Private Jet charters for Chinese medical tourists

Chinese couple at home - China Elite focusChinese 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.”

Thailand Medical tourism now targeting high end Chinese patients

PIerre Gervois Conference in Thailand-July 2013High-end Chinese health and wellness visitors are to be the primary niche-market focus of the annual Medical Tourism Fam Trip to be organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Thai Spa Association between 13-18 August, 2013.

More than 80 registrations from all over the world have been received for the Fam Trip which will be held under the theme of promoting Thailand as a “Super Quality Medical and Wellness Tourism” destination.

The final list of invitees will include international buyers, tour agencies and global media, mostly from China. The applications are now being whetted and finalised in order to ensure that only the most productive and serious buyers/media are included.

Mrs. Vilaiwan Twichasri, Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business of the TAT said, “This fam trip is part of our overall strategy to focus on high-spending, long-staying niche markets. Health and wellness tourism is a key component of this, especially as Thailand has the necessary products and service standards to cater to this growing market.” She said that the Fam Trip has been designed in a way that it will provide information updates, product inspection and do business.

Pierre Gervois Conference Bangkok 2013Mr. Pierre Gervois, CEO of China Elite Focus and guest speaker, said ”Thailand has a huge, untapped opportunity with its excellent medical services for Chinese patients. It’s time for the Thai Medical and wellness industries to market themselves proactively in China”

Information on trends and facilities will be supplied in an open discussion with prominent Thai medical practitioners, including Dr. Sanguan Kunaporn, a plastic surgeon from Phuket International Hospital; Somjate Manipalviratn, M.D., a fertility treatment expert from Superior A.R.T., and Dr. Anongnuth Chavalithamrong, M.D., an anti-aging physician from the Add Life Centre.

Buyers will also attend a business-matching meeting with 50 Thai sellers from hospitals, clinics and spas. Both functions will be held on 13 August 2013 at the Centara Grand Hotel at CentralWorld.

After that, the fam trip participants will visit various health and wellness spots in Bangkok, Phuket, and Hua Hin. The itinerary will include the I-Sawan Spa at Hyatt Erawan, a world-class spa in Bangkok; Preventive Medical Check Up at Villa Medica, and an overnight stay at The Barai, a luxury spa in Hua Hin and the winner of the Asian-Pacific Best Spa Award.

Mr. Krod Rojanastien, President of the Thai Spa Association, stated that “Wellness Tourism is very popular among the hi-end Chinese market. This year, we have organised a Fam Trip specifically for this market and will promote luxury Wellness and Beauty products which target the profile and behavior of this market.”

He said he was certain that Chinese buyers would be impressed by the overall quality and exclusivity of Wellness Tourism in Thailand which, along with the famous Thai hospitality, has impressed medical tourists from around the globe.