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Title: Medical tourism development in Hong Kong : an assessment of the barriers
Authors: Heung, VCS
Kucukusta, D 
Song, H 
Issue Date: 2011
Source: Tourism management, 2011, v. 32, no. 5, p. 995-1005
Abstract: The aim of this study is to determine the factors influencing the development of medical tourism in Hong Kong. A qualitative research method was adopted to collect data from representatives of private and public hospitals, government bodies, and medical institutions. The results reveal that policies and regulations, government support, costs, capacity problems, and the healthcare needs of the local community are the main barriers to the development of such tourism. Several strategies for lifting these barriers are suggested, such as new promotional activity policies, government action to encourage investment in the medical tourism market, and cooperative efforts by the hospitality sector and medical institutions to develop medical tourism products.
Keywords: Barriers
Hong Kong
Medical tourism
Tourism development
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Journal: Tourism management 
ISSN: 0261-5177
EISSN: 1879-3193
DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2010.08.012
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