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Tourism and Culture Minister, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said the collection constituted the second biggest share of tourist expenditure after the accommodation sector.
"Today we foresee that the shopping sector has room to grow. Malaysia has many advantages, including affordability, accessibility and 365 days of experiential shopping to offer both locals and tourists alike. "Many modern and integrated neighbourhood malls have also opened around the country, bringing experiential shopping to suburban areas and developing townships," he said here today.
He said this in his speech text read by the ministry's secretary-general Datuk Dr Ong Hong Peng, in conjunction with 1Malaysia GP Sale 2015 and the 6th Malaysia International Shoe Festival 2015 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
Also present were Malaysian Footwear Manufacturers Association vice president Rachel Foo and Malaysia's international fashion icons, Prof Datuk Dr Jimmy Choo and Datuk Zang Toi.
Nazri said the ministry had identified new locations for tourists, such as Kuala Lumpur's historical enclave at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Penang's heritage zones and East Malaysia's ethnic shops. Focus would continue to be given to the mammoth shopping malls in the Klang Valley, he said.
He urged shopping mall owners to create more excitement for visitors, especially foreign tourists, by presenting and promoting the country's different festive celebrations all year round in conjunction with Malaysia Year of Festivals (MyFEST 2015), aptly themed 'Endless Celebrations'.
Meanwhile, Choo received the Malaysia International Shoe Festival Highest Award of Distinction while Zang Toi received the Malaysia International Shoe Festival Tourism Special Recognition Award. The three-day festival is expected to draw more than 70,000 visitors.