Phuket sets to be Thailand’s leading Medical Tourism Destination

medical tourism thailandIn 2009, Phuket has been chosen to host The World Medical Health Tourism Conference, an international and most diverse networking opportunity which will be attended by participants from various countries worldwide. Mr. Callaghan, the convenor says, “ Phuket is the ideal location to hold the conference because of it’s tourism and medical infrastructure and it’s capacity to host international guests. The conference will be held on September 16-18,2009 at Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa.”

“TWMHTC 2009 is a great opportunity where key medical tourism industry drivers representing top health care companies and medical travel associations will all be under one roof to network and do business,” said Ms. Edubas, Managing Directress of SOS Medical Tourism Services.

She added, “TWMHTC 2009 is one of the initiatives in making Phuket as the major destination for health and wellness in Thailand. The event will help open more doors for local investors into the international market, as well as for the global health care community to explore the possibilities of outsourcing medical treatments to Thailand.”

The medical travel industry helps “patients without borders” seeking more efficient, cost-effective and world-class health care facilities that offers services like breast augmentation, dental services, plastic surgery and other services outside their home country.

Mr. Callaghan believes that the presence of well-equipped hospitals, the service-from-the-heart hospitality of the Thais and the world-renown Thai spa and wellness centers around the country help create a unique and rejuvenating experience for medical travelers in Thailand.

Furthermore, it has been estimated that the conference will bring an economical windfall to Phuket of about 10 million USD over the two weeks time. Although, the formal conference runs only for 3 days, many post and pre-conference activities are planned.

“ As the draft agenda has already been set, we are now at the stage of looking at and developing our external itinerary,” says Mr. Callaghan. The conference will act as a follow-up to the American worldwide conference in San Francisco of this year.

By securing Thai Airways as the major airline carrier and the Hilton Arcadia Hotel Phuket as the venue, all is looking good for a hugely successful event at this early stage.

All of Thailand may benefit from this conference as that many conference delegates have indicated that they would like to travel and explore more places in Thailand apart from Phuket and Bangkok.

For the tourism industry of Thailand, this conference is highly beneficial with a huge ‘financial injection in the arm’ as the event is scheduled to take place during the off season.

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