The Omicron variant has definitely complicated the travel and hospitality industry – not just in Hawai’i, but around the world. An Asia-Pacific country is developing a different type of tourism with a famous American partner.
Indonesia is moving forward with medical tourism by building a new hospital on the resort island of Bali.
The country is supported by a well-known international healthcare brand: the Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic.
Many countries in Southeast Asia have strengthened their hospital capacities with the aim of serving overseas customers.
For Indonesia, the initial goal is to prevent some of its own citizens and residents from traveling to other countries for treatment.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo told reporters this week that around 2 million Indonesians travel to other countries for treatment each year, spending what the government estimates to be the equivalent of nearly $ 7 billion. .
Some of the more popular destinations for medical treatment outside the country, for those who can afford it, include Singapore, Malaysia, and Japan, as well as the United States.
Widodo was on site for the inauguration of the Bali International Hospital on Monday – it is being built in partnership with the Mayo Clinic.
The president also wants to develop a local pharmaceutical industry as part of a larger plan to improve the quality of medical care in the country.
The Bali International Hospital is expected to open in mid-2023.