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Qataris Travel to Thailand for Treatment

Qataris Travel to Thailand for Treatment

Monday February 27, 2012

Qatar tour operators see positive signs in the medical tourism industry here, thanks to competitive prices and the international standards of medical facilities.

In the past, rich Qataris preferred to seek medical treatment in Europe. However, aggressive Thai medical tourism promotions by Thai tourism operators and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in the Middle East could sway the flow.

Qatari arrivals in Thailand increased from 14,052 in 2007 to 15,138 in 2008, 15,913 in 2009, and 22,341 in 2010.

Farooq Siddiqui, manager of Regency Travel & Tours in Qatar, said the medical tourism industry in Thailand has room to much growth with Middle Eastern patients.

"Medical treatment in Thailand costs about 50% less than in Europe," Mr Siddiqui said.

Regency, with 35 offices in Qatar, has seen continuing medical tourism demand for Thailand.

Some 30-35% of clients select Thailand with the rest preferring Europe, particularly Germany and the Czech Republic. Guests' average length of stay in Thailand is five days.

Mr Siddiqui added that rich Qataris like to have a medical check-up in Bangkok and stay at the JW Marriott, which offers a special rate for medical tourism clients.

Bumrungrad International Hospital reported 125,000 Arab patients last year.

Appeared in bangkokpost.com

Tags: Thailand, Qatar, medical tourism operators, medical tourists, medical facilities

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