World Spa & Well-Being Convention to Take Place in Bangkok 19-21 September 2012

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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 2012.

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 Bureau.

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 industry.

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.

The 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 worldwide.

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 Awards.

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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