New tourism and sports minister of Thailand aims to promote medical marijuana tourism

Published on : Saturday, July 20, 2019

The new tourism and sports minister of Thailand aims to promote medical marijuana tourism and legalize ride-hailing and accommodation-sharing apps and websites for drawing foreign visitors.


Speaking on his first day in office, Pipat Ratchakitprakan, a key Bhumjaithai Party leader said that he wants to include marijuana in medical tourism, especially, Thai traditional medicine and massage.


“We would like to provide medical tour packages, such as detox, Thai massage and other wellness courses that use marijuana substances,” said Mr. Pipat.


The marijuana tourism packages are expected to attract tourists from Europe and the US who have a positive perception about medical marijuana.


Homestays are another choice that can assist in generating revenue in remote communities, aligning the core concepts of tourism promotion in all 77 provinces in Thailand.


The ministry also plans to establish volunteer police in communities to oversee tourist areas. In terms of sports, Mr. Pipat will encourage more international tournament operators to choose Thailand as a destination for global sporting events, as these will not only attract tourists to the games, but also promote Thai tourism.


Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, said that the agency is ready to implement medical marijuana tourism promotion for growing quality tourism.

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