Future of Wellness (FoW) hub held its official opening ceremony on 16-November-2019 at Kota Damansara. Present at the event were over 150 invited guests including Guest of Honour, Datuk Ahmad Shah Hussein Tambakau, Chairman of the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board who was representative of YB Datuk Mohamaddin bin Ketapi, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia, and Yang Amat Mulia Tunku Puan Sri Dato’ Seri Jawahir binti Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar.
The event which was organised to launch FoW as an urban wellness tourism destination was also attended by the founder and CEO of online tour guide marketplace, Tourplus, Mr. Rickson Goh, 13 partner service brands, celebrities and members of the media.
The highlight of the event was the signing ceremony to mark the partnership between FoW and Tourplus. Through this exclusive partnership, Tourplus will promote unique wellness experiences from FoW to in-bound travellers via its platform which includes 2,400 licensed local tour guides. Some of the curated wellness experiences include Ayurveda cooking workshops, ethnic Borneo spa and sound healing experiences. The two parties kicked off the partnership with the first of a series of familiarisation and experiential events for 20 tour guides on the same day of the launch event.
In line with its plans to create awareness internationally, FoW also unveiled a preview of an upcoming art project organised in collaboration with Taiwan Culture Foundation. Curated by “Have Fun Creative”, a company that injects contemporary creative energy into spaces, FoW will transform its lobby space into a participatory art exhibition named “YUAN”, starting 14th December 2019.
Mr. Patrick Wee, founder of FoW highlighted during the preview, “We are very excited about this collaboration as it will not only showcase the creativity of Taiwan and Malaysian artists but also help create awareness about holistic wellness and how city dwellers can live healthier and happier by slowing down and regaining balance.”
Anchored by Malaysia’s biggest sound healing centre, OhanaJo Studio and multiple award winning day spa from Borneo, Jari Jari Spa, FoW makes up 23,000 square feet of space and houses a rich collection of spa, beauty and healthcare services, all under one roof including traditional chinese medicine, aesthetics and regenerative medicine.
Chairman of the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, Datuk Ahmad Shah Hussein Tambakau commented, “With Visit Malaysia Year 2020 aiming to attract 30 million visitors, we applaud this initiative by FoW to establish itself as an urban wellness hub that integrates both traditional Malaysian and western wellness modalities. Indeed, the efforts to promote FoW as a wellness tourism destination is commendable and matches our mission to promote our rich culture and heritage to the world.”
Datuk Ahmad Shah also remarked, “I’m pleased to see our culture being promoted to the world, particularly Jari Jari Spa’s signature treatment, the Dusun Lotud Inan (Paddy Field) Massage which was passed down through the generations of the Lotud Dusun Tribe, the largest group of indigenous people in North Borneo.”
“The tourism industry currently creates employment opportunities for some 3.2 million people, making up 22.7 per cent of the total employment in the nation. With Jari Jari Spa continuously recruiting and training native Sabahans to deliver its age-old massage therapies, we are pleased to know that more jobs for native Sabahans will be created in the future.” Datuk Ahmad Shah added.
At the launch, FoW also announced they will continue its East meets West initiatives to integrate eastern and western wellness and healing modalities. Some of the innovative wellness solutions that have been created at FoW includes the combination of Borneo Jari Jari Spa massage and German Advanced Andullation therapy. There is also a collaboration between McKay Clinic and 1TCM, where combined modern and traditional health consultation and recommendations will be made after running advanced diagnostic assessments such as DNA Tests.
FoW operates from 10:00am to 11:00pm daily, and is located at Kota Damansara, across from Sunway Nexis. You can take the MRT Line to Surian MRT Station and walk across from Sunway Nexis. For more information on Future of Wellness and its services, please visit www.facebook.com/futureofwellnessasia or www.futureofwellness.asia.