Chinese ultra-rich individuals use private jets for luxury overseas medical and wellness trips.
private jet chartering sees a growing interest amongst Chinese ultra-rich individuals in luxury overseas medical and wellness trips.
The top destinations for mainstream Chinese medical tourists are Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the United States and Thailand.
The ultra-rich with a personal net worth of at least USD50 million however, are less price sensitive. They prefer to fly by private jet and are increasingly choosing to travel further abroad to Europe and the United States for more advanced treatments, drugs and technologies that are not available in China or the Asia Pacific region.
Global Growth Markets estimates that 4,300 ultra-rich Chinese sought medical care and health treatments overseas in 2015, spending over USD450 million on IVF, advanced cancer and cardiac treatments, stem-cell treatments, health check-ups and wellness programmes. On top of that, these ultra-rich patients spent over USD100 million on travel and sightseeing for these medical trips.Annual growth of 30% over the next few years is predicted, as more ultra-rich people will seek overseas treatment in the future.
Pierre Gervois, Publisher of the STC magazine, a luxury travel publication in Chinese Mandarin about the United States, said “The U.S. are the #1 medical tourism destination for High Net Worth Chinese patients. We are working with the most prestigious hospital in the U.S., the Johns Hopkins International Medicine, to create for them a successful media campaign targeting very affluent Mainland Chinese patients”
China CMTHC digital media cluster editor Xue Chiao said: traffic as an important part of the medical tourism industry chain, the depth of participation in the industry has a unique advantage, development potential is big.
L’voyage founder Diana Chou says: “We are seeing a growing number of inquiries about flying by private jet to France, Germany, Switzerland, the United States and the United Kingdom from our ultra-rich Chinese customers for the purpose of medical tourism. Not only are there advanced specialist hospitals in these countries, but also cultural landmarks and experiences that are popular with our clientele. Sometimes, relatives will travel overseas together for health checks and a family holiday. To cater to the growing trend in wellness and medical tourism, we cater our inflight menus to strict dietary instructions upon request and help pre-book return flights on the desired private jets for follow-up doctor appointments. At the moment, many of our Chinese ultra high net worth customers take off from airports in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou but we expect a gradual increase in flights from interior cities, such as Dalian, Chengdu, and Chongqing, where the population of ultra-rich individuals is set to grow at a faster rate than other cities.”