Korea Medical Tourism Convention to entice Middle East market

Korea Medical Tourism Convention

Korea National Tourism Organization (KNTO) is hosting the Korea Medical Tourism Convention in Abu Dhabi in an effort to entice Middle Eastern patients in need of quality treatment.

The convention, which concludes today (November 11), is taking place at InterContinental Abu Dhabi.

A total of 16 Korean health establishments, government departments and medical agencies are participating in the event. They are promoting attractive and reasonably priced medical and travel combo packages for those needing medical treatment in world-class healthcare facilities in South Korea.


In recent years, Korea has proven popular among Middle Eastern medical travellers, and according to the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI) Annual Report 2015, a total of 6,101 patients from the region visited South Korea last year, representing an 11.2 per cent jump in 2014.

Out of the 6,101 patients, 2,946 hailed from the UAE, 1,215 from Saudi Arabia and 411 from Egypt. The strong relationship between the UAE and South Korea is attributed to the signing of previous Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) to further cooperative ties especially in the field of health care.

Executive director of K-Tourism products department, Korea National Tourism Organization, Byung Jeon Kwon commented: “We are optimistic that this event will play a significant role in raising more awareness on the many benefits and advantages to be gained by patients wanting to visit South Korea for medical purposes. The convention will serve as a strategic vehicle to help give a better understanding of Korean oriental medicine, treatments and our diverse range of medical facilities–giving them enough information before they decide on coming to visit South Korea. We look forward to meeting participants and visitors during this exciting two-day event.”

Throughout the duration of Korea Medical Tourism Convention, leading medical professionals from the UAE and South Korea will discuss the field of medicine and tourism.

The convention will also offer free consultations, business meetings and key medical seminars from participating hospitals.

Korean entities taking part in the event include: Samsung Medical Center, Asan Medical Center, Wooridul Spine Hospital, Seoul National University Hospital and Jaseng Hospital of Korean Traditional Medicine.