SUNWAY GROUP WINS PRIME MINISTER’S AWARD AT MALAYSIA TOURISM AWARDS
Sunway Putra Mall bags Best Shopping Centre award
Sunway City, 28 February 2018 ~ Sunway Group was acknowledged for its sterling contributions to the nation’s tourism industry last night, bagging two highly coveted awards and three nominations at the prestigious Malaysia Tourism Awards 2016/2017.
Sunway Group received the Prime Minister’s Award (organisation), handpicked by YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Abdul Razak, for its immense contributions to the country’s tourism industry. In the Best Shopping Centre category, Sunway dominated the awards with Sunway Putra Mall bagging the honour of being the Best Shopping Centre (Integrated Shopping Centre), while Sunway Velocity Mall and Sunway Pyramid were both shortlisted in that same category.
Over the last 43 years, guided by the vision and foresight of Sunway Group’s founder and chairman Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah AO, the Group has developed integrated cities and developments spanning over 5,000 acres, that are value-creating tourist destinations.
Collectively, Sunway Group’s internationally acclaimed sustainable townships and developments, including Sunway City, Sunway City Ipoh, and Sunway Iskandar, attract some 45 million visits yearly. Synergistically combining world-class residential, healthcare, retail, leisure, education, hospitality and commercial developments, the transit-oriented integrated destinations encourage prolonged stays and attract tourists from high-yield niche markets, enhancing Malaysia’s competitiveness as a tourism destination.
Sunway Putra Mall, winning its maiden Tourism Malaysia award for the year 2016/2017, boasts a net lettable area of 600,000 sq ft and is part of the integrated Sunway Putra development, which consists of a five-storey retail mall, a five-star hotel, and an office tower, which Sunway REIT had acquired in 2011 and refurbished as one of the largest urban restoration projects at a cost of more than RM1bil. Reopened in 2015, Sunway Putra Mall is a unique tourist attraction for its fascinating architecture, which melds the heritage site’s structure with a novel multicolored glass façade.
Linked to the 618-room Sunway Putra Hotel, Sunway Putra Mall epitomises the sustainable value derived from tourism, having created more than 3,000 jobs, and bringing in tourism revenue from 8.4 million visits yearly. The transit-oriented Mall was also the winner of the Retail Category in the FIABCI Malaysia Property Award 2017 last year, deemed the “Oscars” of the property industry, and the prestigious KL Mayor’s Tourism Award 2017.
Collectively, this is the 6th Malaysia Tourism Award picked up by Sunway Malls. Prior to Sunway Putra Mall’s win, Sunway Pyramid has won awards in 1998, 2004, 2010/2011, 2012/2013 and 2014/2015.
In addition, The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat was shortlisted in the Best Spa (Hotel/Resort) category and also Best Hotel Services 5-Star (Resort) category for 2016/2017.
The prestigious Malaysia Tourism Awards is held once every two years and this year marks the 20th edition of the esteemed awards. The Awards recognises and honours local and international tourism industry players for outstanding and innovative products and services. It also acts as an incentive for participants to strive for the highest level of professionalism and quality in both products and services.
This edition of the awards had 14 categories and 52 sub-categories, with 665 nominations submitted for contention.