First meeting of ‘National Medical and Wellness Tourism Promotion Board’ was held under the Chairmanship of Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism and Culture and Civil Aviation here today. Key members, including representatives of well known hospital chains, other stakeholders and the representatives of related Government Departments, Tourism and Hospitality sectors and experts in various disciplines including Wellness and Yoga participated in the meeting. The list of the Members of the Board is given below for ready reference.
Dr Mahesh Sharma, the Chairman of the Board and the Minister for Tourism announced that Three Sub-Committees would be constituted immediately to look into the issues such as Regulatory; Accreditation and Marketing. He mentioned about the role of Government as a facilitator and that the private sector has to continue to lead the medical and wellness tourism sector. The Board will function in an effective, responsible, and time bound manner to find solutions for immediate concerns in the efforts of health and tourism sector.
He added that India’s competitive advantage, which lies in a large pool of well trained medical professionals, and its cost competitiveness compared to other countries, will certainly take this niche segment of tourism to its greater height.