2012 World Medical Tourism Conference


The Asian Medical Tourism Association (AMTA) proudly presents the World Medical Health Tourism Conference: Destination Down Under in 2012 which will be held in Brisbane, Australia on 10th-12th August, 2012. The conference is planning on bringing together many of world medical tourism service providers. As Australia holds a unique position in the world of medical tourism, it is both a patient prover and has a growing industry as a service provider for medical tourism in general. Brisbane has been chosen as the location for the event simply because of its great infrastructure and Brisbane is one of the world’s famous tourists destination within Australia. In addition to this, Brisbane’s proximity to the Gold Coast and other medical tourism hospitals makes it the ideal choice for the 2012 event.

Australia and Asia-Pacific region has more than 90% of the globe’s medical tourism infrastructure whether it be hospitals, spas and alternative health facilities. It is expected that the event will draw delegates from throughout the world. Planning is well underway for the conference to host more than 1,500 delegates and with a great array of speakers, exhibitors, workshops and discussion panels, the event is a must if you are a player or have an interest in the fast growing medical tourism industry.

The 2012 event is extra special as it is an election year for AMTA office bearers at the conclusion of the conference. It will be the first time for the World Medical Health Tourism Conference to be held in Australia. The event provides diverse opportunity for networking ever in the Australasia region. Service providers such as hospitals and medical specialists, doctors are encouraged to attend as the 2012 conference enters into not just a new region but a new face in its development such as a trade show open to the general public. This will give the opportunity to the general public to not only compare prices and products on offer but to also see what business opportunities are available with the industry inside of Australia.

You and your organization will be able to connect with international hospitals, insurance companies and other medical tourism operators. Furthermore, this conference will provide an excellent opportunity to see first hand the high quality of healthcare provided by Australia’s hospitals and doctors. Australia, particularly Brisbane and Gold Coast is a new emerging market attracting player within the medical tourism industry drawing patients from America, UK and Europe. The conference serves to help the industry within Australia to prosper. You’ll gain invaluable experience in context just by attending and networking opportunities that this unique conference can offer.


Nestled in the south-east corner of Queensland in the heart of one of Australia’s fastest growing regions, Brisbane is Australia’s new world city - a modern, vibrant destination.

A visit to Brisbane is a chance to immerse yourself in a cosmopolitan city with a friendly attitude, superb weather and an exceptional natural environment. It’s a city where delegates can embrace the local life and immerse themselves in a warm and welcoming environment and a range of recreational pursuits.

Alongside world-class art galleries and a vibrant urban precinct culture, there’s a wide variety of wining, dining and shopping experiences to be enjoyed. A year-round promise of sunshine, 1,800+ parks and reserves and more than 500 kilometres of bikeways also set the scene for stunning outdoor activities. Whether you choose to swim in Australia’s only inner-city beach at the famed South Bank Parklands, cruise the river in a kayak, climb the Story Bridge or escape to Moreton Bay and its islands for aquatic adventures and dolphin feeding, Brisbane will deliver an unforgettable travel experience. 

Brisbane is a city for the senses; walking under impossibly blue skies around this foot-friendly city opens up a world of experiences. In the 2008, Future Brand Country Brand Index Australia topped the list as the destination business travelers most want to extend their stay, and it’s easy to see why. A well-planned series of walkways and bridges connect the city centre to the delightful riverside parklands of South Bank, Australia’s largest Gallery of Modern Art and the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, ranked in the top three convention centres in the world… Welcome to BrisbaneAustralia’s new world city.


With a diverse range of successful international and national conferences to its name, Brisbane has an enviable reputation for hosting great events. The city’s vibrant, progressive energy has delivered past success stories such as the World Hydrogen Energy Conference, World Poultry Congress, World Dance Alliance Global Summit and International Symposium on Sea Turtle Conservation and Biology.

The good news is this success is extremely affordable, for several years the Runzheimer Guide to Daily Travel Prices has rated Brisbane as one of the world’s lowest cost meeting destinations. With excellent international exchange rates and low on the ground costs, Brisbane offers meeting planners great value for money and an affordable delegate experience.

Behind this success is a success story in itself. The Brisbane Convention Bureau is recognised by Meetings and Events Australia as Queensland’s leading bureau. Team Brisbane is made up of people who have loved the city for a life-time and actively assist in preparing conference bids, venues and accommodation, suppliers and support services, boosting delegate numbers and to create fabulous pre and post tours and partner programs.

What can’t be measured in facts and figures is the experience. In Brisbane, we take the time to relax and enjoy a lifestyle that the world envies. Our buzzing urban villages are filled with fine dining and sophisticated cafes and our dazzling cultural precinct is the heart and soul of the city and proudly stretches along our meandering river, while Queensland’s premier shopping precinct, the Queen Street Mall offers over 700 specialty shops, restaurants, cinemas and live music.

Head east to Brisbane’s shore and you’ll find beautiful Moreton Bay with some of the world’s largest sand islands, endless beaches and amazing marine life. A short drive west and you’ll slowly unwind as you experience quaint country towns, divine lakes, valleys, rivers and waterfalls of the Scenic Rim and Country Valleys.

Brisbane hosts millions of visitors each year, each with their own aesthetic, culture and expectations and our venues and accommodation are equally as diverse in style, function and affordability.Brisbane covers the full spectrum of event organiser needs, from the internationally acclaimed Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and intimate and unique venues to exclusive five-star hotels to beautiful boutique lodgings.

Positive and forward thinking, generous and optimistic, Brisbane remains disarmingly unaffected by its successes on the world stage. This youthful, modern city has established an influential foothold in the international community and contributes to leading the world in infrastructure, health, biotechnology, education and architecture. Brisbane knows exactly where it wants to be. Clean, green, sustainable, friendly, tolerant, multi-cultural, creative, collaborative, energetic, progressive and liveable… meet in Brisbane, Australia’s new world city. 


The main venue and host for the trade show will be at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre - a world-class, purpose-built venue renowned for its operational and service excellence. The Centre is located in a unique urban cultural and entertainment precinct in the heart of Brisbane.


The conference specifically aims to foster interaction between as many parties as possible in the medical tourism industry.

  • To highlight the excellent, quality of service and treatment that the participating hospitals, clinics and wellness companies involve in the medical tourism industry can offer

  • To foster open and frank discussions from all sectors of medical tourism industry

  • To begin a platform discussion on industry’s standard within medical tourism

  • To disseminate positive information in relation to the high standard of professionalism in Australia and the entire medical tourism industry in general

  • To highlight areas of concern from individuals, medical professionals and the general public in mechanisms that drive medical tourism

  • To discuss the build-up of an international medical tourism network

  • To highlight Australia as one of the world’s tourist destination for medical tourism

  • To show the economic potential that medical tourism has for many countries


Based upon the belief of a new way forward and that is, as the world becomes smaller with the invention of super sonic aircraft and the availability of information through the internet coupled with the movement of people, has definitely spawned the medical tourism industry. With the rising cost of healthcare, patients, international companies, government health sector and even insurance companies alike are now looking for ways of reducing the medical cost without reducing the quality of care.

Thus, the medical tourism industry was born and is now enjoying a surge interests. The conference philosophy is design to further improve the capabilities of healthcare institutions and tour operators who are key players in the medical tourism industry and to provide each individual patient to be well informed on the standards of medical information worldwide.