Hassle-free shopping for Malaysian travellers


Customers shop inside the Macy's flagship store in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, May 13, 2009. Macy's Inc., the second-biggest U.S. department-store company, said quarterly profit declined and full-year earnings may fall more than it previously thought as U.S. consumers hold down spending. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

MISSING out on a tax refund opportunity can put a dampener on any overseas shopping trip.

Global Blue, with 30 years of expertise helping travellers shop and spend overseas, has launched the solution to help global shoppers with its new Global Blue Card.

The new tax-free shopping card allows Malaysian travellers and shoppers to save up to 19% on purchases made abroad, while removing the hassle of filling out tax-free forms.

Overseas travel is part of a new lifestyle for many Malaysians, and picking up a new watch or loading up on branded handbags is as central to the travel experience for them as sightseeing or sampling the local cuisine.

Global Blue executive vice-president Arjen Kruger said, “Overseas consumption continues to rise among Malaysian tourists and there is no doubt that tax-free refunds are a major force behind this trend.

“At Global Blue, we aim to eliminate obstacles such as language barriers, lack of know-how and time wasted at the counter that limit access for so many shoppers.

“This way, we ensure the most efficient tax refund service.”

You can now register for your Global Blue Card for free via www.globalblue.com and join a group of smart shoppers who enjoy worldwide tax-free shopping.

The traditional process for collecting tax refunds requires filling out tax-free forms and long queues at the airport to submit paperwork.

The Global Blue Card streamlines the entire process into three easy steps.

When shopping at any of Global Blue’s 270,000 partner stores across 37 countries, just swipe your Global Blue Card at check-out to automatically generate your tax-free form.

Get the form stamped at the customs desk in the airport, designate the credit card details on which you want to receive the refunds on and leave it in Global Blue’s refund mailbox.

In most cases, your refund will be transferred to your credit card account within five business days upon receipt at Global Blue’s processing centre.

Global Blue Card holders will also be able to receive exclusive promotions from leading retailers.

They can get membership information from Global Blue’s official website, Weibo, Wechat and mobile apps in the near future.

Happy shopping!

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