Boost for medical tourism

Yii (centre) and Pullman Miri Hotel staff cutting the hotel’s first anniversary cake. — STEPHEN THEN/The Star

MIRI: Medical and health tourism is the next big thing coming up in Miri that is expected to generate huge revenue for Sarawak.

Two new private specialist centres would set up operations in the city next year and they were likely to attract a big number of foreign clientele, especially from Brunei, said Miri mayor Adam Yii.

“We already have two private specialist hospitals operating in Miri.

“Next year, two more of such hospitals will start operations here.

“We expect to see a surge in arrivals of foreigners on health and medical trips in Miri, apart from tourism,” he said when launching Miri Pullman Hotel’s first anniversary celebration.

Yii said the latest development in medical and health tourism in Miri and Sarawak, in general, was in tandem with a surge in demand for such services.

He stressed that amid the rising needs for medical treatment, Miri could cater to not only Malaysians but also Bruneians and expatriates working in the sultanate.

“Miri is already an education hub for international-class tertiary education with our Curtin University campus attracting students from many countries.

“These foreign students come here for world-class education provided at lower costs.

“The same scenario will be seen in our medical and health tourism,” he added.

Yii congratulated Miri Pullman for having notched a successful year of operations.

He said the five-star hotel had contributed much by offering high-quality accommodation for local and foreign tourists in Miri.

“Within the next few months, Express Air Indonesia is expected to start direct flights from Kalimantan to Miri.

“This budget airline from Indonesia will help boost tourist arrivals from Indonesia.

“The airline operates flights not just from Kalimantan but also from many cities and towns in Indonesia.

“So it will be a big boost to tourism in Miri,” he added.

Yii called on Miri Pullman Hotel to maintain its quality services to visitors to encourage them to return.

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