Dublin Airport Avoca Store Wins Global Travel Retail Award
Dublin Airport’s Avoca store, which is a partnership between The Loop and Avoca, has won a prestigious global travel retail award.
The Avoca store in Terminal 2 won Collaboration of the Year at the recent Frontier Awards, which celebrate innovation and creativity within the international travel retail sector.
“A Frontier Award is the highest accolade within the global travel retail industry and winning one for our Avoca store is a tremendous honour,” said Paul Neeson, Director of ARI Ireland, which is The Loop’s parent company.
“Great customer experiences arise when fabulous brands and world class retailers form genuine partnerships. The combined excellence of The Loop and Avoca have created a store that above all else customers love.”
The ground-breaking Avoca store, which opened in May 2018, was created through a close partnership between The Loop and Avoca and provides a contemporary Irish retail offering to passengers.
Avoca Managing Director Tara O’Neill said the company was proud to have won the award, which celebrates its partnership with The Loop. “This award recognises that we have brought not only beautiful gifting products to the airport, but have also been committed to bringing a sense of fun to the airport shopping experience.”
The award-winning Avoca store exudes colour and offers consumers an opportunity to immerse themselves in the unique world of Avoca. Shoppers can experience Avoca’s rich brand heritage, while discovering a selection of Irish-made products such as ceramics, throws, craft fashion items and foodstuffs.
The food range includes organic salmon, fresh meats, jams and chutneys, oils and dressings, as well as teas and coffees and baked goods such as Rice Krispie squares, rocky road buns and fresh fruit cakes.
The Frontier Awards, which have been presented for 36 years, attract entries from airport retailers and brands throughout the world. The award was presented to ARI and Avoca at a gala ceremony in Cannes recently.
According to a 2017 study Dublin Airport supports an estimated 117,300 jobs in the Irish economy, including 19,200 people employed directly at the airport and its environs. The economic activity underpinned by Dublin Airport in terms of the spin-off benefits through trade, tourism, and jobs, is worth €8.3 billion to the Irish economy annually.
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About Aer Rianta International (ARI)
From pioneering beginnings, Aer Rianta International (ARI) opened the world’s first duty free shop in Shannon Airport in 1947. ARI, which is part of daa Group, currently operates The Loop at Dublin and Cork airports and has travel retail businesses in 12 countries overseas, including Canada, Cyprus, India, Lebanon and New Zealand. It employs more than 3,000 people worldwide and manages an annual turnover in excess of more than $1 billion.
Established in 1732 as a handweaving co-operative, Avoca continues to produce quality wool products from its original location at The Mill in Avoca, Co. Wicklow. Avoca now has 13 stores throughout Ireland, employing more than 1,000 staff and is famed for its luxury homewares, fashion, accessories, food and gifting ranges.