Good Neighbor Insurance, www.goodneighborinsurance.com, provides overseas travel medical and evacuation insurance to those residing and traveling outside their country of residence. Here are some interesting numbers related to travel and medical care that show the importance of needing international travel insurance while on your holidays.
U.S. – 62.3 million international tourists visited the U.S. in 2011
U.K. – 1/4 of U.K. holidaymakers do not get any vaccinations despite traveling to areas that have life-threatening infectious diseases – according to the U.K’s National Health Service.
France – 90 percent of French children under 12 now wear a helmet for skiing – the result of a long campaign by Medecins de Montagne – the association of French sky area doctors
Guyana – 3 British nationals required consular assistance in Guyana in the period of April 2012 to March 2011 – one hospitalization and two arrests
Atlantic – 165 people have gone missing at sea since 1995 according to the U.S. based International Cruise Victims Association
Worldwide – 983 million – the number of worldwide international tourist arrivals in 2011, representing a growth of 4.6 percent when compared to 940 million in 2010.
Greece – 112 British tourists were arrested in Greece in 2010-11 compared to 222 the year before. British consulate staff was called in to assist with 797 cases in the same period compared to 923 the previous year.
Maldives – 2. The number of hospitals on the Maldivian island of Male. The government-owned Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IMGH) and the privately owned Abduarahman Don Kaleyfan Hospital (ADK). ADK accepts some insurance plans but IGMH does not.
Oman – 50 countries now have organizations accredited or certified by Joint Commission International with the recent accreditation of Muscat Private Hospital in Oman.
Thailand – 38 tourists and expat residents have died on Phuket between January 1 and June 29 this year in 2012, according to Thai police figures.
South Africa – 8 million tourists visited South Africa in 2011 driven by 14.6 percent growth in the number of tourists arriving from Asian countries.
Laos – 22 tourists died “river tubing’ while in Van Vieng, Laos in 2011.
Hong Kong – 27.2 million U.S. dollars is the amount Hong Kong took in international tourism receipts in 2011.
Australia – 201,660 consular services were provided by Australian consular staff in 2010-11 compared to 186,235 in 2009-10.