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Helsinki 11.11.2022

Health Travel Trends and Landscape Seminar

At 9.30 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.
Place: Team Finland house, Porkkalankatu 1, Helsinki

Sign up by November 8th.


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Päivi Antila, Regional Partnership Manager

paivi.antila (at)

The past 2,5 years have changed the health travel landscape both in Finland and globally. While travel restrictions and the current geopolitical situation have their effect on the flow of patients, new business opportunities have risen as many countries struggle with pent-up demand for health care services.

Join the seminar organized by Visit Finland and learn more about the current trends and landscape in health travel. After the seminar, there is also an opportunity for pre-booked one-to-one meetings with each speaker.

Christian Fadi El-Khouri is a lifelong medical tourism professional, industry influencer and public speaker with over 10 years of executive international experience in medical tourism, international patient services and healthcare. He was introduced to the industry from a young age, growing up in Germany's first and oldest medical tourism facilitator. After initiating a consulting branch at their family-owned business, he has advised on numerous projects from establishing international patient services at hospitals to cross-border joint ventures and implementing telemedicine for international medical service providers.

Nima Jokilaakso, PhD, Senior Advisor at Business Finland, has an extensive experience from the health care and life science industries in Sweden, promoting nowadays the growth of Finnish SME-companies in the Swedish market. The increased healthcare costs and long queues have increased interest in Sweden for procuring healthcare services from private operators. Challenges in the country´s public healthcare system leading to long waiting times in specialized care have also increased patients' interest in cross-border healthcare.

The seminar will be organized only as a live event in Ruoholahti, Helsinki. 


9:30-10        Registration & coffee
10-10.15      Finland as a health travel destination, Maarit Haavisto-Koskinen (Medical Tourism Association Finland)
10.15-11.10  Medical Travel in the Post-COVID-19 Era, Christian Fadi El-Khouri
                     - Why should you invest in medical travel?
                     - Trends and business opportunities
                     - Learnings from Germany?
                     - Q&A

Short break

11.20-12     Healthcare service market update from Sweden, Nima Jokilaakso (Business Finland, Sweden)
                    - What will change after the general election in September 2022?
                    - Status of public procurements
                    - Q&A
12-13         Networking lunch

Possibility for pre-booked 15 min. 1-2-1 meetings with Christian Fadi El-Khouri and Nima Jokilaakso.