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SEOUL, South Korea, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- WE Hotel is constructed as a "Meditel" in South Korea's best resort province of Jeju Island.
Over 20 Meditels, which are built for patients to experience both the high-quality medical services of South Korean hospitals and a resort-like space, will be established nationwide by 2020.
Last March, the South Korean government officially allowed the construction and management of Meditels for foreign patients visiting South Korea to enjoy both high-quality medical services and tourism.
Meditel is a compound of "medicine" and "hotel". It is built to provide Korean medical services and lodging facilities in one building to foreign patients. Currently, five Meditels, where foreign patients are expected to visit, are under construction.
The first Meditel that opened in South Korea is the WE Hotel in Jeju Island, the best tourism site of South Korea. KRW 60 billion was invested and the WE Hotel recently opened with 90 guest rooms. In particular, the hotel provides five-star hotel services and medical services. The Jeju Provincial Government prepared for three years for the construction of the Meditel. WE Hotel is a five-storied Meditel with a land area of 29,980 sq. m and a building area of 4,830 sq. m. Taking advantage of the beautiful natural scenery of Jeju, the Hotel provides diverse programs, such as trekking and hiking to foreign patients.
WE Hotel is drawing much attention among high-income patients of Asia, including China and Japan. Many foreign dignitaries participated at the WE Hotel's opening ceremony. Its primary goal is to draw over 5,000 patients annually.
In addition, the construction of a Meditel with 700 five-star class guest rooms is expected to be completed in 2017 in Gimpo-si Gyeonggi-do Province in South Korea. The Gimpo Municipal Government is recently building a medical tourism business hotel in the Gochon logistics complex jointly with an investment consulting firm in Hong Kong.
In turn, Daegu-si will open two Meditels with five-star class hotel facilities by May this year. These Meditels will provide five-star class hotel services and medical services of 10 hospitals.
The Busan Metropolitan Government will also create a medical resort town with a Meditel in its Dongbusan tourism complex jointly with the Busan Medical Industry Association by 2017.
"Starting this year, Meditels are expected to be actively constructed to provide both high-quality medical services and tourism services to foreign patients visiting South Korea," an officer of the Korea Health Industry Development Institute said. "They are expected to provide better services to foreign patients visiting South Korea, whose number is rapidly increasing by the year."
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