TAT Stockholm Launches Website to Promote Health and Wellness Trips

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Friday, 30 November 2012

The Tourism Authority of Thailands Stockholm Office has launched its first website specifically to promote health and wellness travel to Thailand, especially by Swedish women and senior citizens.

Ageing populations and changing lifestyles are contributing to a growing demand for health and wellness solutions, with a specific focus on prevention, maintenance and cure. This means that vacations for rest and recreation are being accompanied by breakouts for yoga, meditation, spa treatments and spirituality.

Mrs. Nalinee Pananon, TAT Stockholm Office Director, said As a Buddhist country, Thailand is well-known for its beautiful temples, retreats and high-class spas. As such, we are taking this opportunity to promote Thailand as the world's leading country for spiritual and physical health. Key target markets are families and career women aged 30+.

The website,, is broken down into categories such as: Body & Soul; Live philosophy; Medical Tourism; Active vacation, and tips from travellers. These categories include more details on Thai spas, yoga classes, meditation, detox, dental treatments, foot massage, and opportunities for physical activity.

Mrs. Nalinee, said, In the Scandinavian countries, active vacations are as important a part of well-being as meditation and the pursuit of mental peace. In the latter category, visitors can also undertake temple tours and classes on Buddhism.

Thailand's visitor arrivals from Sweden have been growing strongly over the years. In 2011, visitor arrivals from Sweden were up 5.88% to 369,144. Their daily expenditure per person per day was 3,619 baht (US$118) with an average length of stay 18 days. Females comprised 42% of the total, 78% were repeat visitors and 89% FIT travellers.

In January October 2012, Swedish visitor arrivals totalled 256,132, a decline of 5.36% over the same period of 2011.

As of November 2012, there were 7 direct scheduled flights per week between Bangkok and Stockholm operated by THAI Airways International.

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