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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
New Pontianak connection a likely boon for Sarawak's medical tourism
AirAsia’s new daily service from Kuching to
Indonesia's Pontianak, commencing June 5, comes at an opportune time for
Sarawak as it aspires to attract more medical tourists from the neighbouring
Sarawak Tourism Board is eager to leverage
the opportunity to promote medical tourism to those residing in Pontianak. The
route is currently monopolised by Indonesia’s Xpress Air, operating daily.
Acting CEO at Sarawak Tourism Board (STB),
Mary Wan Mering, said: “There are five private medical hospitals in Kuching
promoting medical tourism to Indonesians (and) STB started to promote (the
segment) overseas this year.
“We did a B2B roadshow in Bandung this month
and hope to do a similar one in Pontianak later this year where outbound agents
in (Pontianak) can meet with representatives from medical centres in Kuching
and inbound players.”
Gracie Geikie, director/principal consultant,
Place Borneo, a local PCO, also welcomes the new connection as an alternative
route for Jakarta delegates attending medical conferences in Kuching.
She added: “It is also timely for us as we
are the PCO for the 10th International Meeting of Asian Society of
Conservation Medicine this October and the new flights will help with delegate
boosting activities in Indonesia.”
Around 300 delegates are
expected to attend the conference, of which 30 per cent will come from