Mitsui Fudosan evaluating outlet park in Thailand
Japan’s largest factory outlet operator is considering opening a similar park in Thailand.
The firm, Mitsui Fudosan Retail Management, is the developer of Mitsui Outlet Park, which attracts increasing numbers of Thai visitors each year. 120,000 Thai nationals are expected to visit the park this year, compared to 80,000 last year and 60,000 in 2016.
Kazuo Iida, the GM for the firm’s tourism sales promotion department, said, “We’re interested in opening the Mitsui Outlet Park in Thailand, but the plan is just in the consideration process.
“The number of Thais who visit Mitsui Outlet Park ranks fourth after China, Hong Kong and Taiwan,” he explained. “The number of Thais who visit Mitsui Outlet Park will outpace Taiwanese visitors for third place in the near future.”
With the outlet park set to open a third-stage expansion at the end of October, it is moving towards becoming the outlet mall with the most stores in Japan, according to Iida.
The group operates 13 outlet malls in Japan and two branches in Taiwan and Malaysia (pictured).