Tourism and shopping are two separate but complementary activities for tourists, especially when a country offers unique elements not found elsewhere. It is this aspect that the Malaysian government continues to develop in boosting its tourism. In terms of supply of goods, Kuala Lumpur seems comparable with Singapore. Outlets and boutiques selling goods of international brands can be found around Petronas Twin Towers, like KLCC Suriah, and in Bukit Bintan, which is as brightly lit as Singapore’s Orchard Road.
Thanks to its contribution to Malaysia’s economy, the promotion of shopping tourism has been intensified from one year to the next through innovation and new packaging. To bolster shopping tourism, the Malaysian government is organizing an end of year sale, previously called the Malaysia Year-End Sale but now called Malaysia Savings Sale 2008. This 38-day event is being held nationwide from Nov. 29, 2008 to Jan. 4, 2009.
“Malaysia must find innovative and fresh ways to make this country more attractive to foreign tourists,” said Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Seri Najib Tun Raza
So, why wait? Just get your passport and money ready, and enjoy the shopping! (Burhan Abe)
The Jakarta Post, November 19, 2008