The Impressive Growth of Medical Tourism in Thailand
Thailand receives around 26.5 million tourists each year (source: World Tourism Organisation) making it one of the most popular global destinations for holidaymakers. This country is loved for its wonderful culture, hospitable people, breath-taking scenery, and excellent weather. In recent years though, this tropical paradise has been attracting a new type of tourist. These individuals may spend some of their time lying on the beach, visiting temples, and experimenting with local cuisine, but their main reason for being in Thailand is something quite different – they have come here for medical treatment.
Medical tourism is huge in Thailand, and this industry is growing at a rate of 16 per cent annually (source: BBC Travel – The Rise of Medical Tourism in Bangkok). This means there are currently around two million visitors arriving with the intention of getting some type of medical treatment during their stay. So, why would people travel all the way to Thailand to do this?