Sepang, 28 August 2012– Iconic United Kingdom specialist news, travel convenience and bookseller, WHSmith, has spread its wings to South-East Asia with the opening of its first store in the region at KL International Airport (KLIA) today.


Working in partnership with local news and convenience retailer Bison Stores, WHSmith in KLIA offers customers a wide selection of books as well as a large range of magazines, stationery, travel accessories and convenience products.


WHSmith at KLIA was officially opened by Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir in the presence of British High Commissioner to Malaysia, H. E. Simon Featherstone CMG.  Also present were Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports and Louis de Bourgoing, Director of International Business, WHSmith.


In welcoming WHSmith to KLIA, Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports, said “We are absolutely thrilled  that  WHSmith  has chosen KLIA as the location to open its first store in the South-East Asia region.


WHSmith’s expertise in operating in fast paced travel environments with a truly unique integrated product offering means international passengers travelling through KLIA will be catered for superbly. This is also one of Malaysia Airports’ efforts to continuously enhance passengers’ experience when using KLIA. ”


Apart from KLIA, WHSmith will also be opening two additional stores at Langkawi International Airport in September.


Louis de Bourgoing, Director of International Business, WHSmith, said: “Travelling presents a great opportunity to read books and magazines and we are delighted to be bringing WHSmith's extensive product range to new customers at KL International Airport”


Dang Tai Luk, Managing Director of Bison Stores, said: ‘ Bison Stores is proud to be a partner in bringing WHSmith, a world class brand and worldwide expert in news, books and convenience to travellers in this region’.