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.

Song Joong Ki Celebrated Doota Duty Free's First Anniversary With His Fans
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Song Joong Ki Celebrated Doota Duty Free's First Anniversary With His Fans

Song Joong Ki is the official model of Duty Free brand and recently he was celebrating its first anniversary with his Korean and overseas fans. He did some games and took pictures with his fans and it was like an intimate mini fan meeting for both Song Joong Ki and his fans.

In celebrating Doota Duty Free's first anniversary, the actor cut the cake and he took a picture with his fans. It was not only for one picture, but Song Joong Ki also took several group photos with his fans. The actor also revealed his schedule of his next project and he interacted with fans through games and some other activities, Hello KPopreported.

Chinese Man Marries Robot With Plans To Upgrade Her To Do Housework For Him
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Chinese Man Marries Robot With Plans To Upgrade Her To Do Housework For Him

A Chinese engineer has decided to marry a robot he built himself after his family pressured him to get married.

A 31-year-old Chinese engineer named Zheng Jiajia recently married his special bride, a robot he designed to look like a woman. Zheng plans to continue working on her, hoping she will one day behave like an actual human being.

Zheng graduated from Zhejiang University in 2011 with a masters degree in artificial intelligence and went on to relocate to an area of Hangzhou known as Dream Town, a very popular internet and tech startup hub in the city.

Jessicas Fans Bought Her This Incredible Birthday Gift In Times Square, New York
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Jessicas Fans Bought Her This Incredible Birthday Gift In Times Square, New York

Jessicas 28th birthday will surely be one that she will never forget, due to her official fan clubs efforts.

On April 18, will be Jessica celebrating her 28th birthday, and fans have come together to make it extra special. Members of her official fan club, Golden Starscreated a special video and paid to have it played on the billboards across New Yorks Times Square.

These clips will be playing on the billboards between April 15-21 and were taken from her BLANC ECLARE Advertorial and the MVs for her solo singles Fly and Wonderland. These clips will be playing every 18 minutes on 11 enormous LED Screens.