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Zhoushan promotes medical tourism

Updated : 2020-04-08 (chinadaily.com.cn)

Zhoushan, an island city in Zhejiang province, has been promoting medical tourism in recent years. 

Medical tourism is a special type of tourism that combines travel with healthcare and is one of the fastest-growing industries around the world. 

Travel agencies usually cooperate with healthcare companies to offer healthcare services such as physical examination to tourists. 

Statistics show that the global medical tourism output grew by a factor of 70 from $10 billion in 2000 to $700 billion in 2017. 

"Zhoushan is an ideal destination to develop medical tourism thanks to its strong economy, suitable climate and good air quality," said Chen Jun, director of the travel agency branch of the city's tourism association.

The government of Zhoushan issued a plan in 2018 to build a demonstration zone for medical tourism. Putuo district has also been committed to building itself into a pilot district for international medical tourism and has held many high-end healthcare forums. 

Putuo enjoys advantages in developing medical tourism as it has booming tourism and healthcare industries. 

It houses an international healthcare industrial zone with many famous healthcare companies.

Major scenic spots are gaining popularity among tourists. Last year, Mount Putuo, Zhujiajian Island and Taohua Island received around 9.80 million, 10.97 million and 3.46 million tourists, up 7.1 percent, 19 percent and 10 percent year-on-year, respectively.

In addition, Putuo's average life expectancy hit 80 years last year, equal to that of middle-to-high income countries.