In its fifth year the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress (WMT & GHC) was host to over 1,500 attendees from 90 different countries. Professionals from industries such as; U.S. and international health insurance companies, employers, travel agents, government officials, hospitals, providers, Ministers of Health, Economy and Tourism and several others came together for a globally unified event.
“I think that this Congress is one of the biggest events, and my country has to be here because it’s the best place to show what initiatives we are doing right now and it’s the perfect scenario to work on our strategies,”
With exhibitors and sponsors from around the world, the exhibit hall was full each day of attendees stopping booth by booth for meetings or just to discover a new possibility. The Medical Tourism Association’
In addition to the high energy in the exhibit hall, executive summits and the private yacht party; the educational sessions were packed with global participants eager to learn from the best in the industry. The WMT & GHC had a special focus this year on their academic track; professors, authors and expert speakers were invited to come and educate the audience in their area of expertise. CME credits were available to healthcare providers that attended certain sessions; these sessions specifically had a large turnout and some with standing room only. The theme of the conference quickly became “education.”
“We could see the latest trends in medical tourism and where the industry is going, we learned a lot, for example, from a marketing session we learned what the best usage of social media is, which is something we never thought about, but it is very important for customer interactions,”
In previous years the conferences have been aimed at education, but with the extra efforts towards it this year, it made a big difference for attendees that came to learn.
"I believe the academic track elevated the discourse on the industry of medical tourism by moving the fledgling industry from excitement and anticipation to a firmer foundation of research and empirical exploration,"
Ideas were developed, best practices were shared and partnerships were made all for innovative healthcare solutions. Networking has been featured as a conference highlight each year, and this year was no different. Networking lunches, cocktail receptions, extended exhibit hall hours and the networking software designed for the WMT & GHC provided several opportunities for attendees to get in front of the people they came to see.
“I have had a wonderful time meeting all kinds of people, it’s been very interesting and extremely productive,”