Lagardère Travel Retail Asia Pacific COO Emmanuel de Place has confirmed that the travel retailer is to introduce ‘an exciting new version’ of its successful Fashion Gallery retail concept in Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 this month, as it also eyes the upcoming MTR duty free contract in Hong Kong.
He says the Changi Airport Fashion Gallery initiative – still to be unveiled – is just one of many ongoing retail developments across several Asia locations this year, as LTR continues to update its growing fashion offer in the region, alongside its duty free, travel essentials and foodservice businesses.
Speaking to TRBusiness, Emmanuel de Place said he is convinced that Asia will continue to progress over the next five years: “The market will definitely continue to grow thanks to the passenger growth and all of these emerging countries in Asia gaining maturity and building more and more passengers,” he said. “So we definitely want to take a share of that at Lagardère Travel Retail, as we have over the past few years.”
Meanwhile, turning to Hong Kong, de Place also confirmed that LTR remains very interested in the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) Express train concession at the West Kowloon Terminus, which will ultimately connect Hong Kong with the Mainland when it is finally completed.
He said: “When we look at the big project at the station that they are bidding in Hong Kong then definitely that would be a very nice combination of foodservice, gifts, souvenirs and a lot of specialty shops and a duty free offer. So definitely we believe that we can propose something interesting.”
(Source: Travel Retail Business)