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Labour Minister Assigns Advisor and Spokesperson to Visit Thai Massage Booth and Report Positive Responses Beyond Expectation with Over a Thousand Service Users Already

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           On November 18, 2022, the Labour Minister, Mr. Suchart Chomklin, assigned the Labour Minister’s Advisor, Mrs. Thiwalrat Angkinan, the Ministry of Labour’s Spokesperson (on Politics), Mrs. Thienrat Navamawat, and the Ministry of Labour’s executives to visit the Thai wellness massage and spa activities at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference or APEC 2022, organized by the Ministry of Labour’s Department of Skill Development. The Department of Skill Development’s Director-General, Mr. Prateep Songlamyong, and the committee gave a welcome at the Ministry of Labour’s booth in the press center area, Queen Sirikit National Convention Center.
           Mrs. Thiwalrat said that today, she was assigned by the Labour Minister, Mr. Suchart Chomklin, to travel together with the Ministry of Labour’s Spokesperson to visit the Thai wellness massage and spa activities at the APEC Meeting. The Department of Skills Development has brought the art of Thai wellness massage and spa activities, a soft power of Thai people. It is a way to showcase Thailand’s unique identity and creates participation in presenting standardized Thai labour skills to foreigners to absorb the art of Thai massage. The services are provided to the press, and over 2,000 Thai and foreign media are covering the meetings at the press center, Queen Sirikit National Convention Center.
           Mrs. Thiwalrat continued that today’s visit saw Thai and foreign press, including delegations and followers, interested in the massage services. From November 14 to 17, over 1,347 people used the services at the APEC meeting, comprising 1,079 Thai press, 162 international press, and 106 staff joining the APEC meeting. From meeting and talking to people, it was found that each person was impressed with the various services. They appreciated the Ministry of Labour’s massage activities, relaxing and relieving them from various aches and pains, causing many people to be attracted to massage by Thai people, who have good skills and standards. In addition, this activity added colour to the APEC event as well. Each masseuse providing services has passed the skill standards of the Department of Skill Development, including intensive tutoring in service standards, hospitality, and English skills in communicating with foreign clients. Most importantly, it is an opportunity to spread awareness for foreigners to learn about ancient Thai massage for relaxation. All services are free.
           The Ministry of Labour’s Thai wellness massage and spa services at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center is open to Thai and international press covering news of the APEC meeting, including delegates and followers from the APEC economic region who attended the event. Services will be available from November 14 to 19. The activities consist of three demonstration activities, including Thai wellness massage and spa services (neck and shoulder massage, Tok Sen massage, and hot stone spa massage). Each day there will be 50 masseuses providing services 10 hours a day. The first group would offer services from 09.00 to 14.00 hours, and the second group from 14.00 to 19.00 hours. Additionally, there are demonstrations on making herbal products for use in Thai wellness massages and spas and healthy herbal drinks for attendees.


Public Relations Division / 18 November 2022