Tourists To Have Wider Selection Of Japanese Goodies At Chubu Airport

Tourists to have wider selection of Japanese goodies at Chubu airportChubu Centrair International Airport will expand its tax-free souvenir section to meet increased demand from foreign tourists for Japanese confectionery and other popular items.
Centrair Plaza will open on Sept. 18 with a floor space of 230 square meters, 1.8 times larger than the floor space of its predecessor.

Operator Central Japan International Airport Co. has been eager to enlarge the airport’s souvenir sections at the international airport terminal due a significant increase of foreign visitors, primarily from China.

“When we have many flights bound for China, the duty-free shops are packed,” an airport official said.

New additions to Centrair Plaza will include Hokkaido confectionery Letao and Tokyo Campanella from the nation’s capital, joining the existing lineup that includes Tokyo Banana and Hokkaido’s Shiroi Koibito.

The expanded section will also offer travel goods and other items.

Sales from tax-free shops at the airport have been going strong.

They posted a record high 12.7 billion yen ($105 million) for the fiscal year that ended in March, up 27 percent from the previous fiscal year.