The City of uMhlathuze is thrilled to host Pan African Health Tourism Congress (PAHTC 2017), the first of its kind in the African continent. The two-day congress will be held at the uMfolozi Casino eMpangeni on Thursday and Friday.

More than 300 including international dignitaries, international experts, organisations and associations in the health tourism sector, local rope players, are to descend to the shores of the City of uMhlathuze to deliberate on the health tourism development and to align it with government prescripts.

In welcoming the delegates, the Mayor of the City Cllr Mduduzi Mhlongo, said, “We are specifically welcoming the high level delegation from the Global Health Tourism Industry, Ministers from our neighbouring countries and esteemed domestic and global stakeholders and partners as well as media from all walks of life who took their time to visit the city of uMhlathuze. We hope your experience with us will be a resounding one and we would like to welcome you back in the near future.

The Pan African Health Tourism Congress 2017 taking place in our own backyard presents to us new economic and tourism growth opportunities that we thought are far from us as the city of uMhlathuze. This is an eye opener congress and sooner than we know, we will reap positive economic spin offs from it. We are about to open a new private hospital in the John Ross precinct and our flagship The Bay Hospital is expanding to accommodate more beds, coupled with the three approved medical facilities, the city of uMhlathuze will become a medical hub of the northern part of KwaZulu-Natal.

With the city of uMhlathuze positioning itself as a medical tourism destination, more countries will develop interest in our tourism offering. We are already playing a critical role in providing medical and variety of other services to the neighbouring countries such as Swaziland, Mozambique, Malawi, etc.” Mhlongo said.

The City of uMhlathuze is happy will all preparations and anticipating a fruitful congress.

Members of the media, health, tourism and leisure beat writers, bloggers and editors, are invited to witness and cover the Pan African Health Tourism Congress PAHTC 2017.

Media transport from Durban to eMpangeni is arranged as follows:

Departure Date: 8 June 2017

Departure Time: 7am at Durban Playhouse

For more information, contact:

Mdu Ncalane

City of uMhlathuze

Communications Manager