PRLog - Sep. 11, 2012 - WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- THTC has been working as a medical tourism cluster in Turkey since 2008. It has been established by the efforts of founding chairman Emin Cakmak , the owner and the general manager of Hello Tourism in Istanbul. Their current executive president, Mrs. Selin Peker has been one of the pioneers of medical tourism in Turkey. She has been in the business since 12 years and she is the Executive Board Member and Assistant General Manager for World Eye Hospitals Group.
Turkish Healthcare Travel Council (THTC)
THTC’s goal is to bring all means of medical tourism under one umbrella. The members of the group include national and international governmental institutions, hospitals, clinics, doctors, medical tourism facilitators, travel agencies, hotels and thermal hotels.
According to founding chairman, Emin Cakmak,” sponsoring the congress is very important since the Council has participated during the last four years with the goal of promoting Turkey as a healthcare destination. “We would like to increase awareness of our destination and use this platform to network and build new business relationships as well as to brand Turkey as a leader in the industry” said Mr. Cakmak.
Mr. Cakamak shared with the Medical Tourism Association the exciting news happening at the Council. “THTC has 198 industry service provider members and it has become the biggest and largest healthcare cluster in the world” Mr. Cakmak stated. “Last year, we received 587.000 foreign patients from 94 countries which provided 3.5 bil USD in direct income from Health Tourism”, he added.
THTC has established a global network of offices in 57 countries during the last 5 years in 94 cities and more than 12.000 doctors are integrated within their network offices, serving and supporting our patients before and after any procedure.The main goal of the council is to promote Turkey as one of the most important medical tourism destinations in the world by partnering with individuals and institutions that have been carrying out activities for years in order to enhance Turkey’s international brand in this industry.
“Our Council is the authorized representative of U.S. based Medical Tourism Association, which is the world leader in the Medical Tourism industry serving as the driving force of the sector. With the protocol executed in Chicago on 16 April 2009, the Council became the partner of MTA as its representative in Turkey”,said Mr. Cakmak..
The Medical Tourism Association, organizer of the World Medical Tourism Congress will carry out several activities in the future in order to improve medical tourism in Turkey providing support for the medical service providers and working closely with the Council
The 5th World Medical Tourism Congress, South Florida October 24-26th, will be fully integrated for the first time with the Employer Healthcare Congress, one of the largest insurance companies in the United States. The event will also integrate the 3rd Global Benefits Conference, gathering employers, international insurance companies, foreign governments and anyone involved in purchasing and providing expatriate health insurance coverage.
“This year’s congresses have the most extensive agenda of any other international healthcare and insurance conferences known. We have brought in some amazing keynote speakers including the President of the AMA, Directors of Global Benefits for Google, Yahoo and American Express, among other expert speakers” said Renée-Marie Stephano, president of the Medical Tourism Association.
This integrated networking platform will allow all participants to connect prior to the event and pre-schedule one-on-one meetings in order to maximize the experience at the congress.
Successfully entering its fifth year, this gala gathering of world leaders attracts participation from over 90 countries from various sectors including government representatives, global healthcare leaders, insurance industry giants, medical tourism industry stakeholders and healthcare management professionals.