KL Wellness City Aims To Drive Medical Tourism In Malaysia

KLWC is aiming to become a hub for local and international medical tourism as the first real estate development in Southeast Asia.

KL Wellness City Aims To Drive Medical Tourism In Malaysia

Vision of KL Wellness City of a 360-degree wellness hub centered on its township aims to drive medical tourism in Malaysia.

Following the opening of borders in April last year, the medical tourism industry has generated RM726 million in revenue as of Q3 2022 and is on track to meet its RM1 billion target for 2022. In 2025, the sector is expected to generate RM2 billion in annual revenue.

In line with these projections, the purpose-built township KL Wellness City (KLWC) aims to drive medical tourism in Malaysia through its vision of a 360-degree wellness hub centered around its township, which encompasses all aspects of medical care, health, wellness, fitness, and business, complete with residential, retail, and commercial offerings.

“The Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council’s Healthcare Travel Industry Blueprint 2021–2025 has identified that “step down, rehab, and wellness development for health care travel” is one of the critical touchpoints that require key improvements,” said Dr. Colin Lee, managing director of KL Wellness City.

“KLWC is a city centred on health care and wellness living. KLWC is aiming to become a hub for local and international medical tourism as the first real estate development in Southeast Asia to pioneer a comprehensive ecosystem of health care and wellness-centric living.

“KLWC will position Malaysia as the ideal location in Southeast Asia for tourists and local visitors to travel and visit, in addition to indulging in an environment of the best health care and wellness facilities designed for better living.”

KL Wellness City, spread across 26.49 acres, is a complete health care travel ecosystem anchored by the Nobel Healthcare Park, the International Tertiary Hospital, 379 medical specialist suites, retirement resorts for independent and assisted living, a health care mall, residential units, commercial shop lots offering health and fitness-centric retail, as well as food and beverage outlets, and a Multimed.

The Nobel Healthcare Park, which consists of medical, business, wellness, and retail suites, is located in the heart of Bukit Jalil and has a fully connected ecosystem of specialists and ancillary medical services interlinked with the adjacent International Hospital @ KL Wellness City, which has been approved as a tertiary hospital with 624 beds and scalable to 1,000-bed capacity.

“Malaysia has been receiving medical tourists from various countries, including Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, and China, for its affordable and good health care.

“In terms of medical tourism, the wellness suites cater for patients who are in step-down care—those who have been discharged from the hospital but are still recovering and may require assistance such as daily physiotherapy or rehabilitation.”

“The suites also cater to medical tourists’ families, who require accommodation closer to the patients as well as various medical professionals, amenities, and facilities when needed, particularly the International Tertiary Hospital,” Dr. Lee explained.

He also stated that the International Tertiary Hospital aims to be the most modern and well-equipped hospital in the region in areas such as cardiology, spine health, neuro health, sports medicine, cosmetic surgery, and fertility, with research and development (R&D) laboratories and clinical study facilities equipped with cutting-edge technology.

“Malaysia has a history of being one of the best locations for medical tourism, and the Nobel Healthcare Park is more than just its services; it is part of the KLWC ecosystem that covers all aspects of health care, including acute medical care, emergency care, wellness, and fitness, as well as cultivating a health-centric lifestyle for its residents and medical professionals.”

“There has been a need to live healthily among people since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.” KLWC was designed with the idea of healthy living in mind.

“As the first-of-its-kind medical and wellness hub, the Nobel Healthcare Park is set to reinvent the way medical professionals operate and manage their practises, as well as the way people live and reside, incorporating a sense of longevity and wellness into their everyday lives.”

“Through KLWC, we share the ambition of making Malaysia the undisputed destination for medical tourism, as well as setting a new standard for hospitality, living, and medical care,” Lee concluded.