The future of Health Tourism in Chinas Hainan Province

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Hainan province is China’s largest economic zone. Hainan Island is an international tourism island currently under construction, covering two-thirds of the ocean territory in China. This makes the place a large marine province and an important center for international travel.

Hainan leverages its convenient transportation system, wide diplomatic networks, as well as rich local culture as a strategic destination for health travel. As an important node of the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road, Hainan is using this advantage to fully demonstrate its excellence. Also, the opportunity of The Belt and Road Strategy offers Hainan a unique opportunity to accelerate its economic development by investing in the Tourism and Free Trade sectors.

Tourism has always been peculiar to the Hainan province. It attracts lots of international and domestic tourists who are attracted by its warm climate, unique folk and beautiful seawater. Leveraging the strategic opportunity of “The Belt and Road”, Hainan continues to promote the development of tourism and strengthen the business and trade relationships with Southeast Asian countries to boost its economy.

Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) is an important platform for Hainan international political relations. It is a nongovernmental and nonprofit international organization saddled with the responsibility of providing a high-end dialog platform for governments, enterprises, experts, and scholars to jointly discuss the economy, society, environment, and other relevant issues as it concerns the region.

Situated in the important node of South China Sea for international shipping, as the hub of the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road, Hainan province receives great support from the nation for the development of the health travel industry. Recently, the State Council approved the establishment of Boao Lecheng as an international pioneer medical tourism pilot, becoming the first international Medical Tourism Industrial Park approved by the State Council. With the construction of 14 high-quality medical facilities, it will have more international and domestic medical organizations which will serve as a Second Chapter for BFA. This will, no doubt, establish Hainan as a first class international medical tourism destination.

According to statistics from the Health and Family Planning Commission of Hainan Province, Hainan has achieved a high standard of economic and social development, as well as a high standard of living for its citizens. With the growing demands for healthcare, these factors provide a potential market for healthcare development in the province, with a domestic market of 1.3 million people and a strategic location right at the center of the Asia-Pacific Economic Ring.

Hainan attracts lots of high-end Health & Senior care organizations that desire to invest in the province’s healthcare industry. Citing these prevailing factors, experts predict that Hainan will catch up with choice health destinations, such as Switzerland, Thailand, and Singapore, in the future. There are also plans of establishing its “Healthy Island” and “Longevity Island” as a World Medical Tourism and Global Healthcare Paradise for both domestic and international health tourists.

Both the Provincial Party Committee and Government are focusing keenly on Health industrial development, with the creation of a 10-Year Plan which will see the development of healthcare projects in Boao Lecheng International Medical Tourism Pilot Zone, including projects Health Management, Care and Rehabilitation, Medical Beauty and Anti-aging, etc. which will provide a complete chain of healthcare services to health tourists. This is aimed at establishing the pilot zone as a world-class medical tourism destination.

Find out more about the current trends and the future of China’s health tourism industry in the Medical Tourism Conference in Boao, Haikou, and Sanya (Hainan Province) from December 7th to 13th, 2018. This conference will help you gain access to Asia-Pacific’s most influential healthcare industry leaders.

海南是中国最大的经济特区和建设中的国际旅游岛,管辖中国2/3的广阔海域,是海洋大省和重要侨乡。四通八达的交通优势,广泛拓展的外交优势,文化相通的人文优势,都使得海南的支点地位凸显。如果把一带一路比作一块巨大的蛋糕,作为“21 世纪海上丝绸之路”重要支点的海南,需要充分依靠自身的优势和发挥实力,分享属于自己的美味蛋糕。海南积极从旅游业和自由贸易两个方面着手,结合海南自身条件,借助“一带一路”战略的契机,助推海南快速发展。

旅游资源一直是海南省的优势资源,温暖的气候、独特的民俗、美丽的海水让国内外的游客都慕名而来。海南抢抓“一带一路”战略机遇,继续推动旅游业的发展,加强与东南亚国家的贸易往来,使海南焕发出新的活力。

博鳌论坛是海南的对外政治沟通的重要平台。博鳌论坛为非官方、非营利性、定期的国际组织,为政府、企业及专家学者等提供一个共商经济、社会、环境及其他相关问题的高层对话平台。海南借助这个平台,推进对外交流合作。

海南地处南海国际海运要冲,又是21世纪海上丝绸之路的重要枢纽地带。国家对海南发展健康产业给予了大力的支持,国务院同意海南博鳌乐城设立国际医疗旅游先行区。我省各级政府高度重视,达成抢抓“一带一路”建设重大机遇发展健康产业的一致认识。博鳌乐城国际医疗旅游先行区是经国务院批准成立、我国第一个国家级国际化的医疗旅游产业园区。随着14家高品质医疗机构的开工建设,近期还将有更多的国内外优质医疗机构落户,成为博鳌亚洲论坛的“第二乐章”,对海南建设成国际一流的医疗旅游目的地产生巨大推动力。

据省卫生计生委一份资料显示,海南自建省办经济特区以来,经济社会获得长足发展,居民生活水平普遍提高。现在,人们已不满足于吃饱穿暖,生活方式正在改变,对医疗健康的需求日益上升,这为健康产业的发展创造了巨大的市场空间。再加上,海南背靠13亿人中国市场,面向东南亚诸国,地处南海国际海运要道。独特的区位优势为健康产业提供了极大的可辐射空间。

海南健康产业“健康发展”,以独特魅力吸引国内外众多高端健康医养机构落户。海南大力发展健康产业,可谓正逢其时,有基础、有条件、有优势向国际医疗旅游发达的瑞士、泰国、新加坡等看齐,把‘健康岛’‘长寿岛’打造成中外游客的‘医疗健康养生天堂’。

海南省委、省政府高度重视健康产业发展,计划力争用10年左右,在博鳌乐城国际医疗旅游先行区重点发展健康管理、照护康复、医学美容和抗衰老等项目,为游客提供完整的医疗产业链服务,将先行区打造成世界一流的医疗旅游目的地、医疗高端人才聚集区和健康领域国际交流平台。