Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Friday 06 March 2015

MIDDLE EAST

Dubai International posts latest monthly traffic record in January

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/03/15

UAE. Dubai International began 2015 as it ended last year: with a record for monthly passenger traffic. The airport expects almost 80 million passengers in 2015.

Bahrain Duty Free to sponsor ITF Tennis Bahrain F1 Futures tournament

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/03/15

BAHRAIN. Bahrain Duty Free has underlined its support of the ITF Tennis Bahrain F1 Futures tournament, set to kick off on 23 March in Manama, Bahrain.

Le Clos secures Glen Grant 50yo exclusively for the Middle East market

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/03/15

The limited-edition single malt whisky has made its Middle Eastern travel retail debut with fine wine and luxury spirits retailer Le Clos at Dubai International Airport.

Lucie Safarova beats Victoria Azarenka to win Qatar Total Open 2015

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/03/15

DOHA. The professional Czech tennis player has bagged the biggest win of her career in the Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free sponsored tournament.

Ralph Lauren Polo Supreme Oud makes regional debut with Dubai Duty Free

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/02/15

Ralph Lauren’s new Polo Supreme Oud fragrance has made its Middle East debut, via an exclusive launch event in partnership with Dubai Duty Free.

Diageo Reserve World Class bar drives sales at Beirut Duty Free

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/02/15

The Diageo Reserve World Class pop-up bar at Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport drove brand awareness and a double-digit sales increase in December.

Muscat Duty Free partners Ministry of Education in student art contest

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/02/15

OMAN. Muscat Duty Free has given away OMR600 (US$1,560) and 15 laptops in an art contest for students, organised in partnership with the Ministry of Education.

Passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi Airport surges over +20% in January

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/02/15

UAE. Passenger movements at Abu Dhabi International Airport continued its strong growth trend in January 2015, with an increase of +20.7% to 1.89 million.

First Irishman set to take part in Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/02/15

UAE. No it's not Colm McLoughlin but there is a pioneering Irish influence in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships which begins today.

World Duty Free reveals terms of renewed Kuwait concession

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/02/15

KUWAIT. The new contract is based on a flat payment of KWD7.77 million (currently €23.08 million) for each year. Read on for an unusually open disclosure of bid details.

TAV Airports posts rise in revenues and surge in net profits for 2014

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/02/15

TURKEY. TAV Airports has reported a +9% jump in revenue for 2014, with net profits surging by +64%, but duty free spend per passenger dipped in the year.

TFWA announces Michele Miranda as Conference Manager

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/02/15

FRANCE. TFWA has named Michele Miranda as Conference Manager. She joins as a new member of the association’s Paris-based permanent staff.

Tennis fever continues as 2015 Qatar Total Open kicks off this weekend

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/02/15

DOHA. Sponsored by Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free, the tournament will take place 21-28 February at Doha’s Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex.

Tyko Travel Retail sets sights on Middle East expansion with new agent

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/02/15

Tyko Travel Retail has appointed Visions FZCO as its official travel retail agent for the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Sri Lanka, India and Qatar regions.

Bahrain Duty Free posts record profits of US$22.7 million in 2014

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/02/15

BAHRAIN. Bahrain Duty Free has announced record net profit of US$22.7 million for the year ended 31 December 2014, with sales rising by +7.8%.

Incheon, Delhi and Seoul Gimpo airports among big winners of ASQ awards

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/02/15

INTERNATIONAL. ACI has named the winners of the 2014 Airport Service Quality Awards, with Incheon capturing the top prize in the largest airport category.

Qatar Duty Free opens Chopard boutique at Hamad International

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/02/15

QATAR. Qatar Duty Free has unveiled a Chopard boutique at Hamad International Airport, housing an upscale jewellery, watches and accessories range.

Le Clos toasts the Year of the Goat with Château Rothschild promotion

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/02/15

Le Clos is offering shoppers at Dubai International Airport a chance to win a Château Mouton Rothschild 2000 Jeroboam worth AED42,000 (US$11,400).

Passenger traffic posts healthy increase at world’s airports in 2014

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/02/15

INTERNATIONAL. Global airport passenger traffic climbed by +5.1% year-on-year in 2014, Airports Council International (ACI) has reported.

DFS wins travel retail award from luxury goods title The Hurun Report

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/02/15

CHINA. DFS Group has won the Best Travel Retail Award at Chinese luxury goods title The Hurun Report’s Best of the Best Awards for 2015.

Strong travel retail sales performance buoys Lagardère Services in 2014

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/02/15

FRANCE. A strong performance from travel retail helped lift Lagardère Services’ net sales by +1.8% in 2014, with the figure hitting €3.81 billion. UPDATED.

Mondelez World Travel Retail signs up as Platinum Sponsor of Trinity Forum

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/02/15

INTERNATIONAL. Mondelez World Travel Retail has signed up as a Platinum Partner for the Trinity Forum 2015, which takes place on 16-18 September in Hong Kong.

Global airline travel climbs strongly against mixed economic backdrop

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/02/15

INTERNATIONAL. Global airline travel grew by a robust +5.9% in 2014 compared to 2013, ahead of the industry’s ten-year average growth rate, according to IATA.

Golfer Rory McIlroy conducts Dubai Duty Free’s latest prize draw

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/02/15

UAE. Newly crowned Omega Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament winner Rory McIlroy conducted the latest Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise draw on Sunday.

Etihad Airways reports 'strongest operational performance to date'

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/02/15

UAE. The national airline of the UAE carried a record 14.8 million passengers in 2014, an increase of +23%, driven by new destinations and partnerships.

Fast-growing Qatar Airways acquires 9.99% stake in IAG

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 30/01/15

QATAR. To advance its 'westward' strategy, the dynamic Doha-based carrier snaps up a share in the owner of British Airways, Iberia and Vueling.

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% on Thursday, hitting €9.59 amid intense market speculation of a deal. UPDATED STORY.

Chinese Ambassador opens Qatar Duty Free's Chinese Pavilion

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/01/15

QATAR. The 180sq m Chinese pavilion at Hamad International Airport was officially opened today by Chinese Ambassador to Qatar His Excellency Gao Youzhen.

Dubai International seizes number 1 spot for international passengers

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/01/15

UAE. 70.47 million passengers recorded in 2014, 79 million projected in 2015. Is there any stopping the runaway – and runway – success story that is Dubai International?

Abu Dhabi Airport posts record passenger traffic growth

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/01/15

UAE. 20 million passengers passed through the airport’s three terminals in 2014, up more than +20% over the previous year.

Qatar Duty Free partners 2015 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/01/15

DOHA. As the official retail partner for the golf tournament, Qatar Duty Free has a dedicated pavilion where it is showcasing a range of products and promotions.

Passenger traffic at Asia Pacific airports up +6% in November 2014

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/01/15

ASIA PACIFIC. Passenger traffic in Asia Pacific and Middle Eastern airports showed continued moderate growth in November 2014, rising +6.0% and +6.1% respectively.

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.

From the Midlands to Montrachet: My Wine Journey with Sharon Beecham

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/01/15

Dubai Duty Free’s Sharon Beecham shares her wine journey in the latest instalment of our popular new column in association with Treasury Wine Estates.

Dubai Duty Free opens Hermès Parfums pop-up shop at Dubai International

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/01/15

UAE. Dubai Duty Free has opened a 25sq m Hermès Parfums pop-up shop at Dubai International Airport Terminal 1 Concourse C. It will remain until 31 January.

Dubai Duty Free Donates US$1.36 million to UAE Compassion Campaign

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/01/15

UAE. Dubai Duty Free has donated AED5 million (US$1.36 million) to the UAE Compassion campaign, which raises funds to provide winter aid for refugees.

David Ferrer beats Tomas Berdych to win Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2015

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/01/15

DOHA. Spanish professional tennis player David Ferrer has won the men’s title in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2015, sponsored by Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free.

Portland focuses on the connected passenger at CNN Traveller Café

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/01/15

UAE. Portland Design outlines its role in creating the CNN Traveller café project at Abu Dhabi International Airport, which aims to keep travellers connected.

Qatar Duty Free launches Chinese New Year campaign at Hamad International

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/01/15

QATAR. Qatar Duty Free has constructed a Chinese-themed pavilion at Hamad International Airport, offering passengers discount vouchers and special activities.

WDFG opens Saudi Duty Free store at King Fahd International Airport

Source: Arab News; ©The Moodie Report - 12/01/15

SAUDI ARABIA. World Duty Free Group and Al Musbah Group have opened their first duty free store in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, according to Arab News.

Iraq Duty Free posts double-digit sales growth in 2014 despite conflict

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 11/01/15

IRAQ. Iraq Duty Free has reported a +16% climb in sales in 2014, despite conflict that forced the operation’s closure at Baghdad Airport for several months. Iraq Duty Free is upbeat about prospects for 2015 and is targeting a sales uplift of +25% to +30% due to "increased passenger figures, a growing middle class and new routes agreed by Iraqi Airways".

Guerlain previews Santal Royal fragrance at Dubai Duty Free

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/01/15

Late last year Guerlain introduced its new Santal Royal fragrance to Dubai Duty Free for an exclusive two-month period prior to its roll-out across the region.

Higher & higher: Dubai Duty Free posts record US$1.9 billion 2014 sales

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 04/01/15

UAE. Dubai Duty Free has announced record sales of US$1.917 billion (AED6.99 billion) for 2014, representing a leap of more than +7% over 2013.

Coty Middle East & Dubai Duty Free unveil Roberto Cavalli Paradiso

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/12/14

UAE. Coty Middle East and Dubai Duty Free join forces in an initial global travel retail exclusive launch for Roberto Cavalli’s new female fragrance Paradiso.

25% discount prompts US$51.7 million Dubai Duty Free shopping spree

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/12/14

UAE. Over a three-day period Dubai Duty Free recorded 405,407 sales transactions, issued 3,812 pallets of merchandise and sold US$51.74 million of duty free items.

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.

Exertis Arc Telecom aims to extend footprint in travel retail

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/12/14

Consumer electronics brand and accessories distributor Exertis Arc Telecom is aiming to enhance its travel retail presence across the Middle East.

'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.

Dubai Duty Free offers one-day deal on millionaire and luxury car draws

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/12/14

UAE. Dubai Duty Free is marking its 31st anniversary with a special one-day online discount on its popular Millennium Millionaire and Finest Surprise contests.

Muscat Duty Free launches Christmas campaign and MasterCard promotion

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/12/14

OMAN. Muscat Duty Free is bringing Aer Rianta International's Joy of Giving campaign and an exclusive promotion for MasterCard holders to Muscat Airport.