To support The Glenfiddich Perpetual Collection’s launch in China, Hainan Meilan International Airport has been chosen as the latest location to host the brand’s ground-breaking Perpetual Collection pop-up concept, via an exclusive partnership with China Duty Free Group (CDFG). The immersive in-person experience is available in Terminal 2 departures until March 31st.
The Glenfiddich Perpetual Collection features four single malt whiskies, each matured within vats that have never been emptied, adding continuous layers to flavours. Glenfiddich’s biggest launch in global travel retail in the last decade, the collection began rolling out in the channel in August 2022.
On 2nd March, William Grant hosted two special launch events in Beijing to mark the China introduction of The Glenfiddich Perpetual Collection. The first was a reveal for press and KOLs. This was followed by an evening event attended by the CDFG leadership team, selected VIP customers, the Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador – and the well-known Chinese actor Li Guang Jie.
“As the borders open and traveller numbers recover, we see so much potential for The Perpetual Collection in China, with Hainan representing an important destination for affluent Chinese shoppers, with duty-free sales set to triple to US$46.5 billion (£41 billion) by 2025,” noted William Grant & Sons Managing Director Global Travel Retail David Wilson.
“Single malt Scotch whisky is the most popular western spirits category in China, and is really driving the current whisky boom. Around 85% of whisky sales by value are accounted for by Scotch, and of that, 60% is made up of single malts. As the leading brand – and the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky – we are hugely excited by this opportunity.”
In 2021, Hainan was visited by 40 million Chinese travellers, and generated duty-free sales of RMB 49.5 billion (£6,043 million). Hainan’s per capita consumer spending currently stands at RMB 16,046 (£1,928), according to China’s National Bureau of Statistics, underlining the island’s importance as a key retail location. Importantly, Chinese shoppers are permitted to shop online for duty-free products six months after visiting Hainan. Moreover, at RMB 100,000 (£12,000), their duty-free allowance is the most generous in the world.
As at other locations, the Hainan Meilan Glenfiddich Perpetual Collection pop-up features motion sensors that capture the movements of travellers who enter the space, and project them in waves of colour onto a digital screen, thereby creating a unique piece of evolving generative art that references the pioneering Solera Vat process by which the whisky is made. Brand ambassadors will invite pop-up visitors to sample the four distinctive Glenfiddich Perpetual Collection expressions. And to encourage and enhance gifting, a QR code will allow travellers to customise their chosen bottle with a written or recorded message.
“We are thrilled to support and showcase The Glenfiddich Perpetual Collection at Hainan, as it launches into China travel retail,” commented CDFG Vice President Luke Chang. “We know that there is already a huge demand for single malts – and this premium, exclusive collection is sure to further drive sales and trade-up.
“We are pleased and proud to partner with William Grant, and invest in this innovative activation. We are committed to creating unique shopping opportunities for our sophisticated passengers, who have come to expect prestige brands, first-class service, and exceptional experiences every time they travel.”