The Future Evolution of Health and Wellness Part 2 – Wellity Trend Watch


Wellity Trend Watch – The Future Evolution of Health and Wellness Part 2

On part 2 of Wellity Trend Watch episode Dr. Pansak Sungkraroek, Vitallife Scientific Wellness Center shares his thoughts on healthcare trends, and the future evolution of wellness, health and tourism.

“The hospitality industry is also shifting to this paradigm. Hotels and resorts are increasing value for guests through improved fitness, food, spa and wellness programs that integrate treatments and offerings that enhance immunity and health.” – Anthony Jude Tan.

As the wellness industry integrates with the hospitality sector there are exciting new opportunities for owners, investors, developers and operators. Anthony, Mark and Dr. Pansak shares their views on the future growth of the wellness and health tourism.

Stay tuned for Part 3 of this Wellity Trend Watch episode.

This video was produced by David Barrett.


As Thailand’s tourism industry prepares for a return of international visitors and looks to develop domestic opportunities, many hospitality businesses are looking to evolve and embrace Health & Wellness.

This eTalk, hosted on Zoom, discusses opportunities and challenges for the Health & Wellness sector in Thailand.

Date And Time

Wed, April 7, 2021

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM +07

Our expert panel comprises:

Dr Pansak Sungkraroek MD, Vitalife Scientific Wellness Centre

Andrew Jacka, Asia Pacific Spa & Wellness Coalition

Wichit Na-Ranong, KRU Precision Wellness Clinic

Anthony Jude Tan, AJT Wellity Asia

Bruno Huber, Moevenpick BDMS Wellness Resort

Mark Van Ogtrop, Beacon Sky Hospitality

Free Registration HERE

The Future Evolution of Health and Wellness Part 1 – Wellity Trend Watch

Wellity Trend Watch – The Future Evolution of Health and Wellness Part 1

Dr. Pansak Sungkraroek, Vitallife Scientific Wellness Center, Mark Van Ogtrop, Beacon Sky Hospitality Executive Director and Anthony Jude Tan, Wellity CEO, share their thoughts on healthcare trends, and the future evolution of wellness, health and tourism.

“There has been an increasingly positive shift in mindset, where more people are placing importance on their health, immunity, and conscious lifestyle change. Globally and within Asia, it has been perceived as favourable for the health and immunity areas as this has led to the increased growth in the commercial sector and in investment opportunities.” – Anthony Jude Tan.

As the wellness industry integrates with the hospitality sector there are exciting new opportunities for owners, investors, developers and operators. Anthony, Mark and Dr. Pansak shares their views on the future growth of the wellness and health tourism.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this Wellity Trend Watch episode.

This video was produced by David Barrett.

Hospitals and hotels grab onto panacea


Wellness services may be the cure to the pandemic-induced economic swoon.

Opportunity is presenting itself in a time of crisis for hoteliers and hospital owners, with the term “wellness” an important connecting piece within a collapsed jigsaw.

Local hospital operators and real estate developers are gradually expanding their footprints to capture a lucrative opportunity, tapping into the wellness fad.

According to the Global Wellness Institute, the global wellness economy is worth US$4.5 trillion. Wellness tourism accounts for $639 billion, with Asia emerging as the top gainer in wellness tourism trips and revenue.


Although there are no foreign tourists arriving in Thailand on regular visas, the time is ripe for entrepreneurs to adapt their business models to ensure survival and prepare for foreign tourists seeking wellness and medical tourism once the country fully reopens.



Thonburi Healthcare Group (THG), with 15 hospitals under its umbrella, is seeking to join hands with hoteliers to venture into the healthcare and wellness business, as the field is growing in the wake of the pandemic.

“THG is looking for allies in the hotel industry who share the same interests,” THG owner and chairman Boon Vanasin said, referring to new healthcare and wellness projects.

The company already built Jin Wellbeing County, a residential and wellness complex, in Pathum Thani’s Khlong Luang district to serve Thailand’s ageing society.

There is room for new investments in the healthcare industry, an opportunity created by the crisis, Dr Boon said.

The spread of the coronavirus has dealt a heavy blow to the hotel industry, but this is the time for hotel owners to consider diversifying their businesses to survive, he said.

“The outbreak has spurred hospitals to adapt more quickly. They need to develop technologies and innovations to support medical services,” said Dr Boon.

“These technologies will help reduce costs over the long term.”

The Thai government has taken notice of the wellness trend, listing wellness tourism as one of 12 targeted S-curve industries that form the heart of the much-touted Eastern Economic Corridor project.

Wellness tourism generated substantial revenue before the pandemic. Last year Thailand racked up 409 billion baht from the wellness industry, according to a media report cited by Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul.


The growth trend for healthcare businesses is also reflected by new investment applications for tax privileges.

From January to September of 2020, applicants submitted 65 projects in the medical industry to the Board of Investment (BoI), compared with only seven for scientific testing services and five biotechnology projects.

Baiya Phytopharm, a pharmaceutical startup, is among the applicants that joined the BoI’s tax incentive scheme.

Co-founder and chief executive Suthira Taychakhoonavdh said Baiya Phytopharm is developing Covid-19 vaccines and a Covid-19 medicine.

The support for investment in the medical industry is part of state efforts to make Thailand a medical hub in Asean.

“Being a medical hub does not mean we only offer medical services to foreigners,” said Duangjai Asawachintachit, the BoI secretary-general.

She wants to see Thailand be more self-reliant, both in terms of technological development and manufacturing.

“We’ll continue to support new investments ranging from uses of raw materials to production of finished goods,” said Ms Duangjai.



As the global health emergency highlights the need for health-related quality of life improvements, especially in preventive practices, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) aims to utilise the country’s advantage in standardising the public health system and technology to help revive the battered tourism industry.

“There is an opportunity in the health and wellness market to attract potential groups of tourists with high purchasing power, making Thailand the acknowledged medical and wellness resort of the world,” said Yuthasak Supasorn, the TAT governor.

In the upcoming year, the TAT plans to promote this segment by introducing five health and wellness tourism campaigns.

The first campaign offers telemedicine services for more than 1 million overseas Thais who face obstacles in accessing healthcare services while residing in foreign countries.

He said Thais who stay abroad can use teleconsulting services, which may be followed up by further treatments in Thailand.

They also can obtain referrals for medical services here in their foreign communities.

Hotels in Thailand should adapt to the new distribution channel under a “hotelistic” concept to offer health and wellness services for travellers, such as medical checkups and immunity fighter packages, said Mr Yuthasak.

The agency is organising online health marketplaces in both business-to-business and business-to-consumer segments to promote local operators in the health and wellness segment.

According to the Public Health Ministry, health and wellness tourism generated 450 billion baht last year. Of that amount, 41 billion baht comes from medical services, while 409 billion was derived from health and wellness tourism, making up 15.6% of overall tourism receipts last year.

Mr Yuthasak said further collaborations on a government-to-government level should allow state agency officers from Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and the Middle East to receive medical treatments in Thailand.

The TAT plans to work with global health insurance companies to include Thailand as a destination in their insurance packages.

In addition, 29 TAT overseas offices expect to add more agents and media content to raise brand awareness about their tourism products and services, aiming to make the country the top destination for health and wellness options.



SET-listed Pruksa Holding was the first housing developer to shift to hospital development, with an investment of 4.94 billion baht in 2018 to construct Vimut Hospital in Saphan Khwai area.

Piya Prayong, director of Pruksa Holding, said the hospital should offer recurring income as the healthcare business is huge, with a market value of more than 600 billion baht.

“By offering affordable prices, Vimut Hospital will target the mid-range segment,” he said.

“This is a new venture for Pruksa and a personal passion of Thongma Vijitpongpun, Pruksa’s major shareholder.”

Krittavith Lertutsahakul, chief executive of Vimut Hospital, said the hospital aims to be a tertiary care general hospital and plans to have a geriatric centre as 20% of Thais will be aged 60 or older by 2021.

“We postponed the first phase with 100 beds from this year to May 2021 because of the pandemic,” he said.

“Full operation with a total of 236 beds will start in the next few years, in line with demand.”

The hospital expects to speed up its goal for full capacity if demand for healthcare surges, said Dr Krittavith.

Autthanop Pandkamnerd, chief executive of property developer Cissa Group, said the company shifted to development of health and wellness hospitals to capitalise on the rising global trend of health and well-being.

“The government plans to promote the country as a medical hub, while offering support for tourism and disease-prevention measures,” he said.

These factors have established Thailand as a destination for tourists and foreigners with purchasing power who are looking for a disease-free destination that can also provide quality medical centres and exclusive venues for relaxation, said Mr Autthanop.

Cissa joined V Plast Medical Group to conduct a feasibility study for a megaproject development — a health and wellness hospital combined with a luxury resort, called Natai Medical Center & Resort — in Phangnga with an investment of 3.5 billion baht.

“People are more focused on their health and will consider staying in a hotel with strict hygiene measures after going through the pandemic,” he said.


Source: Bangkok Post


Medical Wellness Resort Management

“AJT Wellity Asia Co., Ltd.” (AJT) and “Beacon Sky Hospitality Co., Ltd.” (BSH) have joined forces to offer “Medical Wellness Resort” Management.

This collaboration under one umbrella, offers overall management for Medical Wellness Resorts in the South East Asia region.

AJT provides the medical wellness management for the hotel/resort, including the roll out, execution, marketing and protocols of programs and treatments. The management of doctors, therapists and consultants will also be managed by AJT.

BSH provides the management of the overall functioning of the hotel/resort part of the business, including the operations, admin, HR, and maintenance/engineering.

The joint management engages with an asset owner in a management agreement of a medical wellness resort based on fees of revenues and operating profits.


About AJT and BSH

Anthony Jude Tan, founder of AJT Holdings and Visionary of AJT Wellity has over 30 years of medical, wellness and hospitality experience in Thailand, Singapore and across Asia.  His current portfolio includes up to 10 wellness and health care facilities across China, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Middle East, and Vietnam. These collaborations have resulted in the development of a Micro Medical Center concept where patients can consult with quality specialist doctors on alternative and functional medicine methods for preventive and regenerative care, verified wellness therapies, in addition to traditional health care checkups and procedures. AJT has several strategic partnerships with international clinics and hospitals including LIVV Natural Health, Millennium Health Centers from the USA; and ongoing relationships with all large international hospitals in Thailand.


“Beacon Sky Hospitality Co. Ltd”, is hospitality consultant and advisory company with offices in Bangkok and Phuket, Thailand. It operates a subsidiary “Sky Hotel Management”, which is an Independent Hotel Management Company and acts as Third party operator, “TPO” for hospitality owners. The company has been founded by a team of highly experienced hotel management professionals, each of which have over 30 years hotel management and business development experience in Thailand and Asia, including the successful launching of new brands and the roll out of hotel platform developments.


Wellity CEO, Anthony Jude Tan in September’s CEO Magazine


Source article: CEO Magazine September 2018

Wellity’s Outlook on Wellness Tourism in Thailand

Wellness Tourism in Thailand: NBT World‘s Be My Guest segment with news presenter Hunny Narula

Founder and CEO Anthony Jude Tan, on NBT World‘s Be My Guest segment with news presenter Hunny Narula. Here the two discuss wellness tourism and its future in Thailand, Asia and globally.

MW Wellness Management on NBT World News, Thailand

Mr. Anthony Jude Tan, CEO & Co-Founder of MW Wellness Management interviewed by NBT World News. 

Wellity Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary of AJT Holdings Pte. Ltd., collaborates with Thai public listed company, MIDA Assets Pcl. to form MW WELLNESS MANAGEMENT COMPANY LIMITED. Aksorn Rayong, The Wellity Collection, opening later this year, will be the first concept hotel – an all-new arts and culture themed resort, integrating wellness – the joint venture will showcase.


MW Wellness Management: A Joint Venture Between Wellity and MIDA Assets

MIDA Assets Pcl. Announces Collaboration with Wellity Pte. Ltd. to form MW WELLNESS MANAGEMENT COMPANY LIMITED, with the introduction of its first concept hotel – an all-new arts and culture themed resort, integrating wellness: “AKSORN RAYONG, THE WELLITY COLLECTION

Bangkok – 24 May 2018: MIDA Assets Public Company Limited, a fast growing real estate developer in the hotel and resort industry, collaborates with Singapore-based Company Wellity Pte. Ltd. – an innovative corporation incorporating medical wellness into the hospitality industry. Both parties have come together to organize the first official press conference, “MW WELLNESS MANAGEMENT COMPANY LIMITED – a joint venture between MIDA and Wellity” with the introduction of “AKSORN RAYONG, THE WELLITY COLLECTION”, Rayong’s first and only Concept Hotel combining “Lifestyle & Wellness”. The hotel is fully-equipped with facilities of latest developments in well-being, with all the comforts and lifestyle conveniences of both international hotel standards and holistic health services.

Wisood Ieosivikul, President and Managing Director, MIDA Assets PCL. and co-founder of MW WELLNESS MANAGMENT, revealed that the company strives to develop real estate and has become one of the top public listed developers in the country. “We are now ready to expand our horizons into new concepts that will further enhance our brands. The joint venture with Wellity, to create MW WELLNESS MANAGEMENT is a great opportunity for us to offer a new kind of service that differentiates us from other local and international chains.” Wisood elaborated.

“We’ve invested over 20 million baht with Wellity Pte. Ltd. to set up “MW WELLNESS MANAGEMENT”, with over 1 billion baht budgeted to build “AKSORN RAYONG, THE WELLITY COLLECTION” fully managed by MW WELLNESS MANAGEMENT. Of which, an estimate of 35 million baht alone was pumped into the project specifically for wellness equipment and element fittings. Our business plan will employ active marketing strategies by emphasizing our unique strength. Wellness experience can be felt throughout the resort starting from the lobby, guest rooms, the Wellity wellness center, to food and beverage offerings. At AKSORN RAYONG, THE WELLITY COLLECTION, guests can indulge in a comfortable and carefree stay, while feeling good about their well-being.” Said Wisood.

Mr. Anthony Jude Tan, CEO and co-founder of MW WELLNESS MANAGEMENT CO., LTD. and CEO of Wellity Pte. Ltd. disclosed that Wellity Pte. Ltd. was founded in Singapore and established in 2017. Created and fueled by a strong passion to always place holistic health at the center of conceptualization and designs, WELLITY was formed with the vision to develop and manage hospitality projects by synergizing and integrating aspects of Wellness and Hospitality. Wellity Pte. Ltd., is a premier hospitality management brand that creates superior and innovative wellness projects for hotels and resorts. Wellity has gained confidence among leading hotel/resort businesses, in various countries – predominantly Southeast Asia – by taking position as consultant and management. It’s an extraordinary level of success and achievement in less than a year.

“Personally with 26 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, complemented with another 13 years’ in the medical wellness field and healthcare sector, I foresee many new and potential business opportunities for this joint venture in the hospitality wellness business. The collaboration to create MW WELLNESS MANAGEMENT is another milestone for Wellity Pte. Ltd. and MIDA Assets PCL.

I strongly believe that this collaboration brings the new era of hotel hospitality with innovation, where wellness truly meets world class hospitality. At AKSORN RAYONG, THE WELLITY COLLECTION, guests will be sure to experience the first, one-of-a kind hotel concept throughout their stay.”

“MW Wellness Management namely has two brands at the current moment under its wing: “AKSORN”, an arts and cultural concept-theme hotel brand and “THE WELLITY COLLECTION”, an integration of medical wellness aspects based on evidence-research for hotels and resorts. “AKSORN RAYONG, THE WELLITY COLLECTION” is the first hotel combining the finest features of both “AKSORN” and “THE WELLITY COLLECTION” – resulting in a new and creative concept hotel. The resort is scheduled to open in August this year, with two more developments in the pipeline from 2019 onwards under MW WELLNESS MANAGEMENT: The Panora, a condotel located in Phuket and Tara Pathom, a traditional Thai House Villa project. Apart from Thai market, we have plans to expand our business to neighboring countries, an eventually international in coming years.” Mr. Anthony explained.


As a visionary brand, following trends is not part of The Wellity Collection’s sentiments; instead we continually create new and innovative trends for the benefit of our guests. Our excellence in hospitality management and development focuses on our guests’ well-being, as the team is equipped with the know-how and skills in developing and operating wellness resorts and hotels. The Wellity Collection brand, beyond Thailand, is also present in Malaysia, China and Vietnam; with plans to expand to the rest of Asia in the coming years.” Said Mr. Anthony.

“I’m delighted to be part of the MW Wellness Management’s founding team. The policy and vision of MW WELLNESS MANAGEMENT emphasizes on delivering truly unique and superior service for everyone. In addition, the company strongly believes in building close relationships with our business alliances while treating our environment, community and customers with consideration and respect. Our first resort under MW WELLNESS MANAGEMENT has been thoroughly and carefully designed from inception to offer “wellness meets hospitality” experience where rather than specialized “wellness retreats” with accommodation options, devoting equal emphasis to hospitality and health components.

The resort, as with all upcoming Wellity Collection properties, paves the future in the hospitality and tourism industry by incorporating science-based wellness features into every facet of guests’ experience. AKSORN RAYONG, THE WELLITY COLLECTION is our first pride and joy.” said Mr. Vincent Tan, COO of Wellity Co., Ltd. 

“Anthony, together with my expertise, agreed to bring medical innovation to the world of hospitality starting in Thailand, with this unique concept of “wellness meets hospitality” that merges well-being along with hotel and resort service excellence. Hence, he founded and established Singapore based company Wellity Pte. Ltd. (a subsidiary of AJT Holdings Pte. Ltd.), in 2017; in order to pursue and realize that vision.   AKSORN RAYONG, THE WELLITY COLLECTION is the true beginning of The Wellity Collection properties and hotels that take the five human senses combined with the additional sense, termed as “The Wellity Sense” – addressing customers’ well-being needs formed on the basis of evidence-research.

Various programs that guests can look forward to at the resort’s wellness center are backed by evidence and science-based research, conducted by certified physicians and practitioners. For example, the Wellity Center’s Ozone Infrared Therapy is a deep penetrating heat that promotes sweating at lower temperatures. It absorbs easily and can aid in improving your body’s circulation and detoxification. Ozone therapy is used for its ability to neutralize bacteria and viruses. The two principles are combined in a personalized pod for users to relax in.  Thus, I believe that AKSORN RAYONG, THE WELLITY COLLECTION will be one of the most unique and refreshing accommodation experiences our guests will ever have.” said Dr. Mark L. Gordon, Lead Medical Director of Wellity Co., Ltd.

“AKSORN RAYONG THE WELLITY COLLECTION”, the one and only concept hotel in Rayong

Strategically located along the Laem Mae Pim eastern coastline in Rayong, the resort comes as an answer to the Thailand 4.0 strategy on land development, leveraging on the success of the government’s Eastern Economic Development Plan and Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). AKSORN RAYONG, THE WELLITY COLLECTION, a brand new concept resort, sets itself apart from any other property chain along this well-known seaside destination, by being the only one to offer guests an arts and culture themed resort, all while effortlessly integrating well-being throughout the resort’s environment and services.

Combining the latest developments in well-being with all the comforts and conveniences of a global hotel, Aksorn is where “Wellness Meets Hospitality”. And this, moreover, amid surroundings wholly inspired by Thai art and culture, reinterpreted through Western neoclassic design principles. Indeed, the coastal community of Rayong is known for its artistic heritage, notably a connection with one Thailand’s greatest poets, Soonthorn Phu, who lived during the Rattanakosin period (A.D. 1786 – 1855); and whose father was from Rayong. He was Thailand’s best-known royal poet, renowned for epic poetries which are still popular today.

Wellness tourism and quality holiday experience with the distinct ambience of Thai contemporary architecture have been embellished with the creative mixture of literary works and technological innovation. It conveys both meaning and aesthetic value of art to audiences mind; and harmoniously integrates well-being aspects into the well-built environment that is beneficial to the human body, contributing to the betterment of overall good health in the long run.




MW Wellness Management Co. Ltd., established in 2017 is a joint venture between Wellity Pte. Ltd. and MIDA Assets PCL. A lifestyle hospitality management group offering unique preventive wellness expertise to hotels and resorts, besides management, MW WELLNESS MANAGEMENT handles all core concepts and know-how of integrating hospitality and wellness seamlessly into green-field or existing projects. This is where wellness meets hospitality.

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About MIDA Assets Public Company Limited

The Company is the leader of hire purchase business for household electrical appliances and is ready to provide before-sale service and after-sale service reaching the residences, and the Company has service area covering 80 branches in 77 provinces all over the country. Currently, MIDA Group has 8 hotels and resorts in operation today and are located in Bangkok and tourism destinations such as Hua Hin, Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Pathom and the upcoming latest hotel is the 9th property in Rayong.

Our business structure: Mida Leasing, Mida Property, Mida Hotels & Resorts and Mida Golf Club.

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About Wellity Pte. Ltd.

Wellity Pte. Ltd., founded in Singapore and established in 2017, is a subsidiary company of AJT Holdings Pte. Ltd. As premier hospitality management brand, Wellity creates superior and innovative wellness projects for hotels and resorts. Fueled by a strong passion to place holistic health at the center of conceptualization and designs, WELLITY was established with the vision to develop and manage hospitality projects by synergizing and integrating aspects of WELLness and hospitaLITY. To date, Wellity has left its signature mark in Thailand, with upcoming properties in Malaysia and China.

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HICAP Update 2018: Check into a hotel to get checked up

Fancy a sleeping pod that is radiation-free? Or a getaway in a resort that pampers you with antioxidant mocktails and oxygen therapy while you get tested on your biological age? Hotels and resorts that offer wellness programmes in a professional healthcare setting are coming your way soon in Asia –  and it’s not about botox.

Creative ideas were recently tossed around at Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) 2018 Update, held in Pan Pacific Singapore from March 27-28. Moderated by Bill Barnett, MD, C9 Hotelworks, the session on Escaping the box: Bold new ideas for hotel facilities & services brought to the floor new ideas, visions and creative projects that are already being rolled out.

For AJT Holdings, a management consultancy in healthcare and hospitality, approaching hospitality from a healthcare perspective provides a unique edge in positioning. They will be launching its hotels and resorts progressively, starting in Thailand and eventually in Malaysia. Its first property, the Aksorn Rayong, The Wellity Collection, will have 123 keys and the second property, a condohotel in Phuket under The Wellity Collection will have 455 keys with 38 villas. Anticipated openings are in June 2018 and Q1 of 2019 respectively.

“We will have sleep rooms that are radiation-free, increases antioxidant levels and are fitted with mineral showers and mini bars with heathy items. Detoxification rooms will offer treatments such as ultraviolet light therapy for jet lag, and in the self-exercise fitness rooms, we provide facilities for yoga practice, sports medicine and weight management,” says Anthony J Tan, group managing director.

Meeting rooms for corporate groups becomes a concern as well in this healthcare context. “We want to enhance the meeting room environment for corporate groups by giving them better air quality besides just healthy coffee break menus, and we boost the mood with music, light and sound therapy to help them to recharge and rebuild their concentration levels during the course of the day,” says Tan from AJT Holdings.

The creative use of space led Artyzen Hospitality Group to transform the lobby into a “town square” for guests. “It becomes the heart of the hotel with outlets, areas for proper events, informal gatherings and even special highlights such as fashion shows. We have no more ballrooms, a specific space functioning as a lobby and independent restaurants. It is all integrated into one functional space. It is all about the hotel as a destination and how guests are able to enjoy multiple experiences while staying with you,” shares President Robert N van der Maas.

For SvroKO Brand Bureau, Chief Creative Officer Philip Pond shared that the need to break the mold and to do new things has created a need for free-standing restaurants and bars to be integrated into the hotel landscape. “It’s about engaging guests in different ways and to provide different entryways into the hotel; and by creatively using space in this manner, we blur the lines in looking at co-working space, F&B and other amenities within the hotel,” says Philip Pond, Chief Creative Officer.

Key takeaways from the session spurred thoughts on providing healthcare services, a truly holistic wellness programme and relooking the use of F&B and public spaces to encourage a thriving community of guests who love to co-work, dine and entertain in social surrounds.

Source article:  Travel Weekly Asia