Queenstown airport expands duty free

By Charlotte Turner |

Queenstown Airport and LS Travel Retail has announced plans to substantially expand and refurbish existing duty free stores in both international arrival and departure halls.


The announcement comes as the parties agree to extend the existing duty free concession to 2023.


“The refurbishment will raise the quality of merchandising and herald the introduction of sought after international fragrance and cosmetic brands to the Queenstown store,” says the operator.


“The expansion will also allow an increase in space to stock technology and souvenirs along with the traditional categories such as liquor.”



LS travel retail recently purchased Duty Free Stores New Zealand and Australia.


Queenstown Airport Chief Executive Officer, Scott Paterson says the newly opened $4.3m expanded terminal facilities at Queenstown Airport has allowed for a doubling in size of duty free retail areas in both the international and departure areas.


“We welcome LS travel retail’s decision to extend its existing stores at the airport which will ultimately provide a greater choice of duty free goods and better service for passengers.


“The contemporary refit will add an exciting new dimension to our passenger experience, reinforcing our reputation as a fast-growing modern airport. We have been impressed by their professional approach and by their plans to build an international standard duty free experience at Queenstown.”



LS travel retail Pacific’s General Manager – Duty Free, Ivo Favotto, said of the news: “We are excited to be entering into this extended concession with Queenstown Airport.


“Queenstown has a well-deserved international reputation as a unique tourism destination. This new agreement will allow us to work with the airport to expand the brand offer—both local and international—enhance our existing online pre-order service and frequent buyers club and deliver a duty free experience which captures Queenstown’s natural beauty, sense of adventure and the warmth of its people.


“In addition to increased floor space and all new fit-outs, we will also plan to bring a number of innovations to the shopper journey, new perfume and cosmetics brands an enhanced technology offer, and through our Icons concept, a strong local wine and gourmet food story.”


It is anticipated that the new look duty free stores will be complete and operational by the beginning of winter 2013.


Photo Caption: Ivo Favotto, LS travel retail Pacific’s General Manager


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