Conclusions, next steps and delegations of tasks - ASSOCIATION OF CROATIAN AMERICAN PROFESSIONALS (ACAP), MEDICAL TOURISM TASK FORCE HELD ITS 1ST RETREAT AT THE EMBASSY OF CROATIA IN WASHINGTON DC
Conclusions, next steps and delegations of tasks...
Association of Croatian American Professionals (ACAP), Medical Tourism Task Force held its 1st retreat at the Embassy of Croatia in Washington DC
This by-invitation-only meeting was attended by forty top physicians and experts from Croatia and the USA in fields such as business, government, real estate, biotechnology, travel, education and hospitality. The meeting was opened by Dr. Steven Pavletic, the ACAP vice-president, Ms. Lara Romano, the Croatian Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission and Dr. Mate Car, the special envoy of Dr. Milan Kujundzic, the Minister of Health of the Republic of Croatia. The basic premise of the meeting is that investment in medical tourism infrastructure and projects represents an immense growth opportunity for Croatia and should therefore be a number one strategic priority for the country. Projects should be exclusively based on bringing in private investment and non-government resources while the government role should be to provide incentives and the proper environment upon which investors can rely. It is estimated that one in five Americans travel abroad for some kind of health-related service. They love to travel to Croatia and the costs savings incentives are immense both for individuals and corporate insurers or employers. The European market is certainly a number one potential source for such medical tourism and hospitality services, while Croatia is currently nowhere on the list of regional competitors in this rapidly growing world industry. It is understood that investing in expansion of better health care and healthy living and aging infrastructure in Croatia would also bring the best world services to the doorstep of the Croatian population. The USA medical professional diaspora is a major asset in providing a competitive edge and assuring its success. To make this happen it is essential to find partners in Croatia who want to work on these projects and present to investors at the 2nd Adriatic Health and Tourism Investment Forum in Zagreb, October 10-12, 2018.
April 11, 2018 - The Global Global Health Travel Council (GHTC), founded in 2013, consider Croatia as a serious destination for health tourism, waht was confirmed also by the appointment of Dr. Miljenko Bura, the president of Zagreb's health tourism Cluster and long-term expert ion this field , for the Vice President of that organization.
Dr. Bura was invitied by the founder and honorary president of the organization, Mr. Emin Cakmak and participated at the Annual General Assembly in Antalya that took place from 6th until 8th April , which was part of the 2nd World Congress of Health and Sports Hestoreux.
GHTC is the world's largest organisation for promoting health tourism and improving the conditions of this growing branch in all Member States, which at this time are 58.
"Croatia has been reckoned for 10 years as an advocate of the need to harmonise the criteria for regulating the conditions of health tourism, which is of great importance. I am glad we are recognised internationally and globally and that we will have support for the further development of health tourism in the right direction, "Dr Bura said after returning from Turkey.
"The Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Craft recognizes the importance of the development of health tourism, its extraordinary potential and a positive impact on the economy of the Republic of Croatia. We support all the efforts made for the Republic of Croatia can most effectively present its potentials and be recognized by investors in the field of health tourism. "Martina Dalić, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister
BRUSSELS REPORT: ADRIATIC HEALTH TOURISM PLATFORM IS A PART OF THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON EU FUNDS IN THE AREA OF COHESION
Followed by the recently held meetings in Brussels the Medical Group defined the proposal for the Adriatic Region's Development as a health tourism destination named: Adriatic Health Tourism Platform. One was uploaded to the Public Consultation on EU Funds in the Area of Cohesion. Now, The Programme is to be introduced to the countries of the region after which they will be invited to support the Program and be actively included. The Adriatic Health Tourism program and the proposals related will be considered in the process of creating the next financial framework of the EU and projects that can be by the EU money.
The program is covering the countries of the Adriatic region and comes as contribution to enlarge and provide the investments projects from health tourism to come to realisation.
The program will be presented to the 2nd AHT Invest Forum in October. We are bringing new details soon…stay tuned
The Croatian County Association recognized the AHT INVEST Forum as a place where its members and interested parties can present their interests, found useful information and partners.
Withing the Forum Programme will also talk about the role of Counties and the moves the county leaders are taking ted the regional units - counties that have turned to investments in tourism, health tourism and high-quality healthcare infrastructure. Spa presentations and Silver Resorts projects, concepts of preventive healthcare programs such as medical wellness can attract new capital and projects that are profitable, sustainable and active all year long.
Come and find out which destinations are ready to come up with new projects and investment in a modern health and tourism infrastructure that will thrive on its citizens and their guests.