Health, wellness seen as tourism potential
DENTAL TOURISM. Bohol media personalities posed with the battery of dentists of Yap Dental Clinics and shared with the insights of “dental tourism in Bohol” as they posted a thumps-up during press conference held at Payag Restaurant last Monday. In photo: Janet Villarojo and Benjie Culpa from Sunday Post, Danny Reyes, Chito Visarra from DYRD-Bohol Chronicle and Jun Cañete Amora from Bohol Standard.
Though the global financial crisis is affecting the life of many Juan dela Cruz in the Philippines, the atmosphere is quite surprising and different in Bohol.
The gloom is waning and only showed a little sway on its commerce and tourism in Tagbilaran as observed by Jay Jabonero, Promotions and Marketing Consultant of Yap and Associates chain of clinics in the city.
Jabonero disclosed, “Yaps chain of clinics has a record of two-three foreign walk-in patients daily for inquires and availing dental procedures without hesitations.”
“Most of the foreign patients in our Tagbilaran City Square Branch includes German, Australian, Koreans, Japanese and Americans,” Dr. Joy Yap said during an interview last Monday at Payag Restaurant.
Yap noted that these foreign patients are having vacations in Manila, Boracay, some other neighboring island of Bohol but majority of them are coming from Cebu.
Like local patients, most dental services commonly availed includes full mouth rehabilitation, oral prophylaxis which is much cheaper in Philippines compare to America. This is followed by tooth bleaching, which Yap Dental Clinics has the latest machine.
“With the availability of our latest technology in dental treatments like tooth bleaching plus our capacity to accept credit card payment, It help us increase the number of patients everyday and even local patients started to have their dental treatments by credit cards,” confirms Dr. Lani Yray, full time associate dentist in Bohol Dental Care Center in Island City Mall.
Jabonero’s observations were substantiated to encourage Department of Tourism to come up with a health and wellness tourism program in Bohol.
“Tagbilaran is quite affordable compared to Cebu with establishments like spas, resorts, hotels, derma clinics, gym and dental clinics that are globally competitive and qualified Bohol to promote health and wellness tourism,” Jabonero added, “this is a good promotions for Bohol to invite investors and increase business revenues, and provide job opportunities for Boholanos,” he added.
They are hoping for the city government through its Department of Health and Department of Tourism that their competency to perform medical-dental procedures, highly standardized treatments and increasing number of foreign patients having vacations here, enjoying spa and resorts in Bohol, could give them a hint to come up with a health and wellness tourism program.
“We are very much willing to participate in programs that Department of Tourism may design to promote health and wellness tourism in Bohol. We also encourage health and wellness business operators in entire Bohol to be once united and forget about competition,” Dr. Joy Yap said.
“The equipment invested by many dentists in Bohol, competent and globally competitive dentists available here in Tagbilaran and with available resorts, spas, derma clinics and hotels existing, Bohol can be the next hub for health and wellness tourist destinations in the Philippines. But this can only be realized if Department of Tourism sees the potentials of Bohol to be next in Cebu, as one of the health and wellness tourist destinations in the Philippines and with the participations of business operators in Bohol.”
“Yet, even without support from our government, we will continue to strongly promote Bohol as one of the health and wellness tourist destinations in the country today, particularly in hi-tech quality dental treatments, “ she vowed.