Top News Thailand maintains focus on health and wellness tourism By TTG Asia / Posted on 4 January, 2021 15:04 The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has successfully concluded the Amazing Thailand Health and Wellness Virtual Trade Meet 2020, aimed at promoting the country’s health and wellness sector amid ongoing pandemic-induced travel restrictions. The three-day event, which ran from December 15 to 17, was attended by 49 Thai suppliers and 82 buyers hailing from 27 countries. The Covid-19 pandemic has heightened demand for health and wellness tourism Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT governor, said: “Due to the current challenging conditions during the Covid-19 pandemic, TAT has taken this opportunity to promote Thailand’s health and wellness industry. People are now more health-conscious that ever before, and Thailand is among the world’s top destinations that international tourists want to visit once the situation improves. (It also helps that) the country is globally recognised for its effective Covid-19 preventive control measures.” The Amazing Thailand Health and Wellness Virtual Trade Meet 2020 allowed Thai health and beauty tour operators to highlight new products and services in Thailand, and connect with potential international partners. The event boasted two main activities: a virtual trade meet with pre-scheduled appointments in three time zones, plus informative webinars including The Future Trends of Health and Wellbeing Economy: Wellness Tourism Trend 2021 session led by the director of Baramizi Lab. TAT offices in Moscow, New Delhi and Chengdu also provided market insight updates on health and wellness pertaining to the Russian, South Asian and Chinese markets. Elsewhere, the president and CEO of the Wellness Tourism Association of Canada, in conjunction with the TAT Toronto Office, shared market insights on the North American wellness traveller. The Department of Disease Control provided updates on key measures taken to tackle Covid-19, while the Department of Health Service Support shed light on the state of wellness quarantine in Thailand. As well, TAT provided further details on the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration. Destination updates from Phuket, Samui, and Krabi, alongside presentations from the Spa Association and the Private Hospital Association of Thailand, formed the rest of the event content.