Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) organized a Health and Wellness Roadshow 2019 at Sheraton, Kuwait City on 17 April to highlight the country’s medical tourism and wellness offerings. During the event, representatives from the medical and wellness industry in Thailand interacted with travel professionals in Kuwait and discussed Thailand’s extensive offerings in the medical tourism and wellness areas.
The Health and Wellness Roadshow 2019, aims to reach travel professionals in key markets in Kuwait and Dubai, and serves to highlight Thailand’s many offerings to the travel industry across the Middle East region.
This year, 10 Thai companies specializing in medical tourism and wellness, namely Bumrungrad Hospital, Vital Life, Phyathai 2 Hospital, APEX Medical Center, Absolute Health Clinic, Sukumvit Hospital, Verita Life, The Spa Samui, Dr.Saran Clinic and FEMTO Research Group were part of the roadshow together with 80 travel agents.
Pichaya Sais, Director of TAT’s Middle East office, said: “Kuwait is a key market for us and we are incredibly excited to speak to local agents here about our cutting-edge medical and wellness offerings.”
“Thailand has emerged as a leading destination for medical and wellness tourism and is a world-leader with several JCI-accredited hospitals, specialized clinics and private healthcare centres, which offer impeccable world-class facilities, highly trained doctors, Thai hospitality and affordable prices,” he added.
Pointing to the benefits of seeking medical treatment in Thailand, he noted, “Thailand has adopted some of the most innovative and holistic health and wellness programs including the latest plastic surgery procedures, functional medicines, anti-aging, dental, aesthetic, cell therapy, Lasik, elderly care services and much more. We hope by bringing the roadshow to Kuwait that we can increase health and wellness tourism by 5 percent by fourth-quarter of 2019.”
Kuwait ranks among the top three countries in the Middle East with the highest number of visitors to Thailand, with over 74,000 tourists from Kuwait arriving in Thailand last year. Thailand remains one of the most popular destinations for Arab travelers seeking medical tourism offerings, with over 20 percent of tourists from the Middle East visiting Thailand for medical reasons. The top three most requested medical treatments are medical checkups, plastic surgery and orthopedic surgery.