Duty-Free Shop

Duty-free shop DFS Group makes strong comeback to airport

Benjamin Vuchot says DFS' innovative technology will enable faster transactions at its airport outlets. Photo: Warton Li

DFS Group, which opened its first duty-free shop at the old Kai Tak airport in the 1960s, is poised for a comeback to th

Monday, 10 September, 2012, 3:47am

Tourist magnet

The tourism sector backed the decision, announced in the budget, to waive the tax on hotel accommodation. Does this enhance our image as a duty-free haven and will it bring in more visitors? Write to us.

29 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Rare bags fall under hammer for charity

Normally, we think the obsession with obtaining the latest 'it' handbag is a frivolous pursuit relevant only to bourgeois sycophants and fashion slaves. However, in this case we're giving in because it's actually for a good cause.

15 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Airport outlet offers a solution for shoppers

Retailers at Chek Lap Kok hit by the ban on taking liquids on aircraft bound for Britain and the United States have found a solution - a new counter selling high-end perfumes and cosmetics where travellers can buy them before they check in their baggage.

But the new outlet has not found complete favour with all customers, with some saying the prices are too high.

21 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Brands, borders and lots of baggage

He Tianji, a 21-year-old student at Guangzhou University, isn't a habitual early riser. But every Tuesday, and sometimes on Wednesdays, he is out of bed at 5am to catch the first bus to Hong Kong so he can arrive before the shops open at 11am.

3 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Malls try to cash in on duty-free edge granted to HK products

Retailers in Guangdong are jumping on the Cepa bandwagon with plans to open shopping malls that specialise in Hong Kong products.

Juntai Shopping Mall in Beijing Road, the Guangzhou equivalent to Causeway Bay, is refurbishing 3,600 square metres of shopping space and plans to reopen early next year with tenants from Hong Kong.

11 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Sky's the limit with duty-free

Airport shopping keeps getting better, and some even merit an exclusive flight

14 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Early morning let-down

We would be interested to hear from the relevant authorities why the Airport Express and the airport facilities, apart from the check-in areas and flight information board, seem not to function very early in the morning.

On February 7, we had a 7.10am flight to Kota Kinabalu with Dragonair to take a short break over the half-term/ Chinese New Year holiday.

21 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Arriving travellers to shop duty-free

Travellers will soon be able to do duty-free shopping after landing at Chek Lap Kok and use trolleys for hand luggage on passing immigration checks as they leave.

Airport Authority chief executive Bill Lam Chung-lun said passenger feedback had led to the changes, which would increase the airport's 'competitive edge'.

15 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Arrivals duty-free plan could net $80m a year

Visitors will be able to buy duty-free goods on arrival under a plan which could help bring in $80 million a year.

The government proposal aims to help duty-free shops at Lowu and Chek Lap Kok airport survive the recession.

27 May 1999 - 12:00am

Shopping for a better deal

A VERY strange spat broke out last week. Duty Free Shoppers (DFS), that leviathan of fags and booze that lurks beyond the customs barriers at the world's airports, is crying foul.

The company is spitting with fury over the move by the Airport Authority to lower rents for concessionaires by 30 per cent as part of a package designed to ease the retailers' pain.

13 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

DFS Group

Duty-free retailer DFS Group has drawn up a three-year development plan in Hong Kong despite shrinking its operations a few months ago.

7 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Spirit of East meets West in mall concept

Shoppers will be spoiled for choice in the 30,000-square-metre Sky Mall, a key feature of the passenger terminal.

The complex houses a mix of retail outlets which include top local and international companies.

6 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Recovery in duty-free sales sector forecast to be 18 months away

Duty-free sales in Hong Kong are expected to take up to 18 months to recover from their present slump, according to operators hard hit by the Asian economic crisis.

Ray Martin, vice-president of Tax Free World Association, yesterday said that Hong Kong's tax-free business reached a peak in 1996 and had since declined.

15 May 1998 - 12:00am

Airlines to get tough on excess duty-free

Passengers with excess duty-free shopping are being targeted in a crackdown on oversized hand-baggage at Kai Tak.

Purchases which take passengers above their hand-luggage allowance could be taken from them at the last moment and stowed in the hold.

30 Oct 1997 - 12:00am