India's growing attraction as a medical tourism destination was the highlight of presentations made at the ongoing World Travel Mart in London.
India's Minister for Tourism Renuka Chowdhury, who inaugurated the India pavilion of the annual global tourism event, said: "Not only is India known for its hospitality, but also our hospitals, which are among the best. The Indians know how to do the best".
Chowdhury released the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Indian Healthcare Federation (IHCF) - Uniform Price Band in different specialities such as cardiology, minimal invasive surgery, oncology and orthopaedics for treatment of foreign patients in India.
Several patients from Europe have been travelling to India for what is called 'medical tourism'.
The CII and IHCF have been specifically promoting medical tourism in India. Major hospitals showcasing their strengths at the mart are Apollo Hospitals, Escorts Heart Institute & Research Centre, Fortis Healthcare, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and Wockhardt Hospitals Ltd.
A total of 5,194 national tourist offices, industry organisations, tour operators, hotels, cruise lines, airlines, other transport operators and technology companies from 202 representative countries and regions are participating at WTM 2005.