Dark Times For Duty Free Shops As Chinese Stay Away

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Dark Times for Duty-Free Shops as Chinese Stay Away
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Dark Times for Duty-Free Shops as Chinese Stay Away

Duty-free shops are likely to see their annual sales drop for the first time in 14 years amid an unofficial Chinese boycott.

Last year's sales totaled at W12.27 trillion, but this year's are projected to plunge 14 percent to W10.5 trillion (US$1=W1,129).

Duty-free sales dropped four percent in 2003 amid the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome scare but have been growing ever since. They weathered later problems like North Korea's nuclear tests and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome scare with ease.

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Sales at Duty-Free Shops Inch up

Sales at duty-free shops showed signs of recovery after the drop of Chinese travelers followed by China's unofficial boycott over the stationing of a U.S. Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery here.

According to the Korea Duty-Free Shops Association, duty-free shops saw an increase in sales from foreign travelers, reaching US$656 million in May, up 11 percent from the previous month.

The number of foreign shoppers also slightly increased to 1.02 million from 998,000.

Duty-free stores had seen a steady rise in sales until February with their monthly total sales reaching $883 million, but sales dwindled drastically in March and April amid the THAAD spat.

The Shilla Duty Free And Changi Airport Group Present Shinee And Red Velvet For A One-Night Exclusive Concert
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The Shilla Duty Free And Changi Airport Group Present Shinee And Red Velvet For A One-Night Exclusive Concert

(Photo : Shilla Duty Free Singapore and Changi Airport Group)

For the first time, The Shilla Duty Free and Changi Airport Group will present a one-night exclusive Shilla Beauty Concert featuring Korean pop sensations, SHINee and Red Velvet. To be held in the evening of 24 November 2017 at Suntec Convention Centre, this event will commemorate the upcoming launch of The Shilla Duty Free's new store at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 4 (T4). Sponsored by Samsung, Global Tax Free, Korea Tourism Organization and The Embassy of the Republic of Korea; concert tickets are available to the public only through The Shilla Duty Free stores located at Changi Airport Terminals 1, 2 3 or online at iShopChangi.com.

Chinese College Student Becomes Smoking Hot Bikini Fitness Champion
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Chinese College Student Becomes Smoking Hot Bikini Fitness Champion

This 20-year-old college student has a body that would make most adults jealous!

Tu Mengli recently took home the gold in the Junior Womens Bikini Fitness category of the 51st Asian Bodybuilding and Fitness Championship.

Mengli is the youngest Chinese winner in the bikini category, and she owes it to her hard work and rigorous training to maintain her strong build and slim body.

Mengli said that her diet and workout routine go hand in hand.

She eats 10 egg whites a day and binges on chicken, fish, and shrimp along with fruits and vegetables. No red meat or sweets!

This Chinese Model Has The Longest Legs Youve Ever Seen
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This Chinese Model Has The Longest Legs Youve Ever Seen

This beautiful Chinese model is going viral not just for her top tier looks but her insanely long legs.

Dong Lei is a Chinese model who has been receiving a lot of attention for her seemingly unreal proportions. Leis legs are all natural and are all down to her genetics. Both of her parents are tall, so its not surprising that she would be so slender and tall herself. Lei was already 59 at just 16 years old!

Now standing at 511, her legs measure 3 feet and 4 inches which is the average height for a seven-year-old child!