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Duty free shop in Kinmen eyes Chinese tourists

Duty free shop in Kinmen eyes Chinese tourists

Taipei, Jan. 8 (CNA) A duty free shop that will soon open in outlying Kinmen County is eyeing an increase of tourists from China to initially generate business amid warming ties across the Taiwan Strait, developer Taiwan Land Development Corp. said Wednesday. The duty free shop, which obtained a license from the Ministry of Finance Tuesday and expects to begin operations in the first quarter, also has ambitions to tap into tourists from outside China, in particular from Southeast Asia, over the longer term, Taiwan Land said. Taiwan Land began construction of the Wind Lion Plaza, a large shopping mall where the duty free shop will be located, at the beginning of 2011 and was completed at the end of 2013. The Wind Lion Plaza, adjacent to Kinmen Airport, is part of the Kinmen County government's efforts to transform the island county into a leisure resort and shopping heaven and take advantage of its geographic proximity to Xiamen in China, the developer said. In addition to the duty free shop and shopping mall, Taiwan Land is planning to build a hotel in the same location as the rest of the project, the developer added. Taiwan Land Chairman Chiu Fu-sheng said Kinmen is only 10 kilometers away from Xiamen and has gained the upper hand in developing closer business ties with the Chinese city. Chiu said figuring out how to attract more tourists from China to Kinmen will be one of the most important factors for the outlying county to make a breakthrough economically. He believed the presence of the Wind Lion Plaza, which aims to provide Chinese tourists with quality and reliable products from Taiwan and elsewhere, will serve as a magnet to lure more Chinese tourists. According to Taiwan Land, the duty free shop is a joint venture with Switzerland-based travel retail operator Dufry Group. Dufry is entering the Taiwan market for the first time to share its know-how of the duty free business with a Taiwanese partner. Dufry is a sales agent of a wide range of luxury goods, such Chanel, Hermes and Cartier, selling more than 5,000 items in 45 countries around the world. (By Wei Shu and Frances Huang)


Updated : 2021-04-22 20:23 GMT+08:00