Madrid selected as the venue for the IMTJ Medical Travel Summit 2016

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Conference in Madrid in May 2016 will bring together key opinion leaders and senior executives to debate the challenges faced by the developing medical tourism sector.

The IMTJ Medical Travel Summit 2016 ( will take place in Madrid from May 24th to May 26th 2016. The Summit is supported by Spaincares, a strategic alliance of tourism and health organisations which offers patients the best of Spanish healthcare while enjoying Spain's excellent tourism services.

The IMTJ Summit is a high level event aimed at senior decision makers involved in the medical tourism and international patient market. The early optimism and hype around “medical tourism” have failed to deliver on the promise. Stories of “exponential growth” have attracted numerous entrants into the industry but few have thrived, and many are seeking a way to deliver sustainable growth. The philosophy of “If we build it, they will come” has meant that in some destinations, the supply of healthcare facilities has outstripped the expectations of demand. The IMTJ Medical Travel Summit will bring together the best people in the sector to share their knowledge and experience and ensure the long term development of this industry.

The event in Madrid combines five key elements:

  • The IMTJ Medical Travel Summit brings together key opinion leaders and senior executives involved in medical tourism and healthcare businesses across the world. One to one meetings will be scheduled through an online "dating system".
  • The IMTJ Medical Travel Awards celebrate the success of the leading players in medical tourism.
  • The IMTJ Marketplace provides exhibitors with a great opportunity to meet new customers.
  • b2b encounters brings together buyers of medical travel and international patient services with providers and suppliers who are seeking new business opportunities and sources of patient referral.
  • The IMTJ Academic Conference provides a rare opportunity for academics and researchers from around the globe to share their knowledge and research into this developing sector.

Earlybird rates are available now. Special reduced rates are on offer for delegates from academic and research institutions.

Delegates, speakers and sponsors from over 40 countries helped to make the inaugural IMTJ Medical Travel Summit an outstanding success, Managing Editor of IMTJ, Keith Pollard says:

"We were overwhelmed by the feedback on the 2015 Summit. But we aim to make the 2016 event even bigger and better".


For all media enquiries, and interviews contact Keith Pollard of IMTJ: email or call 01442 817817

Notes for editors:


The IMTJ Medical Travel Summit will take place from May 24th to May 26th 2016 at the Hotel Meliá Avenida América in Madrid, Spain.

The event is organised by the events team at Intuition Communication, publishers of International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ). The IMTJ Medical Travel Awards ceremony will take place on the evening of May 24th in Madrid.


The International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ) provides insight into the medical travel and medical tourism sector. IMTJ was established in 2007 in response to the increasing interest in medical travel and medical tourism. It embraces many of the themes that challenge healthcare providers across the world – insurance, accreditation, marketing and promotion, quality, patient safety, levels of care and experience in treating international patients.

IMTJ is independent of the associations and special interest groups that have come aboard the medical tourism bandwagon. Our aim is to create a central focus for information, resources and opinion on medical travel for those involved in the industry, anywhere in the world.

The internationalisation of healthcare through health tourism is at the heart of IMTJ. Patients are becoming healthcare consumers and in many countries, patient choice is being extended to surgery and treatment provided by international hospitals and clinics. By sharing expertise, knowledge, and views about the health travel industry, IMTJ can help to ensure that patient expectations are met, and that the industry maintains a high reputation.


For all media enquiries including images and interviews, please contact Keith Pollard of IMTJ: email or call 01442 817817

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