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Four ASEAN countries to upgrade health-related tourism

Thailand’s Office of Small and Medium Enterprise Promotion and the Kenan Foundation Asia have organised a workshop for four ASEAN countries, including Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia, on the development of SME operators’ health-related products and services. (Photo: thainews.prd.go.th). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

BANGKOK, Jun 12, 2019, NNT/VNA. Thailand’s Office of Small and Medium Enterprise Promotion and the Kenan Foundation Asia have organised a workshop for four ASEAN countries, including Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia, on the development of SME operators’ health-related products and services, reported the Vietnam News Agency.

OSMEP Director Suwannachai Lohawattanakul said Japan’s Asian Development Bank has provided a fund for Thailand’s two major SME groups, including one dealing in health-related tourism and the other in upgrading product and service qualities, such as in spa products and herbs.

According to the Global Wellness Institute’s report of 2017, the world’s health-related tourist markets had a combined value of about 124 trillion baht.

Thailand was reported to rank 13th with over 100 billion baht a year. Over 9.7 million foreign visitors to Thailand receive health-related services per a year.

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