venice.

So, the wellness vacation is defining new products that are immersive, spiritual, experiential and essentially good for us, whatever one’s own definition. Driving this is the consumer who is looking to nourish the mind, recharge the body, enlighten the soul and return home well and balanced.

Reflections on the Industry: Today’s health holiday

The holiday experience generates relaxation and that feeling of well-being but are we searching for more?

In our smart world the meaning of health has changed. It has merged under the umbrella of wellbeing which brings together all aspects of our lifestyle. And when holidaying we become more aware and focused on health around us – the nutritious content of dishes printed on menus, the presence of fitness facilities and the spa’s signature treatments and therapies.

E-medicine and online diagnostics are all playing a part to encourage us to manage our own health, at home and away. And with ease of access to a wealth of resources online there are an increasing number of us combining health components with our holidays. From mindfulness, detox, diet or de-stress, more and more of us are taking these issues to tackle while taking a break in the hope we will return, renewed and invigorated!

Advanced technology and ongoing research have broadened our minds, while a renaissance in traditional and natural practices have renewed our beliefs in wellness therapies and treatments.

Chinese aesthetic medicine, fire meditations, floating therapy in ancient caves or non-invasive facelifts – there are treatments for most ailments in locations around the globe. A blessing from a High Priestess in Bali, sound therapy in Thailand, treatments with Argan Oil in Morocco, body screening in the Austrian Alps, health tourism is international.

The numerous cures offered are varied, colourful and creative. Tibetan singing bowls are prescribed for rebalance and harmony while intuitive horse therapy can help to reconnect you with your inner self. And with so many of us suffering distractions from every direction – phone, laptop and social media, mindfulness retreats aim to get you back to reality to live in the moment.

The media plays its role in influencing us. Each day reveals the latest research and newest statistics on every health topic from cancer-reducing activities, anti-ageing treatments, the new superfood addition and the latest official number of hours to sleep.

Films and television reflect this surge in individual health. Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy charismatically took this subject on their jaunt to India seeking a healthier alternative for retirement. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel highlighted a faraway destination at a far cheaper cost. But it was the culture shock and change of living standards that gave them the release of letting go of the past and living for the moment. Their experiences and self-discovery have contributed to seeking wider experiences to reflect on ourselves and lifestyle options.

Low cost airlines have contributed to the growth in health tourism. They have played a major role in opening up routes and borders to more destinations to allow easier access to locations for health treatments at competitive costs.

Health Tourism is growing. It impacts our lifestyle and the choices we make. Holidays have become experiential so whether it is sound therapies, underground caves or spiritual healing, holidays are becoming healthier with time away from home to learn and adopt new health ingredients into our life.

Healthcare Travel Expo – The International Exhibition of Medical and Health Tourism, Spa & Wellness

Healthcare Travel Expo, the leading medical and health tourism, spa & wellness exhibition will take place on June 11-12, 2019, at the ACCO International exhibition centre, Ukraine.  The event brings together the leaders of medical and health tourism in Ukraine, as well as from abroad providing a platform for cooperation between in the medical tourism market. A broad business program of events and B2B Buyers  Meetings will open up new horizons for the development and promotion of medical services in the international and domestic markets.

This year the main innovation of the exhibition will be the International Congress of Medical Tourism (IMTC) – a unique platform for the exchange of experience in the treatment of many diseases between foreign and domestic medical centers and clinics.

This is a meeting place for professionals in the medical tourism market to gain new opportunities for the development and promotion of medical services in Ukraine and abroad.

Event organizers: LMT, MPE (Medical Professional Events)

Co-organizer: Health Promo Company

Official support: The Verkhovna Rada Committee on Family Matters, Youth Policy, Sports and Tourism; The Verkhovna Rada Committee on Healthcare; Ministry of Health of Ukraine; National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine; Shupyk National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education.

The expositional part of the exhibition will be presented by national stands of Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, Georgia, Hungary, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, South Korea, Turkey, as well as representatives of many other countries.

Leading Ukrainian and foreign medical centers will demonstrate the latest medical technologies and innovative development of patient care.

 EXHIBITION SECTIONS:

 OUTBOUND MEDICAL TOURISM

Participants:ministries, embassies, departments; foreign medical centers, private clinics; centers of cardiology and cardiac surgery; cancer centers; centers of orthopedics and traumatology; ophthalmology clinics; gynecology and obstetrics centers; medical rehabilitation centers; medical tourism agencies; foreign medical associations, medical clusters.

INBOUND MEDICAL TOURISM

Participants:government agencies, Ukrainian medical centers, private clinics; centers for reproductive medicine; dental centers; ophthalmology clinics; centers of aesthetic medicine, cosmetology; plastic surgery clinics; medical tourism agencies, medical associations.

HEALTH TOURISM

Participants:  thermal resorts of Ukraine and abroad; SPA and Wellness centers.

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Participants:airline and transport companies, tour operators and travel agencies, insurance companies, law firms, banks and financial institutions, consulting and marketing companies, specialized media.

MEDICINE- Demo Zone

Participants:IT services for medical institutions; manufacturers of equipment and supplies for the dental industry, reproductive clinics, obstetric and gynecological clinics, centers of ophthalmology, cosmetology centers and clinics of aesthetic medicine, plastic surgery centers, lasers, equipment for orthopedics, rehabilitation.

Entrance to the exhibition is free, by prior registration. http://www.htexpo.com.ua/en/order-invitation-form

Address: The ACCO International Expo Center (Ukraine, Kiev, Peremohy Avenue, 40-B, Shulyavska metro station, Pushkin Park)

For additional information

For participation in the exhibition:

Tel .: +380 (44) 206-10-15

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E-mail: info@htexpo.com.ua

 

For participation in the Congress:

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