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Lotte Duty Free opens shop at Guam Int'l Airport

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - They took over the retail concession on Liberation Day a year ago and today, Lotte Duty Free officially unveiled its retail transformation at the Guam International Airport.  It's considered a complete transformation and today before island dignitaries and stakeholders, Lotte Duty Free officially held its grand opening at the A.B. Won Pat International Airport.

Lotte Duty Free CEO Hong-Kyun Lee said, "I would also like to thank all our partners who have made once a dream now become this wonderful reality."

Lee says the partnership with the airport and the local community would not be possible without trust and confidence. He says the new retail offering stands alongside any airport in the world. "And we also have ventured into designing the shop with great sense of place in this way, we hope our customer will take off with long lasting impression and vivid memory of this beautiful island," he added.

Airport executive manager Chuck Ada says not only has the partnership been a blessing, but so is the $20 million dollars Lotte Duty Free has already invested into the airport and economy. "Not just with areas with their lease space, but also that of your food court, your restrooms and other areas that will be coming online in addition to other amenities such as a new family room for activities such as breast feeding and other activities alike," he said.

In addition to the renovated food court and restrooms - Lotte Duty Free has created "a unique retail concept for the duty free concession called the Guam gateway" covering over 24,000 square feet of retail space aimed at creating a "seamless passenger experience."

At the heart of the Guam Gateway is a strong representation of Guam's traditional culture complete with a life-sized model carabao and cart, made-on-Guam crafts and other local products.

Guam's culture continues to thrive through the retail space complete with a 45,000-litre aquarium and replicas of Guam landmarks. The concession meanwhile features over 250 brands, 50 of which are new to the Guam airport such as Skii, La Mer, Prada, Misscha and Tory Burch - which is the only the third airport opening from the brand worldwide.

Meanwhile, like hundreds of other businesses and organizations on Guam, Lotte Duty Free signed the Hafa Adai Pledge with the Guam Visitors Bureau. General manager Karl Pangelinan says Lotte's $20 million investment goes beyond the infrastructure but our people too. "And your investment into the human capital and the training programs that your employees receive really, really shines through 0108 you can feel the difference as you walk through the airport," he explained.

GVB meanwhile also signed a memorandum of agreement with Lotte to send one thousand visitors from Korea to Guam in the year 2015. 

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