Singapore tour operators keen to tap Johor outlet mall

SEVERAL Singapore-based coach tour operators are attempting to cash in on the anticipated flood of Singaporean bargain hunters headed for the Johor Premium Outlets shopping mall, which opened on December 3.

The outlet shopping mall, situated about an hour’s drive from Singapore and three hours from Kuala Lumpur, is a joint venture between Malaysia’s Genting Group and New York-listed Simon Property Group.

Lotus Ooi, general manager, Konsortium Express & Tours told TTG Asia e-Daily that her company was now offering visits to the mall as part of their existing coach tours to Johor Bahru and Malacca.

When asked if visits to the mall warranted standalone tours, Ooi said: “We will gauge response levels first before making any decision.”

Five Stars Tours is another coach tour operator that has included visits to the mall in existing itineraries. According to Five Stars’ assistant marketing manager, Joyce Tan, the company has chalked up bookings right up till January next year.

A spokesperson for Transtar Travel also indicated that the firm was considering adding Johor Premium Outlets to their regular Desaru programme.

In order to capitalise on the projected robust traffic, Genting-owned Resorts World Sentosa is offering Stay and Shop packages through supporting travel experts. The packages include an overnight stay at Resorts World Sentosa and transfers to Johor Premium Outlets.

A Cruise and Shop package, in conjunction with Star Cruises, is also available.

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