The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands has capped its most successful year ever, breaking revenue records in 2018 and strengthening its leading position as the luxury shopping destination in Singapore.
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The luxury mall, which enjoys an occupancy of 95.4%, rang in a record mall revenue of US$179 million last year, a 7 per cent rise against the same period in 2017 – by far its best performance since opening. In 2018, retail tenant sales at The Shoppes jumped 19 per cent to US$1,898 per square foot from the preceding year.
The Shoppes also kept its top position in tourism shopping, capping a record year to represent an estimated 25 per cent of the tax-free tourist market in Singapore. This is based on industry metrics that track tax-refunded tourist receipts.
John Postle, Senior Vice President of Retail, Marina Bay Sands, said, “2018 has been an exceptional year for the mall, as we not only achieved our highest sales revenue in history, but also solidified a leading position in tourism shopping. This is so rewarding, given the competitive retail landscape and growth of online shopping.”
The performance is also the result of an ongoing retail remix strategy that started in 2012, which saw the mall double its footprint with luxury brands in the form of duplexes, as well as expansion into luxury childrenswear.
This strategy, coupled with attractive programming such as late-night shopping, in-store exclusives, and one of the most generous loyalty programmes in Singapore, has resulted in 120,000 shoppers walking through the doors of the mall daily. This includes locals as well as its biggest tourism markets of China, Indonesia and Japan.
Jan Moller, Country Managing Director, Singapore & APAC Sales, Global Blue, said, “As one of Asia’s leading shopping destinations, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands continues to outperform other luxury malls in Singapore to own the greatest share of inbound tourist spend in the luxury sector in 2018.”