Duty Free Air & Ship Supply (DFASS) has won the duty-free concession for the International Port of Cozumel,revealed The Moodie Report this week. The move comes after an open tender and the new contract term is 10 years,with DFASS scheduled to take over by early 2016.
According to the report,the new duty-free shop will span more than 10,000 square feet and will field 100 percent of the cruise ship traffic as travelers disembark from ships docked at the cruise pier.
“As the cruise market in Cozumel is anticipating significant growth,DFASS said it expects to serve over 1.5 million passengers at the port in the first year with further annual increases over the contract term.”
DFASS told Charlotte Turner with The Moodie Report that the new store will feature a broad range of tequilas and regional spirits,as well as a strong portfolio of key brands.
“The new store will utilise local design elements coupled with strong international brand presence.”
In addition,an open floor plan will ensure maximum exposure of key brands and promote an easy experience for shoppers. DFASS has already cultivated close working relationships with Pernod Ricard,which produces popular spirits like Chivas Regal,Absolut,Ballantine’s and Martell,as well as the Estée Lauder Group,to broaden the traditional range of duty-free beauty brand items. Tobacco and a wide variety of fashion accessories will also be available duty-free.
“As DFASS continues to focus on expanding our airport and ground store business,the Cozumel concession represents an important step for our group,” stated DFASS President of Ground Stores,Jon Potash. “Cozumel is one of the key tourist destinations for cruise ships in the Western Hemisphere,and we are very pleased to have the opportunity to develop this duty free operation over the coming months.”
Carnival just opened a third berth at the Cozumel Pier’s Puerta Maya port,also in response to growing tourism numbers,Travel Weekly reported. The project was completed recently to the tune of about $20 million dollars,following 10 years of careful planning.
“Cozumel is the Caribbean’s most-visited cruise ship destination and consistently receives high ratings from our guests,” shared Giora Israel,who serves as senior vice president of global port and destination development for Carnival Corp. “The destination is in demand.”
Last year,more than $1.5 million guests visited Puerta Maya through Carnival’s fleet of 25 ships in the region.