The organizers of the 6th International Congress of Health and Wellness Tourism, Alejandro Cambiaso, president of the Dominican Association of Health Tourism (ADTS) and Amelia Reyes Mora, president of AF Comunicación Estratégica, announced the details of the agenda of the great event, which will be held on November 1 and 2, 2023, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Santo Domingo.
The meeting, which will feature more than 40 exhibitors, is the main medical tourism scenario in Central America and the Caribbean, and is characterized as a conclave of multi-sector leaders focused on innovation, investment, education, sustainable tourism, local and international public-private synergies and the development of business and projects.
Daniel Rivera, Minister of Public Health and Social Assistance, will offer the opening remarks. The program of the activity will include two keynote lectures, offered by the Minister of Tourism David Collado, with Innovative Strategies for the positioning of a destination, given the successful experience of the Dominican tourism sector during the pandemic and the second will present the results of the second Study and Diagnosis of Health Tourism by Alejandro Cambiaso.
The agenda is made up of different discussion panels that will address: Opportunities of Latin America as a Hub for health tourism, moderated by Javier Potes, general manager of the Mexican Consortium of Hospitals; Challenges for training and attracting human capital in the health and tourism sectors, moderated by Amelia Reyes Mora; How new technologies drive the health sector, with Fedor Vidal, CEO of Arium Salud Digital, as moderator.
Likewise, the financial sector will present a panel on Tourism and Health, a binomial to boost the economy and sustainable development, with Javier Tejada, president of United Capital, as moderator and including as panelists Samuel Pereyra, general administrator of Banreservas; Steven Puig, president of Banco BHD; René Grullón, senior executive vice-president of Banco Popular Dominicano and Felipe Amador, CEO of Advanced.
Other topics will include How to innovate and improve the patient experience in the healthcare and medical tourism sector, moderated by Rodolfo Núñez Musa, medical director of Caribbean Health TPA, local regulations and international accreditation, moderated by Bill Cook, director of business development and marketing of Global Healthcare Accreditation.
In addition, new opportunities for wellness and retirement tourism will be discussed, moderated by David Llibre, president of Asonahores; as well as the Dominican healthcare offer to the world, moderated by Arnaldo Espaillat, medical director of the Espaillat Cabral Institute.
Other prominent panelists are José Natalio Redondo, president of Grupo Rescue, Héctor Sánchez Navarro, deputy general director of the Hospital Metropolitano de Santiago and director of Meta íntegra, Sergio Guzmán, president of the Dominican Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Esthetic Surgery, Virginia Laureano, president of the Dominican College of Dentists, Carlos Prato, president of IMG Hospital, José López, medical vice-president of the Central Romana Medical Center, Odil Camilo, UNIBE rector.
From the tourism sector will be Rafael Blanco Canto, advisor to the Ministry of Tourism (Mitur), Yudit Garcìa, president of the Santo Domingo Hotel Association (AHSD) and Flavio Acuña, vice-president of the Ibero-American Association of Wellness Tourism, delegate of the American SPA Association.
The international congress seeks to highlight the competitive advantages of the country as a tourism leader in the region. In its two recent editions, it has gathered more than 800 participants and around 70 local exhibitors from Canada, Costa Rica, the United States, India, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Panama, Spain, Colombia and the Caribbean islands, as well as more than 110 sponsors.