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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Asian shopping mall operators meet to tackle issues

ASIA'S shopping complex operators will meet on October 29 to discuss current and future shopping trends and find ways on how to tackle the various challenges.

Malaysian Association for Shopping and Highrise Complex Management president Joyce Yap said among issues facing mall operators include rising inflation, dwindling tourist arrivals, rising costs, poor sales, staff-pinching and intense competition among Asia's shopping complex operators.

"Malaysia's 200,000 shopping tenants, for example, are not sure about the impact of the recent political uncertainty which could lead to a drop in tourist arrivals and shopping activities.

"We will get a clearer picture once the Mega Sales, which started on July 5 ends on September 5," Yap told Business Times in Kuala Lumpur yesterday after a preview of the upcoming conference.

Organised by the Council of Asian Shopping Centres, the three-day conference, which will be held at One World Hotel, Petaling Jaya, will be launched by Tourism Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Abdul Rahman.

Council members include the shopping centre associations of Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China and the Philippines.

During the conference, working papers will also be delivered by speakers like Limkokwing University of Creative Technology founder Tan Sri Dr Lim Kok Wing, AirAsia group chief executive Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes and Metro Kajang Group managing director Datuk Eddy Chen.

By New Straits Time (by Zaidi Isham Ismail)

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