Duty Free Retailing Market Trends, Forecast, and Growth 2031

Duty Free Retailing Market Size and Forecast (2021 - 2031), Global and Regional Share, Trend, and Growth Opportunity Analysis Report Coverage: By Product Type (Cosmetics and Personal Care Products, Alcohol, Wine and Spirits, Tobacco and Cigarettes, Fashion, Confectionery and Food Stuff, Other); Application (Airports, On-board Aircraft, Seaports, Others), and Geography

  • Report Code : TIPRE00008786
  • Category : Technology, Media and Telecommunications
  • No. of Pages : 150
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The duty free retailing market size is projected to reach US$ 86.32 billion by 2031 from US$ 41.25 billion in 2023. The duty free retailing market is expected to register a CAGR of 9.67% in 2023–2031. The increasing fade of luxury products and one-stop shopping.

Duty Free Retailing Market Analysis

Growing Investment and development of the travel & tourism industry, coupled with the integration of segments including hospitality & infrastructure with government support to enhance the travel & tourism industry, resulting in the growth of the duty-free retailing market.

Duty Free Retailing Market Overview

The duty free retaining refers to the outlets containing goods exempted from the payment of certain national as well as local taxes; this tax exemption lowers the prices as compared to regular retail stores. Duty-free retail outlets allow travellers the opportunity to save money on various products, such as liquor, perfume, tobacco, cosmetics, electronics, and more. The savings can be significant, particularly for high-priced luxury items. These duty-free shops are strategically located within international airport terminals, making them easily accessible to travellers departing or arriving from other countries. So, if passengers need to shop for items they might need during their journey or buy souvenirs and gifts for friends and family, they can do so easily at these duty-free stores.

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Duty Free Retailing Market: Strategic Insights

Duty Free Retailing Market

  • CAGR (2023 - 2031)
  • Market Size 2023
    US$ 41.25 billion
  • Market Size 2031
    US$ 86.32 billion

Market Dynamics

  • Increasing Travel and Tourism
  • Growing Demand for Premium goods
  • Exemption of Taxes From Luxury Products

Key Players

  • Aer Rianta International (ARI)
  • China Duty Free Group Co.,Ltd.
  • Dubai Duty Free
  • Duty Free Americas
  • Gebr. Heinemann
  • King Power International Group
  • Lotte Duty Free
  • Shinsegae Duty Free
  • The Shilla Duty Free
  • LVMH

Regional Overview

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • South and Central America
  • Middle East and Africa

Market Segmentation

Product Type
  • Cosmetics and Personal Care Products
  • Alcohol
  • Wine and Spirits
  • Tobacco and Cigarettes
  • Fashion
  • Confectionery and Food Stuff
  • Other
  • Airports
  • On-board Aircraft
  • Seaports
  • Others
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Duty Free Retailing Market Drivers and Opportunities

Exemption of Taxes From Luxury Products to Favor Market

The duty free items enable consumers to purchase luxury and high-end goods at duty free prices. With busy lifestyles, consumers prefer one-stop shopping, and such duty free retailing helps them to shop better and luxury goods. Luxury goods such as perfumes, watches, cigars, premium alcohol, fashion jewellery, and others are the most attractive items at duty free shops at cheaper prices, which attracts consumers. Moreover, various countries are opening duty free luxury retail outlets. For example, in November 2021, Louis Vuitton, a duty free luxury item shop, opened on the luxury island hub of Hainan. Thus, such inclination towards duty free luxury products drives the growth of the duty free retailing market.

Increasing Travel and Tourism

According to the first United Nations World Trade Organization (UNWTO) World Tourism Barometer of the year, international tourism ended 2023 at 88%, with an estimated 1.3 billion international arrivals. The latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer provides a complete overview of the sector's performance in 2023, tracing recovery by global region, sub-region, and destination. International tourism receipts reached US$ 1.4 trillion in 2023, according to preliminary estimates. Further, Chinese outbound and inbound tourism is estimated to accelerate in 2024 due to visa facilitation and improved air capacity. China is applying for visa-free travel for citizens of France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and Malaysia for a year to 30 November 2024. Europe is anticipated to drive results again in 2024. In March, Romania and Bulgaria joined the Schengen area of free movement, and Paris will host the Summer Olympics in July and August 2024. Such favors to increasing travel and tourism will increase international traveling, which will create opportunities for the growth of the duty free retailing market.

Duty Free Retailing Market Report Segmentation Analysis

Key segments that contributed to the derivation of the duty free retailing market analysis are product type and application.

  • Based on product type, the duty free retailing market is segmented into cosmetics & personal care products, alcohol, wine & spirits, tobacco & cigarettes, fashion, confectionery & food stuff, and others.
  • Based on application, the duty free retailing market is segmented into airports, on-board aircraft, seaports, and others.

Duty Free Retailing Market Share Analysis by Geography

The geographic scope of the duty free retailing market report is mainly divided into five regions: North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East & Africa, and South America/South & Central America. The global duty free retailing with the increasing travel & tourism and growth in airport infrastructure. In August 2023, Airports Council International (ACI) World forecasts an average annual growth of 5.8% in passenger traffic between 2022 and 2040. By 2040, more than 19 billion passengers will travel through world airports each year. In November 2023, the Airport Council International reported that the Asia-Pacific region has a significant potential for aviation, as 57% of the 300 planned airports globally are coming up in this region.Thus, such growth in airports and passenger traffic creates a lucrative opportunity for the growth of the duty free retailing market.

Duty Free Retailing Market Report Scope

Report Attribute Details
Market size in 2023 US$ 41.25 billion
Market Size by 2031 US$ 86.32 billion
Global CAGR (2023 - 2031) 9.67%
Historical Data 2021-2022
Forecast period 2024-2031
Segments Covered By Product Type
  • Cosmetics and Personal Care Products
  • Alcohol
  • Wine and Spirits
  • Tobacco and Cigarettes
  • Fashion
  • Confectionery and Food Stuff
  • Other
By Application
  • Airports
  • On-board Aircraft
  • Seaports
  • Others
Regions and Countries Covered North America
  • US
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • UK
  • Germany
  • France
  • Russia
  • Italy
  • Rest of Europe
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • Rest of Asia-Pacific
South and Central America
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Rest of South and Central America
Middle East and Africa
  • South Africa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
  • Rest of Middle East and Africa
Market leaders and key company profiles
  • Aer Rianta International (ARI)
  • China Duty Free Group Co.,Ltd.
  • Dubai Duty Free
  • Duty Free Americas
  • Gebr. Heinemann
  • King Power International Group
  • Lotte Duty Free
  • Shinsegae Duty Free
  • The Shilla Duty Free
  • LVMH
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    Duty Free Retailing Market News and Recent Developments

    The duty free retailing market is evaluated by gathering qualitative and quantitative data post primary and secondary research, which includes important corporate publications, association data, and databases. The following is a list of developments in the market:

    • In March 2024, - Mumbai Travel Retail Private Limited (MTRPL) announced its rebranding to OSPREE. The new brand identity ‘Ospree’ serves as MTRPL’s strategy to integrate all its duty-free holdings, including Mumbai, Amritsar, Lucknow, Thiruvananthapuram, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, and Mangalore,

     (Source: Mumbai Travel Retail Private Limited, Press Release, 2024)

    • In January 2024, Mumbai Duty Free announced a Nappa Dori store in departures at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, marking the brand’s entry into the travel retail sector. Nappa Dori, which translates to leather and thread, is an Indian-origin brand celebrated for its handcrafted leather goods and accessories.

    (Source: Mumbai Duty Free, Press Release, 2024)

    Duty Free Retailing Market Report Coverage and Deliverables

    The "Duty Free Retailing Market Size and Forecast (2021–2031)" report provides a detailed analysis of the market covering below areas:

    • Market size and forecast at global, regional, and country levels for all the key market segments covered under the scope
    • Market dynamics such as drivers, restraints, and key opportunities
    • Key future trends
    • Detailed PEST/Porter's Five Forces and SWOT analysis
    • Global and regional market analysis covering key market trends, major players, regulations, and recent market developments
    • Industry landscape and competition analysis covering market concentration, heat map analysis, prominent players, and recent developments
    • Detailed company profiles
    Report Coverage
    Report Coverage

    Revenue forecast, Company Analysis, Industry landscape, Growth factors, and Trends

    Segment Covered
    Segment Covered

    Product Type ; Application

    Regional Scope
    Regional Scope

    North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, South & Central America

    Country Scope
    Country Scope

    Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the estimated market size for the global duty free retailing market in 2023?

    The global duty free retailing market was estimated to be US$ 41.25 billion in 2023 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.67% during the forecast period 2023 - 2031.

    What are the driving factors impacting the global duty free retailing market?

    Exemption of taxes from luxury products is the major factors that propel the global duty free retailing market.

    What are the future trends of the global duty free retailing market?

    Growing demand for premium goods is anticipated to play a significant role in the global duty free retailing market in the coming years.

    Which are the key players holding the major market share of the duty free retailing market?

    The key players holding majority shares in the global duty free retailing market Aer Rianta International (ARI), China Duty Free Group Co., Ltd., Dubai Duty Free, Duty Free Americas, and Gebr. Heinemann.

    What will be the market size of the global duty free retailing market by 2031?

    The global duty free retailing market is expected to reach US$ 86.32 billion by 2031.

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