The income of foreign exchange for health tourism increased by 14 percent in 2018 in Guatemala compared to 2017, a business source reported today.
According to the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport), the country has a broad portfolio of specialized services to address medical and wellness tourism and has increasingly positioned itself with patients from the United States, Canada, southern Mexico and Central America for technology, quality, accessibility, hospitality and competitive costs.
The president of the Commission of Tourism of Health and Welfare of Agexport, Guillermo Contreras, explained that this year they generated 75 million dollars in foreign currency, 14 percent more than 2017.
Worldwide, it is estimated that some 15 million people travel abroad every year in search of medical services and spend an average of between 7,475 and $ 15,833 per visit.
By 2019, Guatemala intends to become one of the best health and wellness tourism destinations in the region by offering dental and anti-stress treatments, alternative medicine, plastic surgery and surgical operations, among others.