Masked shoppers enter the CDF Mall within the Sanya International Duty Free Shopping Complex in Haitang Bay {Photo: Sha Xiaofeng, New Hainan}

{Photo: Sha Xiaofeng, New Hainan}

CHINA. Shoppers are slowly returning to the Hainan duty free shops that had been forced to close for various extended periods during the COVID-19 outbreak centred in Sanya that began in early August.

Although numbers remain modest, local retailer sources are hopeful of a steady pick-up in coming weeks.The big question now is what sort of Golden Week holiday period – traditionally a sales bonanza – retailers will enjoy.

Today we present a special photo and video report from Hainan’s two key duty free locations, Sanya and Haikou, that show the encouraging sight of customers once again inside the stores that had been closed for so long.

Our special correspondent is in Haikou this weekend and took the photos below of the China Duty Free Group (CDFG) store in Mova Mall, Haikou. She also snapped some shots of CDFG’s Haikou International Duty Free Shopping Complex where finishing touches, including landscaping, are being applied in time for an anticipated late 2022 opening.

We also bring you a video and photos from Sanya, courtesy of our colleagues at New Hainan, part of our strategic partner in Hainan, Hainan Hinews Media Co.

As reported, CDFG reopened the Sanya International Duty Free Shopping Complex and CDF Mall in Haitang Bay on 21 September after a 47-day closure from 5 August. Fellow Sanya duty free retailers CNSC and Hainan Tourism Duty Free Shopping Complex (HTDF) reopened on 16 September after being shuttered since 4 August.

The stores in Haikou run by GDF Plaza and CDFG in Mova Mall and by Shenzhen Duty-Free Group and DFS Group at Mission Hills closed only sporadically during the crisis.

SANYA

{Click on the YouTube icon to watch the New Hainan film on the reopened Sanya stores. Chinese viewers can watch it via the version below}

China Duty Free Group is hoping for a rapid pick-up of business at its key Haitang Bay location {Photo: Sha Xiaofeng, New Hainan}

{Photo: Sha Xiaofeng, New Hainan}

{Photo: Sha Xiaofeng, New Hainan}

HAIKOU

Taking final shape: The magnificent Haikou International Duty Free Shopping Complex where finishing touches, including landscaping, are being applied in time for an anticipated late 2022 opening {Photos: Our special correspondent, 25 September}

Above and below: Images from the China Duty Free Group store in Mova Mall, Haikou {All photos, Our special correspondent, 24 September}

(Above and below) Lancôme welcomes shoppers to GDF Plaza at Mova Mall, Haikou

New confirmed locally transmitted COVID-19 infections and asymptomatic cases in Hainan in September

24 September: 0 (0 asymptomatic)
23 September: 1 (0 asymptomatic)
22 September: 0 (0 asymptomatic)
21 September: 0 (0 asymptomatic)
20 September: 2 (0 asymptomatic)
19 September: 0 (5 asymptomatic)
18 September: 1 (11 asymptomatic)
17 September: 5 (6 asymptomatic)

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New China market launch

In July, The Moodie Davitt Report launched 穆迪达维特中国旅游零售报告 – The Moodie Davitt China Travel Retail Report, a digital magazine dedicated to our industry’s hottest market. The next edition will publish in late October/early November.

The new digital title is published in Mandarin and English four times a year across multiple platforms.

The launch edition explored China Duty Free Group’s extraordinary rise over recent years to become the world’s number one travel retailer and examined its application for a secondary listing on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong

This exciting new digital magazine from the world’s leading travel retail publisher focuses on all aspects of China’s travel-related ecosystem, including:

  • Airport retail (domestic and international)
  • Airport food & beverage
  • Airport advertising
  • Ecommerce
  • Land border, downtown and cruiseline retail
  • Mixed-use leisure and tourism developments
  • Offshore duty free retail and the Hainan Free Trade Port
  • Social media
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