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According to Yonhap News,
The North Jeolla Province (Jeonbuk) held an opening ceremony for the Jeonbuk Medical Tourism Consultative Meeting to promote the development of the medical tourism industry, which emerges as a high value added industry.
The consultative meeting is chaired by Park Cheol-ung, director of Jeonbuk's Welfare and Gender Equality Office and consists of experts in the medical tourism sector including professors of tourism and medical departments at its local universities and staffs of Korea Tourism Corporation.
The conclusion of several FTAs has opened Korea's medical market, which is expected to increase business opportunities for the medical tourism sector. The consultative meeting aims at attracting a total of 1,400 patients outside Korea.
It is especially focusing on developing medical tourism products specializing in attracting rich patients and patients with severe diseases from countries whose medical infrastructures and technology lag behind Korea, such as Vietnam and Mongolia.
For achieving the goal, it will enhance cooperation with related institutions to promote the region's famous tourist attractions, traditional culture and cutting-edge medical facilities.
"Patients tend to stay at a place for a long period of time to get treatment. Their long-term stay will contribute to boosting the regional economy," said director Park.
Source: Yonhap News (Mar. 13, 2012)
** This is an English translation of a Korean news article.