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Monday, October 14, 2019

MAHB sets up shop to showcase local products and culture

Foreign visitors taking part in cultural activities at Himpun at KLIA.
PETALING JAYA: After successfully holding “Himpun” cultural events at two airports, Malaysia’s airports operator is looking forward to the opening of its “Sense of Malaysia” shops to showcase authentic Malaysian products.
Nazli Aziz, a senior general manager of Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, said the Himpun events at KLIA and Langkawi International Airport had been a hit with travellers, in showcasing fashion, beauty products, traditional crafts and local delicacies.
More than 30 local brands were involved at the KLIA event “so it really gives visitors, especially foreign visitors, a glimpse of what Malaysia has to offer,” he said. Cultural activities were held, such as rattan and songket weaving, tanjak-making and caklempong performances.
He said the Sense of Malaysia shops would be set up next year at KLIA, klia2, Langkawi, Penang, Kota Kinabalu, and Kuching international airports, and would offer products such as food, souvenirs and premium gifts.
“But these won’t be the type of gifts you usually see in shops, we are sourcing these gifts from local entrepreneurs whose products tell a story as this is something that tourists like, based on our research,” he said.
Nazli said as of August 2019, KLIA saw a 2.9% growth in passenger movements with 41.2 million passengers passing through the airport.
“We also expect to see higher passenger movements in our other international airports making them the perfect platform for our local entrepreneurs to flourish.”
On top of providing tourists a piece of Malaysia to take home, Nazli said the Sense of Malaysia will also support the national economic agenda to develop local entrepreneurs by providing them with a marketplace to offer their goods.
“We believe the setting up of the Sense of Malaysia stores is timely as we prepare to welcome tourists in large numbers in conjunction with Visit Malaysia 2020. - FMT

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