Dufry gains 10-year duty free extension at La Romana Intl Airport and Seaport

By Luke Barras-hill |

Dufry will work with the port authority to provide an attractive retail space over 500sq m at the seaport servicing around 300,000 cruise guests per year.

Leading global travel retailer Dufry will operate duty free at La Romana International Airport and Seaport (AILR & CPLR) in the Dominican Republic for a further 10 years after successfully negotiating a contract extension.

As part of the concession, which runs from January 2022 through December 2032, Dufry will carry out improvements to the air terminal and other facilities.

Dufry has been operating at the airport and seaport for more than 14 years.

At the airport, it will continue to develop a 305sq m retail space that serves travellers predominantly from the US, Canada and Ukraine.

Airport Management Services Ltd., a subsidiary of Central Romana Corporation Ltd., intends to invest around US$4 million to enhance the cruise port by transforming it into an attractive leisure and cruise destination .

Dufry operates at several other airports in the Dominican Republic, including Cibao International Airport in Santiago (pictured).

APPEAL FOR CRUISE TRAVELLERS

Through close cooperation with the port authority, Dufry plans to elevate La Romana’s appeal as a major draw for Caribbean cruise lines via a shopping experience over 500sq m of retail space that caters to approximately 300,000 cruise visitors annually.

Dufry already manages duty free concessions in other international air and sea ports in the Dominican Republic such as Santo Domingo, Santiago, Puerto Plata Port & Airport, Samana, Amber Cove, and Taino Bay cruise port in Puerto Plata.

Juan-Antonio Nieto, Chief Operating Officer for Mexico and Caribbean, Dufry said: “We are very proud to be able to continue our long-standing and successful collaboration with La Romana International Airport & Seaport and we thank our partners for the renewed trust.

“Our continued alliance will not only bring both sides positive benefits but more importantly foster a strong partnership to satisfy international passengers in the region as we do worldwide.”

Luis Emilio Rodriguez Amiama, General Manager of La Romana International Airport & Seaport, added: “For years, Dufry has been a key partner in the development of our La Romana airport and seaport in the Dominican Republic.

“Being owners and operators of a private airport, we have experienced many challenges and thanks to our travel retail partner’s expertise and continued professionalism, we have achieved solutions and improvements for the benefit of our clients, our employees and our business.

“Hence, we are proud to announce the renewal of our long-standing cooperation with Dufry for an additional 10 years. It is a privilege to maintain this partnership with a world-class travel retailer like Dufry.”

 

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