To sustain the growth of Thailand’s medical tourism sector,
the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has organized the “Thailand Medical &
Wellness Tourism Trade Familiarization (fam) Trip”, which runs from September 10
to 15, 2012. The fam trip will play an important role in showcasing Thailand as
one of the world’s leading destinations for medical & wellness tourism.
Over 150 international medical tourism facilitators and staff from health
insurance companies and tourism business partners from all over the world will
join the fam trip to meet and network with medical service providers in
Thailand. The fam trip opens with a one-day trade event at the Centara Grand at
CentralWorld in Bangkok on September 11. The event will feature exhibition
booths, a country briefing, business meetings, and a networking night.
During the remaining four days of the fam trip, the international visitors will
go to many Thai health and wellness providers to tour facilities, meet their
experts and try out the various services available to medical tourists. The
result of the fam trip will be greater recognition of the variety and quality of
medical and wellness options available to visitors to Thailand, which will
encourage the growth of the Kingdom’s medical tourism sector.
“Thailand’s has established itself as a global leader in medical tourism. People
from all over the world put their trust in Thailand’s health and wellness
providers, thanks to their internationally-accredited medical facilities,
advanced technologies, excellent service and affordability. This fam trip will
help to increase momentum for the Kingdom’s medical tourism sector, reinforcing
Thailand’s position as the world’s preferred destination for health and wellness
holidays,” said TAT Governor Mr. Suraphon Svetasreni.
According to the Department of Health Service Support, 2.24 million foreign
visitors came to Thailand for medical purposes in 2011, generating 97.8 billion
Baht in income. The number of medical tourism visitors is expected to rise to
2.53 million in 2012.
The TAT has actively supported Thai medical tourism for many years. This
includes a web site to provide healthcare information for international patients
travelling to Thailand, as well as conducting a Medical Tourism Blog Contest as
an innovative way to promote the medical tourism experience in Thailand. (TAT)