Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Friday 18 April 2014


Beirut Duty Free opens new fragrances & cosmetics store

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/04/14

LEBANON. Beirut Duty Free has opened a new beauty store at Beirut International, featuring improved merchandising for brands in an upscale environment.

All set for tender take-off as Abu Dhabi Airports releases duty free RFP

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/04/14

UAE. As Expressions of Interest are called for the duty free operation at Abu Dhabi's Midfield Terminal, VP Commercial Gavin McKechnie outlines the opportunities.

Abu Dhabi Airports releases duty free EOI for Midfield Terminal

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/04/14

UAE. The airports company has begun its keenly anticipated commercial build up for the new facility with the launch of its duty free Expressions of Interest process.

DFS and Abu Dhabi Airports open major new fragrances boutique

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/04/14

UAE. A fragrance line-up with a difference is now on offer to shoppers at Abu Dhabi International Airport following the formal opening of a major new DFS boutique.

DFS unveils Masters of Fragrances and new flagship store in Abu Dhabi

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/04/14

UAE. Abu Dhabi International Airport is the venue for DFS Group’s inaugural Masters of Fragrances and the retailer’s new Fragrances by DFS airport boutique.

Egyptair Duty Free Shops win Hurghada T2 duty free auction

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/04/14

EGYPT. Egyptair Duty Free Shops has captured the duty free concession at Hurghada International Airport's new T2, following a competitive auction today.

Ice-Watch to grow Middle East presence with Chalhoub partnership

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/04/14

The watch company will work with luxury goods distributor company Chalhoub Inc to bring its colourful watches to new markets in the region, including the UAE and Qatar .

Muscat Duty Free and Travelex launch joint promotion at Muscat Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/04/14

OMAN. Muscat Duty Free has teamed up with Travelex in a promotion at Muscat International Airport, where passengers can win prizes and shopping discounts.

Qatar Duty Free adds Samsung Galaxy S5 at Doha International Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/04/14

DOHA. Qatar Duty Free is poised to extend its Samsung offer at Doha tomorrow (11 April) with the addition of the new Samsung Galaxy S5.

World-famous Chef heads diverse speakers’ line-up for FAB Conference

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/04/14

DENMARK. Claus Meyer, co-founder of Copenhagen’s famous Noma restaurant, heads a powerful speakers’ line-up for the fourth annual FAB Conference & Awards.

DFS Group prepares to unveil its debut Masters of Fragrances event

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/04/14

UAE. DFS Group tonight hosted a welcome dinner at the Monte Carlo Beach Club in Abu Dhabi, on the eve of its inaugural Masters of Fragrances event.

SSP captures Hurghada Airport food & beverage concession after auction

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/04/14

EGYPT. Leading travel restaurateur SSP has captured the main food & beverage concession at Hurghada Airport, which was tendered via an auction today.

Dubai Duty Free set to support popular Spring Trials race meeting

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 08/04/14

UAE/UK. Dubai Duty Free will sponsor the annual Spring Trials meeting at Newbury racecourse, a high-profile event in the UK racing calendar, this weekend.

Larnaka Airport partners launch ‘Trinity’ initiative to showcase Cyprus

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 08/04/14

CYPRUS. CTC-ARI, Cyprus Airports Food & Beverage and Hermes Airports are collaborating in a drive to showcase the island’s culture at Larnaka Airport.

Nuance targets Hong Kong downtown store; eyes other expansion options

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 08/04/14

INTERNATIONAL. As it prepares for an IPO, The Nuance Group is plotting several key expansion projects, including a downtown travel retail store in Hong Kong.

Dubai Duty Free partners Coty in exclusive Cavalli and CK launches

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/04/14

Dubai Duty Free has partnered Coty Prestige to launch Exotica by Roberto Cavalli and Liquid Gold Euphoria by Calvin Klein exclusively at Dubai International.

Gebr Heinemann and partners win Sharm el-Sheikh T2 duty free bid

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/04/14

EGYPT. Gebr Heinemann, partnering with Global Brands and Egypt Free Shops Co, has won the duty free concession at Sharm el-Sheikh T2. UPDATED STORY.

Dubai Duty Free sales grow by +10% in first quarter of 2014

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/04/14

UAE. Strong growth in the first three months of 2014 has put the retailer on track to reach its target of US$1.92 billion in sales this year.

Etihad loyalty scheme to become separate company amid growth plans

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/04/14

UAE. Etihad Airways is to spin off its customer loyalty programme Etihad Guest as a standalone business, ahead of plans to grow the scheme.

Abu Dhabi International posts double-digit surge in passenger traffic

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 31/03/14

UAE. Abu Dhabi International Airport has posted a +15.6% surge year-on-year in passenger traffic during February, and forecasts another record year.

Dubai Duty Free partners Calvin Klein in Harley-Davidson giveaway

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 31/03/14

Gyedu Kenneth from Ghana has won a Harley-Davidson 338 motorcycle in the Scratch & Win promotion organised by Calvin Klein and Dubai Duty Free.

Lancôme showcases Absolue portfolio at Dubai International Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 31/03/14

L’Oréal Travel Retail has hailed the success of a Lancôme Absolue promotion during Chinese New Year, at Dubai International Airport Concourse B.

Changi named World’s Best Airport by Skytrax; Hong Kong & Heathrow top dining & shopping

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/03/14

INTERNATIONAL. Singapore Changi repeats last year's success at Skytrax's World Airport Awards, being named the world's top airport. Read on for full results.

Dubai Duty Free names winners in latest Dunhill and Vogue promotions

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/03/14

Organised by Dubai Duty Free and British American Tobacco International, the promotion at Dubai International gave away trips for two to London and Paris.

Philip Morris and Qatar Duty Free target growing Chinese market

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/03/14

A dedicated Chinese New Year area at Doha International Airport features a 2014 Marlboro special edition celebrating the Year of the Horse.

DFS Group set for inaugural Masters of Fragrances in Abu Dhabi

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/03/14

ABU DHABI. DFS Group will extend its successful Masters Series with a new event, described as an unprecedented showcase of world-exclusive scents.

Chinese New Year timing boosts Asia Pacific airport traffic in January

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/03/14

ASIA PACIFIC. Boosted by the timing of Chinese New Year, airports in Asia Pacific and the Middle East posted +10.7% year-on-year growth in January traffic.

Autogrill sales slip in 2013 as Italian market and motorways suffer

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/03/14

ITALY. Autogrill has posted a -0.3% decrease in revenue for 2013, with a contraction in its home market of Italy offsetting growth in North America.

Dufry posts +7.8% rise in EBITDA for 2013; revenue increases by +13.3%

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/03/14

SWITZERLAND. Despite a heavy increase in Brazillian concession costs, Dufry maintains solid profits growth. Read on for full results.

Frank O’Connell named President of new Duty Free World Council

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/03/14

USA. Frank O’Connell, Alberto Motta and Erik Juul-Mortensen have been appointed to key roles in the Duty Free World Council at its inaugural meeting.

Oman Airports releases RFP for duty free and F&B at Salalah Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 11/03/14

OMAN. Oman Airports Management Company has launched a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a master concession contract at the new Salalah Airport.

Dubai Airports powers down in extended Earth Hour initiative

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/03/14

All non-essential and decorative lighting at Dubai International will be switched off for an hour daily for 24 days in the lead up to Earth Hour on 29 March.

Qatar Duty Free and Visa team up for FIFA World Cup Brazil promotion

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/03/14

DOHA. Qatar Duty Free is partnering Visa this month to offer two lucky passengers the chance to win a trip to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-finals.

HMSHost captures food & beverage contract at Abu Dhabi International

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/03/14

UAE. Autogrill subsidiary HMSHost has captured a food & beverage contract at Abu Dhabi International, which is forecast to deliver €20 million in revenues to 2019.

Chinese and Russians lead tax free spending worldwide in 2013

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 04/03/14

INTERNATIONAL. Chinese travellers spent +20% more on tax free shopping year-on-year in 2013, and Russians +13% more, according to tax refund group Global Blue.

Etihad reveals record profits, establishes new aviation group

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/03/14

UAE. Etihad Airways today revealed record financial results for 2013, and announced the creation of the Etihad Aviation Group to aid its continued expansion.

Etihad boosts Chinese business with increase in Chengdu flights

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/02/14

UAE. National carrier Etihad Airways to have daily frequency on the Abu Dhabi-Chengdu route from next month, a fillip for onboard and airport duty free sales.

Calling for FAB Awards nominations as interest builds in Copenhagen event

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/02/14

INTERNATIONAL. The Moodie Report is calling for nominations for the annual Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Awards with a submission deadline of 18 April.

Dubai Duty Free honoured for Corporate Social Responsibility

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/02/14

UAE. Dubai Duty Free was presented with two Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) awards at the World CSR Congress, held on 17–18 February in Mumbai.

Dubai International posts record monthly traffic figures in January

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/02/14

UAE. Dubai International posted record passenger traffic of 6.4 million in January, with the figures boosted by seasonal holidays and the Dubai Shopping Festival.

UNWTO supports Qatar as it reveals new tourism growth strategy

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/02/14

QATAR. The organization voices support as Qatar launches a new tourism strategy ahead of the opening of the new Hamad International Airport.

Armani Crystal Edition sells for €4,250 at Dubai International Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/02/14

A numbered Armani Crystal Edition feminine fragrance has been sold to a Russian couple at Dubai International Airport for €4,250.

Shortlist announced for 'The Moodies' digital and social media awards

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/02/14

INTERNATIONAL. The shortlist for 'The Moodies', the second annual airport-specific digital, mobile and social media awards, has been announced.

JCDecaux wins ten-year contract for Muscat and Salalah airports

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/02/14

OMAN. JCDecaux Oman has signed an exclusive contract to operate outdoor advertising at Muscat International and Salalah airports for ten years.

Clear Channel and Adlux create global luxury airport advertising network

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/02/14

INTERNATIONAL. The agreement creates a combined network of 146 private jet terminals that brands can engage with via a single point of contact.

Safilo Group announces travel retail appointments in Americas and EMEA

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/02/14

Italian eyewear company Safilo says appointments will help drive business in the travel retail channel and build partnerships in the Americas and EMEA regions.

ACI names the best of the best in annual Airport Service Quality awards

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/02/14

INTERNATIONAL. Singapore Changi, Incheon International, Seoul Gimpo, Haikou and Changchun airports are winners in their respective size categories.

Dubai Duty Free goes car free for a day for environmental cause

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/02/14

UAE. The retailer has been encouraging staff and management to leave their vehicles at home to support Dubai Municipality's ‘Car Free Day’ initiative.

Abu Dhabi Airport kicks off 2014 with double-digit passenger growth

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/02/14

UAE. Passenger numbers at Abu Dhabi International Airport grew by +14.5% in January, positive news for potential partners as commercial tenders loom.

Bahrain Duty Free delivers profits boost despite sales decline

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/02/14

BAHRAIN. Bahrain Duty Free Shop Complex has delivered US$17.1 million in profits for 2013, ahead of the 2012 figure of US$16.9 million, despite falling sales.