Global professionals and experts in spa
management and health & wellness sector will be meeting in Bangkok
for the World Spa & Well-being Convention between 19-21 September
The event is being organised by the Thai
Spa Association, with sponsorship support from the Tourism
Authority of Thailand and the Thailand Exhibition and Convention
The gathering is expected to give yet another
boost to the spa, health and wellness sector, one of the fastest
growing niche-market segments of the Thai travel and tourism
Including both prevention and curative sides,
the health and wellness sector is attracting millions of visitors
annually ranging from medical tourists seeking treatment for
various kinds of ailments to stressed-out executives seeking relaxation-therapies and industry practitioners seeking to learn
the fine art of Thai massage.
The latest research
shows that in 2010 alone, Thailand was visited by an estimated 1.4
million medical tourists, up from 500,000 in 2001.
research also shows that average length of stay for medical tourists
ranges from a brief three days for a routine check-up to three
weeks or more for plastic surgery. The average expenditure of
patients seeking plastic surgery is estimated at 130,000 baht per
head, (40% for treatment, 60% for travelling expenses).
The spa and wellness industry has also helped generate millions of
jobs at the grassroots level, especially among women. Many of the
organic and herbal products used by Thai spas are being exported
However, the growth and opportunities is also
accompanied by numerous challenges which will be discussed at the
World Spa & Well-being Convention.
In addition to the exhibition
and congress, the event at the IMPACT Exhibition and Convention
Center in Nonthaburi, on the outskirts of Bangkok, will be highlighted by the Thailand Spa & Well-being
Attendance is projected at 3,000 trade visitors at
the exhibition, 400 congress delegates and 5,000 general public,
including amongst others, media, travel agents, spa consumers, hotel
operators, spa operators, spa suppliers, spa therapists,
developers and investors.
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