Medical Tourism - What does it
mean for the Hospitality Industry?
One of the fastest growing segments of travel is that of
individuals traveling to other countries for medical treatment.
Whether this travel is linked to a vacation, or involving
necessary recovery time after the medical procedure, the
hospitality industry has a potentially new segment of guests
to serve. This session explores the regions where medical
tourism is growing, the six segments of this tourism, and
the potential opportunities and demands on hotels and
destinations in serving the medical tourist.
Introduction to the Timeshare/
Vacation Ownership Management
This session is an introduction to the timeshare and vacation
ownership industry, and why, with an annual growth rate
of more than 15 %, timeshare/vacation ownership is the
fastest growing segment of today's hospitality industry.
Every major hotel company in the U.S., and many more
throughout the world, are now involved in timeshare/
vacation ownership property development. Many substantial,
non-branded independent companies are also investing in
the industry as timeshare development markets, especially
in Asia, where they are very rapidly opening up.
The reasons for participation are obvious: profits from
this segment of the industry are substantial and the return
on investment is relatively fast, since most timeshares sell
out within five to seven years. Although a segment of the
lodging industry, timeshares are developed and operate
much differently than other lodging segments such as hotels,
motels, condo-hotels, and such. This session provides a
valuable foundation for understanding how to enter and
succeed in this fast-growing market segment.