Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Thursday 30 October 2014

MIDDLE EAST

Flemingo targets US$1 billion in sales by 2015; looks ahead to IPO

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/10/14

INTERNATIONAL. Emerging markets specialist travel retailer Flemingo International says it is on track to hit its target of US$2 billion in sales by 2020.

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.

Etihad Airways promotes breast cancer awareness at Abu Dhabi International

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/10/14

UAE. The airline mobilises cabin crew to distribute pink ribbons and leaflets, while offering a mobile mammography screening unit for employees and employees’ wives.

Informa acquires Middle East Exclusive organiser Channels Exhibitions

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/10/14

UAE. Informa Middle East has acquired Channels Exhibitions, which runs the Middle East Exclusive regional travel retail exhibition.

Dubai Duty Free reclaims title as world’s biggest airport retail operation

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/10/14

UAE. The retailer cites Generation Research’s latest numbers as Dubai International claims the top position among the world's airports for a fourth time.

Middle East and Asia Pacific airports maintain moderate growth in August

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/10/14

ASIA PACIFIC. Asia Pacific airports posted passenger traffic growth of +3.3% while Middle Eastern traffic grew by +9.0% in the month of August, according to ACI.

That-Es-Salasil and WDFG retain Kuwait Airport duty free contract

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/10/14

KUWAIT. The incumbent has retained the concession after tabling the highest bid among five parties, offering a US$26.9 million annual flat fee over a five-year term.

Diageo begins global roll out of Haig Club after Changi launch

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/10/14

The single grain Scotch whisky will be available in ten travel retail locations this month, with a wider distribution to airports and airlines planned soon.

Dubai Airports launches new app with bespoke information for passengers

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/10/14

UAE. The app provides information for both Dubai International and Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central and is available in English and Arabic.

International airline passenger traffic maintains solid growth in August

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/10/14

INTERNATIONAL. Passenger traffic on the world’s airlines climbed by +5.9% year-on-year in August, the International Air Transport Association has reported.

UAE General Civil Aviation Authority launches inaugural art competition

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/10/14

UAE. The ‘UAE Aviation Art’ competition invites all UAE residents to submit aviation-inspired photography as part of the authority’s ‘Love Your Sky’ campaign.

Abu Dhabi International posts double-digit surge in August traffic

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 01/10/14

UAE. Passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International grew +24.8% in August with Bangkok, London Heathrow, Doha, Manila, and Bahrain as the top five destinations.

Belardini, Boyer, Crotti, Piovesana in, Rendek out as Dufry seeks to avoid disruption in Nuance integration

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 01/10/14

INTERNATIONAL. In a move to minimise business disruption, Dufry Group has announced a stage one organisational structure following last month's completed acquistion of rival The Nuance Group.

Dubai Duty Free's Colm McLoughlin to receive prestigious Irish Presidential Distinguished Service Award

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 01/10/14

UAE/IRELAND. In a major accolade, Dubai Duty Free boss Colm McLoughlin is recognised for his immense commitment to Ireland, joining some of Ireland's greatest patriots and biggest achievers.

Flemingo attracts further backing as Samena Capital invests

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 01/10/14

UAE. The retailer adds to its existing weighty private equity backing with a new investment from regionally focussed firm Samena Capital.

Dubai International passenger traffic surges as runway work completed

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/09/14

UAE. Passenger traffic at Dubai International bounced back from a three-month slump resulting from a runway upgrade to climb sharply in August.

Dubai Duty Free completes repricing on loans worth US$2.5 billion

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/09/14

UAE. The successful completion highlights “continued confidence” in Dubai Duty Free’s business and a strong performance in the past year, the retailer reports.

Dubai Duty Free wins twice in Gulf Business Industry Awards

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/09/14

UAE. The retailer has been named Retail Company of the Year and UAE Company of the Year in the 2014 instalment of the regional business awards.

Beauté Prestige International introduces new Narciso feminine fragrance

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/09/14

BPl has unveiled a new feminine fragrance from designer Narciso Rodriguez, called simply Narciso. The launch is being promoted by DDF throughout September.

Dubai Duty Free prepares for thrilling weekend of races at Newbury

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/09/14

UK. The Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes will be a highlight as the retailer offers its traditional hospitality to visitors throughout the weekend.

Dubai Duty Free’s Colm McLoughlin honoured at CEO Middle East awards

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 11/09/14

UAE. Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman Colm McLoughlin has been honoured at the fifth edition of the CEO Middle East Awards.

MEADFA reveals details of annual regional conference in Dubai

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/09/14

MIDDLE EAST/AFRICA. The Middle East & Africa Duty Free Association and TFWA have revealed details of the programme of this year’s MEADFA Conference.

Qatar Duty Free hails new Chocology concept at Hamad International

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/09/14

QATAR. Qatar Duty Free has hailed the opening of its new Hamad International Airport chocolate concept, Chocology, developed in association with Godiva.

Dubai Duty Free to give away a kilo of gold in Jack Daniel’s No. 27 Gold launch

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/09/14

The retailer’s ‘Gold Reward’ promotion this month marks the launch of Jack Daniel’s No. 27 Gold Tennessee Whiskey in the Middle East, India and Africa region.

Harison UK appoints Sweet Garden as global travel retail partner

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/09/14

Harison UK has named Sweet Garden Travel Retail as its partner for the channel, with a global launch of its new products planned for Dubai later this month.

Qatar Duty Free opens new chef-led Italian concept at Hamad International

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/09/14

QATAR Qatar Duty Free has celebrated the opening of its latest Italian restaurant concept at Hamad International, in collaboration with Chef Massimo Capra.

WH Smith opens latest new concept store at Hamad International Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/09/14

QATAR. WH Smith has opened its eighth store, with a new-look concept, at Doha's Hamad International Airport, in partnership with Qatar Duty Free.

Dubai International passenger traffic passes five million for 19th month

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 04/09/14

UAE. Passenger traffic at Dubai International remained above five million for the 19th straight month in July, though volumes slipped due to runway works.

Abu Dhabi Duty Free revenues near AED500 million in first half of 2014

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/09/14

UAE. Several store openings in the first six months, including luxury concept Fragrances by DFS, have driven sales at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Abu Dhabi International posts double-digit growth in July passenger traffic

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/09/14

UAE. Abu Dhabi Airports has reported a +21.7% surge in passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport for July, with the total hitting 1.7 million.

Sharp fall in Chinese sales hits Pernod Ricard’s full-year results

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/08/14

A sharp fall in Chinese sales (-23%) and an unfavourable currency impact were key factors in Pernod Ricard reporting a -7% fall in sales for the 2013/14 financial year.

Devesh Kuwadekar to leave Qatar Duty Free and join MasterCard Asia Pacific

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/08/14

QATAR. The much-respected Devesh Kuwadekar is to leave his position as Qatar Duty Free Senior Manager Business Development and Marketing.

Abu Dhabi Airports hails opening of Starter concept at Skypark Plaza

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/08/14

UAE. Abu Dhabi Airports has said the opening of Flemingo International’s new Starter supermarket builds on its plans to develop the Skypark Plaza.

Dubai Duty Free to reprice US$2.5 billion in loan arrangements

Source: Reuters; The Moodie Report - 20/08/14

UAE. The repricing of two loans worth US$2.5 billion, reported by Reuters and confirmed by The Moodie Report, reflects the favourable loan market in the UAE.

Flemingo opens largest Starter concept at Abu Dhabi T3 SkyPlaza

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/08/14

UAE. Flemingo International has opened the largest store yet devoted to its Starter convenience concept, at Abu Dhabi International Airport Terminal 3 SkyPlaza.

International passenger growth drives airport traffic worldwide in first half

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/08/14

INTERNATIONAL. International passenger traffic at world airports climbed by +5% year-on-year in June and by +5.7% in the first six months of 2014, says ACI.

Abu Dhabi International Airport first-half traffic grows almost +20%

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/08/14

UAE. Total passengers at Abu Dhabi International Airport grew by +19.4% to 9.48 million during the first half of 2014, with +21.4% growth in June alone.

Bahrain Duty Free sales surge in first half; profits fall marginally

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 11/08/14

BAHRAIN. Bahrain Duty Free Shop Complex has reported a +10.6% year-on-year sales surge in H1 2014, to US$36.5 million, though profits dipped by -1.7%.

Dubai Duty Free hosts showpiece Shergar Cup racing event

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 11/08/14

UAE.The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup took place on 9 August, with Team Europe capturing the leading international jockeys’ challenge at Ascot racecourse.

Etihad takes 49% stake in Alitalia amid major restructure of Italian carrier

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 08/08/14

ITALY/UAE. Etihad Airways has taken a 49% stake in Alitalia as part of an overall €1,758 million investment to revitalise the Italian carrier's fortunes.

TAV Airports’ retail revenues hit by renovations and currency impact

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 08/08/14

TURKEY. Leading airports group TAV reported a surge in first-half profits, though retail revenues were held back by the impact of shop renovations and currency.

Hamad International Airport unveils new Al Mourjan Business Lounge

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/08/14

QATAR. The new Al Mourjan Business Lounge, at 10,000sq m one of the largest in the world, opens at Hamad International Airport for Qatar Airways passengers.

ATÜ Duty Free hails capture of Salalah Airport master concession

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/08/14

OMAN. ATÜ Duty Free has hailed the capture of its ten-year master concession at Salalah International Airport, which begins next January.

ATÜ Duty Free named as preferred bidder for Salalah Airport concession

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 04/08/14

OMAN. Oman Airports has named ATÜ Duty Free as master concessionaire for key commercial activities at the new Salalah Airport.

Passenger traffic climbs at Dubai International despite runway closure

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 04/08/14

UAE. Passenger traffic at Dubai International climbed to 34.6 million in the first half of 2014, up by +6.2% from the same period last year.

World Duty Free Group revenues climb but EBITDA falls in H1 2014

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 01/08/14

INTERNATIONAL. World Duty Free Group today reported a solid rise in first-half revenues but a dip in EBITDA for the period. UPDATED STORY.

Flemingo International seeks General Manager for Morocco operations

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 31/07/14

MOROCCO. Flemingo International is seeking a General Manager for its Moroccan operations through the popular Moodie Jobs service.

Giorgio Armani Beauty continues to advance in travel retail

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/07/14

L’Oréal Luxe has opened a number of new airport doors for its Giorgio Armani Beauty and Armani/Privé collections, with more to follow by the end of 2014.

Etihad Airways organises donation drive for Abu Dhabi labour camp

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/07/14

UAE. As part of the airline’s iVolunteer programme, over 50 volunteers visited one of the UAE’s largest labour camps with gifts and hot meals for the women living there.

Bentley Tobacco expands into UAE with Al Maktoum International launch

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/07/14

Following its launch in Asia, Bentley Tobacco continues its global expansion, this time in the UAE with Dubai Duty Free at Al Maktoum International Airport.