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S.S. America And Airport Duty Free. | S.S. AMERICA, S.S. UNITED STATES Sailing On The 'All American' Team To Europe
S.S. AMERICA, S.S. UNITED STATES sailing on the 'All American' team to Europe

S.S. America and airport Duty Free.

 

 

Did you know that the America inspired the creation of airport Duty-Free shops?

The idea originated with the Shannon, Ireland airport’s catering comptroller, Brendan O’ Regan, a proud gentleman, determined to show skeptics that the Irish could run a world class airport. All he needed was money. O’ Regan found the solution at sea; sailing on a return voyage from the U.S to Ireland aboard the ocean liner S.S.America. “I discovered that I could buy duty –free goods aboard the ship. I thought: Wouldn’t this be an excellent idea if we could idea if we could implement such a duty-free service at Shannon Airport.” Upon his return O’Regan secured the enabling legislation establishing a no-man’s land tax zone at the airport and the world’s first duty-free shop opened in 1947. The shop generated revenue for airport improvements and was later expanded into a manufacturing duty free zone.

From that modest start, O’ Reagan went on to make airport Duty- Free shopping a world wide phenomenon.

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