2016 China Medical Tourism Report
Ctrip, the leading tourism service provider in China, published 2016 China Tourism Report, in this report. Ctrip’s medial tourism products have seen a significant growth in 2016 – a growth of 5 times compare to 2015, with an average spend close to 50,000 Chinese Yuan (US $7,200) per person.
In comparison, Chinese travelers spend 26,000 Yuan (US$3,741) on average during trips to Europe, and about 18,000 Yuan (US$2,590) for trips within Asia. In fact, the only type of trip with a higher reported average level of spending was polar tour, with all other types of tourism amounting to a lower average expenditure per trip on Ctrip’s platform.
China’s Top 10 Medical Tourism Destination
The top 10 medical tourism destinations are Japan, Korea, the U.S., Taiwan, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, Sweden, Thailand, India. Japan tops other countries due to its location, types of medical services offered and a combination of factors including tourism packages.
Japan, an early mover in medical tourism, saw its government include medical tourism in its official growth strategy back in 2010, and was one of the first destinations to introduce a specific visa for medical stays in 2011. Since then, Chinese tourists have come to dominate medical tourism in Japan, and the Japan National Tourism Administration has even issued a Chinese-language guide on how to enjoy healthcare services in Japan.
China Top 10 Medical Tourism Products and Location
According to Ctrip reports that regular health checks made up the majority share of Chinese medical tourism in 2016, representing over 50% of all medical tourism trips for tourists originating in China. Higher-revenue medical tourism products that cater to more affluent Chinese tourists were also in vogue, with plastic surgery in South Korea one of the top medical tourism products on Ctrip in 2016. More advanced health checks, such as gene tests in the United States, were also popular in the higher-end of the market.
Medial Tourism Demand – Top Cities in China
The biggest markets in China for Ctrip’s outbound medical tourists were the first-tier cities including Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen, together with the second-tier cities of Tianjin and Hangzhou—likely a reflection of the average level of affluence among these cities’ residents.
U.S. Medial Visa Information
U.S. B-2 visa can be used for short-term medial tourism. The process usually includes a detailed background check on patients as well as services that will be received in the U.S. For details please visit U.S. Official website here https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visitor.html.