major pandemic scare, Thailand is reviving its medical value tourism sector by
easing restrictions that were imposed during the intense Covid-19 period across
which has considered the June-September period as a low season for its tourism,
is lifting restrictions to attract tourists, especially medical value travelers
from abroad. Prime Minister, Prayuth Chan-o-cha has taken the lead in launching
initiatives in this regard as he expects tourist arrivals to be nearly one million
every month from October when the tourism season starts.
has already done away with mandatory Covid-19 testing and quarantine for its
tourists. However, the pre-arrival registration and insurance requirements are
still in place. The country’s Thailand Phuket Sandbox project allows fully vaccinated
tourists to enter the Thai city without quarantine and it has given a push to
the country’s efforts to attract medical tourists in a big way. Moreover from
June 1, Thailand reopened pubs, bars, karaoke bars, massage parlours and similar
entertainment facilities until midnight in 31 provinces.
The local businesses
which are struggling post-pandemic are keen that the tourism and medical value
travel are revived. The other Thai cities are keen on replicating the success
of the Phuket Sandbox to accelerate the growth of the national economy.
also looking for huge investments in digital platforms from outside the country
to bolster its tourism sector. Creating smart hospitals is a priority in
Thailand. Such hospitals should have advantages like energy efficiency, optimized
operations and management, and improved patient accessibility. Making use of artificial
intelligence to install chatbots and automated machines to lower healthcare
costs and shorten patient queues has been identified as a priority.