THAI CULTURE HAS A LONG-STANDING, HISTORICAL INFLUENCE FROM VARIOUS TRADITIONS WHEN IT COMES TO MEDICAL WELLNESS AND LEISURE TOURISM.

WHETHER IT IS AN ADVENTURE THROUGH SENSUAL RELAXATION RETREATS IN A ECO-FRIENDLY SPA AMID THE WONDERS OF THAI NATURE OR A COSMETIC CLINICAL PROCEDURE UNDER THAILAND’S RENOWNED HEALTHCARE EXPERTS, THIS DESTINATION CERTAINLY CATERS FOR ALL.

Many tourism professionals make this niche market a priority in all aspects, yet acknowledge the desires for bespoke shopping experiences and relaxing sandy beaches.

Taking individuality and the personal needs of wellness travellers into account, widely available holistic treatments based on hundred years old practices are set to rejuvenate and stimulate, contributing to the rise in the demand for this node of holiday-making in Thailand along with medical tourism alike.

KNOWLEDGE IS THE KEY TO VIRTUE

Established through gratifying hospitality and known for its intimacy through cultural aspects, Thailand promises to immerse any wellness seeking globetrotter within a lavish experience.

Knowledge, as it stands, emerges over time and through practice, Thai culture embraces this theory amid opulent nature without compromising the offerings of one-off exclusive hospitality to all who set foot on this Asian paradise.

Commenting on the philosophy of expertise, Siprang Srinarintranon, head, group marketing and communications, Diethelm Travel Group, signified that, “Health and wellness, especially while travelling, entails so much more than simply beauty and spa treatments.

Today’s society is becoming more and more interested in being balanced, living a healthy lifestyle and having authentic spiritual experiences.”

Intensifying Thai hospitality, Srinarintranon further added, “With its holistic approach, patience and attention to detail, Thailand is the perfect choice for travellers looking to rejuvenate their body, mind and soul.”

Concurring with this approach, Kate Leff, sales and marketing, consultant, Hyatt Regency Hua Hin & THE BARAI, revealed that, “Our relaxing and result-oriented programmes take a holistic approach to mind, body and spirit.

Focussing on a customised itinerary, our programmes are designed to meet the needs of each client.”

Highlighting the efforts to cater even the most stringent of tourists with the most demanding desires, Thai hospitality reaches as far as possible.

Focussing on the MENA market, according to Stefano Colombo, manager, marketing and communications, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach, Phuket, the area contributes around three-five percent of occupancies, while Leff indicated a five-10 percent for the Hyatt Regency Hua Hin & THE BARAI.

Middle Eastern travellers visiting Asia reached a high of 25 percent with figures growing systematically stated Leandro Cruz, global director, sales, North America, Minor Hotels.

Similarly, Holger Jakobs, vice president, sales and marketing, Asia, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts, denoted an expanding 10 – 15 percent of MENA guests to Asia, due to extensive foreign-based sales office networks in the region.

Meanwhile, Ianic Menard, vice president, sales, marketing and distribution, upper South East Asia, AccorHotels, indicated, “Middle Eastern tourists are among the world’s top spenders, and in Thailand, the number of Middle Eastern tourist arrivals from January – September 2016, reached 572,000, increasing by 12.37 percent from the same period in 2015.

We are optimistic about continued tourism growth from this market and we believe that the market will become one of top market feeders in the next few years.”