Monday, April 09, 2007

Give Free Space to Luxury Brands in Langkawi

The Tourism Ministry has called on the authorities in Langkawi to provide free trading space for brand owners to market their items.

Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said they could waive rental for at least three years to entice brand owners to open outlets in this duty-free island.

“The unoccupied buildings in Langkawi could be used as outlets for branded clothes, leather goods, watches and other items,” he said. Tengku Adnan said the ministry wished to see brands like Chanel, Georgio Armani and Versace available here.

“When we have all these branded items, we might even go a step further to stage international fashion shows,” added the minister, who was here for the launch of the National Water Festival.

In conjunction with the three-day event which ended yesterday, 59 activities and competitions were held at Pantai Cenang which attracted 50,000 visitors.

Among them were the simbah kuyup (soaking wet) zone where visitors were splashed with water and a sand sculpting demonstration by professional sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik from India.

Adnan sportingly walked through the simbah kuyup zone and also helped put the finishing touches to Sudarsan’s sand sculpture which depicted Mother Earth and the Petronas Twin Towers.

Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board secretary-general Datuk Dr Victor Wee Eng Lye said about RM2mil was spent to host the three-day event.

“Everything went well. The presence of governors from southern Thailand is a good sign. It reflects the spirit of cooperation between the two countries.”

Source : STAR
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