NEW YORK — Hudson Group, the largest travel retailer in North America, held a grand opening last week for the newly renovated United Nations Gift Centre in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Located in the recently refurbished General Assembly Building at the United Nations Headquarters, the gift centre now spans an impressive 2,597 square feet. Hudson Group first began operating the United Nations Gift Centre in 1997.
The modernized space, devoted to fine gifts and memorabilia of the world-famous United Nations, has just concluded its 18-month-long renovation to enhance the overall customer experience and to offer curated collections of merchandise for the more than 1 million people who visit the landmark each year. The state-of-the-art design complements the original look-and-feel of the United Nations with a modern, more vibrant twist.
The new United Nations Gift Centre offers merchandise from over 193 member nations and its staff speak 26 languages, from Arabic and Hindi, to French and Spanish. Much of the shop’s collection is designed exclusively for the United Nations Gift Centre, and includes beautiful jewelry, apparel, confections, decorative and gift items.
Hudson Group celebrated the grand opening at a private ribbon-cutting ceremony in the UN Visitor Centre on July 19.
“As a proud partner of the United Nations for nearly two decades, the Hudson Group is excited to offer a new and improved shopping experience at the United Nations Gift Centre,” says Rita Yeung, Hudson Group General Manager and 34-year employee who has spent most of her career at the UN location. “The newly designed space, bold displays, and variety of products celebrate the diversity of our tourists and daily shoppers alike.”
“Our mantra and drive is to be the ‘Traveler’s Best Friend,’ and we seek to do this each day, one customer and partner at a time,” said Joseph DiDomizio, President and CEO of Hudson Group. “The United Nations has been a terrific partner over the years and we hope this new change will drive UN visitor engagement and excitement for the store’s unique products.”
The United Nations Gift Centre is open 7 days a week, from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on weekends. Visitors may also browse a wide selection of gifts on the United Nations Gift Centre’s website http://ungiftcentre.com/.