Duty Free Philippines Corporation (DFPC) doubled its year-on-year sales growth to 4 percent in 2019 compared to 2 percent the previous year.
DFPC maintained its strong growth trajectory as the agency's consolidated sales reached more than USD226 million in 2019 from USD217 million in 2018.
DFPC chief operating officer Vicente Pelagio Angala said the Philippines' hosting of the Southeast Asian Games and the opening of Duty Free Luxe have significantly contributed to the upswing.
Angala said the growing number of tourists visiting the newly-rehabilitated Boracay Island via Kalibo Airport has been beneficial to DFPC sales.
Filipino tourists, balikbayans, or visiting Filipinos who live overseas, and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), remained the top source markets with a share of 85 percent.
Confectionery is still the major growth driver, with 31 percent share of the total sales, followed by liquor (21 percent), fragrance and cosmetics (18 percent), and fashion merchandise (10 percent).
DFPC has met a number of significant milestones last year, including the opening of Go Lokal's Marahuyo in November.
In line with the directive of Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat and in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), we have augmented our product portfolio which now includes more local artisans, Angala said.
With the agency's strong commitment to giving top local products a global audience, DFPC was recognized as Highly Commended CSR Initiative of the Year at the 2019 Frontier Awards in Cannes, France for supporting The Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
We have always recognized the vital role that we play in making the Philippines a globally recognized quality destination. To realize that vision, we have officially launched Duty Free Luxe. It is a downtown store that will put the Philippines as a top-of-mind shopping destination to boost the country's shopping tourism, he said.
DFPC has expanded the list of exclusive brands that it carries which now includes -- Gucci Beauty, Armani Beauty, Hogan, and MCM.
In 2019, DFPC also embarked on the renovation of the Fiestamall and NAIA Terminal 1 Arrival stores.
Before the end of 2019, we have unveiled the newly-renovated Fiestamall. The elegant and more functional design will welcome customers particularly the remodeled food court, building facade, Customer Relations Registration lobby, and tourist lounge, Angala added.
DFPC is expected to maintain the momentum in 2020 with the opening of Duty Free store at the Hilton Sun Valley Resort inside Clark Freeport Zone by the first quarter of this year.
DFPC is the country's sole operator of the duty-and tax-free merchandising system, and a vital component of the DOT as it contributes to the efforts in the development of the country's tourism infrastructure, programs, and projects through revenue remittances.
Source: Philippines News Agency