Downtown shops for Beijing?

By Doug Newhouse |

A report in yesterday’s China Daily newspaper has suggested that downtown duty free shops may be encouraged in Beijing, according to a leading government tourism executive.


The China Daily newspaper published a story yesterday suggesting that the downtown duty free shop issue was once again on the table in Beijing, relating claimed comments by Lu Yong, Director of the Beijing Tourism Committee and Secretary-General of the Council of the World Tourism Cities Federation.


In its report it says Lu has confirmed that downtown duty free shops ‘for tourists’ will be built in the Beijing area and that a new 72-hour ‘visa-free’ tourism entry card is being considered to help boost arrivals.


Meanwhile, it is no secret that in China the state-run China Duty Free Group has also been lobbying the government to open airport arrival shops.


The country’s largest duty free operator with over 160 shops, is asking the government to change Customs regulations to permit duty free arrival shopping to be introduced in international airports around China where it currently holds exclusive sole rights to operate duty free shops.


In fact, duty free arrival shopping and pre-order arrival shopping for collection on return is already permitted in Beijing Capital International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, where Sunrise Duty Free , a private company [shown above at Beijing], holds the duty free departure and arrival shopping concessions.


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