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Kuala Lumpur named among least expensive cities

Kuala Lumpur named among least expensive cities

Auckland, July 1 2013 – Kuala Lumpur has been named by TripAdvisor as among the least expensive cities offering an affordable night out for travellers.

TripAdvisor said a night out in Kuala Lumpur would cost the equivalent of $252.15 (RM607.30), based on the combined costs for two for a one night stay in a four-star hotel in the city, cocktails, a two-course dinner with a bottle of wine, and round-trip taxi transportation (two miles each way).

Rates in 48 cities around the world were measured in TripAdvisor’s TripIndex Cities survey with costs tracked against the US dollar.

London was named the most expensive city with a cost of NZ$671.78 (RM1,618), and in the survey’s Fun Facts section, TripAdvisor also reported visitors to Kuala Lumpur could travel 20 times further in a taxi than they could for the same cost in a cab in London.

Tourism Malaysia’s New Zealand Director, Zalina Ahmad, welcomes the survey results, saying the finding is a ‘feather in the cap’ for Malaysia, which had always believed daily costs for visitors are amongst the most affordable.

“The good news from TripAdvisor follows a CNN survey which names Kuala Lumpur as the fourth best shopping destination,” Ms Ahmad says. “Both accolades are good timing as we launch our special Visit Malaysia Year 2014 campaign which will see a range value for money packages available to Kiwi holidaymakers.”

Malaysia aims to attract 86,000 visitors from New Zealanders next year, an increase of nearly 20 per cent on current arrivals.

For information about visiting Malaysia go to www.tourismmalaysia.gov.my

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