For Health tourism, Indonesian is the largest Market for Melaka. Until October 2008, more than 89,000 tourist from Indonesia has visited Melaka. Many Indonesian prefer Melaka for seeking medical service at various private Hospital such as Putra Specialist, Mahkota Medical and Pantai Hospital. Last year until the month of October 2008, 59,803 foreign patient come to Melaka for medical attention. From the 59,803 foreign patient, 56,828 are from Indonesia itself. The most favorite hospital for this Indonesian is Mahkota Medical Center with more than 40,000 Indonesian patient use their service until October last year.
Now Melaka is worried about the percentage of visitors from Indonesia will be decreasing because of the Indonesian government raising levies for their people to travel abroad. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the rise in travel levies from Rp1mil to Rp3mil would impact the tourism industry.
Here the excerpt of the story from the Star Online.
Rise in travel levies affecting Malacca
By CHEN PELF YEEN
MALACCA: The state is worried that the number of Indonesian tourists visiting Malacca will decline following plans by the Indonesian government to increase levies on those travelling abroad.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the rise in travel levies from Rp1mil to Rp3mil would impact the tourism industry.
“The increase will affect visitors from Indonesia. I was informed that Chinese New Year holiday reservations had decreased,” he said during the state-level Quality Day celebrations in Ayer Keroh recently.
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