Wellness & Medi-Travel

Wellness retreats in Bali are the largest draw card for incoming travelers

Indonesia is not a Medi-Traveler destination, but a Wellness-Traveler destination. In fact, as of 2017 Indonesia has been named as the best spa destination in the world.

A well-established Health and Wellness tourism industry returns revenue not only from foreign Health and Wellness Travelers but also from local domestic Indonesians.

In 2006, it was estimated that there were 350,000 Indonesians who underwent medical treatment overseas with the total spending of USD$500 million. The latest 2016 estimates that there are around 600,000 Indonesians who travel overseas for medical treatment with a total spending of around USD$1.4 billion dollars (1).

Two out of three go to Malaysian hospitals and clinics. This makes Indonesia the biggest outbound global medical tourism country source.

There are very effective international hospitals to be sourced. Bali for example, the destination has long been known for its beautiful beaches, is the BIMC Hospital in Nusa Dua. The hospital is famous for its plastic surgery treatments, with primarily Australian tourists attending for cosmetic surgeries with mostly blepharoplasty, liposuction and breast enhancement, all importantly while combining surgery with vacationing.

To turn the industry into a Medical Tourism as well as Wellness Tourism country, the Siloam Hospital group plans to open more than 10 hospitals in a single year, partly to cater to domestic demand.

The government has identified four hot spots in which to begin developing medi-tourism: Bali, Jakarta, Makassar and Manado. The four areas were chosen not only because the health facilities there are already advanced but also because of existing Wellness facilities and services.

The government is as of 2016 working with travel agents and increase cooperation between hospitals, clinics and spas in streamlining Med-Traveler packages.