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Citygate Outlets mall extension to open next month

The Citygate Outlets mall extension is set to open next month, promising a whole new level of shopping and dining experiences with almost double the amount of retail space.

Four Asia-Pacific markets account for one-fifth of global travel spending

Visitors from Mainland China, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Taiwan now account for 18.5 per cent of global travel spending in the world’s top 200 cities.

Anello opens first Singapore store at Jewel Changi

Japanese backpack and accessories brand Anello has opened its first Singapore store, at Jewel Changi.

Lotte Duty Free online sales surge

Online store sales at Lotte Duty Free increased by 49 per cent to US$1.85 billion during the first half of this year.

South Koreans boycott Japanese products

A boycott campaign against Japanese products and services is becoming a nationwide movement and extending into travel, reports Korea Bizwire.

Amorepacific opens Sulwhasoo Universe at Hainan

Korean beauty firm Amorepacific has launched a new pop-up store, “Sulwhasoo Universe”.

Vietnam budget airline VietJet to launch e-commerce business

Vietnamese budget airline Vietjet is set to enter the e-commerce business.

Apple Singapore sets Jewel Changi opening date

Apple Singapore is set to open at Jewel Changi on July 13.

DFS and Parfums Christian Dior launch DFS X Dior Summer Party pop ups

The DFS x Dior Summer Party pop-up experience, celebrating the arrival of summer, kicks off in Macau through to July 31.

Retail upgrade included in Hong Kong airport revamp

A collaboration of international consultants will deliver a transformative upgrade to passenger halls in a planned Hong Kong airport revamp.

Tiger Street Den opens at Dubai International Airport

Tiger Beer has opened its second Tiger Street Den concept store, at Dubai International Airport.

South Korean duty-free operators chasing another boom – abroad

After years of struggle in the face of a decline in Chinese tourists and increased competition, South Korean duty-free operators are in search of a more stable and sustainable business portfolio — to reduce their reliance on Chinese visitors and generate decent profits. The country’s duty-free business has raked in huge revenues on the back of soaring tourists, mostly from China. …