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Busan International Medical Tourism Convention 2023,
the largest medical tourism exhibition in Korea, will be held at BEXCO in Busan for two days from September 1.

Busan has a high-quality medical infrastructure of 4 university hospitals, 27 general hospitals, and 4,800 professional hospitals, along with natural tourist resources covering mountains, rivers, and seas such as Geumjeongsan Mountain, Haeundae, Taejongdae, and Jagalchi Market.

In addition, Busan also holds the largest international events in Asia such as Busan International Film Festival, Busan Fireworks Festival, and Busan Biennale, making it the best city for medical tourism in Northeast Asia.

As you all know, the global medical tourism market is growing rapidly due to the aging population and the extension of life expectancy. Domestic medical institutions are responding quickly to attract overseas patients by establishing overseas networks.

Busan International Medical Tourism Convention, which is the 15th this year, has kept line with the global medical tourism trend and has attracted more than 200 booths from 100 companies from 13 countries including China, Russia, Vietnam, Japan and the United States. Average 40,000 visitors and 130 overseas medical officials and buyers visit this medical tourism exhibition.

Due to COVID-19, medical tourism has been in a lull for a while, but the importance of the medical industry and the status of Korean medical care have increased. This is an opportunity to publicize the power of Busan medical care, and the Busan International Medical Tourism Convention will be the centerpiece of the event.

In particular, this year, various additional events such as professional seminars, overseas health examination programs, and cosmetic beauty demonstrations will be actively held both online and offline in medical tourism halls, medical industry halls, and bio-health special exhibition halls during the exhibition.

The medical tourism industry, combined with healthcare and tourism, is the future growth engine that creates high value. We hope that the 15th Busan International Medical Tourism Convention will be an opportunity for Busan's medical industry to develop one step further.

Thank you.

Busan Mayor Park Hyeong Jun

Busan Ilbo CEO Kim Jin Soo