Tourism Authority of Thailand Holds Inaugural Medical Health and Wellness Road

Tourism Authority of Thailand Holds Inaugural Medical Health and Wellness Road
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at the Majan Continental Hotel. The Oman edition was the first of a series
of 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 and
specialisation in providing cutting edge health and medical care to residents of
the gulf region. The initiative, which is a first for the region, will see
representatives from Thailand's leading hospitals and wellness centres visit
five cities within the Gulf to meet directly with industry professionals,
medical travel consultants and coordinators, as well as regional government
representatives and other interested individuals, to provide first hand
information and details on the advantages of choosing Thailand for medical and
wellness needs.
The Oman edition of the road show included a series of presentations and round
table discussions with leading Omani specialists and medical tourism focused
operators. A similar series of seminars and presentations will also be conducted
in Doha, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi and include the group's participation at the
three day Kuwait Medical Tourism Conference & Exhibition, where the Tourism
Authority of Thailand will participate with its own stand and have the country's
leading medical tourism development specialist, Dr. Surapong Ambhanwong,
President Thai Private Hospital Association and Chief Medical and International
Business Officer Phyathai 2 Hospital, make a presentation as special guest to
the exhibition.
Thailand currently holds 38% of the world's market share of patients travelling
internationally for medical and wellness care resulting in over 920,000
travelers visiting the kingdom annually, and making it the number one
destination for medical tourists. The scope of procedures conducted in Thailand
is wide, covering many medical fields and areas of expertise including joint
replacement, open heart surgery, cancer treatment, health checkups, plastic
surgery and dental care. Additionally, many visit Thailand to seek professional
advice for a better quality of life through Thailand's many alternative medical
centers 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 the
country's well established medical industry to provide high quality, cost
effective treatments at international standards. Especially when compared to
other benchmark overseas medical centres in the West, Thailand's medical
industry has proven itself with compatible expertise and skill with the added
advantage of providing far superior nursing care both through its higher ratio
of nurses vis-à-vis patients, as well as through its unique "Thai" approach and
attention to personal care. Furthermore, and without compromising international
medical and hygiene standards, the cost effectiveness of Thailand's medical
institutions have made it not only an Asian leader in this field, but an
international medical hub of repute among the top echelons of medical circles
Says Mr. Pramoth Supyen, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Dubai
and Middle East Office; "Thailand has become a favored destination for Arab
travelers whether seeking medical care or leisure pursuits. Through the hosting
of this inaugural Medical Tourism Road Show to the G.C.C. we will showcase
Thailand's medical products and services to regional government agencies and
officials, as well as to the private sector such as insurance companies and
travel agents, providing a unique opportunity for them to meet directly with
Thailand's leading practitioners, and learn more about the specializations and
expertise we can offer to provide visitors with the best care needed to lead a
healthier and fuller life."
Highlights of the Oman edition of the road show included a general presentation
on Thailand's medical acumen and edge as a medical destination, as well as a
presentation by Thailand's internationally renowned Dr. Surapong Ambhanwong,
President Thai Private Hospital Association and Chief Medical and International
Business Officer Phyathai 2 Hospital. Round table meetings between Thai private
sector representatives and invitees followed showcasing individual facilities
with 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     Location
4 October 2010 Muscat, Oman   11:00 - 14:30  Maljan Continental Hotel
5 October 2010 Doha, Qatar    11:00 - 14:30  Oryx Rotana
6 October 2010 Manama, Bahrain     11:00 - 14:30  Gulf Hotel
7 - 9 October 2010  Kuwait City, Kuwait Varied    Kuwait Convention Center
11 October 2010     Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.   11:00 - 14:30  Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri

For further details regarding information and participation to the Inaugural
Thailand Medical and Wellness Road Show please contact:


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