Sun, 25 Aug 2019

One of the world's leading medical-tourism hospitals, Bangkok's Bumrungrad International, will be leading a 20-company Thai business delegation to Central Asia and the Caucasus in August.

Representatives of Bangkok Airways and some of Thailand's top hotels and resorts will also be making the trip to Almaty, Kazakhstan; Tashkent, Uzbekistan; and Baku, Azerbaijan.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand arranged the business-development mission. Because the destinations are former Soviet countries - which these days are collectively called the Commonwealth of Independent States, or CIS - the Tourism Authority has dubbed the trip The Amazing Thailand Roadshow to the CIS. The Thai delegation will be in Almaty on August 19, Tashkent on August 21, and Baku on August 23.

"We're excited about the prospect of forming business partnerships in the dynamic economies of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan," said Dr. Laura Prykhodko, who heads the hospital's partnership-development and patient-recruitment efforts in the former Soviet Union, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

A native of Zaporozhye, Ukraine, Prykhodo has a longstanding familiarity with the CIS countries, and speaks Russian.

"In addition to finding business partners on the roadshow, we want to spread the word about the top doctors, world-class facilities and equipment, and unparalleled hospitality that patients will find at Bumrungrad," she said. "We go out of our way to make sure that patients from CIS countries are comfortable, including providing them with Russia-speaking interpreters when they're with us."

Potential business partners who would like to meet with Prykhodo during the roadshow may email her at larysa@bumrungrad.com.

Bumrungrad is one of the world's top 10 hospitals, according to Global Healthcare magazine. Many of its doctors have passed U.S. or European licensing examinations, and a number are renowned experts in their fields.

Prykhodko said Bumrungrad wants to develop relationships with outstanding doctors, private and public hospitals, government health-care agencies, medical-tourism agencies, and medical universities during the trip.

At each of the three cities on the roadshow, the Thai delegation will meet with potential partners at a specific location. These meetings not only lead to partnerships but also to business deals, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

The three cities where the meetings will take place are engines of their countries' economies.

With 2 million people, Almaty is Kazakhstan's largest city and its commercial and cultural capital. Many of the country's best doctors, hospitals and clinics are there.

This is also true of Tashkent and Baku, which are their countries' capitals, largest cities and biggest contributors to the economy.

Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan have used their oil and gas revenue to improve their health-care systems in the past two decades. Recent economic liberalization has revved up gross domestic product in Uzbekistan, which is expected to invest more money in health care as well.

More information about Bumrungrad International Hospital can be found on its website, www.bumrungrad.com.

Additional information about Tourism Authority of Thailand roadshows can be found at https://thaitravelmart.com/about.

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