CDFG anchors position in cruise market with Costa Mediterranea contract

By Charlotte Turner |

CDF Cruise Services Co Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Duty Free Group (CDFG), has won a contract to manage duty free operations onboard CCSC Carnival Cruises’ Costa Mediterranea vessel exclusively for a period of three years.

 

CDF Cruise Services Co Ltd already operates retail onboard the Costa Atlantica, also owned by CSSC Carnival Cruises.

 

CSSC Carnival Cruises is a joint venture company, first established in 2018 by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation and Carnival Group. As part of the JV, CSSC announced an agreement to purchase two ships from Carnival Corporation’s Costa Group, the leading cruise operator in Europe and Asia; the Costa Atlantica and the Costa Mediterranea.

 

COSTA MEDITERRANEA TO FEATURE 6000 SQ M DUTY FREE AREA

The Costa Mediterranea, with a capacity of 2,680 passengers, is expected to feature a 600sq m duty free area.

 

CDF Cruise Services will retain exclusivity over the duty free operations onboard the Costa Mediterranea for a period of three years.

CDF Cruise Services will retain exclusivity over the duty free operations onboard the Costa Mediterranea for a period of three years.

“This project deepens the cooperative relationship between CDFG and CSSC Carnival, and also has positive significance for expanding CDFG’s market share in the Asia Pacific cruise duty free market and bidding for other international cruise duty free operation rights,” read a CDFG statement.

 

CDFG said that at present, in the context of the pandemic there is uncertainty about the recovery of the international cruise tourism market in the short-term. “But in the long run, with the accelerated transformation of traditional tourism to high end vacation tourism, cruise tourism…has broad development prospects.”

 

The Costa Mediterranea, with a capacity of 2,680 passengers, is expected to feature a 600sq m duty free area.

The Costa Mediterranea, with a capacity of 2,680 passengers, is expected to feature a 600sq m duty free area.

The latest news serves to anchor CDFG’s position in the cruise market, in which it has been involved for more than ten years; at home and abroad.

 

“Winning the contract onboard the Mediterranea cruise ship will further expand CDFG’s market share; enhance its international competitiveness and professional operation level; bring better service experience to passengers, and promote the steady development of China’s cruise industry and related service supporting capabilities.”

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