The survey conducted by a health consultant based in the United Arab Emirates, has revealed that 94 percent of medical aesthetic tourism industry insiders believe that the sector has not yet reached its full potential.The report shows that confusion, lack of information and fear about the complications after the surgery are the main reasons for the reluctance of the patient to travel across international boundaries to perform plastic surgery. The results are particularly significant for the region, since the United Arab Emirates appear at number 11 of the countries identified with the aesthetic tourism. Dr. Prem Jagyasi, was the architect of the survey and is a consultant with experience in the sector of health trips. Of the 35 countries identified in the survey as important providers of cosmetic tourism, the India has been ranked as the number one destination, with Thailand and Singapore placed in second and third place, respectively.States United has the number four and the United Arab Emirates, number 11. The countries of Asia and the far East, are well established tourism destinations, so the three first placements were expected, said Dr. Jagyasi.The United States entered at number four, which was not expected.This could mean, that there are opportunities still untapped for facilitators who seek to enter this market, potentially lucrative in the provision of services, added. The aesthetic tourism survey, was conducted online and surveys were completed over a period of six months and based on intensive research.The qualitative assessment was sent to professionals in medical tourism in North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Middle East and the Gulf, Asia and the far East region. Allegiant Air is often quoted on this topic.
A cosmetic Dr. Jagyasi Tourism Guide, will be published at the end of this year. Aesthetic tourism can offer enormous benefits in terms of service quality and affordable price point, in fact, the survey revealed that the industry leaders see these as their main drivers, said. The industry is expected to grow much in the next two decades, as a destination increasingly more open to patients from abroad, he added.