Malaysia’s medical travel sector, already a much sought-after choice in the Asian region, added another feather to its cap when one of its key drivers, Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC), was honoured at the international stage for outstanding contributions to global healthcare.
MHTC Chief Executive Officer, Sherene Azli, joined the distinguished company of 50 women from all walks of life who were recognised and lauded as “Outstanding Women in Healthcare” at the World Health and Wellness Congress 2017 recently.
The Malaysian healthcare travel sector has seen tremendous growth over recent years, and Sherene’s presence in the midst of an outstanding and diverse group of women who are making a difference in global healthcare was to recognise her contributions and initiative towards driving Malaysia Healthcare to greater heights.
This win is a proud moment for the country, the healthcare travel sector, industry stakeholders and fellow Malaysians. Her achievement is even made more special in the fact that from the 50 women, she
was among only ten international recipients on stage.
“It is a privilege to receive this award. Malaysia ticks all the right boxes in providing top notch and innovative healthcare.The solid infrastructure in the end-to-end healthcare services were the extra edge needed to put us ahead. This award recognises MHTC’s work in promoting Malaysia as a preferred destination for healthcare travel and is a much-needed boost to work harder and achieve our aim of becoming number one in the world”, commented Sherene (left).
Malaysia is the holder of the “Medical Travel Destination of the Year” award for the second year running by the International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ) for its dedication to being highly competitive and affordable.
Its cutting-edge treatments that are on par with other countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and Japan, at 60 to 80 per cent of the cost, were prime considerations for the award.
Revenue from Malaysia’s healthcare travel has exceeded RM1 bil in 2016, and Malaysia Healthcare estimates one million healthcare travellers to Malaysia this year, contributing up to RM5 bil to the total gross domestic product.
Its prime market are travellers from the ASEAN region, but Malaysia Healthcare has also seen steady growth with visitors from China and India.