With the Northern summer coming to an end soon, you might be thinking of USA holiday destinations that conjure up images of sunshine, exploration and adventure. Here are a few such destinations to consider. Remember before leaving to check out the duty free allowances for your destinations at Duty Free Addict!
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Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini International Airport in Argentina is amongst the busiest airports in South America. In fact, it’s the main gateway for visitors traveling to Argentina. Situated 22 kilometers (14 miles) south west of Buenos Aires, the airport handles the majority of Argentina’s international flights and serves as many as nine million passengers each year. So whats Duty Free Argentina like?
Skytrax consistently votes this as one of the best airports in South America and the selection of duty free shops and authentic local restaurants along with beauty spa, massage services and cigar bar do not disappoint. Thankfully the airport is pretty easy to navigate but it does get busy at peak times so allow enough time for duty free shopping if you’re catching a flight.
The airport has been operated privately since 1998 but there are “drawbacks.” The foggy Argentinian weather in the winter can cause flight delays but, when you think about, it’s not such a drawback when you have extra time to indulge in some great shopping!
Duty Free Argentina
The duty free shopping on offer at Ezeiza is good and the opening of a Terminal C at the airport has worked to strengthen that Duty Free Argentina’s retail offering. There are arrival duty free shops at this airport but take note that the allowances are somewhat stingy compared to regional standards. For example, the cigarette allowance is a carton of 200 per traveler and for booze it is one 1-litre bottle of wine and spirits each.
There are very few large international airports worldwide that haven’t undergone some sort of expansion program, have one underway or are planning for one in the future and Ezeiza is no exception. And so a new 150 million US dollars Terminal C was completed in July 2011. The terminal is dedicated to Aerolineas Argentinas. The section was opened as part of a plan to increase the airport’s capacity to accommodate 13 million passengers by 2013. The section has been named after an Argentinian folk singer called Mercedes Sosa and boasts an impressive nearly 800 square meter, walk-through duty-free area which sells cosmetics, fragrances, tobacco, liquor, watches, confectionary, jewelry and sunglasses.
The other two terminals in the airport, A and B, sport duty free shops that are run by InterBaires – the same company that runs the shops in terminal C. All prices are marked in US dollars and owing to the high domestic prices, cosmetics and perfumes seem to be given the most floor space in the shops. The range of brands on offer is really impressive and includes the likes of Bvlgari; Chanel; Biotherm; Estee Lauder; Clinique; Lancome; Dior and Carolina Herrera to name a few of the stars on the shelf.
When it comes to duty free alcohol shopping in Argentina, I suggest you bypass the spirits and head straight for the very well-stocked wine section. Argentina is well-known for its wines and rightfully so. The combination of varying climates, high altitude and volcanic soils makes for some exciting and irresistible vintages. If you enjoy a glass or two of the red grapes, look out for Malbec – arguably the jewel of local wines which is light, refreshing and offers a taste full of liquorish and plum. If white is more your tipple, try out the fruity and floral Torrontes that’s grown in the regions of Mendoza and Salta. These wines combine the joyful flavors of peach and rose.
Electronics are another strong category at this airport when it comes to variety and offerings. From laptops and smartphones to digital cameras; Mp3 players; headphones and mobile phone accessories as well as computer games, you’re truly spoilt for choice. Think big brands Nintendo; Canon; Apple; Sony; Motorla and Nikon – they’re all well stocked. Prices aren’t really discounted but you do at least get the chance to compare prices before jetting off. You can even have a look on the duty free shop’s website here before you arrive.
As you may be aware, football is nothing short of a religion in Argentina and Buenos Aires proudly sports the highest concentration of football teams anywhere in the world. The two main clubs in the capital, Boca Juniors and River Plate, enjoy intense rivalry and Boca has outdone their rivals by opening a dedicated store in terminal A. The store sells all manner of paraphernalia and merchandise. If you’re a diehard football fan though, you simply have to purchase the current season’s football jersey when at the airport!
If you’d like to start or continue on your journey feeling pampered, visit universe Garden Angeles in terminal A. The shop stocks a good range of aromatherapy products as well as body and facial treatments along with fragrances for men and women and bath products. You can take a look at their website here before heading to the airport.
For some fashion pampering, check out the topnotch Argentinean leatherwear brand, Los Robles Polo Times in terminal A. Argentina is famous for the tradition of polo-playing and the store attempts to imitate the stylish fashion of the polo-playing circles with fine leather handbags; shoulder bags, briefcases; purses; wallets and other accessories.
‘Mate’ is a popular Argentinian tourist souvenir. It’s a decorative gourd that people all over Latin America use to drink an herbal tea also called “mate.” Other popular items to take home as gifts include “gauchos” – items traditionally used by Argentina’s tough and skillful cowboys – such as ‘boleadoras’ (three hard balls made from leather connected by a leather strap which would be used to hunt animals) and curved knives. Handicrafts and handmade ponchos made by local Mapuche Indians are also popular items.
There are no duties charged in this airport on toiletries, personal effects or clothing. Electronics such as camera, laptops, mp3 players, binoculars and other things you would typically carry on are duty-free as long as they have been used and only 1 of each item is carried on. You are only permitted to bring in new personal goods up to a value of 300 US dollars. There are some products that allow you the option to get the tax back on them, which is usually 13.70% of the item’s cost.
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Ever found yourself wondering what to do in an airport? Plenty of people ponder this questions. It may be you’ve arrived at the airport a couple of hours before your flight and gone through checking in your bags; security and received your boarding pass. Now its “dead time.” You know, those few hours you spend doing pretty much nothing at the airport as you wait for your flight to board? You might be sitting at the departure gate, staring over at the runway thanks to the airline insisting you arrive up to three hours prior to the flight. Or perhaps you’re killing time between connecting flights; you’re flight has been delayed or you are wishing there was a break in the dreadful weather so you could get airborne.
The layout of Charles de Gaulle airport may leave a lot to be desired and the short connection times and typically long distances between terminals means that transferring is not for the faint hearted. But Charles de Gaulle’s duty free shopping is amazing. Charles de Gaulle Duty free wasn’t always excellent, though, as the airport did suffer a bout of neglect up until about ten years ago when retail became more than a mere afterthought. This is especially so since the airport was privatized in 2006 and things have since improved dramatically. Today, Charles de Gaulle Duty Free has a retail offering befitting Paris’s status as Europe’s style capital.
Heathrow Airport, London, is arguably one of the most well-known airports on the globe and whether you are travelling for business of pleasure, chances are you’ll have time to indulge in some serious duty-free retail therapy.
Heathrow Duty Free caters for every want and desire and is home to a massive collection of premium brands such as Harrods, Gucci, Paul Smith, Sony and Prada!
Its no wonder Dubai Duty Free created such a large duty free shopping offering. The Airport is the second busiest airport according to Airports Council International, servicing more than 145 airlines flying to more than 260 destinations across six continents.
So with such a massive consumer base (US$1.6 billion turnover in 2012) and so many deals on offer, Duty Free Addict thought we would give you a run down of the Duty Free Shopping on offer at Dubai International Airport.
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On a recent overseas trip I found myself having to spend a 3 hour stopover in Singapore Duty Free. Now usually I’d head into the city, find a bar, get my drink on and head back closer to my departure time. This time I spent my three hours wondering through Terminal 1 of Changi Singapore Airport, given my usual stop overs in Singapore Duty Free were to Terminal 3, I started to compare the terminals for duty free experience. Continue reading
Hong Kong is Asia’s world city, and you get a first glimpse into the experience you are about to receive as you enter Hong Kong Duty Free at the International Airport. Hong Kong with an eclectic mix of cultures its not quite like anywhere else in Asia, Europe or America… all I know is its AWESOME!
After my recent trip to Honkers, here’s a snap shot of the best things about the Airport and in particular, the Hong Kong Duty Free experience as well as a few of the must do’s during your stay.