Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Tuesday 02 September 2014

MIDDLE EAST

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.

Bahrain Duty Free enhances retail with upgraded Shop & Collect facility

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/07/14

BAHRAIN. The newly upgraded system has reduced shipment processing time, and allows for better communication with the customer during the process.

Beijing Airport leads as Middle East and Asia Pacific traffic grows in May

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/07/14

INTERNATIONAL. The airport was the busiest across the two regions during a month in which traffic grew strongly in Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

Dubai Duty Free donates AED3 Million to UAE Water Aid campaign

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/07/14

UAE. Dubai Duty Free has donated AED3 million (US$817,000) towards the campaign as part of its ongoing Corporate Social Responsibility efforts.

Passenger traffic growth led by Middle East and Latin America-Caribbean

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 11/07/14

INTERNATIONAL. Passenger traffic at the world’s airports grew by +4.7% year-on-year in May, ahead of the global average for the last 12 months, said ACI.

Etihad Airways to expand international network with six new services

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/07/14

UAE. The UAE national airline will add new destinations in the first half of 2015, and also offer the first non-stop flight between Abu Dhabi and Brisbane.

Hamad International's facilities 'unprecedented', says Qatar Airways CEO

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/07/14

QATAR. Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker hails the new Hamad International Airport as “undoubtedly the best [airport] facility ever built”.

Dufry to issue €500 million in Senior Notes to finance Nuance acquisition

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/07/14

INTERNATIONAL. Dufry Group plans to issue €500 million in Senior Notes, the proceeds of which will be used to help finance the Nuance acquisition.

Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Ball raises €120,000 for children's charity

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/07/14

IRELAND/UAE. The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Ball on Friday 27 June raised €120,000 for children’s charity, The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation.

ARI Group completes purchase of remaining stake in CTC-ARI

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/07/14

CYPRUS. The Aer Rianta International Group has completed the acquisition of a further 50% shareholding in CTC-ARI (Holdings) from its Cypriot partner.

Passenger traffic surges at Abu Dhabi International Airport in May

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 01/07/14

UAE. Abu Dhabi International recorded a +27.4% leap in passenger traffic in May, with Manila, Doha, Bangkok, London and Mumbai the top five destinations.

Dubai International passenger traffic dips in May due to runway closure

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 30/06/14

UAE. Dubai International passenger traffic numbers fell by -2.5% year-on-year in May because of a major runway refurbishment, which curtailed aircraft activity.

Giraffe debuts new brand extension at Dubai International Terminal 3

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 30/06/14

UAE. Emirates Leisure Retail has opened Giraffe Stop at Dubai International T3 Concourse B, designed to complement the existing Giraffe restaurant at Concourse A.

Australia swoops to capture Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at The Curragh

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/06/14

IRELAND/UAE. The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby took place on Saturday at The Curragh, with the Aidan O’Brien-trained Australia a convincing winner.

Dubai Duty Free staff conquer High Atlas Challenge for charity

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/06/14

UAE/MOROCCO. Two Dubai Duty Free staff members were among a party that completed The High Atlas Challenge, raising funds for a charity in Morocco.

Etihad Airways set to acquire 49% equity stake in Alitalia

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/06/14

ITALY/UAE. Etihad Airways is set to acquire a 49% equity stake in Italian airline Alitalia, after the companies agreed the terms and conditions of a deal.

Dubai Duty Free receives Superbrands award for eighth time

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/06/14

UAE. Dubai Duty Free received 'Superbrands' status for the eighth year at a tribute event held last week by the Superbrands Council in Dubai.

Kreol Travel Retail launches Sweets of Oman brand at Saudi Duty Free

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/06/14

Sweets of Oman’s Chiko confectionery brand, sold in over 40 countries, is now available at Saudi Duty Free at Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport.

Qatar Duty Free unveils spectacular F&B programme at Hamad Airport

Source: ©The Foodie Report - 23/06/14

QATAR. The retailer has made its food & beverage debut in impressive style, opening more than 30 outlets across 15,000sq m at the new airport.

Andrew Say triumphs in closely contested Dubai Duty Free Golf Cup

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/06/14

UAE. Emirates Golf Federation member Andrew Say is the winner of the 22nd Dubai Duty Free Golf Cup, which attracted a field of well over 100 players this year.

Umdasch wins RLI Award for work on Hamad International Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/06/14

UK. Umdasch Shopfitting has won the Interior Excellence Award at the 2014 Global RLI Awards for its work on Hamad International Airport’s South Terminal.

Bahrain Duty Free Shop upgrades Swarovski airport presence

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/06/14

BAHRAIN. Bahrain Duty Free Shop has redeveloped its Swarovski offer at Bahrain International Airport, with a new 40sq m area in prime space.

Le Clos launches Laurent-Perrier limited edition in travel retail first

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/06/14

Les Réserves Grand Siècle, available in a limited number of jeroboams and magnums, has made its travel retail debut with Le Clos at Dubai International.

Butlers Chocolates partners Dubai Duty Free in limited edition launch

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/06/14

Butlers Fruit Truffles, the first of a new range of chocolate boxes from the Irish chocolatier, will be available exclusively at Dubai Duty Free outlets in July 2014.

Dubai Duty Free spotlights Lindt Caramel Tube in exclusive launch

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/06/14

Dubai Duty Free is the first travel retailer in the world to launch Lindt's 250g Lindor Caramel Tube, now available exclusively at its duty free stores until 31 December.

Dubai Duty Free supports education charity in High Atlas Challenge

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/06/14

UAE. Dubai Duty Free is sending two staff to take part in the High Atlas Challenge in Morocco, to help raise funds for Moroccan organisation Education For All.

Middle East and Asian airports maintain healthy growth rates in April

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/06/14

ASIA PACIFIC. Airports in Asia Pacific posted passenger traffic growth of +6% year-on-year in April, while traffic at Middle East airports surged +14.7%, ACI reports.

Michael van Gerwen captures Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters title

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/06/14

UAE. Dubai Duty Free continued its strong support of sporting events as it hosted the Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters last week, won by Michael van Gerwen.

Bahrain Duty Free promotion to give away US$100,000 in prizes

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/06/14

BAHRAIN. The 'Dream Castle' campaign will run for four months at the travel retailer's stores at Bahrain International Airport's Departure and Arrival halls.

ELR & MMI to open six outlets in new Dubai International Concourse D

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/06/14

UAE. Emirates Leisure Retail & Maritime Mercantile International will open Wolfgang Puck, Giraffe, The Noodle House, Costa Coffee, Le Clos and a new sports bar.