Make Kuala Lumpur a great place to shop – that's the advice from Tourism Minister Datuk Dr Leo Michael Toyad.
He said there is a need to create an atmosphere of good shopping in the capital.
Tourism Minister Datuk Dr Leo Michael Toyad said research by MasterCard International showed that KL still lacked such an atmosphere, which would take about two to three years to create.
“We have to develop the atmosphere of good shopping and good bargaining practices. It is important to give tourists and shoppers an experience that they will come back for,” he said at a press conference to announce the Malaysia Mega Sales Carnival 2005.
Dr Toyad said being “inexpensive” and offering “value for money” are important factors in attracting tourists to shop in KLwhen tourists could opt for cheaper destinations, like China. .
“Shopping is a favourite activity for tourists and organising the mega sales carnival is one way to draw them here,” he said.
On average, tourists from the Middle East spent over RM5,500 per person per visit. East Asians spent an average of RM2,650, and visitors from Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Brunei RM1,770.
Dr Toyad said while the Middle East and South African markets are growing markets, the Asean market remained important for Malaysia.
In 2003, there were 5.9 million Singaporean visitors who made up over 55% of total tourist arrivals. Together, they spent RM11bil, or about 52% of total tourist spending in Malaysia.
Since 2000, tourist arrivals from Singapore had grown by about 12% per year. Last year, there were 9.5 million visitors from Singapore.
The mid-2005 research was based on 60 interviews conducted with 45 foreign visitors and 15 Malaysians at five different shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur – Suria KLCC, Bukit Bintang Plaza, Low Yat Plaza, Sungei Wang Plaza and Lot 10.
Dr Toyad said Mega Sales 2005 would begin from July 23 and ends on Sept 4, with the launch held at Ikano Power Centre. There would be a street party and other fun-filled activities and programmes for tourists and shoppers.
For more information on the mega sales carnival, visit http://www.malaysiamydestination.com.