Delhi, Dec 10: The
Philippines is promoting itself as a spa and wellness tourism destination and
is attending overseas events to showcase the country in these segments. It boasts
many resorts and spas, mindfulness programmes, yoga retreats, along with local ‘hilot
massages’ and detox treatments.
the Medical Tourism Association (MTA) and the International Healthcare Research
Center, the Philippines as a medical tourism destination, is ranked eighth
among the top in the world.
The Philippines sees
80,000 to 250,000 medical tourists annually from Sri Lanka, East Asia, the Gulf,
Europe, North and South America, the Pacific Islands and Australia. Filipino
workers and expatriates also travel back home to do medical procedures.
The Farm at
San Benito is among well-positioned Filipino wellness care centres. Not
very far from Manila, The Farm has invested in science-based, evidence-guided
and medically supervised health programmes by medical doctors and licensed
health professionals. The resort has onsite licensed medical professionals,
nutritionists, spa-therapists, fitness coaches and yoga teachers.
Experts say the
Philippines’ advantage is that many healthcare providers speak English. The country
has also the ability to provide modern medical facilities, quality
infrastructure, proximity to most of Asia’s major cities. A caring local
community to help in total healing in mind, body and spirit, is among other