The first part of this article discusses the medical tourism industry in the United States and its links to travel agents and medical tourism companies, and the second part of the article focuses on the impact medical tourism has had on tourism in Arkansas. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual economic impact of medical tourism is $5,939 per person, and medical tourists are more likely to be female, and less likely to have a college degree. 

The travel industry is booming in the state, and Arkansas is among the top tourism states in the country, and with medical tourism now making up nearly 20 percent of the state’s tourism budget, the state has an opportunity to make a big splash in the tourism business. 

In 2016, the tourism industry accounted for nearly $1.3 billion in economic activity in Arkansas, and according to the tourism board, there is now an opportunity for the tourism industries to take a bigger bite out of the tourism revenue pie. 

As we discussed in Part I, the medical tourists have been known to bring along their own staff, and many of them bring with them a lot of cash. 

“We can see that with the influx of tourists, they’ve been doing business with them.

There’s been an influx of foreign students coming into the state.

It’s an opportunity,” said Scott Dickson, the director of the Economic Development and Tourism Section for the Arkansas Tourism Authority. 

Dickson also said medical tourism agents have been able to bring in additional clients and that this influx of patients is fueling the tourism economy. 

Arkansas tourism has seen a surge in business and growth in the past few years, and it is expected that the state will see another influx of medical tourists in 2017. 

When asked if the increase in tourists could be linked to a shortage of beds in the hospitals, Dickson said that the tourism authority has seen an increase in demand for medical tourism services, and that the medical staff has been getting paid more. 

Medical tourism has also been one of the biggest drivers of job growth in Arkansas in recent years, with more than 7,000 new jobs created in 2017 alone. 

Despite all the changes in the industry, Dison said the industry still offers plenty of jobs to Arkansas residents. 

For example, he said that he and other doctors have found themselves filling positions in nursing homes that were once filled by people with no experience or education in the field. 

And while some of the jobs that are being filled have been very high-paying, he added that he believes that more jobs will be created in other fields. 

While many of the new jobs will only be temporary, Denton said that some of those positions will be permanent, and he hopes that the number of permanent jobs in the medical sector will continue to grow in the years ahead. 

Although the medical industry is growing, Denny said that not everyone has the right to travel on medical tourism. 

There are laws that protect physicians, and those laws are in place for good reason, he continued. 

But the medical community is also concerned about the health and safety of patients and the patients themselves. 

Because of the potential negative effects that medical tourism can have on health and the people who work in hospitals, the American Hospital Association has urged health care workers to be aware of the health risks and ensure that they are properly trained. 

However, not everyone is convinced that the health of patients will be compromised, and Dickson says that there are medical tourism groups that have a very strong negative stance against the industry. 

One of the most prominent groups is called the Medical Tourism Alliance, which says that the industry is dangerous, and says that it can cause a host of medical problems that can include infections, stroke, heart attacks, and even cancer. 

Other medical tourism advocates also say that the lack of medical education in some medical tourism practices has led to an overabundance of misinformation, and there is an ongoing fear that medical tourists could commit serious crimes or commit other serious crimes in the future. 

It is important for the health care professionals in the community to speak up against the use of medical travel, and to ensure that medical workers and patients are trained in safe and responsible medical tourism activities, said Dickson. 

Dr. Stephen Bensahed, the president of the Medical Association of Arkansas, agrees with the association and said that there is nothing wrong with medical travel in the long run. 

He said that if the medical profession was not doing a good job educating its members, the industry could easily be a threat to health care and safety in the process. 

Bensaayed also said that it is not unusual for doctors to travel to other states for their own medical work. 

To protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people that are doing this work, we must work together as one state, he stated. 

This article originally appeared at The Arkansas Times, a nonprofit news organization covering the Arkansas Senate