Skal Chiang Mai Events Director Manfred Ilg (far
left) and Le Meridien General Manager Greg Anderson (2nd right) chat with
speaker Michelle Ring (2nd left) and Claire Lawless.
By Shana Kongmun
Skål Chiang Mai members and friends met at Le Meridien Chiang Mai on
Thursday, February 26, 2015 for their monthly meeting and dinner. Local
business owner Michelle Ring of Absolute Bootcamp Fitness spoke to the
gathering about the rise of medical tourism and more specifically wellness
tourism which falls under medical tourism.
She noted wellness tourism includes bootcamps, yoga retreats, spa and
wellness retreats. She noted that medical tourism has grown worldwide by 14%
annually but wellness has grown by 18% and Thailand is a prime destination.
She pointed out that the government takes this very seriously offering BOI
promotion for eligible wellness and medical tourism businesses.
New Membership Director Supachok “Joe”
Buranasilapin signs up new member Jane.
The interesting talk sparked discussion about fitness and health with
Michelle asking everyone how many exercised three times a day, a pretty good
number raised their hands before returning to the fabulous dinner. Host Greg
Anderson, General Manager of Le Meridien, was on hand to greet guests and
thank everyone for joining the evening. The staff came out for a round of
applause before the evening ended.
Skal International is a travel and tourism professionals organization that
works to bring together people in the travel industry and spark discussion
and find solutions.
Irene Thepper-Sukanya of Le Meridien meets with
members Lamorna Cheesman of Studio Naenna and Armelle
Pennors-Chungcharoensuk of Chang Puak Magazine.
David Thomas, James De La Cloche, John Rees and
Kishore Ladsaria at the cocktail session before dinner.