Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Wednesday 01 April 2015


Chinese visitor numbers to South Korea soar by +58.4% in February

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 17/03/15

SOUTH KOREA. One in two arrivals to South Korea in February was from China, confirming the extraordinary momentum and scale of the Chinese visitor wave.

Changi and Tourism New Zealand bring Tolkien's Middle-earth to Singapore

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 16/03/15

SINGAPORE. The Naturally New Zealand exhibition features a Hobbit Hole set display and other memorabilia from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films.

China remains number one nationality for tax free shopping spend in 2014

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 10/03/15

INTERNATIONAL. Chinese travellers grew their tax free shopping spend by +18% in 2014, and account for 30% of tax free shopping worldwide, says Global Blue.

PATA strikes partnership to help members become 'China Ready'

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 05/03/15

ASIA. PATA is now offering the China Ready & Accredited Program, designed to help members more effectively target high-yield mainland Chinese travellers.

Russia currency crisis hits tax free shopping but Chinese spending grows

Source: ŠThe 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.

International tourism rises +4.7% in 2014; +3-4% growth projected in 2015

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 27/01/15

INTERNATIONAL. Over 1.1 billion tourists travelled abroad in 2014, according to the UNWTO, with 2015 set to be a solid year despite several market challenges.

South Korean authorities announce four new downtown duty free licences

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 20/01/15

SOUTH KOREA. The licences will be available to all retailers, including the industry giants, newcomers and small and medium enterprises.

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

Source: ŠThe 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.

South Korea makes huge gains over Hong Kong in race for Chinese tourists

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 06/01/15

SOUTH KOREA. Huge growth in Mainland Chinese visitor numbers to South Korea has got tourism authorities and retailers worried in Hong Kong.

Weak Yen hits Japanese spend in Hawaii but Chinese business improves

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 02/01/15

US (HAWAII). Japanese visitor arrivals to Hawaii rose +1.8% in November but the weak Yen kept spending soft. By contrast, Chinese arrivals and spending surged.

Surging Chinese arrivals sets the scene for Incheon duty free tender

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 23/12/14

SOUTH KOREA. Chinese visitor arrivals rocketed by +66.7% year-on-year in November, following a +57.3% increase in October.

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

Source: ŠThe 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.

UK tax free spend shrinks to November as top spenders maintain growth

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 12/12/14

UK. Shopping spend by international visitors declined by -4% in the first 11 months of the year, based on tax refund calculations by Global Blue.

Tuniu and DFS enhance shopping experience for Chinese travellers

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 11/12/14

CHINA. Leading Chinese online leisure travel company Tuniu Corporation and DFS Group have joined forces to promote international travel and shopping.

7-Eleven begins tax free shopping service for tourists in Japan

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 03/12/14

JAPAN. The redrawing of Japan’s travel retail market continues as 7-Eleven becomes the first convenience store offering tax free sales to tourists.

India enacts first phase of extended visas on arrival scheme

Source: ŠThe 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.

Aviation sector adds US$26.7 billion to Dubai economy in 2013

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 17/11/14

UAE. Companies including Emirates airline, Dubai Airports and Dubai Duty Free will grow aviation's GDP contribution to 37.5% by 2020, claims Oxford Economics.

Chinese visitors surge as tourist arrivals rebound in Thailand

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 17/11/14

THAILAND. A +6.14% increase in total visitor arrivals in October is the first monthly growth since January following a period of political turmoil.

Chinese visitors surge as Incheon Airport duty free tender nears

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 13/11/14

SOUTH KOREA. Chinese visitor numbers soared by +57.3% for the first nine months, paving the way for a blockbuster duty free tender at Incheon International Airport.

USA targets increase in Chinese tourism with major visa policy reform

Source: ŠThe 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: ŠThe 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.

International tourism shows continued strength despite challenging conditions

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 31/10/14

INTERNATIONAL. International tourism "continues to grow above expectations despite rising global challenges”, says UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai.

Caribbean governments impose bans on travel from Ebola-stricken countries

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 17/10/14

LATIN AMERICA/CARIBBEAN. Several countries have banned arrivals from West African countries as governments fear the cost of containment and impact on tourism.

USA to enhance Ebola screening as first infection beyond Africa found

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 07/10/14

USA. President Obama is to order additional passenger screening at US airports as Spain reports the first case of a person contracting Ebola beyond Africa.

Global Blue anticipates tax free sales surge as Chinese Golden Week begins

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 01/10/14

UK. Tax refund company Global Blue recorded a +35% year-on-year increase in tax free spend from Chinese travellers in the UK during the holiday in 2013.

A market transformed: Chinese travel boom to Korea continues

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 25/08/14

SOUTH KOREA. Chinese visitors represented 42.1% of arrivals in the first seven months, compared to 16.7% for the long-time dominant Japanese.

WHO declares deadly Ebola virus an international health emergency

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 08/08/14

INTERNATIONAL. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa an international health emergency.

Russian and Japanese tax free spending falls sharply in first quarter

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 07/08/14

INTERNATIONAL. Tax free sales to Russian and Japanese travellers fell sharply in the second quarter, says tax refund specialist Global Blue.

Korean inbound duty free allowance set to rise +50% to US$600

Source: Maeil; The Moodie Report - 29/07/14

SOUTH KOREA. The Moodie Report has confirmed that the government is set to announce a sharp rise in the value allowance having dismissed earlier proposals to double it.

Chinese arrivals maintain surge in South Korea as Japanese slip further

Source: KTO; The Moodie Report; KDB Daewoo Securities Research - 22/07/14

SOUTH KOREA. Chinese arrivals surged by +53.8% in the first six months while Japanese visitor numbers continued to nosedive. UPDATED with key new charts.

Hawaii visitor numbers buoyed by Chinese and Korean arrivals in May

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 22/07/14

US (HAWAII). Arrivals from China jumped +29.4% in the month, while arrivals from Korea grew +4.9%, outstripping the +3.9% rise in Japanese visitors.

International tourism arrivals grow by +5% in early 2014 says UNWTO

Source: UNWTO - 21/07/14

INTERNATIONAL. Tourist arrivals in the first four months of the year kept pace with 2013, according to the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.

China Duty Free Group set to open world’s largest duty free complex

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 15/07/14

CHINA. Get ready for duty free and travel retail shopping on a scale that you've never seen before as China Duty Free Group unveils its breathtaking Haitang Bay Shopping Complex.

Nigerian and Middle Eastern visitors spur UK tax free spend in June

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 14/07/14

UK. Strong growth from several high-spending nationalities drove overall tax free spend in the UK up by +6% in June, according to Global Blue.

Tourvest celebrates Mandela Day by assisting home reconstruction

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 14/07/14

SOUTH AFRICA. Tourvest representatives will head to South Africa’s Alexandra township to help rebuild ten homes for selected community members this week.

Thailand to consider a raise in decades-old duty free allowance

Source: Bangkok Post - 04/07/14

THAILAND. The Thai Customs Department is proposing a raise in the duty free limit on new personal items bought abroad to THB80,000–100,000 (US$2,470–3,090).

Changi Airport launches S$1 million campaign to win back Chinese tourists

Source: The Straits Times - 30/06/14

SINGAPORE. Changi Airport Group has teamed up with the Singapore Tourism Board and other major tourism players in a campaign to boost Chinese arrivals.

Hawaii visitor numbers and spend decline again in April

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 16/06/14

USA (HAWAII). Hawaii Tourism Authority has reported its eighth consecutive month of declining visitor spend as arrivals fall by -0.7% in April.

UK tax free spend decline accelerates as instability hits key nationalities

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 16/06/14

UK. Tax free spend declined by -15% in May as Thai and Russian visitor numbers plummeted as a result of recent political turmoil, says Global Blue.

Japanese government to double number of tax free shops by 2020

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report; Kyodo News International; The Yomiuri Shimbun - 06/06/14

JAPAN. The government plans to double the number of shops that offer tax refunds to tourists by 2020 to capitalise on the Tokyo Olympics tourist boom.

Duty free boon to Korean retailers as Chinese arrivals soar +58.8% in April

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 03/06/14

SOUTH KOREA. Chinese visitor numbers surged +58.8% in April to 531,947, a 42.5% share of the inbound travel market, according to Korea Tourism Organization.

Changi Airport Group unveils plans to grow Singapore’s cruise industry

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 26/05/14

SINGAPORE. Changi Airport Group is partnering Singapore Tourism Board and Princess Cruises in a new fly-cruise initiative to grow the local cruise industry.

UNWTO explores the economic impact of shopping tourism in latest report

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 23/05/14

INTERNATIONAL. UNWTO’s latest Global Report on Shopping Tourism offers a series of practical guidelines and principles for developing shopping tourism.

International visitor spending increases +5% and exceeds long term trend in 2013

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 15/05/14

INTERNATIONAL. The latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer indicates total export earnings generated by international tourism in 2013 of US$1.4 trillion.

Chinese visitor numbers to South Korea continue extraordinary surge

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report; Korea Tourism Organization - 08/05/14

SOUTH KOREA. Q1 saw a +214% increase in Chinese visitors since 2009 while Japanese arrivals fell -29%. But for potential Incheon duty free bidders is it a simple issue of 'do the math'?

UK welcomes record overseas visitors, tax free spend soars

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 08/05/14

The Office for National Statistics reports a record breaking number of visits to the UK by overseas residents in 2013; Global Blue highlights a surge in tax free shopping.

Tax free sales to Russians slide sharply; Chinese growth continues

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 28/04/14

INTERNATIONAL. Tax free sales to Chinese travellers surged by +25% year-on-year in Q1, says Global Blue. But sales to Russians fell -9% in the period.

Chinese share of South Korean tourism market doubles in five years

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 15/04/14

SOUTH KOREA. Five years ago, Japanese visitors accounted for 41.8% of arrivals to South Korea. That figure has now halved as Chinese tourism booms.

Sim Local to open three new stores at London Heathrow Airport

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 15/04/14

UK. The SIM card retailer will open three mores stores at Heathrow by June and aims to expand its travel retail model to other international airports.

Chinese tourists lead spending on tax free shopping in Manchester

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 10/04/14

A strong appetite for designer brands and UK-made items are driving Chinese spending on tax free shopping in Manchester, according to Global Blue.