Wow…KL ranked No.2 for best shopping city in Asia Pacific


Wow! This is quite unexpected.I was like quite surprised just now when I first read on the news regarding this matter. According to the latest Globe Shopper Index in Asia-Pacific region where twenty five cities are assessed, Kuala Lumpur is ranked second best shopping city in Asia Pacific. This is cool! Well, at least there is a positive ranking for Malaysia after being involved in rankings for the bad stuff recently (worst taxi drivers, etc) To check out the full list of ranking and more information regarding the Globe Shopper Index, go to its website: http://www.globeshopperindex.com/.

All the cities were assessed under five categories shops; culture and climate; hotels and transport; affordability; and convenience. Kuala Lumpur achieved the second highest overall score of 65 out of 100. (this marks isn’t high either, but considered high compared to most others). Only Hong Kong scored higher 68.5 edging other cities for its safety, dependable city transport and variety of shops and brands, cementing its position as one of the leading cities in Asia in variety of categories. Shanghai was third with a 63.1 score with Beijing placed fourth at 60.7.

Singapore (60.2) and Bangkok (57.1) were ranked fifth and seventh respectively. The other big cities ranked included Sydney (58.4), Tokyo (56.4) and Seoul (54.8). Well, when I first read this allocation of points, it is hard to believe that even Tokyo gets lower marks compared to KL. And KL only needs 3.5 points or higher to defeat Hong Kong to be on top of the ranking. This is a good sign that our shopping industry had been well received globally with presence of multiple great shopping malls particularly in Bukit Bintang (means Starhill in English) and KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre where the iconic Petronas Twin Towers are) regions. That is where the Golden Triangle of KL is, where it is the place with most people at most of the time in the capital of Malaysia.

(Image above showing the most happening intersection in Bukit Bintang. Image is from http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VOEDQ5C7efg/TVUJVYebBYI/AAAAAAAAAFc/QtF7woSevas/s1600/BukitBintang.jpg)

(Image above showing Pavilion KL in Bukit Bintang which has became the new focal point for shoppers and tourists. Image above is from http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7171/6433906167_cf7168cd72_z.jpg)

“Kuala Lumpur’s specific strength is its ability to combine low prices with a good range of products in a large number of stores, including three of the world’s 10 biggest shopping malls,” the index report stated. For your information, the three shopping malls are One Utama (ranked 4th in the world), Mid Valley Megamall (ranked 8th in the world), and Sunway Pyramid (ranked 9th in the world). Another mall close to the list of top 10 is Berjaya Times Square (ranked 15th).

The great development of shopping industry in Malaysia is to boost the nation’s tourism but I think it is the locals that love to shop that helps brought KL to such a position. And it’s good to see improvement being done over the Bukit Bintang area recently (new air-conditioned pedestrian bridge, cleaner street with presence of security guards, better infrastructures and more decorations added). All that (and more is needed) would certainly helps to bring up the city’s image globally not only in shopping category but also in other aspects. It’s time to push KL to become one of the most liveable cities in the world. Well, that objective seems too far to achieve, but I think we can do it. KL has the potential.

(Certain information in this post is from trusted source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/10/28/nation/12237412&sec=nation)

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