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S Korean team in town to promote medical tourism

by Ben Garcia ,  Kuwait Times | 2009-04-14

Amid the global recession, South Korea is now 30 percent cheaper to visit than it was in the same period last year, revealed Baeho Kim, Regional Director of the South Korean Tourism Organization. Kim made the revelation as he was briefing local media yesterday at the South Korean Ambassador's residence in Adailiya to promote the medical tourism sector in the country. He was heading a team of medical tourism delegates from three well-known South Korean hospitals, the KonKuk University Medical Center, Wooridul (Spinal) Health Care and the Kyung Hee University (East-West Neo Medical Center). Immediately after arriving on Sunday morning, the group met with several Kuwaiti officials and introduced their newest Medical Tourism facilities.

According to Kim, their visit was just a preliminary effort to introduce their newest medical tourism facilities. "With this visit we want to continue dialogue with Kuwaiti authorities regarding our medical tourism. South Korea is now more affordable than ever; this is because of the fluctuation of our currency. So I expect more Kuwaiti citizens to visit Korea this summer, but this time to consider our best medical tourism facilities which are comparable to the best medical hospitals in the world," he explained. Kim and his accompanying delegation also met with several Kuwaiti doctors and professors here, including a visit to some local hospitals.

South Korean Ambassador Moon Young Han introduced the medical tourism representatives to the attending member of the press where he briefly outlined their hospital's main areas of specialty.

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