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Experts meet for the International Medical Tourism Congress in Nuevo Vallarta

By Rodrigo López Becerril

September 29, 2022

For a few days, Nuevo Vallarta hosts the International Congress of Medical Tourism, which brings together 120 hospital directors, specialists, facilitators, insurers, hoteliers, promoters, and tourism service providers in general.

Dr. Armando Joya, director of Joya Hospitals, noted in this regard that it is critical that all parts of the medical tourism production chain be linked in order to lure more foreign patients to stay and enjoy a few days of relaxation in a hotel.

The medical executive stated that the region is already performing better than before the epidemic, thanks to consistent tourism recovery and economic reactivation.

Dr Armando Joya Dr. Armando Joya

He also said that the expansion of medical tourism is a measure of the overall health of the tourist industry, because those who follow treatments are keenly aware of the general state of a place.

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According to medical tourism statistics, 10% of tourists arriving in the region look to undertake medical treatment, whether aesthetic or interventional. While this figure is lower than in other northern border destinations such as Tijuana, it can be increased.

According to Armando Joya, the economic impact of medical tourism is larger than that of traditional tourism, and it is not restricted to hospitals but covers a wide range of service providers. He also noted that certifications are critical in generating confidence within the sector.

Dr. Humberto Ceballos Virgen, the event's organizer, was joined by tourism officials from Jalisco and Nayarit to kick off the International Medical Tourism Congress. The conference and business discussions will resume this Friday at the Krystal Grand Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta.

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