Bangkok, 30 August, 2017 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently organised the 4th Amazing Thailand Health and Wellness Tourism Showcase with the theme of ‘Thailand: Paradise for Longevity’ to promote the Kingdom as a destination for products and services for a longer life. The one-day event was held on 11 August, offering special health and wellness deals until 31 December.
Mr. Noppadon Pakprot, TAT Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business said, “This annual showcase is part of our plan to promote Thailand as a world-class destination for medical tourism. According to a report by VISA and Oxford Economics, Thailand is considered as one of Asia’s top medical tourism destinations. Thailand now has 58 JCI-accredited hospitals, more than any other Southeast Asian country.”
During the one-day showcase, 44 health and wellness professionals across the entire range of medial disciplines attended the event to promote Thailand’s health and wellness products to raise international awareness. Medical tourism facilitators and travel agencies from 30 countries worldwide also discussed business deals with participating health and wellness providers.
The event highlighted why Thailand is a ‘Paradise for Longevity’ and an emerging leader in the field of ‘Functional and Regenerative Medicine’. Thailand is the first and only country in Asia with hospitals specialising in ‘Functional & Regenerative Medicine’, including Better Being Hospital and Mali Interdisciplinary Hospital.
Thailand is also Asia’s anti-aging centre leader with 500 medical specialists in this sector, the largest number of American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine-certified medical professionals in the region.
The Royal Thai Government has approved 90-day visas for patients and medical visitors from Cambodia, Lao PDR., Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) as well as from the People’s Republic of China in a bid to boost Thailand’s medical tourism. This was put in place in 22 March, this year.
In addition, long-stay 10-year visas are now available for senior nationals of 14 countries including: Japan, Australia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.
TAT is also partnering with Royal Orchid Plus to offer special health and wellness tourism packages until 31 December to help promote medical tourism. This includes an invitation to Royal Orchid Plus Platinum and Gold members to visit Thailand, supported by special packages from leading hospitals and clinics, for complimentary health check-ups.
In Photo (From Left to Right): Dr. Kamol Wattanakrai, President of the Society of Plastic Surgeon of Thailand; Ms. Aungkana Pumpaka, TAT Advisor 9; Ms. Thapanee Kiatphaibool, TAT Executive Director of Events Department; Mr. Nithee Seeprae, TAT Executive Director of Product Promotion Department; Mrs. Priyasiri Juathes, Vice President Product and Guest Experience Department, Thai Airways International; Mr. Noppadon Pakprot, TAT Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business; Mr. Charun Ohnmee, TAT Advisor 10; Mrs. Pataraporn Sithivanich, TAT Executive Director of Europe, Africa, and Middle East Region; Ms. Jittima Sukpalin, TAT Executive Director of the Americas Region; Ms. Jittima Uthaichalerm, Business Director of Royal Orchid Plus, Thai Airways International; Dr. Peerasak Chortrakarnkij, MC; Mr.Tajtai Tmangraksat, Royal Thai Consular General in Xiamen.