In light of recent global events, the world’s leading
medical assistance company International SOS, is expanding its marketing
drive to the Chiangmai region to meet client demand.
Kananuwat, International SOS - General Manager
“SOS is simply taking precautious against the higher
level of international insecurity,” said Bangkok-based general manager,
“Particularly with the resorts popular with foreigners.
Personal security is now a priority. This is especially the case with SOS
emergency air-ambulance evacuation services,” he said. “The planes are
ready to cope with any holiday accidents, at any time of the day.”
International SOS provides medical consultation,
intensive medical care assistance, patient stabilization, as well as air
“At this time of year, the cool, calm relaxation of a
holiday in Chiangmai attracts the maximum number of visitors. We must be
prepared, although there is absolutely no imminent danger anywhere in
Thailand,” he stressed.
The fine old wooden temples, World Heritage historical
parks, untamed jungle, rugged mountains scenery and hill tribes in the
remote reaches of north-western Thailand are a ‘must-see’, said K. Pipat.
“But SOS is aware that many motorists take advantage of
the wide open spaces, so we are ready if any serious accident occurs.”
Pipat added that the number of people in the Kingdom
eligible for the service - mainly through their insurance policies - has
increased from 2.7 million in year 2000 to over four million by year-end
“We are finding a significant number of local firms in
Chiangmai, not just international conglomerates, are interested in the
diverse range of SOS services.”
More than 50 Thai firms nationwide are signed up for
International SOS medical services. Since the beginning of this year, the
company has provided 150 to 200 domestic air-rescue flights.
He added that, even on vacation, greater corporate
responsibility over staff security was of paramount importance, for both
individual members and corporate clients alike.
International SOS wants all holiday makers in 2003 to
enjoy the many beautiful and unique attractions of the Chiangmai area, with
just a small reminder that prevention is better than cure, he stressed.
International SOS began its services in Thailand in 1990.
It has expanded its operations in 42 countries. It has 25 Alarm Centers, 21
International Clinics and more than 160 remote site medical facilities
The medivac company’s major bases are London,
Singapore, Johannesburg, Beijing, Sydney and Tokyo. SOS International
Clinics operate in Moscow, Beijing, Jakarta, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City
among other cities.
For More Information contact Pipat Kananuwat - International SOS, general
manager, tel. 02 - 256 7145, fax: 02 - 256 6340, or visit the website: