For Immediate Release
TOURISM SELANGOR PROUDLY BECOMES THE STATE MEDICAL TOURISM SPONSOR FOR insigHT 2021
insigHT2021 Exemplifies Post-pandemic Recovery Strategies to Forge Resilience for the Global Healthcare Travel Industry
KUALA LUMPUR, 18 November 2021 – The Selangor State Government through Tourism Selangor was proud to become the State Medical Tourism Sponsor for Medical Travel Market Intelligence Conference 2021 (insigHT2021); the region’s leading intelligence conference. Tourism Selangor, with the vision to penetrate and foster the medical tourism segmentation, has a clear route as the State is home to a number of hospitals and healthcare centres, including 19 which are registered under the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC).
insight2021, in conjunction with the World Hepatitis Day 2021 and its theme; “Hepatitis Can’t Wait, featured the launch of Malaysia as the Hepatitis C Treatment Hub of Asia by Minister of Health Malaysia, Y.B. Khairy Jamaluddin during its opening ceremony on Tuesday. Introduced in 2016, the 3-day International Conference was hosted virtually this year from 16 to 18 November and anchored by MHTC, an agency under the Ministry of Health tasked to facilitate and promote the healthcare travel industry in Malaysia.
Carrying the theme ‘Forging Resilience’, this year’s Conference featured insights on post-pandemic recovery strategies and opportunities for industry resilience with topics such as reimaging the health system, the future of healthcare and well-being, and rebuilding hospitality delivered by renowned local and international industry experts.
Mr. Azrul Shah Mohamad, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tourism Selangor in a statement shared, “Healthcare travel is a multi-billion industry which has been affected by the global Covid-19 pandemic. There is a whole new norm to travelling now, however hospitals and healthcare centres, as well as travel industry players in Selangor are now carefully re-welcoming patients, in preparation to providing the best healthcare and medical experience. Hospitals and healthcare centres in Selangor are well-equipped with top-notch medical equipment, offering high-standard service quality and medical treatments to medical tourists; making Selangor the preferred medical tourism destination in the region”.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mohd Daud Mohd Arif, CEO of MHTC shared, “insigHT has played a significant role as a platform for creating tangible and valuable outcomes, which benefit industry players and healthcare travellers. Having endured the brunt of the pandemic, it is even more important now to optimise platforms such as these in revitalising our industry. In its sixth installation, insigHT2021 also serves as a catalyst for cross collaboration, attracting industry players across various sectors of the value chain to enhance Malaysia’s healthcare travel industry”.
Selangor is home to 46 elite and ordinary hospitals which have been attracting health tourists around the world to come to the State for the best medical treatment and experience. Among the well sought-after medical treatments in Selangor include Cardiology, fertility and cancer treatments, especially at flagship Medical Tourism Hospitals. Selangor is also a preferred destination for aged and senior-care. Searching for a “Medical Tourism Hospital” is not an intricate task in Selangor as it comprises an ecosystem which will inspire a healthy, safe and interconnected society for patients and their accompanying family members. This extends to luxury hotels, wellness providers, and tourism attractions for the patients and family to have a well-rounded medical tourism experience in Selangor, making their stay a worthwhile.
As the Official Tourism Promotion Agency of the State of Selangor, it is vital for Tourism Selangor to nurture and support the industry and the players in making healthcare tourism as one of the key market segments of Selangor. As the State Medical Tourism Sponsor to insigHT2021, Tourism Selangor aimed to expand business opportunities using the platform of insigHT through networking sessions and engagements with healthcare tourism industry players, as well as to establish potential smart partnerships with relevant stakeholders.
Among other perks include the playbacks of Selangor’s very-own Medical Tourism Corporate Video during the 3-day Conference, and a couple of sessions on Selangor Sharing Experience on day-2 of insigHT2021, featuring collaboration with Miss Cosmopolitan World and LokaLocal; both shared the same vision of driving tourism in Selangor via each of the respective platform.
Tourism Selangor’s participation in insigHT2021 was also in-line with Tourism Selangor’s “Splendid Selangor, Take Me Anywhere!” Campaign which focuses on the international travel market and is actively-navigated across Tourism Selangor’s official social media sites; Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok application and YouTube channel. The Campaign is set to be making waves on social media with the #SplendidSelangor hashtag once Malaysian borders are fully-open to international commercial tourists.