DOT eyes PH as top medical tourism destination
The Department of Tourism (DOT) is eyeing to transform the Philippines into a top medical tourism destination following the positive reviews the country received from international bodies on how it handled the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Philippines was earlier recognized by the World Travel and Tourism (WTTC) for its fast and reliable approach in handling the pandemic which made it among the top countries in the Asia Pacific that successfully rebounded from the pandemic challenges.
DOT Sec. Berna Romulo-Puyat said this recognition brought into light the importance of medical travel and wellness tourism.
“We see so much untapped potential in the health and wellness industry. With world-class hospitals and facilities, skilled doctors and nurses, and the Filipino brand of hospitality, the Philippines is poised to become an attractive destination for medical tourism,” Puyat said.
“Currently, we have been implementing measures that will further develop the country as a medical tourism destination in a calibrated approach, including the development of an internal ecosystem and network of facilities in the country to accommodate concerns and issues surrounding this tourism product,” she added.
Citing proof of how the country is currently doing well in medical tourism, Puyat cited the story of Juergen T. Steinmetz, a delegate in the recent WTTC Summit, abouthis experience following the medical treatment at the Makati Medical Center for his left leg–which was diagnosed to be inflicted by a flesh-eating bacteria.