According Boopen Doobah, director of the Indian Ocean and Consultancy DevelopmentAfrica (IOCD), Mauritius has the ambition to integrate the field of medical tourism and wellness with a market share of about Rs 100 million by 2015 .
The IOCD, together with the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) is organizing a conference on medical tourism and wellness on 7 and 8 April Pearle Beach Resort & Spa, Flic-en-Flac. According Boopen Doobah, this sector assets to Mauritius, which already holds all the inputs required to make this project a success both regionally and internationally.
"Medical tourism and wellness is growing much more than conventional tourism said, about 9% per year. If Maurice integrates successfully market the country will undoubtedly become one of the most reliable industry competitors, given its accessibility and can match other countries developing already embedded in this area, "he says.
He also argues that the hotels have an average occupancy rate of 60% for large and about 30% to 40% smaller, which represents a loss of human resources but also hardware. "It is appropriate for operators of hotel and medical sector in Mauritius to work as a team to identify strategies to promote medical tourism and wellness, which could complement between 20-25% occupancy rate for hotels . This will also help the economy and job creation, "he says.
According to authorities, a certification of care and reliable and recognized hospital and medical services, could be a good start, which then allows them to set up a pilot project in terms of medical tourism and wellness in one of clinics present in Mauritius. According Boopen Doobah, economic benefits to the tune of $ 100 000 would have the capacity to generate about a thousand direct jobs.