Jamaica is getting ready to tap into the very lucrative Medical Tourism market.
Medical Tourism Jamaica is getting more exposure. The Ministry of Health recently said they are aiming to attract over 100,000 medical tourists to the island within the next 10 years.
“At a growth rate of 20 per cent in 10 years, it is estimated that Jamaica’s share in the global tourism market will amount to 0.3 per cent and would generate over US$600 million,” Director of Policy Planning and Development in the Ministry, Howard Lynch, said.
Medical Tourism Jamaica is the travel of individual or group of people to the country for the purpose of obtaining medical treatment and enjoy some fun where they can.
Medical Tourism Jamaica is Growing
The first world facility – Hospiten Montego Bay – is the only private Jamaican hospital with an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), outside the city of Kingston, and will be catering to the medical needs of both local and overseas patients.
“We are here to stay, to offer our experience, to generate wealth and employment,” said Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Hospiten Group, Juan Jose Hernandez.
“We believe that an exceptional tourist destination as Jamaica cannot continue developing without medical services of an international standard.
From a health care point of view, we are here to attend to the resident population of the entire north coast of Jamaica…from the birth of children to small emergencies…to prevent illnesses or for more complex interventions,” he said.
“Private healthcare is critical in our society and particularly in our urban centres and resort corridors. Satisfying the total health needs requires an ongoing partnership between the government and the private healthcare providers.
The Ministry urges other investors to come on board to explore other areas across the island where we can build similar facilities,” he said.
Medical Tourism Jamaica and the Hospitan Group
The Hospiten Group is an international network of private hospitals, with over 1,000 beds, they committed to providing high-level healthcare services.
They see over 1.000.000 patients every year.
The result of their commitment can be seen in their sixteen hospital centres located in major cities and tourist centres in countries such as Spain, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and of course Jamaica.
All of their centres are fully equipped with the latest technological innovations in the medical and management fields, and and are manned by a world class team of professionals providing the top-of-the-line healthcare services that are second to none.
Medical Tourism Jamaica is Taking Off
Medical Tourism Jamaica has great potential in this region. Tourism is one of Jamaica’s major industries, making a substantial direct economic contribution to the country by way of employment and foreign exchange earnings.
From Christopher Columbus landed here in 1494, up to the present time, many have been captivated and waxed lyrical about the island compelling natural beauty.
Up until the 19th century, hospitality to visitors centered around the Great Houses.
The island became popular in the late 19th century as a holiday destination for vacation travellers who could now be described as tourists.
They came solely for pleasure to enjoy the sun, sea and food that the country gradually grew more and more famous the world over.
The earliest hotels were connected with the banana trade, as the sea captain having to fill their ship on the journeys to the island.
We find one of the earliest promoters in Captain Lorenzo Dow Baker who built the Titchfield Hotel, and made Port Antonio the centre of the early tourist trade.
Montego Bay soon followed.
The major drive however, to build large hotels did not come about until 1891 when Jamaica hosted the Great Exhibition, and the passage of the Jamaica Hotels Law in 1890.
That was the island’s earliest incentive legislation to promote tourism. It provided government assistance for hotel construction by private investors.
Five hotels were built, three in Kingston and St Andrew – The Myrtle Bank, Queens, and Constant Spring Hotels. And two in rural Jamaica, at Rio Cobre near Spanish Town and Monigue in St Ann.
Many pleasure cruise boats and private yachts brought in the very wealthy. And for many decades the island continued to be the destination of choice for the rich and famous from the USA, Canada and England.
The Jamaica Tourist Board was formed in 1910 to promote to colony abroad and provide information to attract holiday vacations visitors similar to what I am doing now.
Up until World Was 11, Jamaica attracted the rich and famous. It was not until the construction of the island two major airports in the 1940s in Kingston and Montego Bay, that middle class holiday vacations seekers could travel to Jamaica. What is now called “Mass Tourism” did not develop until the 1970s.
Negril, Montego Bay, and Ocho Rios continue to be the three main Holiday Vacations destinations for holidaymakers.
Medical Tourism Jamaica is one of the many improvements in tourism. The tourist industry has undergone and continues to experience many changes, both in structure and ownership.
One of the developmental changes is the “all-inclusive” hotels in which one price is charges for the duration of your stay where all the tourists needs are catered to in one location.
While this is very appealing to many, some adventure vacations seekers come to enjoy a less organized “alternative tourism” in other exotic location. Places like Port Antonio in Portland, or St Elizabeth or just thinking about the South Coast strip.
Medical Tourism Jamaica is here to stay
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