CNA

TAIPEI–A wellness facility boasting three-in-one services �X health management, cosmetic medicine and hot spring spa �X opened in Taipei Saturday.

The Taipei Wellness Center and Resort, funded by the Taipei City government and co-operated by Beitou Health Management Hospital and the Hotel Royal Group, is the first in Taiwan to combine medicine and travel, making it a major medical tourism milestone.

The facility, which took four years to build, offers diversified services including physical checkups, health management, cosmetic medicine and hotel accommodation with hot spring baths.

Lin Chi-hung, head of Taipei’s Department of Health, said the new model is an important test for Taipei and Taiwan’s ambition to develop medical tourism.

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin said Taiwan’s medical standards, especially for full physicals, are well-known around the world, and foreign visitor arrivals are increasing by 1 million every year.

The combination of tourism and medicine will provide a positive boost to the economy, and the medical and tourism sector, Hau said.

Winston Shen, chief executive officer of the Hotel Royal Group, said the hotel will offer complementary services such as advice on physical fitness and sleeping problems.

��This is a hotel whose services are health-oriented,�� Shen said, estimating the hotel’s annual revenues at NT$200 million (US$6.34 million).