Indian government forms Medical Tourism Board

To promote India as a tourism destination in a big way, especially in the areas of medical and wellness, the government  announced the constitution of a Medical and Wellness Tourism Promotion Board with an initial corpus of ₹2 crore.

Releasing the Tourism Vision Document 2030 here on Sunday, Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister of State for Tourism, Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, said low-cost medical facilities are India’s strength and should be taken advantage of for promoting tourism.

“It is for this reason that the government took the important decision of setting up the Medical and Wellness Tourism Promotion Board,” he said, adding that AYUSH facilities will be promoted along with regular medical facilities.

The Board will be chaired by the Union Tourism Minister and consists of members representing related government departments, tourism and hospitality sector and experts in the medical, wellness and yoga, said Sharma, who is himself a medical doctor.

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