Sabah Targets Health Medical Tourists from Indonesia

Sabah Targets Health Medical Tourists from Indonesia

In an exciting move, the Sabah government is ready to cooperate to open flight routes to Indonesia through Batik Air to develop the state as a health tourism destination.

State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Jafry Ariffin said the flight routes to Indonesia include Pontianak, Balikpapan in Kalimantan.

Sabah Targets Health Medical Tourists from Indonesia

He hoped that the flight routes would be realised shortly because they were also one of the essential factors in attracting visitors from neighbouring countries to Sabah.

He also mentioned that it was the right time for Sabah to target health tourism by promoting the latest facilities offered by (Sabah) hospitals, especially to the Indonesian market.

Datuk Jafry met with the Chief Executive Officer of Batik Air, Captain Mushafiz Mustafa Bakri, general manager Muhammad Ariff Abdul Aziz and some Batik Air Kuala Lumpur staff.

Jafry also said that the value chain and the health tourism industry will open up opportunities for tourists to explore tourist locations with the 'natural healing' concept in Sabah.

He added that Sabah should take full advantage of the current health tourism trend since every medical tourist has the potential to spend more than ordinary tourists.


Currently, several hospitals are found all over the city, and here is a list of top hospitals for medical tourism in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

This is probably why Sabah targets health and medical tourists from Indonesia. Facilities are there and must provide proper infrastructure for medical tourism in Sabah.

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