Such is the bustle of the city that it’s something of a surprise to arrive at Phnom Penh International Airport and encounter an oasis of calm, an efficient, quiet airport featuring some fine artwork and an excellent, diverse shopping, dining and lounge offer.
What does Dubai Duty Free get in return for much cost, much hard labour, much time and dedication? One suspects your company deems such a question irrelevant, that it never forms part of any annual budgeting process.
At one point Niall smoked the ball almost to the green on a par 4. I got so much under mine that it just missed my head coming down.
I feel my luck is about to change. This is a year of shocks is it not? After all, one year ago who would have predicted Donald Trump would be elected President of the USA; that the UK would exit the European Union; or, most shockingly of all, that the Irish rugby team would beat my beloved All Blacks after 111 years of trying?
“Sure then, why not? I’ll take a whiskey on the rocks; The price of a good time, these days, ain’t a lot; Yes, I’m here alone; No I don’t want you to telephone; You can’t have my number, but you can take me home.”
“Every day is a new day and not to be wasted. I try to wring every last moment out of it. People think that the party will go on forever, but I know differently now. You don’t know when that call will come.”
Like Mohammed Ali’s ‘rope-a-dope’ tactics against George Foreman in the famed ‘Rumble in the Jungle, the All Blacks absorbed all the punishment and then struck with the ferocity and speed of a King Cobra.
The Irish have the wind in their sails, the All Blacks an urgent need for redemption. It will be a classic. Which way will it go? Have your say and be in to win some great prizes.
If it be your will that I speak no more, and my voice be still, as it was before, I shall speak no more.
Ireland beat the All Blacks for the first time in 111 years. Yes that’s right 111 – which also just happens to be the emergency telephone number in New Zealand. And boy did the shell-shocked men in black ever need emergency assistance.
Gamsahamnida (‘Thank you’) Korea. I learn so much from your country, your culture, your people and your duty free industry each time I come here. Annyeongi kyeseyo (‘Farewell’).
Competition is so tough, the regulators so fierce, the battle for Chinese tourists so intense, that a Korean duty free equivalent of the Charles Darwin-inspired ‘Survival of the fittest’ adage could surely be coined.
Here is a bricks and mortar travel retailer realising not only that it must reinvent itself in a world increasingly dominated by e-commerce (particularly in China) but having the courage and vision to do it on its own terms.