On the day the new duty-free store policy officially took effect, the 1st of November, the number of customers that visited the store hit over 10,000, a rise of 20% to 30% compared with standard days.

At 9 a.m., many tourists were queued up outside the duty-free store located at the Yangtian Yuya Avenue. A Harbin tourist, surnamed Zhou, told a reporter that she and her husband had postponed their flights after they found out that the new policy would take effect on 1st November. “Now I can buy more since the purchase limit has been raised to 8,000 yuan”, said Zhou.

When the store finally opened at 10 a,m., thousands of tourists swarmed inside. With the higher purchase limit and the new products available, commodities with prices higher than 5,000 yuan, such as luxury watches and bags, were particularly popular with consumers.

To ensure the successful implementation of the new policy, Sanya’s duty-free store has increased the inventories of some of its commodities and upgraded its information system.


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