Next Article in Journal
Removal of Tetracycline by Hydrous Ferric Oxide: Adsorption Kinetics, Isotherms, and Mechanism
Previous Article in Journal
Trends and Inequalities in the Health Care and Hypertension Outcomes in China, 2011 to 2015
Previous Article in Special Issue
Drama Therapy Counseling as Mental Health Care of College Students
Open AccessArticle

The Process of Constructing a Health Tourism Destination Index

by Chia-Wen Lee 1 and Ching Li 2,*
1
College of Humanities and Communications, Yango University, Fuzhou 350015, China
2
Graduate Institute of Sport, Leisure and Hospitality Management, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei 106, Taiwan
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(22), 4579; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16224579
Received: 5 November 2019 / Revised: 13 November 2019 / Accepted: 15 November 2019 / Published: 19 November 2019
The purpose of the study is to identify a set of key indicators with weightings for health tourism destinations by using an advanced analytic hierarchy process (AHP) method, derived from the official, academic, and professional opinions of the experts. The AHP method allocated weightings to the evaluation criteria selected by the fifteen experts. After expert evaluations were conducted, the three dimensions and eleven sub-dimensions of the initial health tourism destination were obtained as follows: (1) special demands and indications—medical care, health promotion, and tourism and leisure; (2) natural environment—climate, air, water, and light; (3) leisure activities and general demands—sports, therapeutic activities, interactions with animals and plants, and diet. The results revealed that the dimensions of special demands and indications were given the most attention and that the sub-dimensions of sports promotion were the highest ranked by expert groups. The official and academic opinions suggested that health tourism destinations should focus on special demands and indications, while professionals tended to consider the natural environment as a primary concern. In particular, they considered that good air quality can help people release pressure, relax, activate lymphocytes, improve immune function, and enhance disease immunity. The health tourism destination index can contribute to the overall strategic planning process by identifying improvements in activities and enhancing competitiveness in health tourism management by using benchmarking to further improve tourists’ experience and satisfaction. View Full-Text
Keywords: health tourism destination; analytic hierarchy process (AHP); health environment; health promotion; recreational resource management health tourism destination; analytic hierarchy process (AHP); health environment; health promotion; recreational resource management
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Lee, C.-W.; Li, C. The Process of Constructing a Health Tourism Destination Index. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4579.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop