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  • 1. Former Lt. Governor State of Nevada Commissioner Nevada Commission on Tourism Former Chair Nevada Commission on Tourism C.E.O. and President Perri, Inc. Entertainment and Real Estate Former Chair Nevada Commission on Economic Development Board Member Nevada Committee on Foreign Relations Former President Nevada State Senate The Honorable Lorraine T. Hunt-Bono Medical / Health Tourism - "An Economic Development Opportunity" Las Vegas and Nevada have a unique opportunity to become a world leader in preventative healthcare in a vacation setting that can offer "Health Vacations of a Lifetime" In the United States alone, there are 77 million baby-boomers seeking to live a healthier lifestyle as they retire. Many "health related" travel services are being marketed to "Boomers" especially since this demographic group has recorded the highest travel volume in recent years. The phenomenon of receiving healthcare away from home; "a healthcare trip", has grown over the last several years. Medical tourists are citizens who travel outside their residence to receive healthcare services and also engage in tourist activities such as shopping, dinning, sightseeing, as well as attending entertainment and sporting events, conventions and conferences. Las Vegas and Nevada offers the ultimate tourism experience, hence, "Healthcare Tourism Packages" are attractive especially for people in the US and visitors from around the world like China, Japan, UAE, and Europe. A "holiday" can be coupled with physical check-ups, executive healthcare exams, diagnostic treatments and elective procedures in a safe, luxurious environment. Las Vegas "The Entrepreneurial City that Never Sleeps" offers 150,000 hotel rooms, five-star hotel suites in a world class setting, an International Airport providing public and private air service from almost anywhere in the world and all in a 24 hour setting. In Lake Tahoe, Reno, and in Nevada's rural areas, there are healthy retreat spas and resorts that offer a recuperative environment and retreats. Nevada boasts four season healthy activities to suit every taste. Many of the world's top companies require regular check-ups for their key managers. For them, an investment in good health is more than a wise business decision. It's a competitive edge! Most importantly, health tourists require procedures that do not require them to be admitted to a hospital. The fact that more citizens are choosing to combine vacation fun and receive healthcare services away from home is becoming increasingly globalized. This is rapidly becoming a future trend and gaining high demand in the Corporate World. Busy business travelers are seeking medical boutique services that combine physical checkups with a business trip, where they can also have their spouse/families enjoy tourist activities in their free time. Upscale environments with diagnostic expertise, cutting edge technology in new medical equipment and expertise in global preventive medicine along with world class services will be in high demand in the world market. Our state can clearly be a major player in this global marketing of preventative healthcare. "Medical Tourism/Health Tourism" is offering attractive medical services for preventive health care in a luxurious, vacation setting while providing unique services for: • • • • • • Basically healthy customers who are not integrated with people who are ill Those seeking wellness spa vacations Companies who want to provide wellness packages for their executive management Individuals looking for holistic alternatives in a vacation setting Those attending conventions who want to stay longer for diagnostic or elective procedures Groups looking for retreat settings As Nevada's Medical/Health Tourism Industry grows, our state's medical community and universities will benefit from the new alliances that will be formed with the best medical providers, the best equipment suppliers, researchers and universities in the world. Economic diversification will be created for medical professionals to work and study in an environment rich in medical diversity, cutting edge technology and research attracting the best and brightest in the global medical profession. The cluster of medical facilities in the Western Region of the United State of America will continue to grow and position the state of Nevada in the epicenter of medical innovation. 7700 Las Ve gas Blvd., "South Strip", Las Vegas, Nevada 89123 Telephone: (702) 361-6503 Fax: (702) 736-2113