Thursday, January 17, 2013

Lonely Planet Concept Store in KLIA, Malaysia

Malaysia Lonely Planet Concept Store

The one and only Lonely Planet Concept Store in KLIA, Malaysia was officially opened on the 15th of January 2013 and this is also the first store in Asia after Manchester in the United Kingdom and Sydney in Australia.

The travel store is also located in the satellite building at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport for international departures.

Lonely Planet Concept Store in Malaysia

Catering to the fast-growing trend of world travel, the airport here was selected as the main store in Southeast Asia due to the increasing number of travelers that are coming into Malaysia or transiting here.

If you have visited the Lonely Planet store in Australia, then you’ll be pleased to see our other branches when you travel.

If you’re planning to fly into Malaysia and are staying at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur, take some time to visit our local Malaysian branch. We hope you’ll feel right at home!

Malaysia Lonely Planet Concept Store
Range of Lonely Planet guide books at the LP Travel Store

Travelers will also be spoiled for choices with official merchandise from Lonely Planet sold here. A full complete range of books, magazines, and travel accessories are sold readily while there are even travel apparels available.

Among the books sold, travelers can check out the new publishing initiatives like a children's series 'Not-For-Parents' and their recently released Food Travel Titles from around the globe.

Below are various pictures were taken around the Lonely Planet Travel Store on the official opening day. Click on the pictures to see a larger image. 

Malaysia LP Store
 Travel accessories
 Lonely Planet Shop KLIA
 Apparels and other travel items
 Malaysia Lonely Planet Shop
 Lonely Planet books on display at the store

Best in Travel Lonely Planet Book
 Best in Travel Book for 2013 by Lonely Planet

Launching of the Lonely Planet Concept Store Malaysia
Trying out the live customer service application with the UK and Australia

Another unique feature that is a first of its kind here is that the Lonely Planet Store features a unique customer service application on an Apple iPad where staff can interact with other stores worldwide via video Skype to gather travel information.

This would hand for those passengers traveling to the UK or Australia where you could easily ask the stores there about the weather and so on.

Lonely Planet Outlet Malaysia KLIA
Entrance to the LP Concept Store here at KLIA

The Lonely Planet Concept Store also is a first of its kind to share the retail space with another iconic brand - Billabong in this dual concept store.

Come April 2013, Lonely Planet will also be launching a range of branded travel accessories that will be featured in their stores making it easier for travelers to purchase them.

This project is also brought together by LS Travel Asia Pacific, a specialized travel retail company that operates more than 110 retail outlets across the Asia Pacific.

Lonely Planet Concept Store Malaysia Official Opening
The official ribbon cutting at the Lonely Planet Concept Store in KLIA

The official opening was officiated by the COO of LS Travel Retail ASPAC, Emmanuel de Place, Senior General Manager Commercial Services of Malaysia Airports, Puan Faziah Khairuddin and French Ambassador to Malaysia, H.E. Madame Martine Dorance with speeches and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

In conjunction with this opening, there were also two more store openings on the same day here at KLIA. The Billabong Retail store and also the Longchamp Retail store which is all under the LS Travel Retail brand.

Final Thoughts on the Lonely Planet Concept Store in KLIA Malaysia

The international airport here is also currently having the Indulge and Win Contest where shoppers stand to win RM1 Million shopping spree for travelers who purchase from the many KLIA Duty-Free Shops.

The next time you visit the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on transit or flying off somewhere, do hop over to the satellite building and check out the Lonely Planet Concept Store in KLIA, Malaysia.

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