Study Visit to ‘Amazing Thailand’ – a paradise for longevity
Health & Wellness Tourism
Thailand, the Land of Smiles, is loved for its wonderful culture, hospitable people and breathtaking landscape. According to World Tourism Organization, the country receives around 26.5 million tourists each year, rising to a record of 35.38 million in 2017, equivalent to more than half the Thai population.
Thailand has been one of the most popular global destinations for holidaymakers. In recent years though, this tropical paradise has been attracting a new type of tourist, whose main reason for being in the country is health and wellness treatment.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), health is “a state of physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the complete absence of disease or infirmity”.
Health tourism, where patients travel both nationally and internationally to places and facilities, such as hospitals, clinics, thermae, thalasso, wellness spas, fitness centers and wellness resorts, is a rapidly growing industry, estimated to be worth up to US$40 billion per year.
Health tourism is generally broken down into two branches: Medical tourism and wellness tourism.
In either case, patients are traveling for healthcare, generally for cost savings, shorter waiting times, and expertise that they cannot receive at home.
According to estimates by the WHO, 12–14 million people go abroad to receive medical care each year.
This kind of tourism is a rapidly growing sector of today’s thriving tourism industry, with a growing number of medical and spa destinations appearing across the globe.
Considering the total number of spas, Asia-Pacific is the leading region in the world (followed by Europe). Treatment in Asia-Pacific is significantly more affordable than other regions with Thailand being a key market in the Asia-Pacific and a hot destination for budget travelers within the region.