Malaysia and in particular Kuala Lumpur is gaining popularity from travellers in search of a great bargain, from dedicated shopping holidays to a quick run through on a stopover, travellers from around the world are dropping a few dollars cruising the city.
In order to further promote shopping and tourism, Tourism Malaysia, the national Ministry of Tourism, as well as retail industry partners , are once again ready to launch the Year End Sale celebration.
Better known as YES, the sales have been running annually for the last nine years, and this year some 350 retailers will be participating by offering special discounts and promotions on both goods and services.
Soft launching on Tuesday the 17th, shopping malls and shops around the city will be gearing up to launch their promotions in the next few days.
Shopping revenue, and its share of traveller expenditure continues to grow for Malaysia, in 2008 shopping was the second biggest sector of foreign traveller expenditure after accommodation, adding some MYR13.3 billion into the economy, or 26.8% of all foreign traveller transactions.
During the YES 2008 period, international MasterCard holders alone spent MYR147.24 million on their credit cards.
Bukit Bintang in the city is well known for its mad mix of shops, but outside the city there are spots to discover which may very well secure travellers a better bargain.
For example Central Markets are the perfect stop for souvenirs and local knick-knacks with very cheap prices, but some goods of questionable quality. Remember to bargain here, as prices have been padded a little just for that reason.If haggling is not your thing, Mid Valley Megamall and its adjoining centre The Gardens Mall, is where the locals shop. With a good mix of local and international brands you’ll find stores like Vincci next to global chains like Zara as well as upmarket brands like Calvin Klein.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X