By JENNIFER TUGUNG MICHAEL
KOTA KINABALU: The Government intends to develop health-care tourism in Sabah and make the state a destination for wellness as part of the Visit Malaysia 2020 (VM2020) campaign and will be promoting it aggressively.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew likened the move to “killing two birds with one stone” because Malaysia is already known as a popular destination for golf.
“The government has declared 2020 as the year of health-care travel in Malaysia in order to boost the country’s ranking as the most preferred health tourism and wellness destination in the region.
“In addition to being a golf destination, a preferred golf destination, we also strongly promote health-care travel so that travelers accompanying the golfers can take part in health-care travel in Sabah,” she said during a press conference for the Sabah Masters Golf Championships 2019.
Liew who is also Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister said that Sabah has the most beautiful golf courses, making it an ideal destination for health-care tourism and wellness.
The Sabah Masters which is organised by Arus Erajaya Sdn Bhd and sanctioned by Asian Tour and Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) is expected to attract 144 professional golfers from various countries along with 25 Malaysian pros starting from 21 to 24 November 2019.
Moreover, Liew also revealed that as part of VM2020, there will be hundreds of events lined up throughout the year.
“For VM2020, Malaysia will host big events such as Asia Golf Tourism Convention (AGTC) from 31 March to 3 April 2020.
“Based on the initial figure provided by the Golf Club Managers Association Of Malaysia (GCMAM), Malaysia is projecting an arrival of 370,000 international golfers in 2020 with an estimated RM 1.1 billion income for the nation,” she added.