The Chiang Mai Health Services Promotion
Association, one of the meeting organizers, held its staff meeting in
preparation for the upcoming , “Chiang Mai International Health Promotion
Meeting 2010”, which will be held on July 2-3 in Chiang Mai to discuss
ways of promoting the unique Lanna spas and herbal products.
Chiang Mai Mail
Chiang Mai Province plans to tap into one of the faster
growing tourism niches by promoting itself as a health destination for
tourists by advertising Lanna style spas, traditional massage and herbal
products in a bid to encourage and develop a niche tourist destination.
Under the province’s strategy on trade and investment
promotion it is planned to make Chiang Mai city a center for health and spa
services. The “Chiang Mai International Health Promotion Meeting 2010” will
be held on July 2-3, “Experience Natural Balance with Lanna Culture” to
discuss ways of promoting the unique Lanna spas and herbal products.
The Chiang Mai Health Services Promotion Association, one
of the meeting organizers, expects the tourism sector to recover and return
to normal soon, as tourist interest in Chiang Mai’s natural and cultural
The Chiang Mai Provincial Authorities, Chiang Mai Health
Services Promotion Association, Chiang Mai Provincial Commerce Office,
hospitals, dental clinics, the Thai Lanna Spa Association, Thai traditional
massage association, Chiang Mai Herb club, and others will join in the event
taking place at the International Conference Room at The Empress Hotel on
Chang Klan Road.
Prof. Dr. Kanikar Pornpatkul, the President of the Chiang
Mai Health Services Promotion Association said the negative effects from
political unrest had resulted in a drop in the number of visitors to Chiang
Mai to 20% of normal.
“It is necessary that more events should be organized to
draw more foreigners. Both public and private sectors in Chiang Mai such as
Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce, Chiang Mai Tourism Business Association, and
Thai Hotels Association have all agreed to work together to stimulate
tourism by strengthening the appeal of health related services, “she said.
Apart from the international meeting in July, she said
there will be more than 50 booths and exhibition, products and services
display, consultations on health services on offer, and demonstrations. Long
stay tourists, foreign residents, members of the consular services of
different countries, the mass media and travel agents will be invited to
“This is the 3rd consecutive year
the meeting has been held, and supported financially by Chiang Mai
Provincial Authority, Chiang Mai Provincial Commerce Office, this year the
emphasis will be on unique Thai offerings, like traditional massage, spas
and herbal products,” she added.
Mr. Phunach Thanalaopanitch, President of Thai Hotel
Association (upper Northern region), said that the private sector in Chiang
Mai should encourage conferences and seminars from international health
Mr. Pakin Ploypicha, President of the Thai Lanna Spa
Association said, “The number of foreign tourists dropped nearly 100 percent
during the first quarter of this year, when compared to the same period last
year, so the meeting is expected to play an active role in helping draw the
target group of tourists and visitors.”
Chiang Mai is expected to have a high potential for
health tourists because of the excellence of its spas as well as natural and
For more information, please contact the Chiang Mai
Health Hub of Thailand, Tel.
053 – 801999 Fax 053 – 801444 or contact Nithakarn
053 – 224140 – 1 Fax 053 – 895255. [email protected]