The Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council (TDC) was established by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners in 1981. In 1982, Palm Beach County enacted its first tourist tax and created a Tourist Development Plan for spending the revenues generated by the tax. The tourist tax, commonly known as the “bed tax,” is levied on lodging room nights in the County for a term of six months or less.
Discover Palm Beach County, the original name of what is now known as Discover The Palm Beaches, was formed in 1983 as a nonprofit entity. DTPB operates under a contract with Palm Beach County to provide tourism marketing services under the County’s Tourist Development Plan and receives funding from a portion of the “bed tax” collected in the County. DTPB’s Board of Directors provides supervision over DTPB affairs.
Discover The Palm Beaches is only one of the non-profit tourism organizations acting under contract to the County. The Tourist Development Council whose responsibility is contract oversight of the agencies funded by the “bed tax,” also acts as liaison between the agencies and the Board of County Commissioners. The other agencies under the umbrella of the TDC are the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission and the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.Government Organizations at the 2015 WMTC
Medical Tourism is a fast growing multi-billion dollar industry. Many countries are serving millions of international patients every year and they have made medical tourism a national priority as a way to boost tourism, the economy and its local healthcare quality.The fact that the US Supreme Court has upheld the Healthcare Reform presents an opportunity for top medical destinations to build stronger partnerships with US and international employers and insurers.
Our Global Ministerial Summit welcomes Ministers of Health, Tourism and Economic Development from all countries that are looking to create more economically viable healthcare solutions from their communities and wish to discuss common challenges and best practices in the global healthcare environment.ROUNDTABLE FORUMS
These moderated forums put competition aside to encourage attendees to work together towards common goals, interests and deal as a collaborative group on common obstacles and problems that slow or hinder growth of the industry. Organizations entering this industry or existing ones, don’t need to step into the same pitfalls and make the same mistakes as others before them. This year’s forums will include:
European Forum – Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, 11:00 – 12:30 pm
Caribbean Forum – Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, 11:00 – 12:30 pm
Africa Forum– Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, 11:00 – 12:30 pm
Asian Forum – Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Latin American Form – Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
US Inbound and Domestic Forum – Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Arab Health & Wellness Forum – Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, 11:00 – 12:50 pm
US-China Forum – Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, 4:00 – 5:50 pm