A travel retail wonderland takes shape – China Tourism Group’s Haikou International Duty Free City on schedule to open in mid-2022 – The Moodie Davitt Report

CHINA. Improvement of the Haikou International Duty Free City – anchored by what would be the world’s greatest obligation free retail advanced – is on goal to open in mid-2022, following the latest completion of the primary structural framework, China Tourism Group (mother or father firm of China Duty Free Group) introduced this week.

The extraordinary challenge, situated at Xinhai Port, Haikou, occupies a plot of greater than 675 acres, with precise building unfold throughout 485 acres. The website will function some 930,000sq m of tax and obligation free purchasing area run by China Duty Free Group, spectacular leisure and leisure amenities, places of work and a excessive-finish lodge.

[Click on the icon to view this video, courtesy of China Tourism Group, that shows the latest progress on the extraordinary Haikou International Duty Free City]

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Taking shape: The huge website incorporates what would be the world’s largest obligation and tax free purchasing advanced [All pictures courtesy of China Tourism Group]

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China Tourism Group publicizes the most recent building landmark. “Let’s see what your subsequent check-in purchasing location appears to be like like,” it says earlier than previewing the spectacular advanced.

Developer China Tourism Group stated that via the natural mixture of an unlimited, excessive-high quality purchasing advanced [to be run by China Duty Free Group -Ed] and different points of interest, Haikou International Duty Free City will grow to be “a one-cease complete vacationer vacation spot and leisure hub that shouldn’t be missed…  a brand new benchmark for Chinese language business initiatives and a beacon for world tourism retail”. Vacationers will take pleasure in not solely purchasing however a combined-use wonderland incorporating a snow and rainforest atmosphere; aviation theatre; plus artwork and world-class connoisseur choices.

The subsequent building part will see the constructing’s curtain partitions and roof added, and inner work begin, the group stated.


These renderings underline the epic scale and grandeur that underpin the Haikou International Duty Free City growth


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In Could 2020, The Moodie Davitt Report devoted a particular version of our eZine to China Duty Free Group and the Hainan offshore obligation free market, which we described because the ‘lighthouse’ of a COVID-ravaged international travel retail sector. Click on on the picture to obtain. Look out for our particular 2021 version on the Hainan market, to be printed in coming days*. 

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Due to the continual launch of coverage enhancements and the resultant development in consumption potential, Hainan’s offshore obligation free enterprise has ushered in unprecedented growth alternatives, China Tourism Group stated.

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Haikou International Duty Free City is a challenge of profound nationwide and regional significance for the highly effective China Tourism Group

“As a number one participant in the offshore obligation free sector, China Tourism Group continues to broaden the Hainan market by constructing the Haikou International Duty Free City challenge, additional serving to Hainan to construct a Free Commerce Port and develop as a global tourism consumption centre,” the corporate stated.


The challenge growth and building unit CDF (Haikou) Funding Improvement Co goals to ship a world-class multi-use facility. Consequently it contracted famend French architectural design firm Valode & Pistre to head the primary design. The agency specialises in city design and structure and has appreciable expertise in the obligation free and tax free sector.


weta workshop logo 1The big themed atrium which is able to anchor Haikou International Duty Free City has been designed by acclaimed New Zealand firm Weta Workshop, a design studio and manufacturing facility servicing the world’s leisure and inventive sectors.

Weta Workshop has gained 5 Academy Awards and 4 BAFTAs.The agency and its co-founder Sir Richard Taylor are greatest identified for his or her work on the movie trilogy The Lord of the Rings (2001–03), directed and tailored from J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels by New Zealand director Sir Peter Jackson.

“With the participation of such internationally famend designers, the renderings of Haikou International Duty Free City are awe-inspiring,” China Duty Free Group stated.

The architectural design incorporates components of Hainan’s nature and marine life to current an “ecological backyard inexperienced metropolis”.

Guests will likely be in a position work together harmoniously with folks, nature, and buildings, China Tourism Group stated.


Overcoming large challenges

As reported, China Tourism Group hosted a floor-breaking ceremony on 18 March 2019. All was effectively-set for challenge completion on schedule. Nevertheless, in 2020, simply because the challenge entered a crucial building stage, the COVID-19 pandemic struck China, stopping a lot of employees from outdoors the island returning to the location to work, posing large manpower challenges.

“Ready for the disaster to go? Or take the initiative?” requested China Tourism Group. The firm selected the latter path, working carefully with native authorities to be certain that the important thing provincial challenge is accomplished on time. With the lively assist of the Xiuying District Authorities [Xiuying is one of Haikou’s four urban districts -Ed], practically 80 employees have been recruited from neighbouring villages and cities. The transfer had twin advantages, protecting the challenge on monitor whereas boosting employment for native migrant employees whose prospects had been hit arduous by the pandemic.

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In October 2020, the challenge once more encountered unprecedented difficulties as the realm was hit by six separate typhoons. So as to get the subsequently delayed building again on monitor, a 24-hour workforce of some 800 building employees was deployed to maximise the effectivity of eight tower cranes and 20 truck cranes and go all out to guarantee the primary physique body metal construction, weighing nearly 30,000 tonnes was put in place on time. The finish outcome was triumphantly unveiled final week.

Notice: As reported, China Duty Free Group is taking part with a big workforce on the inaugural China International Shopper Merchandise Expo to be held in Hainan province on 7-10 Could. The occasion is being organised by Hainan International Financial Improvement Bureau (Hainan IEDB).

For data, please contact Hainan IEDB International Media Officer & Supervisor Ruslan Tulenov.

Electronic mail: lusilan@investhainan.cn
WeChat: Ruslan24
International Funding Service Hotline: +86 4008413413

Web site: www.investhainan.cn

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*Hainan Island: Travel retail’s international hotspot

The Moodie Davitt Report will publish a Hainan Island Particular Report with the China version of The Journal this month. Written by Martin Moodie and Dermot Davitt, it explores how the offshore obligation free enterprise in China has grow to be crucial to the world’s main manufacturers throughout many classes.


穆迪戴维特报告(Moodie Davitt Report)将于2021年2月随The Magazine的中文版发表《海南特别报道》。该篇由马丁·穆迪(Martin Moodie)和德莫特·戴维特(Dermot Davitt)撰写,将探讨中国的离岸免税业务是如何变得对跨类别的各大全球领先品牌至关重要。


  • 评论与分析自2020年7月1日起,海南新离岸免税政策所引起的重大影响
  • 从美妆个护到时尚、钟表,从葡萄酒、烈酒到消费类电子产品的跨类别离岸免税额的潜力
  • 中免集团,中服免税店,DFS集团,Dufry, Hainan Improvement Holdings, 海南旅游投资发展公司,海南省国际经济发展局(Hanain IEDB),拉加代尔旅游零售等集团的重要访谈和简介,尤其着眼于颇具潜力的海南免税店贸易港项目
  • 除海南外,我们还将考察中国国内市场的反弹情况,评估中国机场的前景,并希望终有一天能够恢复国际旅游通行,拥有来自内地,澳门和香港市场的领先旅游零售商的输入
  • 电商驱动力:评估旅游零售业的长期市场领导者Dufry与数字巨头阿里巴巴;以及CDFG和其他主要参与者,是否具备达成合作伙伴关系的潜力
  • 顶级旅行分析师ForwardKeys的专业意见
  • 在内容合作伙伴Globuy,iClick,Jing Each day,Jessica’s Secret和DutyFree Expert的帮助下,分析有关中国消费者和免税市场的趋势

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The report will function:

  • Remark & evaluation on the seismic influence of the brand new offshore obligation free coverage in Hainan since 1 July
  • The potential of latest offshore obligation free allowances throughout classes from magnificence to vogue and watches and from wines & spirits to client electronics
  • Main interviews with and profiles of China Duty Free Group, CNSC, DFS Group, Dufry, Hainan Improvement Holdings, Hainan Tourism Funding Improvement Co, Hainan Provincial Bureau of International Financial Improvement (Hanain IEDB), Lagardère Travel Retail, and others, with a particular focus on the formidable Hainan Free Commerce Port challenge
  • Past Hainan, we study the rebound in the China home market, assess prospects for Chinese language airports and hopes for an eventual return to worldwide travel. With enter from main travel retailers in the Mainland, Macau and Hong Kong markets
  • The ecommerce drive: Assessing the potential of the partnership between travel retail’s lengthy-time market chief Dufry and the digital powerhouse Alibaba; plus digital methods at CDFG and different main gamers
  • Skilled enter from prime travel analyst ForwardKeys
  • With contributions from our content material companions Globuy, iClick, Jing Each day, Jessica’s Secret and DutyFree Skilled on tendencies amongst Chinese language customers and the obligation free market

Contact Irene@MoodieDavittReport.com to associate with The Moodie Davitt Report for this particular version.