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Date: 29 Mar, 2011
Source: Invest Barbados

The CEO of the Medical Tourism Association (MTA), Jonathan Edelheit, was recently in Barbados where he addressed Health and Wellness industry stakeholders at the Lush Life Nature Resort in St. Joseph. The event, “A Health and Wellness Midweek Escape”, was convened by the Strategic Advisory Panel of the Health and Wellness Tourism Development Task Force and sponsored by Invest Barbados, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Tourism. Aimed at furthering the development of the Panel’s Strategic Plan, the session provided participants with a number of key discussion points.

Mr. Edelheit focussed on the international medical tourism industry, outlining trends and growth in the sector and the work of the MTA in developing medical tourism worldwide and bringing providers and clients together. He further outlined the opportunities for Barbados as an already well known tourist destination and identified steps Barbados could take to further improve its product offerings.

The MTA is a membership based international non-profit trade association for the medical tourism and global healthcare industry made up of the top international hospitals, healthcare providers, medical travel facilitators, insurance companies, and other affiliated companies.

Presentations were also delivered by Ms. Madge Dalrymple of the Ministry of Tourism, Mrs. Roxanne Beckles-White of the Ministry of Health and Mr. Marc Ifill of Invest Barbados. These presentations focussed on the current status of Barbados’ industry, specifically outlining efforts at marketing, capacity building and accreditation needs and investments and incentives. Mrs. Cathie Maas of the Maas Clinic also discussed the Clinic’s experiences and successes with an international clientele.