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An analysis of the aspects attracting medical tourists: a case study in Seoul, South Korea
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Many countries recognized the potential of medicaltourism as an alternative source of economic growth. Especially after theeconomic crisis many Asian countries joined medical tourism in hopes to escapethe severe financial difficulty. However, yet only few countries have managedto become a famous medical tourism destination. With growing number ofcompetitors, newly joined countries of medical tourism, face the difficulty inintroducing them self as attractive medical tourism destination. South Koreaas a new medical tourism destination, should consider what to offer to themedical tourists to attract them. The aim of the thesis was to investigate aspects influencing the participationof medical tourists to discover how South Korea could develop anattractive medical tourism destination. After examining the casestudy and results from the text analysis, researcher reached to the conclusionthat quality, cost and accessibility to treatment are the major reasons toparticipate in medical tourism. Also in the fierce competition, it is importantto develop differentiated offers from other destinations. Therefore, Koreashould concentrate on specialized treatments and ICT system to become anattractive medical tourism destination.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 53 p.
Keyword [en]
medical tourism, Seoul Korea, aspects
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Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-11795OAI: diva2:602633
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-02-04 Created: 2013-02-01 Last updated: 2013-02-04Bibliographically approved

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