Forecasting and Estimation of Medical Tourism Demand in India
The paper deals with India’s Medical tourism analysis and forecasting, applying two time series forecasting models, for monthly data spreading over 2014 to 2017. Medical tourism worldwide and particularly in India is on rise. Figures of medical tourist arrivals in India for 2014, 2015 and 2016 denotes a significant growth. Several measures have been taken by the Government to attract medical tourists to the country. This study was undertaken to analyse the growth trends in medical tourism in India over a period of last four years and to forecast the medical tourist arrivals over the next couple of years using the ARIMA method for trend projection. The paper discusses these trends and the application of the model. The projections show a great potential for the country to earn valuable foreign exchange through medical tourism. India has a huge cost and expertise advantage which if leveraged through proper publicity can make it one of the leading medical tourist destinations in the days to come. It is suggested that the authorities should take efforts in this direction with aggressive publicity policies.
KeywordsIndia Medical tourism Inbound medical tourism Forecast ARIMA model
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This work is funded by National Funds through the Foundation for Science and Technology under the project UID/GES/04752/2019.
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