Thursday, July 7, 2016
Malaysia - Boost for medical tourism
ISKANDAR PUTERI: Johor has the potential to become a regional medical tourism hub, said state Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumerism Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong.
He said an integrated medical hub would serve and cater to diverse health care needs for both local and international patients, especially those from Singapore and Indonesia.
“In keeping with the times, the tourism sector must always be dynamic and innovative to meet the changing demands of the people.
“If the emphasis previously was mainly on leisure tourism, now the focus is on various aspects including shopping, business and medical tourism,” he said.
He said this after a soft launch of the Millesime Hotel Sdn Bhd at Taman Kesihatan Afiat, Iskandar Puteri recently.
He also said that quality of life for people now had improved, compared to the last century and that the medical tourism sector has grown rapidly over the last decade.
He also said that based on statistics, Johor recorded an increase of 16.05% in medical tourists, which is about 40,910 in 2015 compared to only 35,253 in the previous year,
He said the numbers were increasing from time to time.
On the disabled-friendly, five-star Millesime Hotel, he said the government fully supported the innovative concept of combining a hotel with a specialist centre.
“This effort is in line with the government’s decision to develop our medical tourism sector and turn Johor into an open hub for medical tourism in this region. The new hotel here will also create job opportunities for the public.
“As the first medi-hotel in Malaysia, facilities and convenience for patients and the disabled must be taken into account in order to meet the customers’ needs. On behalf of the government, we fully support the initiatives,” he added.
Millesime Hotel executive director David Lee said that they have adopted the government’s vision to develop a world-class medical facility located within Iskandar Puteri’s Health Park, with 161 rooms designed with both medical and the business traveller in mind.
He said that rooms in the hotel were designed for comfort and easy accessibility for guests with disabilities.