Bangkok Will Host World Spa & Well-being Convention in September
World Spa & Well-Being Convention will be held from 19 – 21 September, 2012 at IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center welcoming 3,000 trade visitors, 400 congress delegates, and 5,000 members of professionals and experts in spa management from around the world.
This event is hosted by the Thai Spa Association and sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Thailand Exhibition and Convention Bureau. It is considered the gateway for opportunities to expand business connections, networking, and inspiration for people in this industry.
It is expected to promote spa, health and wellness industry, one of the fastest-growing segments in Thai travel and tourism sector. It will focus on Asian industry trends. Important topic is helping Thai spa industry sector prepare for ASEAN Economic Community in 2015.
Each year Thailand’s health and wellness sector serves millions of visitors including medical tourists looking for treatment, executives searching relaxed therapies and industry and practitioners wanting to study the Thai message. In 2001, about 500,000 medial tourists visited Thailand for physical check-up on average length of 3 day. By 2001, the number increased to approximately 1.4 million people with average length of stay at 3 weeks for plastic surgery. Each patient spends about 130,000 baht for plastic surgery of which 40% for treatment and 60% for travelling expenses.
In turn, spa and wellness industry has also created millions of jobs at the grassroots level. Organic and herbal products are exported to Thai spas around the world.
The Thai Spa Association was founded in 2003 and has promoted approximately 450 spa businesses in Thailand and 15 countries overseas.