Dr Mahesh Sharma chairs 3rd meeting on medical & wellness tourism

The third meeting of the National Medical and Wellness Tourism Board was held recently under the Chairmanship of Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism and Culture. The meeting was attended by Rashmi Verma, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, other senior government officials and members of the Board comprising of stakeholders in the travel and hospitality industry and experts in the field of Medical and Wellness Tourism as well as other systems of Indian Medicine.

In the second meeting of the Board held on March 28, 2017, it was announced that comprehensive framework and roadmap on Medical and Wellness Tourism would be prepared and presented before the nation in time for the International Yoga Day on June 21, 2017. Following the decision of the Board, a Committee was formed under the chairmanship of Dr H R Nagendra, President, Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, Bengaluru to formulate a comprehensive framework and roadmap on Medical and Wellness Tourism.

The Committee presented its report for adoption by the Board in which a standard framework for assessment and accreditation of all AYUSH facilities that cater to tourism has been created. The institutions can apply online for self-assessment which would then be reviewed for accreditation. All organisations that are already accredited and/or qualified and/or certified by NAAC, NABH, ISO-9004, Indian Yoga Association (IYA), Centre of Excellence (CoE), Organisations affiliated by Universities, Approved Integrative Hospitals and government AYUSH Institutions and Green Leaf / Olive Leaf organisations approved by Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala would be listed on the Ministry of Tourism website.