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Tuesday January 3, 2012

KL Citywalk launched

KUALA LUMPUR’S latest attraction the KL CityWalk was officially launched by city mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail recently.

The first alfresco strip mall in the city, KL CityWalk is a place where heritage and history are captured through hand-picked emerging Malaysian entrepreneurs.

It is part of the beautification plan that took a decade to be realised to make Kuala Lumpur a world-class tourist destination.

The task of developing the project was awarded to Trend Matrix Enterprises Sdn Bhd.

The 500m row of shops fronting Jalan P. Ramlee and Jalan Pinang, has 54 boutique outlets. It is managed by KL CityWalk Enterprises Sdn Bhd.

Making it official: Ahmad Fuad (third from left) launching the KL City Walk in Jalan P. Ramlee with (from left) DBKL directorgeneral Datuk Salleh Yusop, Tourism Malaysia Board chairman Datuk Victor Wee and acting Tourism Malaysia director-general Datuk Azizan Nordin.

At the launch, Fuad said KL CityWalk was another tourism product for Kuala Lumpur.

He said the area used be a monsoon drain that was underused but had now been transformed.

“If we have more such places, we would not mind having the private sector enhance them because it promotes a cleaner, healthier and conducive environment.

“The 10-year wait could be related to the building specifications but we had a discussion to get it moving.

“We want more tourists to come, so we have to offer different products. At present, KLCC is the top tourist spot followed by Dataran Merdeka,” he said, adding that walkways created convenience for people to move from place to place.

When asked if there were other areas or plans similar to KL CityWalk, Fuad said there was none at the moment.

Peaceful niche: KL CityWalk is ideal for those who prefer to take a stroll.

“We have to see the feasibility as not every place can be developed in such a way,” he said.

During the event, Fuad also launched the VisitKL Tourism Centre at KL CityWalk that operates from 9am to 5.30am daily.

Trend Matrix managing director Ronnie Choong said KL CityWalk was a showcase featuring lifestyle, culture, heritage and history.

He said the strategic location in the immediate area offered an ideal place to meet and revel in the sights, sounds and taste of the city.

“About RM20mil was spent as part of this beautification project.

“In terms of security we have installed 95 closed-circuit television cameraa with pan, zoom and tilt features.

“Since our soft launch with the tenants, about 5,000 people have visited KL CityWalk, 10% of whom were spending customers. We hope this will increase to 10,000 people,” he said.

KL CityWalk is open from 7.30am to midnight.

For enquiries, call KL CityWalk hotline at 03-21706688.

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