Dufry extends its duty-free concession at the international airport and seaport of La Romana by ten years

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Dufry Group has extended its duty-free concession at the international airport and seaport of La Romana for ten years, until December 2032. The company serves the market, which welcomes around 700,000 passengers per year (airport and seaport combined ) for 14 years.

At the airport, improvements are planned to existing facilities as well as the development of new water-based equipment. Dufry said it plans to expand its 305 m² retail space to provide improved service to the 400,000 travelers per year who use the terminal. Visitors come mainly from the United States and Canada as well as Ukraine and other European markets, many by private jets for golf vacations, the company said.

La Romana International Airport is the gateway to tourist destinations in the southeast of the Dominican Republic

As part of the seaport expansion, Airport Management Services Ltd., a subsidiary of Central Romana Corporation Ltd., plans to invest approximately US $ 4 million to further expand the facilities. This will create new attractions for cruise passengers visiting La Romana and transform it into an attractive cruise and leisure destination, Dufry said.

The retailer said it will work closely with the port authority to deliver “a top-notch design and shopping experience” across 500m² of retail space to the 300,000 cruise passengers who visit each year.

The new contract reinforces Dufry’s strong presence in the Dominican Republic, which also includes Santiago International (photo)

In addition to La Romana International Airport and Seaport, Dufry’s presence in the Dominican Republic also includes duty-free operations at Santo Domingo Las Américas International Airport, Santiago, Puerto Plata Port and Airport. as well as the cruise ports of Samana, Amber Cove and Taino Bay in Puerto Plata. .

Juan-Antonio Nieto, COO of Dufry for Mexico and the Caribbean, said: “We are very proud to be able to continue our long-standing and fruitful collaboration with the international airport and seaport of La Romana and we thank our partners for the renewed confidence. Our continued alliance will not only bring positive benefits to both sides, but above all foster a strong partnership to satisfy international passengers in the region as we do around the world.

Luis Emilio Rodriguez Amiama, General Manager of La Romana International Airport and Seaport, added: “For years Dufry has been a key partner in the development of our La Romana airport and seaport in the Dominican Republic. As owners and operators of a private airport, we have taken on many challenges and thanks to the expertise and continued professionalism of our partner travel retail, we have achieved solutions and improvements for the benefit of our customers, our customers. employees and our company. Therefore, we are proud to announce the renewal of our long-standing cooperation with Dufry for another ten years. It is a privilege to maintain this partnership with a world-class tour operator like Dufry.

“Our thanks go to the team led by Juan Antonio Nieto and the continued support in our expansion projects at the airport and seaport. We look forward to meeting new challenges and growing, working hand in hand with our excellent partners. “

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