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Tourism and Sports Ministry to support Muay Thai training for foreigners

MUAY THAI: The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MoTS) is ready to promote Muay Thai as a field of tourism that can generate annual income to the country, supporting interested foreigners and tourists who are interested in learning the sport.

healthtourismcultureNational News Bureau of Thailand

Thursday 7 September 2017, 11:53AM

Permanent Secretary of the MoTS Mr Phongphanu Sawetrun (centre) during his recent visit to Phuket. Photo: PR Dept

Permanent Secretary of the MoTS Mr Phongphanu Sawetrun (centre) during his recent visit to Phuket. Photo: PR Dept

Permanent Secretary of the MoTS Mr Phongphanu Sawetrun disclosed that he recently visited a popular training facility in Phuket which provides Thai boxing training to foreigners and Thais.

He found out that there are currently many foreigners who are taking Muay Thai classes in Phuket, and adds that this is an opportunity that can generate large annual revenues to the country.

He added that there are an increasing number of foreigners becoming more interested in picking up Muay Thai, and that this target group is also in the category of quality tourists.

“Each person will spend a long time learning and practising Muay Thai and some of them will stay for about a year, so their spending is usually 50% higher than regular tourists,” he said..

“Thai boxing is a main activity in sports tourism and there is great opportunity in promoting it, as it is another type of tourism that can increase the country’s revenue in the future,” he added.



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Kurt | 11 September 2017 - 13:06:45

Money, money, money, officials see the Sesam open  money coffer already at the horizon.
With what kind of visa can the foreign Muay Thai student stay 1 year in Thailand? 
A student visa? For sure not a retirement visa!
Talking about that 50% extra spending, what is the time frame for that?
A 'quality tourist' in a 4-5 star hotel stays 1-2 weeks,
A young foreign Muay Thai trainee 1 yea...


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