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Deal sees Dufry expand cruise operations

The world’s biggest travel retailer Dufry Group has expanded its activity in the cruise channel through a deal with Madrid-based operator Grupo Pullmantur.

A Pullmantur cruise ship

As part of the agreement Dufry, which has an airport retail market share of almost 25%, will operate close to 2,000sqm of space on four Grupo Pullmantur cruise ships until 2022.

The stores will offer a products from a range of travel retail categories including spirits.

Grupo Pullmatur ships serve routes in many strategically important tourist regions, including the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean, the Brazilian coast, and the Canary Islands.

Dufry also announced it had won a concession to operate a 400sqm duty free store at Mexico City Terminal 2.

The airport is the busiest in Latin America, serving 41 million passengers in 2016, of which 14 million were international travellers.

“I am pleased with the new contracts in Mexico and with Grupo Pullmantur,” said Julían Díaz, Dufry CEO.

“The first confirms our leadership in Mexico and in the Latin America, while the second illustrates our expertise and the strength of our portfolio with several different retail formats and will allow us to further extend our reach in relevant markets through the very interesting travel retail channel of cruise ships, which is one of our strategic growth areas.”

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