Armin Ernst, MD, CEO of Steward Health Care International, has been recognised with the appointment of Special Advisor to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), advising the Secretary-General on Medicine in Tourism. Dr Ernst will be advising on issues of medical infrastructure and service requirements related to global tourism.
Steward Health Care International has special recognised expertise in this domain, evidenced by their work on the island of Gozo, Malta, one of most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Steward provides urgent care for tourists who have suffered from diving incidents with the use of hyperbaric chambers. They have also revolutionised the medical transportation between Gozo and mainland Malta by introducing an air-ambulance service to transport patients rapidly between the islands to ensure they receive the best possible treatment when in urgent need.
Steward has also proved to be a leading healthcare provider in the global tourism sphere in the Middle East. In 2022, Steward partnered with The Red Sea Development Company, owned by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, to provide clinical services to what will become the world’s largest regenerative tourism project. The development will eventually comprise more than 50 unique luxury resorts. Steward is responsible for the planning of emergency services, and the design and operations of a brand new hospital and clinics serving the future Red Sea Development community.
The work for The Red Sea project and the island of Gozo cements Steward’s position as a leader in global healthcare. Dr Ernst is looking forward to lending his expertise to UNWTO in his role as Special Advisor.