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Great Singapore Shopping Challenge 2005

Source: www.sra.org.sg

THE SEARCH FOR THE GREATEST BARGAIN-HUNTERS AT THE UPCOMING GREAT SINGAPORE SALE HAS STARTED

Are you game enough to participate in the ultimate shopping challenge of the year?

The search for the greatest bargain-hunters at the upcoming Great Singapore Sale (GSS) kicks off with an invitation to all shoppers to take up the challenge to participate in the Great Singapore Shopping Challenge 2005 – the main event highlight of GSS 2005 (27 May to 24 July).
First held last year as a special event to highlight the incredible savings that can be achieved at GSS, the Shopping Challenge is a quest to search for the ultimate bargain-hunters during the ultimate shopping season of the year!
In the ultimate shopping challenge, teams of shoppers will be put to the test and sent on a mad rush for the best bargains, and the savviest local and tourist teams that ultimately garner the most savings will walk away with the Singapore and international team championships and grand prize of $6,000 worth of shopping vouchers each!
Unlike last year’s Challenge which was just one afternoon’s affair, this year’s Challenge will be bigger and better as it will comprise a series of races which will culminate in a Grand Final with separate categories for locals and tourists. In total, it will involve more local and foreign participants, and cover a much longer period of GSS.
Instead of just one race, local participants will compete in a series of 5 preliminary races that will take place at 5 different malls – Centrepoint, Wisma Atria, Millenia Walk, HarbourFront Centre and Paragon - over the first 4 weekends of GSS. The winner of each race in the Singapore category will face-off against each other for the Singapore team championship and grand prize in the Grand Final, which will flag off at Millenia Walk on 25 June – the last Saturday of the local school holidays.
The call for participation for the Singapore category has started, and all local shoppers need to do is charge $20 to their MasterCard card at any of the five participating malls between 22 April and 22 May for a chance to participate in the Shopping Challenge. Five lucky shoppers will be picked from each participating mall, and each shopper will have to form a team of three to compete in the preliminary rounds for a place in the Grand Final.
What’s new this year is the introduction of a separate category for foreign participants who will be flying in from different countries to participate in the shopping frenzy and compete against each other in the Shopping Challenge Grand Final for the international team championship and grand prize of $6,000 worth of shopping vouchers as well. In the Grand Final, the teams will have to race in not just one, but all five malls to grab the best bargains!
“The Committee’s decision to expand the scale of the Challenge was the result of the high level of excitement among the local and foreign teams that participated last year, the strong interest from the foreign media who came to cover the event, and the readiness of the malls to participate again this year,” said Dato’ Dr Jannie Tay, President of the Singapore Retailers Association. “So once again, the Singapore Retailers Association is pleased to support the Challenge because in many ways, it encapsulates what the Great Singapore Sale is all about – the bargains, the fun, the excitement and the rewards!”
At the invitation of the Singapore Retailers Association, The Association of Shopping Centres (Singapore) is organising the Great Singapore Shopping Challenge for the second year running, in conjunction with the Great Singapore Sale.
“At the first Great Singapore Shopping Challenge in 2004, many smart shoppers rose to the occasion and made very good purchases, proving themselves worthy participants,” said Mr Anthony Yip, Vice President of The Association of Shopping Centres (Singapore). “This year’s Challenge, which spans a longer period of time, will also see more foreign teams competing for the coveted title and top prize, and hopefully, word of their exploits in our shopping paradise will be brought back to their home countries.”
This year’s Challenge will bring together a total of eight tourist teams from eight countries in the Asia Pacific region, namely Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, China, India, Taiwan and Australia. This is an increase from six tourist teams last year.
Ms Sulian Tan-Wijaya, Director, Tourism Shopping, Singapore Tourism Board, said, “We are thrilled that the Great Singapore Shopping Challenge, Singapore’s search for the ultimate bargain-hunters, is back again. This exciting Challenge aptly encapsulates the fantastic value and fun the Great Singapore Sale offers. Such a national Shopping Challenge involving local and international participants will definitely add a lot of vibrancy and fun to our shopping scene during the Great Singapore Sale. We invite all shoppers to take up the challenge and join us for a great Sale-a-bration!”
Each team will be given shopping money in the form of a pre-paid card from MasterCard, the presenter of the Great Singapore Shopping Challenge 2005, to purchase items from specific product categories. The purchases will be theirs to keep. What’s more, the local and tourist teams that garner the most dollar savings will be rewarded with $6,000 worth of shopping vouchers in the Grand Final.
“In our capacity as the presenter of the Shopping Challenge and the official card of the Great Singapore Sale, we are committed to helping teams compete more efficiently by providing them with MasterCard pre-paid cards to pay in the fastest and most convenient way, so nothing stands in between the teams and the best deals,” said Mr T.V. Seshadri, Vice President & Country Manager, Singapore and Regional Account Leader, South East Asia, MasterCard International.
The Great Singapore Shopping Challenge promises to spice up the upcoming Great Singapore Sale by putting the bargain-hunting prowess of shoppers to the test. Are you game enough to take up the Challenge?

Source: Singapore Retailers Association

 

 

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