Shopping enthusiasts, get ready! Malaysia’s biggest shopping extravaganza –– the annual 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival –– is back. For bargain hunters, there is simply no better time to head over to Malaysia to make the most of more than two months of great shopping from 27 June to 31 August 2015 right across the country.
Malaysia has been described as one of the best shopping destinations in the world right now, and for good reason, with amazing specials and bargains on offer at shopping malls and stores everywhere. But that’s not all, with most malls offering a host of attractions – from dining, entertainment and recreation to indoor sports and leisurely pursuits for the entire family.
Ranked by CNN as one of the world’s top shopping cities, Kuala Lumpur is a shop-aholic’s paradise during the Mid-Year Shopping Carnival. One of KL’s most popular shopping malls in the city’s Golden Triangle (read retail heaven), Fahrenheit88 is great for local fashion and sports goods. It’s mid year “SALE-BRATE” event is its premier annual sale, where shoppers can register to receive a FREE Tourist Privilege Card offering exclusive discounts and privileges at over 50 participating retailers.
For those who prefer international brands, don’t miss a chance to visit Pavilion KL for amazing offers and discounts on luxury goods from Italy, UK, US and France. Again, tourists can register for a shopping privileges card delivering privileges, special offers, discounts, gifts and more at over 250 participating stores.
Known as the food capital of Malaysia, Penang is also full of great bargains during the sale season. If you are a foodie, make sure you arrive with an empty stomach and an empty suitcase!
The Komplex Bukit Jambul Mall in downtown Penang is home to lots of mass market brands including H&M. The 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival Lucky Draw is on from 1 July to 23 August where visitors stand a chance to walk away with fabulous prizes worth up to RM20,000 (AUD$7088). The grand prize is 3days/2nights stay at Club Med Cherating plus there are other fantastic prizes to be won too. What are you waiting for? It’s time to get lucky!
Celebrating its second anniversary this month, Gurney Paragon Mall, Penang’s premier shopping mall, is theplace to head for a luxe retail fix. During the 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival, shoppers who spend a minimum of RM300 (AUD$106) have an opportunity to win weekly prizes including holidays to a variety of amazing destinations like Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. Sometimes one holiday is just not enough!
If you are planning a sunny beach holiday but don’t want to miss out on the sales, Sabah is the place to be. At Centrepoint in the State’s capital, Kota Kinabalu, is a great place to start. With a wide range of good on offer including electronics, fashion and sporting goods, supplemented with some great entertainment like the Mitsubishi Roadshow, you might end up spending more time in the Centre than at the beach.
Adding to the excitement, is the #beautifulMalaysia Online Contest, which is running for over 12 weeks from 15 June to 20 September. The contest is open to participants worldwide. All you need to do is submit photos that best encapsulate the beauty of Malaysia in four categories – namely its destinations, its festivals, its food and of course, its shopping, upload them to Instagram using the hashtag #beautifulMalaysia or directly onto the contest campaign website (www.tourism.gov.my/
One grand prize and three consolation prizes are up for grabs each week. Grand prizes include a GoPro Hero 4, iPad Air 2, Canon EOS 100D and OPPO Find 5. Winning photos will be featured on postcards at the end of the campaign. These postcards, together with other specially designed postcards bearing the theme Beautiful Malaysia, will be placed at selected airports in the country.
With this much on offer, Malaysia is definitely the place where shopping enthusiasts can escape the winter chill this July and August. Don’t forget to bring an empty suitcase, a camera and a sense of adventure, as you will be sure to have the trip of a lifetime!
· Malaysia’s tourist arrivals for 2014 reached 27.4 million, an increase of 6.7% compared to 25.7 million tourists in 2013.
· Tourist receipts for 2014 were RM72 billion, an increase of 10% compared to RM65.4 billion in 2013.
· In 2014, tourists spent RM21.6 billion on shopping in Malaysia, an increase of 9.3% compared to RM19.8 billion in 2013.
· The retail sector constituted 30% of the total tourist expenditure in 2014 against 30.2% in 2013.
· Shopping expenditure continues to hold the second biggest share of tourist expenditure after accommodation.
· MyFest 2015 is expected to help Malaysia achieve the targeted 29.4 million tourist arrivals and RM89 billion in tourist receipts for 2015. These figures will help achieve the target of 36 million tourist arrivals with RM168 billion in tourist receipts by 2020 under the Malaysia Tourism Transformation Plan.