Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Thursday 29 January 2015


Russia currency crisis hits tax free shopping but Chinese spending grows

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/01/15

RUSSIA. Russian spend on tax free shopping dropped by -33% in Q4 2014 while Chinese spending continued to grow, says tax refund company Global Blue.

World Duty Free Group share price surges as deal speculation intensifies

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/01/15

INTERNATIONAL. WDF Group’s shares surged by almost +9% today, hitting €9.59 in trading by late afternoon amid intense market speculation of a deal. Talk of a divestment by the controlling Benetton family (through Edizione Holding) has circulated since last September when World Duty Free Group announced that it was intent on “pursuing business combinations with other operators”.

Maui Jim launches Spring 2015 sunglasses range for men

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/01/15

The collection, featuring seven new designs, will be highlighted by Maui Jim during the IAADFS Duty Free Show of the Americas in Orlando this March.

Airports contribute 4.1% of GDP in Europe, claims new ACI study

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/01/15

EUROPE. A new study documenting the economic contribution of the airport industry in Europe says that the sector contributes 4.1% of GDP in the region.

The Moodie Report e-Zine: Claus Heinemann hails Istanbul victory

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/01/15

INTERNATIONAL. As Unifree Duty Free and Gebr Heinemann celebrate winning the mega-tender for New Istanbul Airport, we talk to Claus Heinemann about the deal.

UK tax free visitor spend slips in 2014 despite China and Middle East growth

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/01/15

UK. Tax free spending by Chinese and Middle Eastern visitors increased in 2014 but growth was offset by a decline in Russian and Thai spend, says Global Blue.

The Trinity Conversations: Neuhaus Sales Director Philip Geeraert

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/01/15

In this edition of The Trinity Conversations, Neuhaus International Sales Director Philip Geeraert addresses how the industry can deliver fresh experiences for the traveller.

Points and Collinson Latitude join forces in global loyalty market

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/01/15

An extended partnership will enable both companies to offer more products and services to loyalty programmes worldwide with a focus on e-commerce shopping.

World Duty Free Group outlines three-year plan; targets €3 billion in sales by 2017

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/01/15

INTERNATIONAL. World Duty Free Group has outlined a three-year plan based on maximising its existing portfolio, improving profits in Spain and expanding in the USA.

DKMA launches new Airport Consumer Survey

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/01/15

INTERNATIONAL. The survey will combine demographic profiling of passengers with a detailed analysis of satisfaction levels and spending habits.

Ambitious Detail Design plots expansion in airport retail and F&B sector

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/01/15

SWITZERLAND. Design and architecture firm Detail Design marks its 15th anniversary and reveals ambitions to grow in the airport retail market.

Burberry posts strong quarter but expresses Asia travel retail caution

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/01/15

UK. Luxury fashion house Burberry announces a strong quarter’s trading but strikes a wary note about Asian travel retail prospects in 2015.

The Moodie e-Zine: DFS blends ancient & modern in Cambodia

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/01/15

INTERNATIONAL. In our first edition of 2015, we speak to DFS Chairman & CEO Philippe Schaus about the retailer's plans to open a T Galleria in Cambodia.

Xavier Rossinyol steps down from Dufry to become CEO at gategroup

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/01/15

SWITZERLAND. Xavier Rossinyol, Chief Operating Officer EMEA and Asia at Dufry, is stepping down to become CEO at airline services specialist gategroup.

The Trinity Conversations: Accolade Wines’ Rupert Firbank

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/01/15

INTERNATIONAL. Accolade Wines Commercial Director Global Travel Retail Rupert Firbank discusses the future of wine in the travel retail channel.

ISG and partner add Rossiya and DonAvia to European airline network

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/01/15

RUSSIA. Inflight Sales Group has struck an agreement with Russian partner Aeromar to offer duty free retail onboard Aeroflot subsidiaries Rossiya and DonAvia.

The Moodie Report partners with ARI for Trinity Partnerships column

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/01/15

A new monthly column in The Moodie Report, sponsored by ARI, recognises effective and creative tri-partite initiatives in the travel retail industry.

Trinity Forum 2015 to put spotlight on consumer concerns and challenges

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 08/01/15

INTERNATIONAL. The Trinity Forum 2015, which takes place on 16-18 September in Hong Kong, will focus on the consumer, as well as exploring the upside potential of true industry stakeholder collaboration. The event, which takes place at the magnificent Intercontinental Hotel, will be hosted by Hong Kong International Airport.

The Moodie Report reveals its People of the Year for 2014

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/01/15

INTERNATIONAL. The Moodie Report's People of the Year recognises individuals whose deeds and attitudes advanced the industry’s cause and reputation in 2014.

The Trinity Conversations: Hugo Boss Head of Travel Retail Jesper Gustafsson

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/01/15

In the latest instalment of our video series, Hugo Boss Global Head of Travel Retail Jesper Gustafsson talks to Andrew Carter about the brand’s ambitions in the channel.

The Trinity Conversations: The view from Mondelez World Travel Retail

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/01/15

In this latest edition of The Trinity Conversations, Mondelez World Travel Retail executives Anna Szentivanyi and Nicole Hatt discuss the opportunities facing confectionery.

International passenger growth forecast to top 5% in 2015: Air4Casts

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/01/15

INTERNATIONAL. Global total passenger numbers could rise by +5% in 2015, according to leading aviation analyst and research company Air4Casts.

Macintyre Scott extends distribution partnership with NAAFI

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/12/14

UK. Travel retail distribution specialist Macintyre Scott Xtra signs a two-year deal to deliver products to Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes sites worldwide.

Dubai Duty Free’s Salah Tahlak elected to board of leading global tennis body

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/12/14

UAE. Dubai Duty Free Senior Vice President Salah Tahlak has been voted onto the board of the prestigious 12-member WTA Global Tournament Council.

'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.

The hunt continues for travel retail’s Christmas tree of the year

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/12/14

INTERNATIONAL. The Moodie Report’s search branches out as we present Christmas trees from airports and travel retail outlets around the world.

Erik Juul-Mortensen unanimously re-elected as TFWA President

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/12/14

INTERNATIONAL. Juul-Mortensen will serve a sixteenth term as President after a unanimous vote by the TFWA management committee.

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.

The Moodie Report e-Zine: A celestial showcase at DFS’s Masters of Time

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 11/12/14

INTERNATIONAL. This week Martin Moodie reports from DFS Group’s Masters of Time exhibition in Macau, where he meets a living legend of the watch industry.

People of the Year Survey: have your say on travel retail's top executives

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/12/14

Each year The Moodie Report recognises those individuals who most advanced the industry’s cause. This year we are asking you to contribute to the findings.

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.

Narita Airport reveals retail and F&B plans for new Terminal 3

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/12/14

JAPAN. Narita Airport has unveiled the detailed commercial plan for its low-cost Terminal 3, which opens in April 2015.

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.

Alpha LSG’s OMG! Awards honour Thomson Airways cabin crew

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 04/12/14

UK. A major awards event closes a two-day conference for Thomson Airways' cabin crew and management, organised by the carrier's partner Alpha LSG.

Investment in the spotlight at Airport Economics & Finance conference

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 04/12/14

UK. The seventh annual conference and exhibition is supported by the World Bank and will be held at the Lancaster London Hotel on 25-27 February 2015.

The Moodie Report e-Zine: Focus on Incheon International duty free tender

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 04/12/14

INTERNATIONAL Our cover story is dedicated to analysis of the highly anticipated Incheon International Airport duty free tender, released earlier today.

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.

India enacts first phase of extended visas on arrival scheme

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/11/14

INDIA. Visitors from 43 countries can now apply for visas on arrival in a move that could represent a big boost to India’s tourism and travel retail market.

Shooting the lights out: Denise Kennedy wins Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/11/14

UAE. Denise Kennedy is this year’s Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup champion, after scoring a staggering 89 stableford points over the two-day tournament in Dubai.

SSP reports like-for-like sales growth as underlying profits soar

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/11/14

UK. Food & beverage operator SSP Chief Executive Kate Swann hails a ‘good performance across the group’ for the year ended 30 September.

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.

World Duty Free Group shares rebound amid merger speculation

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/11/14

SPAIN. The retailer’s share prices has surged by more than +14% over the past ten days, with media speculation prompting a sharp hike late last week.

Kevin Baker recalls "extraordinary experiences" in My Wine Journey

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/11/14

The Nuance Group's Global Head of Liquor reflects on his first wine experience, his finest and many in between in the latest instalment of our new series.

Retailer prepares to host 22nd Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/11/14

UAE. Dubai Duty Free expects more than 125 players at the invitational competition, which has been bringing global industry colleagues together since 1993.

Bacardi launches 2015 Cruise Bartender of the Year competition

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/11/14

Participants are invited to submit cocktail recipes for the annual event using at least one spirit from the Bacardi rum portfolio. Entries close on 12 January 2015.

Global airports report strong passenger traffic growth in August

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/11/14

INTERNATIONAL. The Middle East and Africa recorded the biggest increases as growth accelerated in August, Airports Council International reports.

Jennifer Cords replaces Sebastian Clausen on APTRA board

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/11/14

ASIA PACIFIC. Imperial Tobacco Corporate Affairs Manager Global Travel Retail Jennifer Cords replaces colleague Clausen on the board.

Ryan Hill conquers the frozen continent for Snow Leopard Trust

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/11/14

ANTARCTICA. Edrington Group's Ryan Hill has raised over £14,000 for the trust after completing 250km endurance race The Last Desert Challenge.

The Middle East & Africa Duty Free Association Official Guide 2014

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/11/14

MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA. The guide is published by The Moodie Report to coincide with the annual MEADFA Conference in Dubai on 24-25 November.

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.