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ISSN: 2167-0269

Journal of Tourism & Hospitality
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Medical Tourism: An Emerging Terrain

Agbeh AO1* and Jurkowski ET2

1Hospitality and Tourism Administration Program, Department of Animal Science, Food and Nutrition, College of Agricultural Sciences, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, USA

2School of Social Work, College of Education and Human Services; Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Anthony Agbeh
Hospitality and Tourism Administration Program
Department of Animal Science, Food and Nutrition
College of Agricultural Sciences
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, Illinois, USA
Tel: 618-453-2121
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: October 26, 2015; Accepted Date: December 19, 2015; Published Date: December 26, 2015

Citation: Agbeh AO, Jurkowski ET (2015) Medical Tourism: An Emerging Terrain. J Tourism Hospit 4:186. doi:10.4172/2167-0269.1000186

Copyright: © 2015 Agbeh AO, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Medical Tourism within the United States has become a growing industry, generally associated with people from second and third world areas coming to the United States for medical treatments. However, this trend is reversing, and there currently is a growing trend for North Americans to travel to areas associated with the developing world (Thailand, India, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and Turkey) for medical treatments, and couple this with a restful scenario for family or loved ones to offer social support to the one convalescing. This paper presentation will address the upcoming trend toward medical tourism as a captive market for the tourism/hospitality industry. It will describe some approaches within the background, to help ascertain what medical tourism is and what it entails. It will also address what some of the myths and challenges are through reporting student perceptions on the topic and lastly provide some specific strategies for workforce development and curriculum design. This emerging trend will be of interest to faculty, instructors and practitioners working within the Hospitality and Tourism fields. It will offer a cutting edge view of an emerging trend within the industry and recommend strategies for workforce preparation toward what is to evolve within the field.


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