Hawari says medical tourism in Jordan is on road to recovery

1. Ma'in Hot spring
An undated photo of a Ma’in hot spring. (Photo: Flickr)
AMMAN — Deputizing for His Majesty King Abdullah, Health Minister Firas Al-Hawari opened on Saturday the seventh Medical Tourism World Summit Conference and Expo, which was organized by Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Global and Pioneers Road Company, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

In the opening session, Hawari said that Jordan distinguishes itself through its various developed medical specialties and achievements in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and surgical interventions, stressing the close cooperation between public and private medical and tourism sectors to promote the Kingdom as a destination offering advanced, up-to-date medical services.

He said the government has been carrying out Royal directives in support of medical tourism to promote the status the Kingdom has acquired in this domain through upgrading health services, expanding infrastructure, boosting the efficiency of human resources, and forging partnerships between Ministry of Health hospitals, private hospitals, and universities to raise the capacity of medical cadres.

He said that Jordan has 127 public and private hospitals, with a capacity of 18,614 beds, which, along with tourist resorts, has contributed to promoting medical tourism.

Hawari added that medical tourism in Jordan is on the road to recovery from the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, which struck in 2020, when the number of visitors coming to the Kingdom for treatment dropped to about 111,000 from a high of about 235,000 in 2019.

The number climbed to about 157,000 in 2021 and reached 85,000 in the first half of 2022, he added.

Tourism Minister Nayef Al-Fayez told attendees at the conference that Jordan has great opportunities in medical tourism, thanks to an abundance of therapeutic sites, hot and mineral-rich spring spas, moderate weather, and scenic landscapes, as well as outstanding hospitals and doctors who brought the Kingdom its reputation.

Fayez added that the weather is another key factor in the attraction and promotion of investment in medical tourism sites, including at the Dead Sea, Ma’in and Afra hot springs, Wadi Rum, and Al-Hamma.

Director-General of the Jordan Tourism Board Abdul Razzaq Arabiyat said that his institution uses digital technology to promote tourism and highlight diversity through various programs, including medical, cultural and historical tourism, recreation, adventure tourism, business tourism, and conferences.

President of the Arab Tourism Organization Bandar Al-Fahid said Jordan is a key medical tourism destination at local, regional, and international levels, and that it is among the 10 most advanced countries in this field.

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