Second World War-Era Whisky Debuts Globally at Canada's Second Busiest
RICHMOND, BC, Sept. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - A Second World War-era whisky made
its world debut at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) today as part
of the Grand Opening of North America's first World Duty Free store.
The debut of the second release of Generations Glenlivet 70 Year Old affirmed the significance of the World Duty Free "Connoisseur
Collection" at YVR - just days after the anniversary of the Battle of
Britain, during which the cask was laid.
The rare Scotch malt whisky is the last from a cask laid down in 1940,
when few casks were made due to rationed grain and fuel. Four of the
100 bottles available will be sold for $35,888 per bottle until
November 1, 2012 exclusively at the World Duty Free store at YVR.
"Welcoming North America's first World Duty Free store and one of the
world's oldest whiskies to YVR are testaments to the strong
partnerships in place here to create a successful retail program," said Larry Berg, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. "Offering premier duty-free retail is a key component of our strategy to
remain the gateway airport of choice for international passengers
visiting British Columbia and beyond."
In addition to its 'Connoisseur Collection' offering the finest
selection of premium whisky in North America, YVR's World Duty Free has
the largest duty-free beauty department in North America. It includes
an extensive range of premium products and brands such as Sisley, Crème
de la Mer, La Prarie, Chanel, Dior, Lancome and Estee Lauder.
The 1,450m² walk-through World Duty Free store is located after security
in the International Terminal, where it anchors nine other duty-free
stores at YVR as part of a brand-new World Duty Free Group shopping
Padraig Drennan, President of World Duty Free Group-North America,
comments, "We started working with YVR in 2007, when we opened our
first duty-free store in North America under the Aldeasa brand. Over
the past five years, we have continued to work closely with the airport
to achieve and in many cases surpass agreed goals and ambitions. With
the redevelopment of the stores here, we have introduced the first
World Duty Free store in the Americas which is also the largest
walkthrough in North America. We have already seen a strong performance
from our various stores, particularly luxury skincare where we have
achieved an increase of 80% in sales. Most importantly, we have also
succeeded in delivering an exceptional retail experience for
passengers. We look forward to continuing a long and successful
business partnership with YVR".
The new walk-through store will also feature many of World Duty Free
Group's signature concepts such as a Tasting Bar and its innovative
in-store entertainment and digital marketing solution,
'Contentainment'. Helping and encouraging customers to 'try before they
buy' and capturing customer interest with high-visibility technology
are key elements of successful customer engagement.
The Hermes store, which became operational earlier this year under the
World Duty Free banner, is the only duty-free Hermes in Canada. The
refurbished 'Thinking Canada' specialist souvenir store with 510m² of
retail space offers one-stop shopping for an extensive range of
Canadian products. Also, a new 165m² Collection concept store, offering
a selection of luxury watches and jewellery, meets the customer demand
for more premium brands in this category.
High-resolution photos of events will be available for download from the
Media Centre of www.yvr.ca.
About Vancouver Airport Authority
Vancouver Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit
organization that operates Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
Canada's second busiest airport, Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
served 17 million passengers in 2011 and handled more than 296,000
aircraft landings and take-offs on its runways. Sixty-three airlines
serve YVR, connecting people and businesses to 99 destinations in
Canada, the U.S. and around the world. The Airport Authority is
committed to creating an airport that British Columbia can be proud of:
a premier global gateway, local economic generator and community
About World Duty Free Group
World Duty Free Group, one of the world's leading airport retailers, has
grown out of Autogrill Group's acquisition and integration of the
Aldeasa, World Duty Free and Alpha Airport Shopping businesses. Today
the company operates 325 stores in 21 countries. It has developed its
own commercial concepts, tailored to match the purchasing preferences
of travellers passing through the 72 airports in which it operates.
World Duty Free Group has become one of the world's benchmark retail
operators because of its depth of understanding of the needs of
passengers. The Group is the market leader in the UK and Spain and has
a significant presence in the Americas and Middle East.
Image with caption: "Michael Urquhart, Joint Managing Director of Gordon & MacPhail, describes the spectacular flavour and storied past of Generations Glenlivet 70 Year Old, a $35,888 bottle of whisky which makes its world debut at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) today, as part of the opening of the first World Duty Free store in North America. (CNW Group/Vancouver Airport Authority)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120920_C8461_PHOTO_EN_18197.jpg
SOURCE: Vancouver Airport Authority
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