Nuance-Watson wins Xiamen duty free rights

Travel retailer Nuance-Watson has won three five-year concessions at China’s Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport.

The retailer will open an 1100 sqm retail precinct at the airport’s Terminal 4 that will include 40 international brands such as perfumes and cosmetics as well as standalone stores from brands including Tumi, Montblanc, Hugo Boss and Furla.

“This opportunity in Xiamen airport will mark our first sizeable presence and the first major entry of Nuance-Watson into China. We are delighted to be able to reach a new level in our China development, where we will rebuild our strengths and reinstate our long-standing brand partnerships by leveraging our credentials and proven track record in the categories of perfumes and cosmetics, high-end fashion and accessories, watches and fashion jewellery,” said Nuance-Watson Asia regional MD Alessandra Piovesana.


Having handled 19.8 million passengers in 2013, Xiamen airport is one of the fastest-growing airports in China.

Piovesana says the Xiamen Airport venture underlines their determination to grow and expand in Asia.

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