Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Thursday 05 May 2016


Abu Dhabi Airports reveals Midfield Terminal food & beverage victors

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 03/05/16

UAE. Emirates Leisure Retail, HMSHost, Lagardère Capital and SSP are the big winners of a hotly contested F&B tender at Abu Dhabi's new Midfield Terminal.

HMSHost International to open its first airport F&B outlets in Doha

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 03/05/16

QATAR. Autogrill subsidiary wins contract to operate four dining outlets at Hamad International Airport as it expands its Middle East footprint.

Big names bolster line-up at this month's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 02/05/16

IRELAND. The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, hosted by golf star Rory McIlroy's charitable foundation, looks set to attract a powerful field from 19-22 May.

Organic sales growth buoys Dufry in Q1 as WDF integration gathers pace

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 02/05/16

INTERNATIONAL. “We had a good start in 2016, with the continuation of the improving organic growth trends we started to see in Q4 2015. Europe had another strong quarter and countries impacted by Brazilians and Russians continued to recover." Dufry CEO Julián Díaz reacts to the retailer's Q1 2016 results, which showed solid organic sales growth, and rising EBITDA, but net earnings fell sharply in the period.

Mars ITR and Dubai Duty Free target travellers with Galaxy promotion

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 29/04/16

Four high-profile Galaxy promotions across Dubai Duty Free, featuring a Royal Enfield 350 Classic motorcycle, celebrate the re-launch of the brand into travel retail.

Royal salute: H.H Sheikh Ahmed opens Concourse D at Dubai International

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 29/04/16

UAE. Dubai Airports Chairman H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum has officially opened Dubai International’s new Concourse D, home to 60 airlines.

Colm McLoughlin: Dubai Duty Free buoyed by Concourse D opening

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 27/04/16

UAE. Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman Colm McLoughlin says that the retailer’s business has been lifted by the opening of the new concourse.

Duty Free World Council releases latest Global Shopping Monitor

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 27/04/16

INTERNATIONAL. The Duty Free World Council has released its quarterly KPI Monitor for Q1 2016, revealing the latest consumer perceptions about travel retail.

Dubai Duty Free wins Middle East duty free shopping award for 15th year

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 26/04/16

UAE. Dubai International has once again been named ‘Best Airport for Duty Free Shopping in the Middle East’ at the Business Traveller Middle East awards.

Dubai International passenger traffic maintains growth momentum in March

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 26/04/16

UAE. Passenger numbers at Dubai International climbed by +7.4% year-on-year in March, and by +6.8% in the first quarter, as the new Concourse D opened.

ACI underlines role of service quality on commercial revenues

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 25/04/16

INTERNATIONAL. "Analysis suggests that prioritising customer service results in the greatest positive impact on non-aeronautical revenue," says ACI World Director General Angela Gittens.

Bahrain Airport Company launches new terminal advertising tender

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 25/04/16

BAHRAIN. “Our tender programme is another significant milestone in our US$1.1bn transformation," says Bahrain Airport Co's Mohamed Khalil.

Dubai Duty Free takes top honours at industry awards ceremony

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 25/04/16

UK/UAE. “We are delighted to be named Airport Travel Retailer of the Year and even more delighted to accept the overall Global Travel Retailer of the Year award."

‘Putting the customer first’: Paul Griffiths on Dubai International's Concourse D

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 19/04/16

UAE. "I love the idea of air travel being a human enabler, of reuniting people and bringing whole societies together." - Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths.

Keith Hunter leaves Qatar Duty Free; Luis Gasset takes key role

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 18/04/16

QATAR. Keith Hunter has left his role as Senior Vice President of Qatar Duty Free after nearly eight years to return to his native UK.

Edrington becomes sole shareholder of Edrington Fix Middle East (EFME)

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 14/04/16

MIDDLE EAST. The acquisition of the remaining 50% stake in Edrington Fix Middle East will see EFME Managing Director Igor Boyadjian leave his role.

Hamad International Airport named world’s fifth best airport for shopping

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 14/04/16

QATAR. The airport scooped three top accolades, including world’s fifth ‘Best Airport for Shopping', at the 2016 Skytrax World Airport Awards.

Dubai International records +6.9% increase in passengers in February

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 13/04/16

UAE. More than 6.3 million travellers were handled during the month, with the growth coinciding with the opening of the US$1.2 billion Concourse D in February.

Royal support for Dubai Duty Free-sponsored weekend of horse racing

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 12/04/16

UK/UAE. The Queen will enter four horses at the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials, with the retailer offering its traditional hospitality to visitors throughout the weekend.

Magnum force: Le Clos takes off at Dubai International Concourse D

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 06/04/16

UAE. Le Clos is celebrating record sales for the first three weeks of trading in its store within Dubai International’s new Concourse D. Highlights have included the sale of a US$40,000 bottle of The Macallan ‘Golden Age of Travel’ special edition and a US$25,000 magnum of Château Lafite 1945, respectively.

Dubai International launches smartwatch app for iOS and Android

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/03/16

UAE. Initially focusing on flight information, commercial offers from food & beverage and retail outlets will feature at a later date, according to Dubai Airports.

Global Blue acquires Australian company Currency Select from Travelex

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/03/16

SWITZERLAND. Acquisition will see Global Blue expand into eight new dynamic currency conversion markets in Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

Registration now open for the 2016 Trinity Forum in Mumbai, India

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/03/16

INDIA/INTERNATIONAL. Early registration discounts are available until the end of June for the Trinity Forum, which takes place on 12-14 September this year.

Lagardère Travel Retail pledges robust sales and earnings growth to 2019

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/03/16

FRANCE. Lagardère Travel Retail has outlined its plans to deliver strong sales and earnings growth through to 2019 in its latest investor conference.

Asia Pacific and Middle East airports post robust traffic rises in January

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/03/16

ASIA PACIFIC. Asia Pacific and Middle East airports posted healthy increases in passenger traffic in January, with hubs such as Delhi and Beijing climbing sharply.

Bahrain Duty Free adds Benefit Cosmetics amid Departures renovation

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/03/16

Benefit Cosmetics is the first of a number of new brands set to roll out in the beauty category during 2016 as part of Bahrain Duty Free’s refurbishment programme.

In the front line: ARI names Star Employees of the Year

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/03/16

IRELAND/INTERNATIONAL. CTC-ARI's George Charalambous is named ARI's Star Employee of the Year, with runners-up from stores in Beirut and Dublin.

Irish golfers compete for chance to play in Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/03/16

IRELAND. More than 160 golf clubs across Ireland are competing in this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Club Challenge.

Pret A Manger opens first UAE outlet at Dubai International Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/03/16

UAE. In partnership with Emirates Leisure Retail, the Terminal 1 Concourse D outlet offers sandwiches, salads and wraps as well as local specialities.

Dufry: Strong project pipeline set to drive growth in 2016 and beyond

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/03/16

INTERNATIONAL. Dufry CEO Julián Díaz talks organic growth, the concessions pipeline, brand partners and duty free versus duty paid growth with investors.

Dynamic Dubai Duty Free Nightingales choir hits the high notes

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/03/16

UAE. The choral group, made up of 30 Dubai Duty Free staff members, strikes the right chord at the annual ChoirFest Middle East 2016 competition.

Qatar Duty Free brings celebrity culinary flair to Hamad Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/03/16

QATAR. Massimo Capra and Andrea Dipino have created special menus for Soprafino and RED restaurants as part of the Qatar International Food Festival.

Dubai Duty Free wins recognition for Corporate Social Responsibility drive

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/03/16

UAE. Executive Vice Chairman Colm McLoughlin welcomes recognition of the retailer's support for communities, charities and the environment.

Dufry Group delivers solid commercial performance in 'transformational year'

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/03/16

INTERNATIONAL. Dufry Group turnover climbed by +46.3% to reach CHF6,139.3 million in 2015 amid what the company described as "a transformational year".

Higher and higher – Dubai International hits new monthly passenger peak

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/03/16

UAE. Records, it seems, are simply there to be broken at Dubai International. The New Year begins as 2015 left off with an all-time monthly traffic record.

DFASS Group wins Royal Jordanian inflight duty free concession

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/03/16

JORDAN. Miami-based DFASS promises a “unique programme… appealing to the needs and desires of the Royal Jordanian Airlines customer”.

ACI report underlines growing role of non-aeronautical revenues to airports

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/03/16

INTERNATIONAL. ACI underlines how critical commercial incomes have become to the business in its latest report into the economics of airports.

Le Clos opens new outlet at Dubai International's Terminal 1 Concourse D

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/03/16

UAE. It is the fine wine and luxury spirits retailer’s sixth outlet at the Dubai airport and will give travellers the opportunity to taste five iconic First Growths.

‘A significant milestone’ – ELR and MMI launch ambitious offer at Dubai International

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/03/16

UAE. Concepts introduced to the Middle East for the first time include Pret A Manger, The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck and The Draft House.

Hamad International Airport launches mobile app with iBeacon features

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/03/16

QATAR. Hamad International claims to be among the first airports in the world to use iBeacon technology for wayfinding and shopping and dining promotional alerts.

Dubai Airports’ show of strength for blindness prevention charity

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/03/16

UAE. Ten teams from across the airport community participated in an airplane pulling contest as part of the ‘Your Sight, Our Happiness’ to raise funds for Orbis.

Host Mumbai International Airport Ltd hails influence of Trinity Forum

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/02/16

INTERNATIONAL. Mumbai International Airport Ltd CEO Rajeev Jain says his company will host a hugely memorable Trinity Forum in September.

Incheon and Changi lead ACI’s ASQ rankings in 2015

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/02/16

INTERNATIONAL. Airport Council International's 2015 Airport Service Quality Awards are led by the Korean and Singaporean gateways.

DAA International to manage new T5 at Riyadh King Khaled International

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/02/16

SAUDI ARABIA. DAA International has won the contract to manage and operate the new domestic Terminal 5 at Riyadh King Khaled International Airport.

Dubai Duty Free launches Antrim Hills’ Water Within range in the UAE

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/02/16

UAE. The official launch of the Northern Ireland-based company’s water range has taken place at The Irish Village Shop in Dubai International Airport.

Tennis star Qureshi meets kids at Dubai Duty Free Special Needs Clinic

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/02/16

UAE. More than 110 children with special needs participated in the Dubai Duty Free-presented event, which coincides with the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

Asia Pacific and Middle East airports post strong 2015 passenger growth

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/02/16

INTERNATIONAL. Several Asia and Middle East airports posted strong 2015 passenger growth, none more so than Bangkok's second airport, Don Mueang.

Saudi businessman is Dubai Duty Free millionaire for a second time

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/02/16

UAE. Lady luck shone on Hussain Aldubais for a second time one year after his first US$1 million win in the company's Millennium Millionaire promotion.

‘Bigger and better’: Dubai International Concourse D opens

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/02/16

UAE. The US$1.2 billion project has increased Dubai International's passenger capacity from a world-leading 75 million to 90 million.

Dubai Duty Free goes car-free to support sustainability initiative

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/02/16

UAE. Management and staff at the travel retailer took to bicycles, trains and buses to get to work as part of Dubai’s annual ‘Car Free Day’ campaign.