With the dazzling cityscape of Bangkok serving as the backdrop, industry specialists from disparate corners of the globe converged at an event of large scale earlier this week. The unique platform was designed to spark connections between global health and wellness representatives, and Thai entrepreneurs, thus empowering the latter to showcase their innovative health and wellness tourism products. Beyond product exhibitions, this pivotal gathering was also a crucible for intellectual exchange through informative seminars and critical business negotiations.
The attendees represented a broad geography extending from the far reaches of the United States and distant Italy to nearby Australia and China. Delegates also arrived from Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Indonesia, and Cambodia, in what can only be described as a truly global gathering.
Apichai Chatchalermkit, who holds the impressive title of TAT’s Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business, opined that all attendees had a unique chance to witness firsthand the exquisite beauty of Thailand’s tourist hotspots. Furthermore, they could interact on a personal level with various establishments, highlighting Thailand’s potential to leave a deep impression on a worldwide audience.
Abdulaziz Mohammed Al-Moftah, the honorably distinguished Medical AttaShe of the Embassy of The State of Qatar, enthusiastically acknowledged that following the lifting of the Covid-19 induced impediment, there had been a sudden upsurge in patients from the Mideast seeking medical attention in Thailand.
Al-Moftah’s knowledge about Qatar’s healthcare preferences is comprehensive. Previously, individuals seeking high-quality medical attention were more inclined to opt for hospitals in the United States, France, the United Kingdom, or South Korea. Yet, Thailand is quickly emerging as an immensely popular destination for medical treatment, thanks to its dual reputation as a medical hub and the exceptional compassion exuded by Thai doctors. Furthermore, the efficiency of services, including significantly reduced waiting periods, has extensively boosted Thailand’s allure.
Situated in the Mideast, the local patients encounter unique trials, particularly when dealing with diseases that necessitate prolonged treatment periods, sometimes extending to four or five months. Conditions with such extended treatment times are often high-risk, occasionally leading to death or amputation. These patients have shown immense interest in Thailand’s innovative therapy that intriguingly blends modern medicine with traditional medicinal plants.
Simultaniously maintaining its firm grip on health services leadership and the cutting-edge of wellness tourism, Thailand’s event boasted special lectures. Addressed by Dr. Patana Teng-amnuay, an Assistant Master of the Science Programme in Anti-Ageing and Regenerative Medicine at Dhurakij Pundit University, the lecture included Thailand’s dexterity in regenerative medicine. With several global medical institutions partnering with Thailand, the country is now a prominent hub for effective treatments for non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
The event didn’t miss the chance to showcase the innovative MSMS technique of Dr. Peera Tienpaitoon from Peera Plastic and Skin Clinic, a technique with a remarkable history of superior results and reduced complications.
Business matching was another critical part of the conference, fostering a conducive environment for forging new partnerships and understanding unique market needs. The participants expressed gratitude for the event as they managed to collect insightful industry knowledge from the meeting, which would allow them to curate strategies and make decisions that can effectively tackle market competition.
The TAT also arranged a trip to the panoramic Pang-nga province, where participants got a glimpse into the value and significance of health and wellness tourism. This trip served as an enriching experience that highlighted the various activities promoting physical and mental well-being to the foreign media representatives and partners present.
With such a comprehensive and enriching experience, it’s not hard to see Thailand strengthening its position as a world-class health tourism hub. As Apichai said, the gathered knowledge on health tourism products and immersive experiences will inculcate confidence in market representatives worldwide, leading to increased sales, growth in the medical tourism market, and ultimately, Thailand’s undisputed reputation as a global health tourism hub.