November 13, 2018 09:36 PM

Chandigarh (Bureau)

The Centre for Economic Policy and Research (CEPR) in collaboration with the HPTDC, Haryana Tourism, Uttar Pradesh Tourism, Punjab Tourism and Uttarakhand Tourism organized India Tourism Conclave 2018 pertaining to the theme ‘India Tourism Opportunities’ at Rock Garden in Chandigarh. Chief Minister Mr.Jay Ram Thakur, also the Minister of Tourism, Government of Himachal Pradesh was the chief guest for the conclave.

Dr.Mohit Dhawan
J&K Assembly Speaker Mr. Nirmal Singh, Chandigarh BJP President and Director GAIL Sanjay Tondon, Convenor of the Conclave and Former BJP President Punjab Kamal Sharma, MLAs RakeshJamwal and Paramjeet Singh Pammi, Vice Chairman Himachal Pradesh Water Management Board Darshan Singh Saini, Additional Chief Secretary Tourism Ram Subhag Singh, Principal Private Secretary to the Chief Minister Vinay Singh, were present on the occasion. Amongst the speakers, Dr Mohit Dhawan, Director of Avance Dental Care, Chandigarh apprised the audience about Medical and Dental Tourism and need of the hour to take them separately. During the daylong conclave where eminent experts, stakeholders from the tourism industry, travel and trade professionals and diplomats, he discussed the course of Dentaltourism in India. The conference was attended by leading doctors, hotel administrators, travel& trade and hospitality professionals.

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.

Dr Mohit Dhawan, also upraised the need for Government to see Dental Tourism separately from Medical Tourism as the target areas are different and the industry has a huge potential owing to the high cost of treatment and requirement in western countries like United States, Australia, Canada and UK. He pointed out the understanding of quality dental institutions and clinics in India owing to the latest innovation in the industry. A precise importance was pinned on accreditation for quality institutions in order to boost dental tourism.

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