Success in medical tourism to be recognised by new IMTJ awards

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International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ) launches first independent Medical Travel Awards programme. Award winners to be announced at IMTEC 2014 in Dubai.

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The IMTJ Medical Travel Awards will be the first independent awards scheme to recognise those who are the best of the best.

A brand new set of independent awards has been launched today by International Medical Travel Journal to recognise the best in medical tourism around the world.

The IMTJ Medical Travel Awards 2014 will celebrate improvement, innovation and excellence in the medical travel, medical tourism and health tourism industry.

Unlike previous awards in the sector, the entries will be judged by an independent panel of medical travel experts, chaired by IMTJ Managing Editor, Keith Pollard.

The awards will be presented at a high profile reception in Dubai in March 2014 during the International Medical Travel Exhibition and Conference (IMTEC), which brings together all the pre-eminent providers and experts in medical travel and medical tourism.

The awards will allow winners to enjoy worldwide recognition of their achievements, with media interest and online coverage expected to be high. The award categories are separated into four specialist areas:

Healthcare provider and agency categories:

  •     International hospital of the year
  •     International specialist -patient centre
  •     International dental clinic of the year
  •     International cosmetic surgery clinic of the year
  •     International fertility clinic of the year
  •     Medical spa of the year
  •     Medical travel agency of the year

Marketing categories:

  •     Best medical travel website
  •     Best marketing initiative

Quality and service categories:

  •     Best quality initiative
  •     Excellence in customer service

Overall achievement categories:

  •     Destination of the year
  •     Sanjiv Malik Lifetime Achievement Award

Entrants may enter as many categories as they like, with entries submitted electronically via

Chairman of the judging panel and Managing Editor of IMTJ Keith Pollard says the awards are designed to celebrate the best providers in the industry and encourage others to strive to match them:

“Medical travel is an exciting and growing global industry, with many providers delivering excellence in both medical care and customer service. The IMTJ Medical Travel Awards will be the first independent awards scheme to recognise those who are the best of the best and to encourage others to emulate them. My aims when leading the judging panel will be to reward innovation and excellence, highlight best practice and celebrate those who are leading the way in the industry and delivering successful outcomes for patients.

“I’m looking forward to reviewing the entries and discovering some of the unsung stars of our industry. I’m particularly looking forward to recognising an industry leader with the Sanjiv Malik Lifetime Achievement Award, named in honour of one of the leading lights of the medical tourism industry who sadly died earlier this year.”

Entries are now being accepted via and are open until midnight on 31st December 2013.

Notes for editors:

International Medical Travel Journal ( is the leading business to business journal for the medical travel and medical tourism sector. IMTJ publishes a regular newsletter to around 15,000 people and providers involved in medical travel. IMTJ is owned and managed by Intuition Communication, a UK based online publishing business. The company also operates Treatment Abroad - a website for patients who are seeking advice and information on medical tourism.

The International Medical Travel Exhibition & Conference (IMTEC) takes place in Dubai on 5th-6th March 2014. IMTEC is produced by the Life Sciences division of Informa Exhibitions, which runs a healthcare portfolio of products including exhibitions, magazines, conferences and event management.

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