Thailand ‘sees soaring medical tourism’
The Thai medical tourism industry is experiencing "rapid growth", according to a market research report into the country.
According to the Opportunities in Thailand Tourism Industry (2007-09) report by industry research firm RNCOS, the number of tourists are expected to increase by up to eight per cent a year between 2007-11.
Medical tourism in the country is recorded at over one million visitors a year, an increase of up to 16 per cent a year between 2002-06.
The report attributes the figures to strong marketing campaigns by the private medical sector and the Thai government to promote medical tourism, Thailand’s suitable geographical location and a range of other natural and cultural tourist attractions.
Sectors in which the country experienced the most growth included cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, dentistry and pharmacology, claims the report.
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