Upgrading of health care facilities, services key to tapping industry’s potentials

by MANILA ,  Business World | 2009-04-08

EXPANSION and upgrading of health and wellness facilities are key to getting a bigger chunk of the medical tourism market and to provide jobs for Filipinos.

Tourism Secretary Joseph H. Durano said yesterday that his department is promoting business-to-business interaction among industry stakeholders here and abroad in order to encourage further investments in hospitals and spas because it could provide more employment opportunities as well as attract more medical tourists to the country.

"Providing employment opportunities in the country for Filipino medical professionals is just one benefit of a growing medical tourism sector. Another benefit is it provides another growth sector to construction and real estate development companies, as investments pour in to expand existing medical facilities and develop new ones," said Mr. Durano in a "text" message.

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