First UK Lonely Planet Store opens in Manchester Airport

6th July 2012

LS travel retail UK & Ireland is delighted to announce the opening of the first Lonely Planet store in the UK at Manchester Airport. The opening was celebrated in the presence of one of Lonely Planet’s founders – Tony Wheeler – on Thursday 5 July 2012.

Fin Casey, Managing Director of LS travel retail UK & Ireland, commented: “It's a great feeling to finally be standing in this fantastic new store. I'd like to commend both my own team, the Lonely Planet team and our brand partners who have been working so well together to bring this special concept to Manchester Airport. I'm looking forward to seeing it become a reference point for travellers using Terminal 1 as their gateway to the world.”

Beth Brewster, Manchester Airport’s Retail Director, said: "I’m delighted that Lonely Planet and LS travel retail have chosen Manchester Airport to open only their second store worldwide in our flagship terminal. We want our passenger's holiday to start the moment they arrive at Manchester Airport and this new store with its digital interactive hubs and inspirational travel products will allow them to plan for their current trip or dream about their next one. Being able to take advantage of the extensive travel knowledge that the Lonely Planet team have is therefore bound to be a huge hit with the millions of passengers travelling through Terminal 1 in the coming year."

Shona Gold, Sales & Marketing Director, Lonely Planet, said: “The Lonely Planet store is a truly unique space, combining inspiration and helpful advice for travellers alongside the entire Lonely Planet catalogue. We’re delighted with how it has turned out and look forward to hearing what travellers think.”

The 100 sq m store is located in Terminal 1. Based upon the original Lonely Planet store operated by LS travel retail at Sydney Airport, the Manchester store offers the full range of Lonely Planet books, a selection of travel products and engages with passengers through interactive technology, an innovative store design and world class service. Lonely Planet's team of expert staff in-store are available to provide travel advice and tips to passengers who use Terminal 1.

Amanda Purkiss, Lonely Planet Store Manager, welcomed the opening, saying: “We are really happy with the look and feel of the store. Our in store travel experts have covered the world between them; there’s only Russia, South America and the Poles left for them to visit! We are well-placed to help all kinds of travellers, from the experienced to aspirational, and look forward to spreading the ‘travel bug’ throughout Manchester and the world beyond.”



LS travel retail UK & Ireland is a subsidiary of LS travel retail EMEA - a division of the Lagardère Services group.

Lagardère Services operates nearly 2,000 travel retail stores in 20 countries across the world, including a presence at over 130 airports and 700 stations. It is a major Duty-Free and Luxury player, and the channel’s leading News & Convenience retailer.

LS Travel Retail EMEA operates almost 500 stores at over 70 airports in a dozen countries across Europe and includes Aelia, the core Duty Free and Luxury competence and branding centre. LS Travel Retail EMEA offers the full range of Travel Retail concepts: it is the leading News & Convenience travel retailer in the region and the operator of the Relay concept; the company also operates multi- and mono-category Duty Free stores (eg. Aelia Duty Free, BuY PARIS DUTY FREE), multi and mono-brand fashion stores (eg.Your Fashion Store, Hermes, Longchamp), specialty gift stores, gourmet food stores (eg. Hediard), as well as Food & Beverage outlets (eg.Trib’s).

LS travel retail UK & Ireland’s operations include Tax & Duty Free and Specialty retail in London Luton, London City, Glasgow and Belfast International airports, a Longchamp boutique in Terminal 1, London Heathrow, a Watermark Books store at Kings Cross and a RELAY store at Cannon St stations, as well as Tax & Duty Free and Specialty retail on board four vessels in the Irish Ferries fleet.

Lonely Planet is the world’s leading travel publisher. Started in 1973, Lonely Planet enables curious travellers to experience the world and get to the heart of a place via guidebooks and ebooks to almost every destination on the planet, an award-winning website, a suite of mobile travel products, television programming, Lonely Planet Magazine and a dedicated traveller community. Visit us at

Media contacts

For more information, contact Katy Gough, Press Officer, in the Manchester Airport press office on 0161 489 3446 or via email at

Published on: 06/07/2012 16:29:29