at the Majan Continental Hotel. The Oman edition was the first of a seriesof seminars and presentations to be held within the G.C.C. from October 4th -11th, 2010 in order to educate and promote Thailand's expertise andspecialisation in providing cutting edge health and medical care to residents ofthe gulf region. The initiative, which is a first for the region, will seerepresentatives from Thailand's leading hospitals and wellness centres visitfive cities within the Gulf to meet directly with industry professionals,medical travel consultants and coordinators, as well as regional governmentrepresentatives and other interested individuals, to provide first handinformation and details on the advantages of choosing Thailand for medical andwellness needs.The Oman edition of the road show included a series of presentations and roundtable discussions with leading Omani specialists and medical tourism focusedoperators. A similar series of seminars and presentations will also be conductedin Doha, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi and include the group's participation at thethree day Kuwait Medical Tourism Conference & Exhibition, where the TourismAuthority of Thailand will participate with its own stand and have the country'sleading medical tourism development specialist, Dr. Surapong Ambhanwong,President Thai Private Hospital Association and Chief Medical and InternationalBusiness Officer Phyathai 2 Hospital, make a presentation as special guest tothe exhibition.Thailand currently holds 38% of the world's market share of patients travellinginternationally for medical and wellness care resulting in over 920,000travelers visiting the kingdom annually, and making it the number onedestination for medical tourists. The scope of procedures conducted in Thailandis wide, covering many medical fields and areas of expertise including jointreplacement, open heart surgery, cancer treatment, health checkups, plasticsurgery and dental care. Additionally, many visit Thailand to seek professionaladvice for a better quality of life through Thailand's many alternative medicalcenters and hospitals to help control and reduce the threat of diabetes,cholesterol, obesity, and blood pressure.
Thailand proves an attractive option as a medical destination due to thecountry's well established medical industry to provide high quality, costeffective treatments at international standards. Especially when compared toother benchmark overseas medical centres in the West, Thailand's medicalindustry has proven itself with compatible expertise and skill with the addedadvantage of providing far superior nursing care both through its higher ratioof nurses vis-à-vis patients, as well as through its unique "Thai" approach andattention to personal care. Furthermore, and without compromising internationalmedical and hygiene standards, the cost effectiveness of Thailand's medicalinstitutions have made it not only an Asian leader in this field, but aninternational medical hub of repute among the top echelons of medical circlesglobally.Says Mr. Pramoth Supyen, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Dubaiand Middle East Office; "Thailand has become a favored destination for Arabtravelers whether seeking medical care or leisure pursuits. Through the hostingof this inaugural Medical Tourism Road Show to the G.C.C. we will showcaseThailand's medical products and services to regional government agencies andofficials, as well as to the private sector such as insurance companies andtravel agents, providing a unique opportunity for them to meet directly withThailand's leading practitioners, and learn more about the specializations andexpertise we can offer to provide visitors with the best care needed to lead ahealthier and fuller life."Highlights of the Oman edition of the road show included a general presentationon Thailand's medical acumen and edge as a medical destination, as well as apresentation by Thailand's internationally renowned Dr. Surapong Ambhanwong,President Thai Private Hospital Association and Chief Medical and InternationalBusiness Officer Phyathai 2 Hospital. Round table meetings between Thai privatesector representatives and invitees followed showcasing individual facilitieswith the event closing with a networking lunch.Participating institutions included;· Phayathai 2 Hospital· Bangkok Hospital· Bangkok Hospital Pattaya· Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital among others.Details of the Inaugural Thailand Medical and Wellness Road Show for the G.C.C.are as follows:Date City Times Location4 October 2010 Muscat, Oman 11:00 - 14:30 Maljan Continental Hotel5 October 2010 Doha, Qatar 11:00 - 14:30 Oryx Rotana6 October 2010 Manama, Bahrain 11:00 - 14:30 Gulf Hotel7 - 9 October 2010 Kuwait City, Kuwait Varied Kuwait Convention Center11 October 2010 Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. 11:00 - 14:30 Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri
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