TAIWAN. Intense competition is expected for the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Terminal 2 duty free tenders, which are set to be released in coming weeks.
The contracts run for 12 years with three-year extensions subject to “outstanding” performance. The tenders are likely to be launched this month or next. Contracts are expected to be signed with the victors within three to four months of the tender announcement, the airport company told The Moodie Davitt Report.
The incumbents for the T2 zones C and D concessions are Tasa Meng Corporation (North Gate D) and Everrich Duty Free (South Gate C). Besides the long-established duo, prospective bidders include Dufry, DFS Group, Lotte Duty Free, The Shilla Duty Free, Shinsegae Duty Free, Lagardère Travel Retail and others. Tasa Meng and Everrich have both established powerful, well-regarded businesses in recent years, underpinned by a strong commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility, Taiwanese identity and airport public services.
The T2 south side business covers 25,400sq m of space, embracing the departures corridor and the C zone concourse. The T2 north side includes the departures corridor, and D zone concourse, involving around 31,900sq m.
Duty free products that can be sold include tobacco, alcohol, perfumes & leathergoods, watches, fashion & accessories, and other general merchandise.
However, the contract model differs markedly from other Asian airports. It is described as a renovation, operation, and transfer (ROT) project, and involves operating a combination of commercial and public services.
Besides the traditional duty free operations, the winning concessionaire/s will sell or operate:
• Multicultural and ‘creativity’ merchandise and museum shops
• Food & beverage
In keeping with Taoyuan Airport Corporation’s strong Corporate Social Responsibility ethic, the winners must provide job opportunities for the disabled.
They must also operate certain airport public services:
* Passenger inquiries
* IC product information
* Interactive family playgrounds
* Nursing rooms
* Outdoor smoking areas
* ‘Barrier-free facilities planning’
* Shopping trolleys
* Cultural galleries
* Thematic boarding lounges
The concessionaires will also be in charge of public signage related to their respective areas of responsibility; toilet renovation and maintenance; and prayer rooms.
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