Kuala Lumpur is one of the fastest growing cities in Southeast Asia. With glistening buildings and beautiful urban spaces throughout its many streets and corridors, Kuala Lumpur has something unique to offer every visitor. As one of the most powerful economies in Southeast Asia, the city's corporate sector includes headquarters for multinational firms operating in finance, insurance, real estate, global trade, transport, utilities, and business services.
All of this points to Kuala Lumpur operating a powerful service sector and being home to a thriving tourism industry. In fact, Kuala Lumpur holds the distinction of being the sixth most visited city in the world – it hosts almost 9 million individual tourists every year.
While many visitors to this fascinating city come for business purposes, there are also many attractive tourist destinations within the city's boundaries. The PETRONAS Twin Tower – one of the tallest buildings in the world, is a definite tourist draw, especially as it is the only building of its type with a connected skybridge linking the two towers in a giant "H" shape.
Other important draws include the Bukit Bintang shopping district, Merdeka Square, and the Islamic Arts Museum. Additionally, annual cultural festivals like the Thaipusam Procession observed each January or February are important tourist draws for the metropolis.
Fortunately, Kuala Lumpur's temperature remains generally constant throughout the year – there is not much of a difference between visiting in winter or in summer – although monsoon season stretches from October to March, so be aware of storm warnings and near-constant rain during this period.