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Chinese tourists are embracing ‘themed travel’

Themed travel is a fast-growing trend among Chinese tourists – with more than two in three from mainland cities prepared to try it as a hobby.

Rihanna holds makeup workshop in Seoul

A Rihanna makeup class was held at Lotte World Towerin partnership with Fenty Beauty

First Wolfgang Puck Kitchen in Hong Kong opens at HKIA

The first Wolfgang Puck Kitchen in Hong Kong has opened its doors.

Hong Kong protests blamed for 40-per-cent slump in inbound visitors

Ongoing Hong Kong protests have been blamed for a 40-per-cent slump in inbound visitors to the territory in August.

Chinese shoppers can now use Alipay at the Mall of Asia

Opening the way for Chinese to use Alipay at Mall of Asia stores is aimed at attracting more tourists to the mall – as well as the increasing locally based Chinese population.

DFS says Changi Airport liquor and tobacco concession ‘not viable’

DFS has explained its rationale for quitting its Changi Airport liquor and tobacco concession, saying remaining there was “not a financially viable option”.

Monocle opens its first travel-retail shop at Hong Kong

Global media brand Monocle has opened its first dedicated travel retail store at Hong Kong International Airport.

Three-way battle for Singapore Changi liquor and tobacco concessions

Three travel retail companies are in the running to take over the liquor and tobacco concession at Singapore’s Changi Airport.

KrisShop marks rebranding by taking to the ground

Singapore Airlines’ inflight and online travel retail store KrisShop has revamped its brand and launched a new website.

Declining numbers of South Korean, Chinese tourists in Japan saps retailers

The declining spending by Chinese and South Korean tourists in Japan is beginning to hurt listed retailers.

FamilyMart Taiwan rolls out railway-station stores

Convenience-store operator FamilyMart Taiwan plans nearly 40 new stores in railway stations this year.

Changi Airport and DFS launch Singapore online liquor store

Changi Airport Group and DFS Group have launched the first luxury-focused Singapore online liquor store.