SHAH ALAM, Sept 22 — Tourism Selangor has again continued its participation in the Malaysia Healthcare Expo (MHX) 2022, which is being held at Centre Point Shopping Mall, Medan, Indonesia, from September 22 to 25.
MHX 2022 is organised by Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) for the second time in Indonesia, after a similar event in Jakarta earlier this year, in which Tourism Selangor also participated.
The expo showcases hospitals, health centres and ambulatory care in Malaysia to create awareness and exposure to the healthcare services available in the country, especially in Selangor.
The Selangor delegation is led by Tourism Selangor chief executive officer Azrul Shah Mohamad, together with representatives from MSU Medical Centre, ReGen Rehab Hospital and Dental Republik, which focused on bariatric treatment, rehabilitation and dentistry.
Azrul said that he was confident that their participation in the expo will be able to attract the interest of the public, especially tourism enthusiasts from Indonesia.
“The Malaysian government has recently announced the relaxation of the SOPs (standard operating procedures) on travellers entering Malaysia starting August 1, which includes medical tourism, so now tourists from Indonesia can once again enjoy the unique experience of travelling in Selangor.
“Selangor has 46 hospitals and health centres equipped with advanced and modern medical equipment, as well as highly qualified medical experts, to provide a fulfilling medical tourism experience, with a focus on excellent service and friendly hospitality to medical tourists,” he said in a statement issued today.
He said the Selangor delegation will meet the media partners in Indonesia, agencies and stakeholders such as Tourism Malaysia Medan, the Malaysian Embassy, ASITA Tourism Agency and Indonesia’s key opinion leaders (KOL).
Selangor is the main gateway to Malaysia with two of the country’s major airports located within the state, which are the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and KLIA2, as well as catering for entry via cruise ship through the Cruise Terminal in Port Klang.
Malaysia is a familiar destination for medical tourism with recognition as the top country for Health Tourism based on volume in 2018 by the International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ), as well as the winner of the IMTJ’s “Cluster of the Year” award for Health Tourism and Medicine from 2017 to 2022.
In 2019 before the pandemic, a total of 1.3 million medical tourists sought treatment in Malaysia, of which 60 per cent are tourists from Indonesia, thus contributing to the list of top 3 states for medical tourism tourists arrival in Selangor since 2015.
This has contributed to the increase in the medical tourism revenue for Selangor from RM175 million in 2017 to RM285 million in 2019.