Huge honour: Song and the mall’s manager Christine Ling with the award at the press conference in Kuching yesterday.
KUCHING: The Spring has won the Malaysia Tourism Award for being the Best Shopping Mall 2012/2013 in Sabah and Sarawak category.
Its head of leasing Andy Song said the award, given by the Tourism and Culture Ministry, was a significant milestone for the mall to strive to be better.
“Being awarded the Best Shopping Mall 2012/2013 in Sabah and Sarawak is not an easy task, especially with so many new
malls opening every year in this region.
“Therefore, we do not intend to take this (award) for granted or stop improving our facilities,” Song said at a press conference here yesterday.
Song said the mall was embarking on an upgrade and renovation exercise, including on the RM6mil food court to be relocated to the first floor and expected to be opened in May.
“The new food court will be better lit,” he said.
Song also revealed that three new international brands would be the mall’s new tenants come June, September and November.
He said the tourism award was presented at a gala dinner attended by Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on Feb 20.
He added that the criteria for the best mall category was evaluated, among others, on the number of tourism related events and promotions at the mall.
“For example we have been organising the Live Active Run and this year would be our third.
“Many visitors from outside the state came just to participate in the run. In a way it contributed to the tourism industry of Sarawak,” said Song.