JOHARI-MEDICAL (WITH PIX) COLLABORATION TO PROMOTE MEDICAL TOURISM IN SARAWAK
July 9 21:42
KUCHING,Sarawak Tourism Ministry is collaborating with the State Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) to provide medical tourism facilities at Damai Beach Resort, its minister, Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said tonight.He said post medical treatment would be made available at the resort located in Santubong, about 40km from here. "Sarawak is currently experiencing an upward trend in the arrival of foreign visitors seeking medical treatment," he told reporters at the ministry's breaking of fast gathering here.The ceremony was also to celebrate Sarawak's achievement at the recent Magic of the Night festival in Putrajaya where the State's float was adjudged as the
overall third place winner."For people who want to be treated medically in Kuching they can really enjoy while they recover from whatever ailment that they may have," he said.
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Abang Johari said most of the foreign medical tourists were from Indonesia and there had been an increase in the number of domestic visitors from Peninsular Malaysia who were seeking specialised treatment at private hospitals
in the State.However, he did not specify the actual number of tourist arrivals under this sector.He said for the first five months of this year, about 1.9 million tourists arrived in Sarawak and the figure had given an indication that the state was still on course to achieving its target of registering 4.5 million arrivals this year. The state, he said, would have a busy period over the remaining months of the year where the Sarawak Regatta and the East Asian Tourism Forum (EATOF) would be among the major events to be organised.He said this year would see the inclusion of Sarawak Regatta in the International Dragon Boat Race Circuit that also includes regattas in Singapore, Penang and Hong Kong.The EATOF, meanwhile, is expected to involve over 200 foreign delegates from Asean countries, Japan, Korea and China, he said.