Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Monday 22 December 2014

NORTH AMERICA

'Remarkable results': UNWTO predicts record international tourism in 2014

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/12/14

INTERNATIONAL. The UN World Tourism Organization expects global tourist numbers to reach 1.1 billion after growth of +4.7% to the end of October.

Paradies sponsors business and employment events for veterans

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/12/14

USA. The company will partner Avis Budget Group in taking the title sponsorship of the 2015 Leave No Veteran Behind Opportunity Fair event series.

Bhavesh Patel named to key commercial and concessions role at Denver Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/12/14

USA. Bhavesh Patel, who was Director of Concessions at Tampa International, has taken on a role overseeing commercial and concessions at Denver Airport.

Canadian government eases ‘red tape’ requirements for duty free retailers

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/12/14

CANADA. In a move welcomed by the Frontier Duty Free Association, Canada's government has streamlined regulations for the industry following a Strategic Review.

International passenger traffic surges ahead in October, reports ACI

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/12/14

INTERNATIONAL. Passenger traffic at the world’s airports climbed by +6% year-on-year in October, with international traffic surging by +6.3%, ACI reports.

HMSHost goes wild in Minnesota with hockey-themed restaurant

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 11/12/14

USA. The operator has partnered with local ice hockey team Minnesota Wild to open a restaurant at Minneapolis-St Paul Airport.

Upbeat IATA forecasts surge in airline passenger traffic in 2015

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/12/14

INTERNATIONAL. The International Air Transport Association says passenger traffic will rise +7% in 2015, aided by lower fuel prices and a better global economy.

Westfield reveals new-look dining environment at Newark Liberty Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/12/14

USA. The Liberty Terrace replaces previous food courts at Newark Airport terminals A and B following a US$3.5 million transformation by Westfield.

Dallas/Fort Worth Airport launches duty free, retail and F&B tenders

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 08/12/14

USA. The airport is offering 20 packages covering 34 locations across three terminals, including six duty free locations in Terminal D.

Nuance North America named Best Canadian Airport Duty Free Company

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 08/12/14

USA. Nuance North America has been named Best Canadian Airport Duty Free Company by the Frontier Duty Free Association for the third consecutive year.

The hunt is on for Geek E. Duck Hidden Bucks at San José Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 08/12/14

USA. A new holiday campaign is encouraging travellers to find yellow rubber ducks hidden all over the Silicon Valley airport for a range of discounts and prizes.

Elie Maalouf joins InterContinental Hotels Group as Americas CEO

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/12/14

USA. The former HMSHost President and CEO sets his sights on a different part of the travel experience with a key role at the leading hotel company.

Frank O’Connell: Research and impact studies among World Council priorities

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/12/14

INTERNATIONAL. Developing a body of research and compiling a study on travel retail's economic impact are early priorities for the Duty Free World Council.

GuestLogix extends retail platform off-board with OpenJaw acquisition

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/12/14

CANADA. The inflight retail systems provider will buy the web retail software company to extend its reach across the travel chain.

The Dreyfuss Group focuses on North America with new sales appointment

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/12/14

Alastair Henderson has been named Regional Sales Manager North America, effective 1 October, as the region becomes an increasing focus for the company.

Minneapolis-St Paul prepares for major concession programme overhaul

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/12/14

USA. Minneapolis-St Paul Airport aims to launch RFPs covering more than 125,000sq ft of commercial space in two phases next year and in 2017.

Hershey cash till point solution drives sales for International Shoppes

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 01/12/14

Hershey’s latest joint merchandising project with International Shoppes at Philadelphia International Airport has delivered double-digit sales growth.

Pittsburgh Airport and Airmall invite public airside for shopping event

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/11/14

USA. The non-travelling public will be invited to sample Pittsburgh Airport’s retail and food & beverage offer at a special event on 6 December.

Zippo opens third store in Las Vegas as casino investment pays off

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/11/14

Zippo has opened its third concept store on the Las Vegas strip, and it expects to have as many as six retail locations operating in the city by the end of 2015.

Mattel and Walmart bring Virtual Toy Store to Toronto Pearson Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/11/14

CANADA. Wallmart and toy manufacturer Mattel are bringing a personalised virtual shopping installation to Toronto Pearson Airport for the festive season.

The Moodie e-Zine: Las Vegas Sands Corp brings magic to Macau

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/11/14

INTERNATIONAL. This week we speak to the biggest luxury retail landlord in Macau about the next phase of development in one of travel retail's most exciting markets.

Best of Canada recognised at FDFA Gold Standard Awards

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/11/14

CANADA. The Frontier Duty Free Association celebrated excellence across the country's duty free market at its 29th annual convention in Toronto last week.

SSP appoints Paul Heflin to North America design and construction role

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/11/14

NORTH AMERICA. Experienced architect Heflin becomes Vice President of Design and Construction in another senior appointment for SSP's regional team.

Paradies outlets ‘Pay It Forward’ to military troops for Thanksgiving

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/11/14

USA. Paradies will thank active and retired military service men and women with free meals at its airport food & beverage outlets from 24-27 November.

Hudson Group reveals new retail concepts for LAX Terminal 6

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/11/14

USA. The retailer has adapted its convenience concept for the terminal and will introduce the first ever Belkin electronics store at an airport.

The Moodie Report e-Zine: David Beckham kicks off Haig Club launch

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/11/14

INTERNATIONAL. Beckham discusses his involvement in Diageo's single grain whisky and King Power International Group (Thailand) celebrates 25 years.

Flemingo International merges with Harding Retail in cruise move

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/11/14

INTERNATIONAL. Flemingo International and cruise retailer Harding Retail have announced a merger that will expand Flemingo’s global travel retail presence.

HMSHost donates US$25,000 to provide Coca-Cola to America’s troops

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/11/14

USA. HMSHost seeks to provide "that taste of home" and support traveling troops in over 30 United Service Organizations centres at airports across the nation.

Westfield reveals retail and F&B line-up at new-look LAX T6

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/11/14

USA. Westfield and Los Angeles World Airports have revealed the list of retail and food & beverage brands at the new-look Los Angeles International T6.

HMSHost puts winning dish on the menu at Sammy’s Bar & Grill

Source: ©The Foodie Report - 16/11/14

USA. The operator and partner Sammy Hagar have participated in an episode of cooking competition and reality television show On The Menu.

OTG unveils extraordinary ambition at Newark Liberty Terminal C

Source: ©The Foodie Report - 16/11/14

USA. OTG and terminal manager United Airlines will create a spectacularly innovative commercial offer at the airport according to plans revealed today.

Border operator Duty Free City hosts Grand Opening in San Ysidro

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/11/14

USA. The retailer hosted a day of promotions and activities at its 14,000sq ft debut location serving the border crossing between the US and Mexico.

Autogrill Group posts marginal decline in nine-month revenue and EBITDA

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/11/14

INTERNATIONAL. Autogrill Group consolidated revenues for the first nine months of 2014 hit €2,868.6 million, down by -0.9% year-on-year.

Duty Free World Council to explore creation of an industry Academy

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/11/14

INTERNATIONAL. The Duty Free World Council is to explore the establishment of a Duty Free and Travel Retail Academy to promote industry education and training.

USA targets increase in Chinese tourism with major visa policy reform

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 11/11/14

USA/CHINA. The USA has extended the validity of short-stay visas to ten years – the longest allowed under national law – as it woos Chinese tourism and investment.

Ebola task force speaks out as Australia and Canada issue travel restrictions

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/11/14

INTERNATIONAL. The travel and transport task force has restated support for the World Health Organization’s policy against measures restricting travel.

Ottawa Airport issues RFP for indoor advertising concession

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/11/14

CANADA. Ottawa International Airport Authority is seeking a partner to operate its seven-year advertising concession within the passenger terminal.

The Moodie e-Zine: Irish accolade for McLoughlin; upheaval in Korea

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/11/14

INTERNATIONAL. We're on location in South Korea, assessing big changes in travel retail. And in Ireland one of the industry's great servants is lauded.

Dallas/Fort Worth Airport to launch key commercial RFPs in December

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/11/14

USA. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport will tender more than 30 concessions covering retail (including duty free), service and food & beverage.

FDFA to raise funds for Missing Children’s Society of Canada

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/11/14

CANADA. The Frontier Duty Free Association is dedicating its fundraising efforts to the non-profit organisation, Missing Children’s Society of Canada.

SSP America names Pat Banducci as Chief Operating Officer

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/11/14

NORTH AMERICA. Leading F&B operator SSP America has named Pat Banducci, previously a senior figure with HMSHost, as Chief Operating Officer.

Dufry maintains revenue and EBITDA growth momentum in first nine months

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/11/14

INTERNATIONAL. Dufry Group’s turnover climbed by +9% year-on-year in the first nine months of 2014 (+12.4% at constant exchange rates) to CHF2,930.9 million (US$3 billion). The increase came through a combination of organic growth and the consolidation of Nuance since September. CEO Julián Díaz said: “2014 has been a year of many challenges and great achievements. Having executed well in many of the projects, we now focus our efforts on the integration and generation of synergies in the Nuance acquisition.”

MarketPlace Development opens first new outlets at LaGuardia Terminal B

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/10/14

USA. Three fashion boutiques and new food & beverage outlets are the first in an ambitious programme from the airport retail developer.

Sunglasses Awards short-list revealed; record number of entries received

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/10/14

INTERNATIONAL. The shortlist is announced for the annual Sunglasses Awards, which will be presented at TFWA World Exhibition in Cannes next week.

Miami International Airport plans duty paid premium cosmetics RFP

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/10/14

USA. A new concession of 650-850sq ft will go to tender within a month if the mayor’s office approves plans made by Miami-Dade Aviation Department.

OTG extends security pre-ordering at Orlando International Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/10/14

USA. Eligible passengers can now order food while clearing security at Orlando International thanks to a partnership with security pre-approval scheme CLEAR.

Aéroports de Montréal launches major F&B tender at Montréal Trudeau

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/10/14

CANADA. The airport authority is seeking operators for 17 food & beverage outlets at the airport, to be tendered in four packages. Bids are due on 8 January.

Auditor to examine Denver Airport duty free result after DFASS protest

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/10/14

USA. Denver Auditor reviews the Denver Airport duty free contract award to Dufry after DFASS appeals but injunction attempt fails. UPDATED story.

Pinko opens first US airport store at Pittsburgh with Airmall and Airest

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/10/14

The Italian fashion brand marks its US airport debut and extends its successful partnership with Airest Collezioni at Pittsburgh’s new airside retail area.

Tampa Airport issues RFPs for duty free, speciality retail and F&B

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/10/14

USA. Tampa International Airport has issued RFPs for its duty free, speciality retail and food & beverage concessions amid a major redevelopment programme.