Phuket undeterred by Expo bid loss, invests in 5.1 billion baht challenge

Phuket’s growth as an International Medical Hub remains steadfast and promising following the unsuccessful bid for the World Specialised Expo 2027/28. Phuket, a top tourist destination, is undeterred and continues with its ambitious government-backed project to carve a distinct segment as an ‘International Medical Hub’.
Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri confirmed optimism for Phuket’s improvement amidst the loss, articulating gratitude on behalf of the performing Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha towards the efforts put into promoting Phuket. Consequently, Burapachaisri reassured that the long-term development of Phuket would give attention to strengthening infrastructure and economic stability underpinned by ideas of sustainability.
Amnuay Pinsuwan, the vice-governor of Phuket, remained steadfast in the county’s dedication to tasks linked to the expo. Save would be developing a world health centre at Mai Khao, the anticipated expo venue. The health centre goals to fulfill the medical needs of residents and foreign visitors alike, boosting Phuket’s improvement.
In the wake of the loss, Rewat Areerob, Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO) President, indicated that negotiations would ensue with 18 local companions. The Phuket growth discussions would revolve around initiatives to advertise financial advancement and foster tourism in the region, reported The Phuket News.
On a 141-rai web site in Mai Khao, located in the northern part of Phuket, the government intends to assemble the ‘Andaman International Health Center’, which can value more than 5.1 billion baht. Initially, this centre was envisaged because the core of actions deliberate for the Phuket Expo, with healthcare and wellness as the central theme.
At the tip of final 12 months, the Thai Treasury Department reliably confirmed the switch of the 141 rai land in Mai Khao to the Ministry of Public Health, earmarked for the event of an ‘International Medical Centre’. The Cabinet endorsed a price range of close to five.1 billion baht to finance the medical centre for Phuket’s improvement.
Most of the 5.1 billion baht might be allocated to the infrastructure of a new worldwide hospital, the Songklanagarind Hospital Phuket, costing 4.76 billion baht. A additional 212.5 million baht shall be put in course of renovating the ‘International Health and Science College’. Lastly, 141.5 million baht will be spent on refurbishing the ‘International Wellness Center’ and the ‘Digital Dental Center Songklanagarind.
Professor Dr Anek Laothamatas, the Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI), expressed confidence that the Phuket improvement project would enhance health tourism and contribute to Thailand’s income from foreign visitors looking for medical therapies and superior international vacationer facilities..

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