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Shop ‘Til You Drop At Penang’s Design Village!

December 6, 2016 Destination ASEAN No Comments Email Email

They say that if you’re in Malaysia, you can literally shop till you drop. And that is certainly now true in Penang, with the recent opening of the spectacular Design Village Penang on 24 November, well ahead of its original scheduled Christmas launch.

The northern state’s first premium outlet mall, the massive 10.1-hectare semi-open air Design Village is strategically located near the landing point of the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge (Penang’s second bridge) at Batu Kawan.

Built by PE Land (Penang), it features over 150 shops including a comprehensive mix of international luxury fashion labels, premium and high street outlets, children’s and sporting brands as well as food and beverage outlets and cafés, all set within lush, tropical landscaped gardens.

According to James Ling, PE Land (Penang) managing director, this one-of-a-kind green village was completed in just two years, and forms a key component of a mixed-used development that will ultimately include a hotel, serviced apartments and high-end condominiums.

Says Ling, “We’ve introduced  a host of perks to attract shoppers to Design Garden – from over 2,500 parking bays and plenty of tranquil rest and children’s play areas, to safety wrist bands for young shoppers and free regular shuttle buses from George Town’s Gurney Drive and Komtar Shopping Centres to the new outlet mall.

There is no doubt that shopping is big business for a country keen to attract tourists. Major sale campaigns like the 1Malaysia Year End Sale currently running across November and December, and the 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival from June to September, have significantly boosted tourist numbers to the country in recent years, with shopping now representing the second biggest share of tourist expenditure after accommodation, constituting 30.2% of the total tourist expenditure in 2014.

Ling is certainly confident that Design Village will be a major tourist attraction for Penang by providing visitors with “a unique experiential retail journey and attractive offerings of premium brands at discounted prices for shoppers.”

And there is certainly a ready market to tap into according to the Penang Tourism Development Committee, with recent research indicating that Penang is tipped to welcome more than 7 million in the coming year, having recorded 6.25 million tourist arrivals in 2015. Quite enough to make you want to goi shopping…

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