YVR Welcomes North America’s First World Duty Free Store

A Second World War-era whiskey made its world debut at Vancouver International Airport on September 20, as part of the grand opening of North America’s first World Duty Free store.

The debut of the second release of Generations Glenlivet 70 Year Old affirmed the significance of the World Duty Free “Connoisseur Collection” at YVR – just days after the anniversary of the Battle of Britain, during which the cask was laid. The rare Scotch malt whiskey is the last from a cask laid down in 1940, when few casks were made due to rationed grain and fuel. Four of the 100 bottles available will be sold for $35,888 per bottle until November 1, 2012 exclusively at the World Duty Free store at YVR.

Guests at the grand opening were treated to carnival-style entertainment, delectable refreshments and whiskey sampling, and a tour of World Duty Free’s spectacular new shops.  The 1,450m² walk-through World Duty Free store is located after security in the International Terminal, where it anchors nine other duty-free stores at YVR as part of a brand-new World Duty Free Group shopping experience.

In addition to its ‘Connoisseur Collection’ offering the finest selection of premium whiskey in North America, YVR’s World Duty Free has the largest duty-free beauty department in North America. It includes an extensive range of premium products and brands such as Sisley, Crème de la Mer, La Prarie, Chanel, Dior, Lancome and Estee Lauder.

The Hermes store, which became operational earlier this year under the World Duty Free banner, is the only duty-free Hermes in Canada.  The refurbished ‘Thinking Canada’ specialist souvenir store with 510m² of retail space offers one-stop shopping for an extensive range of quintessentially Canadian products, and a new 165m² Collection concept store offers a selection of luxury watches and jewellery.

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