The shops at Chengdu airport will be operated by Hudson Bright Power (Beijing) Commercial Company, a joint-venture between Dufry and Bright Power Beijing, a company which operates bookstores throughout China. In 2016, Chengdu airport welcomed over 44 million passengers and ranked as the fourth most important Chinese airport behind Beijing, Shanghai Pudong and Guangzhou.
The new Hudson Travel Essentials Convenience Bookstores, which opened for Chinese New Year, offer one-stop shopping with an international ambiance, says the company. The product range includes international snacks and soft drinks, Chinese cultural and destination souvenir items, magazines, books and travel convenience products, as well as digital and electronics accessories.
The opening of the shops in Chengdu is part of Dufry’s initiative to introduce the Hudson brand in China and to further expand the successful retail concept globally.
China is poised to experience significant growth in passenger numbers both at airports and railway stations.
According to the National Civil Aviation Authority, Chinese Civil Aviation is expected to transport more than 500 million passengers in 2016, resulting in a year-on-year growth of 13%. This high volume of domestic passengers is a perfect environment to offer Hudson’s travel convenience products, says Dufry. The same applies for other Asian markets with similar passenger profiles.