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Hanwha and Doosan Withdraw from Duty-free Business Due to Low Profitability

Hanwha and Doosan Withdraw from Duty-free Business Due to Low Profitability

SEOUL, Oct. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — Duty-free shops are shutting down as sales have plunged. Doosan Corp., the holding company of South Korean conglomerate Doosan Group, announced on Tuesday that it will shut down its duty-free shops located in Seoul’s Doosan Tower. This is the second time a duty-free store decided to withdraw from business [...]

In-flight Duty-free Sales Rise Despite Opening of Airport Duty-free Stores

In-flight Duty-free Sales Rise Despite Opening of Airport Duty-free Stores

SEJONG, Oct. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — In-flight duty-free sales rose between June and September this year, data showed Sunday, defying market expectations that they may decline after the opening of on-arrival duty-free shops. South Korea’s first on-arrival duty-free stores opened at Incheon International Airport in late May in a bid to reduce discomfort experienced by [...]

Lotte, Shilla Bid for Airport Duty-free in Singapore

Lotte, Shilla Bid for Airport Duty-free in Singapore

SEOUL, Aug. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s two leading duty-free operators have bid for the right to sell cigarette and liquor products at Singapore’s Changi Airport, an industry tracker said Tuesday. No. 1 Lotte Duty Free and second-largest Shilla Duty Free submitted their bids to operate tobacco and liquor concessions at Changi’s four terminals [...]

Duty-free Sales from Japanese Visitors Up Despite Military Tension

Duty-free Sales from Japanese Visitors Up Despite Military Tension

SEOUL, Jan. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean duty-free stores saw their sales from Japanese consumers rise sharply on-year in January despite the on-going military tension between the two countries, apparently on the back of the strong Japanese yen, industry sources said Sunday. Sales from Japanese consumers at a Lotte Duty Free shop in Seoul’s [...]

Survey of Tourists’ Top Buys in Airport Duty Free Shops

Survey of Tourists’ Top Buys in Airport Duty Free Shops

SEOUL, May 24 (Korea Bizwire) — Red ginseng was the most popular product among Chinese shoppers at Korea’s airport duty-free shops, according to a survey by Shinsegae Duty Free’s Incheon Airport branch. In addition, Japanese visitors favored dried laver products, while Southeast Asian tourists said they liked “Honey Butter Almond” products the most. According to [...]

Bidding Begins for Duty-Free Licenses at Incheon Airport

Bidding Begins for Duty-Free Licenses at Incheon Airport

SEOUL, April 13 (Korea Bizwire) – The operator of Incheon International Airport put up a notice of tender for the licenses to run duty-free shops at South Korea’s main gateway on Friday, it said, after retail giant Lotte decided to pull out following a plunge in the number of Chinese tourists. The business rights will be valid for five years, with the launch of [...]

South Korean Businesses Cautiously Optimistic Over Expectations China Relations Will Improve

South Korean Businesses Cautiously Optimistic Over Expectations China Relations Will Improve

SEOUL, Oct. 27 (Korea Bizwire) – Speculation that the recently held 19th National Congress of China’s Communist Party would lead to a gradual easing of tensions between China and South Korea is building hope among local tourism and duty-free businesses. The relationship between the two neighboring countries turned icy after the installation of U.S. missile [...]