Healthy co-operation with Hungary
BANGKOK, 21 February 2011 – The Ministry of Tourism and Sports will expand co-operation in health and wellness tourism with Hungary following discussions with the Hungarian ambassador to Thailand, Denes Tomaj, last week.
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports minister, Chumpol Silapaarcha, said Thailand will co-operate in health and wellness tourism in Hungary and jointly share promotions and expertise, including training in Thai traditional massage techniques.
Thailand will co-operate by exporting expertise and working with hot mineral water spas particularly in Budapest, Mr Chumpol said.
It will involve sending Thai experts in the field of traditional massage to work in Hungarian spas.
Health and wellness tourism is a subsidiary of medical tourism, which is a lucrative business for Thailand. On average, there are 1.45 million international visitors who seek treatment in Thailand generating over Bt45,000 million in revenue.
Last year, there were 1.6 million visits for medical tourism purposes earning Bt65,000 million in revenue up 33.33% from 1.2 million visits that recorded Bt58,000 million in 2009.