This post is brought to you in part by Tourism Selangor.
Being the most populous state, Selangor is definitely one of the best places to live in Malaysia. Selangor is located on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia and is bordered by Perak to the north, Pahang to the east, Negeri Sembilan to the south and the Strait of Malacca to the west. It surrounds the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, both of which were once under Selangor’s territorial sovereignty.
Rapid growth and development
Thanks to the modernisation and urbanisation in Greater Klang Valley area, Selangor is growing rapidly. With a number of well-known urban centres such as Shah Alam, Klang, Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya, and Cyberjaya, Selangor maintains a high standard of living. The education, infrastructure, communications, and healthcare facilities in Selangor are also among the best in the region, according to Invest Selangor Berhad.
The state also has been monitoring the growing arrival of visitors who come to Selangor seeking medical treatment and while they are being treated, they also take restful holidays with their families here. There are a wide number of medical centres in Selangor who have recognised this potential and are actively participating in medical tourism.
Medical tourism in Selangor
In 2012, a total of 671,727 arrivals have been recorded under medical tourism generating about RM600 million worth of revenue. Since then, the number of annual healthcare travellers has increased significantly: 881,000 in 2013, 882,000 in 2014 and 850,000 in 2015.
There are 26 private panel hospitals in Selangor registered under the Malaysian Healthcare Tourism Council (MHTC) offering various medical treatments. These are:
Ara Damansara Medical Centre, Assunta Hospital, BP Specialist Centre, Damansara Specialist Hospital, DEMC Specialist Hospital Shah Alam, Fertility Associates (Fertility Specialists), Golden Horses Health Sanctuary – Health Screening, Hospital Pakar Ampang Puteri, KPJ Kajang Specialist Hospital, KPJ Klang Specialist Hospital, KPJ Selangor Specialist Hospital, Pantai Hospital Klang, Pusat Pakar Mata Topvision Eye Specialist Centre, Pusat Perubatan Pakar Sri Kota, Subang Jaya Medical Centre, Sunway Medical Centre Sendirian Berhad, The Tun Hussein Onn National Eye Hospital and WQ Park Health and Rehabilitation Centre
And there are 12 more public hospitals: Hospital Ampang, Hospital Banting, Hospital Kajang, Hospital Kuala Kubu Bharu, Hospital Orang Asli Gombak, Hospital Selayang, Hospital Serdang, Hospital Sungai Buloh, Hospital Tanjung Karang, Hospital Tengku Ampuan Jemaah (HTAJ), Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah (HTAR) and Hospital Shah Alam.
Malaysia also has plans to develop a world-class health metropolis in Selangor to serve as a critical part of the ASEAN healthcare ecosystem. This is all aligned to promote Medical Tourism in Selangor as it is a perfect holiday destination with accessible tourist’s spots within close proximity and great food as well as rich culture.
Since 2012, Tourism Selangor has been aggressive in promoting medical tourism to its neighbour country, Indonesia, such as Medan, Pekanbaru, Bukit Tinggi, Surabaya, and Jakarta.
The Selangor Wellness Living Expo
The state will also be promoting healthy lifestyle with its second edition of The Selangor Wellness Living Expo 2016 (SWelL 2016), which is taking place on 24 – 26 February 2017, at Setia City Convention Centre, Shah Alam. The expo connects the community to the key Industry Stakeholders from the spectrum of the Healthcare Travel Value Chain in the State of Selangor.
During the expo, Tourism Selangor showcases the wellness and health related exhibitors, sponsors and presentations for conference all under one roof. This expo also brings a platform to Medical Tourism practitioners to sample the most innovative health, lifestyle, and wellness enhancing their products and services.
Selangor’s popularity among travellers is reflected in the increase of visitors, from 3 to 5% in the past few years. With a combination of rich history and culture, hustling cities and scenic villages, modern infrastructure, and gastronomic delights – Selangor is a destination of choice for local and international visitors.
Discover the ‘Heart of Malaysia’
Supported by the State Government, this year’s promotional campaign ‘Discover Selangor’ aims to get even more tourists to experience the fun and enriching experiences in Selangor. Armed with the tagline ‘Heart of Malaysia’, the campaign offers new and returning visitors to have a complete experience of Selangor’s attractions – in lifestyle, MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Exhibitions) and sports events.
Tourism Selangor as a state tourism promotional board works closely with private and public healthcare providers to expand their reach and referral networks in key target markets. Tourism Selangor also partners in-market intermediaries to profile Selangor as an advanced medical care destination and showcase Selangor’s clinical excellence.
For more information, log on to Tourism Selangor official website at tourismselangor.my.
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