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OIC Sec Gen Message to 3rd Conference on Health Tourism in Mashhad

The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, on 18 December 2012, said that health tourism should not be something that only the wealthy can afford, but rather universal and affordable by all categories of our populations.

He added that health gains can be maximized when health tourism is pitched not only at the high-end of the tourist market, but is mainstreamed across that market. This came as part of Ihsanoglu’s message to the 3rd Conference on Health Tourism in the Islamic Countries held in Mashhad, Islamic Republic of Iran, on 18 – 19 December 2012.

The Secretary General also said that he was particularly encouraged by the emerging trend at the Conference, whereby local and regional partnerships were developing with the participation of the public and private sectors becoming well pronounced.

Ihsanoglu reiterated that promoting health is at the heart of OIC policy, pointing out that the OIC had carried out, under the Science and Technology Department, a number of programmes and activities aimed at empowering Member States to provide quality health services to their citizens. But he noted: ‘[w]e are however, aware that our Member States are at different levels of development and while some are able to cater for the health needs of their nationals, it is quite a different case with many others. This is where this noble idea of promoting health tourism within our own Member States becomes relevant for many of the citizens of our Member States who usually find themselves with no choice but to seek medical services outside their places of regular domicile and, more often than not, they opt for the Western countries or countries such as India, South Africa, Thailand and China.’

The Secretary General explained that the concept of “health” involves more than just mere treatment of diseases as it implies general well-being of people. This in turn will spur the Member States to develop the necessary infrastructure and provide the requisite resources. He also noted that the availability of a health and wellness infrastructure will ultimately be an important criterion for choosing a holiday destination, which fits well in the overall economic agenda of the OIC of fostering economic and social development of its Member States.

Source: OIC

Source of News : Iqna

3rd int'l conference on health tourism opens in Mashhad

Mashhad, Khorassan Razavi Prov, Dec 18, IRNA – The third Conference on Health Tourism in Islamic Courtiers kicked off in this northeastern provincial capital city on Tuesday.

Experts and officials from different Islamic countries as well as representatives of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Islamic Development Bank (IDB), World Tourism Organization and several other international bodies are attending this two-day event.

The first Conference on Health Tourism in the Islamic Countries started work in Mashhad two years ago.

It was aimed at reviewing the challenges facing health tourism as well as taking opportunities to promote the issue in the Islamic countries.

Source of News : Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 103429

Iran targets joint investment with OIC states in health tourism

Iran is keen on joint investment with members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in the field of health tourism, head of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines Mohammad Nahavandian said on Saturday.
He told a press conference on the sidelines of the Third Seminar on Health Tourism of the Islamic States, that health tourism is of high economic and social importance because tourism industry accounts for seven percent of global business.

He said that tourism industry revenues worldwide are more than $1,030 billion.

He added that Muslim states have high potentials to gain tourism income but the amount of money they spend on the industry is times higher than what they earn.

Of course, he added, some Muslim countries like Turkey and Malaysia have already made good planning and extensive investment in the field.

Source of News : Zawya

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