Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Wednesday 04 May 2016


Australian government to slash duty free tobacco Arrivals allowance again

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 04/05/16

Another blow for duty free retailers, in Australia and abroad, as the Australian allowance is halved from the already skimpy 50 sticks permitted.

China Duty Free Group’s Phnom Penh Duty Free Shop to open on 1 August

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

CAMBODIA. Located in a 3,900sq m space, the underground mall will feature about 400 high-end brands and target a diverse customer base, CDFG said.

King Power’s Leicester City rock the world with Premier League triumph

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

UK. Mission Impossible? Not for Leicester City, the flying ‘Foxes’ of English football owned by Thai travel retailer King Power, who proved that dreams can come true.

Perth Airport to open 110 speciality retail units as part of outlet centre

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

AUSTRALIA. The Direct Factory Outlet will open within the airport estate in 2018 and feature predominantly fashion stores as well as a mix of F&B offerings.

Shiseido Travel Retail and DFS host exclusive Clé de Peau Beauté event

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

Taking place on 29 April, the event offered DFS Group's Prestige and Diamond customers the chance to experience Clé de Peau Beauté's La Crème and Synactif.

Dispelling the ‘app myth’: Mighty Media highlights m-commerce opportunities

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

AUSTRALIA. With new technology that is not reliant on mobile apps, the barrier to entry to m-commerce is now “extremely low”, says CEO Stephenie Rodriguez.

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.

Aiming to Excel: Welcome return to travel retail for Art Miller

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 30/04/16

Art Miller, the long-time driving force in travel retail of US beauty house Revlon, is returning to the business with his own company, Excel Brand Solutions.

Changi sees +8.1% passenger growth in March; announces store openings

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

SINGAPORE. Korean fashion brand Redeye, Bottega Veneta, Garrett Popcorn and airport spa service Be Relax have all opened outlets at the Singapore airport.

Korea Customs Service to grant four new downtown duty free licences in Seoul; possible reprieve for Lotte and WalkerHill?

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

SOUTH KOREA. Could the decision to grant four new downtown duty free licences in Seoul in response to surging Chinese tourism spell a dramatic reprieve for the seemingly doomed WalkerHill Duty Free and Lotte World Tower Duty Free stores? UPDATED story with reaction from Lotte Duty Free as it welcomes the announcement.

Lagardère Travel Retail finds a (Mr) Simple fashion solution in Melbourne

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

AUSTRALIA. Local brand Mr Simple makes its airport debut as Lagardère Travel Retail launches its first Pacific foray into men's fashion.

Buoyant in Bangalore: commercial revenues show “phenomenal” growth

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 28/04/16

INDIA. As retail and food & beverage sales growth outstrip passenger increases, Bangalore International Airport Ltd outlines an ambitious commercial vision.

Diageo GTME and Tasa Meng open The Singleton ‘Sensorium’ in Taiwan

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 28/04/16

In a travel retail first, Diageo Global Travel & Middle East and partner Tasa Meng unveill a new retail space, The Singleton Sensorium, at Taoyuan Airport.

JR/Duty Free retains Wellington Airport concession after open tender

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 28/04/16

NEW ZEALAND. JR/Duty Free retains its stronghold at the gateway to the nation's capital after “a very thorough and rigorous tender process”.

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.

International passenger traffic up +4.5% in Asia Pacific in March

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

ASIA PACIFIC. Airlines in the region carried a total of 24.4 million international passengers during the month as affordable airfares remained available.

Hong Kong airport marks Labour Day with second instant rebate promotion

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

HONG KONG. Travellers spending more than HK$20,000 by electronic payment can receive instant rebates of up to HK$5,000 in the form of cash coupons.

Latest Air4Casts and Skyscanner report reveals London's appeal to Chinese

Source: ©Air4Casts, Skyscanner, The Moodie Davitt Report - 26/04/16

UK/CHINA. The second in an exclusive series for The Moodie Davitt Report from Air4casts and Skyscanner underlines London's appeal to Chinese travellers.

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.

Plaza Premium Group wins Cathay Pacific lounge contract in Hong Kong

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

HONG KONG. The service provider will now operate and manage all of the Hong Kong flag carrier’s First and Business Class lounges at its home airport.

Bally hosts star-studded events to mark LA and Ginza store openings

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 22/04/16

Designed by David Chipperfield Architects, the new stores in Ginza, Japan, and Beverly Hills are part of a 15 store global rollout planned for 2016.

Chinese arrivals & Korean departures surge in world's top travel retail market

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 22/04/16

SOUTH KOREA. It's all good news for travel retailers as Chinese tourism surges, Korean departures gain momentum and even Japanese visitor numbers grow.

Gatwick launches UK-first connections to fast-growing Chinese cities

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 22/04/16

UK. Direct link to Chongqing and onward connection to Tianjin expected to have a significant positive impact on travel retail spend as Chinese tourism rises.

King Power Group’s Sunil Tuli inducted into top Scotch whisky society

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 22/04/16

UK. Duty free industry stalwart has been made a Keeper of the Quaich, an international society that recognises outstanding contributions to Scotch.

Xi’an Airport deepens stakeholder collaboration with ‘Trinity’ event

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 22/04/16

CHINA. Xi’an Xianyang Airport COO Wolfgang Weil says the creation of a Trinity Executive Committee and sub-committees can improve stakeholder relations.

Asia Pacific travel demand predicted to grow by +4.6% per year until 2020

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 21/04/16

ASIA PACIFIC. International traffic into the region will top the 657 million mark by 2020, according to the latest Pacific Asia Travel Association forecasts.

Changi Airport names winners of key retail and F&B concessions at T4

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 21/04/16

SINGAPORE. Desigual, Gassan, Coach, Furla, Charles & Keith, Michael Kors and TWG Tea Boutique capture spaces at Changi T4, which opens next year.

Hainan offshore duty free sales near US$3 billion in first five years

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 21/04/16

CHINA. The island province’s two offshore duty free shops have received about 6.25 million customers and sold more than 24 million items since 2011.

Lotte Duty Free opens ambitious cultural space Under Stand Avenue

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 21/04/16

SOUTH KOREA. Lotte Duty Free has unveiled Under Stand Avenue, a creative and cultural space which is at the heart of its drive to fulfil its social obligations.

TFWA announces varied social programme for Asia Pacific show

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 21/04/16

SINGAPORE. Offering “something for everyone”, leisure and social activities will include Tai Chi, golf, a Chill-Out Party and Singapore Swing Party.

China to Japan travel demand booms: Air4Casts & Skyscanner provide timely new travel search analysis

Source: ©Air4Casts & Skyscanner* - 20/04/16

CHINA/JAPAN. In the first of a regular new series for The Moodie Davitt Report, Air4casts and Skyscanner reveal the extent of the Chinese visitor surge to Japan.

Chinese tax free spending slows in first quarter, reports Global Blue

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 20/04/16

CHINA. Tax free shopping spend among Chinese travellers fell by -24% year-on-year in March, according to tax refund specialist Global Blue.

Sydney Airport CEO Kerrie Mather elected as President of ACI Asia-Pacific

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 20/04/16

ASIA PACIFIC. As she takes the Presidential reins, the well-respected Ms Mather pledges to promote excellence in airport management and operations.

Hong Kong International records +4.8% March increase in passenger traffic

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

HONG KONG. In the first quarter of 2016, the airport handled 17.6 million passengers which represents a solid +7.5% year-on-year increase.

Hugo Boss joins Sydney Airport luxury line-up

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

AUSTRALIA. A dramatically high shop frontage beckons shoppers to the new Hugo Boss store at Sydney Airport Terminal 1.

Saipan Airport Master Concession RFP likely to be issued in late May

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

SAIPAN. DFS, which played a pioneering role in developing Saipan's tourism infrastructure, has held the concession since the airport opened in 1976.

Zürich Airport to sell shareholding in Bangalore International Airport Ltd

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

INDIA. Zürich Airport plans to sell its remaining 5% minority shareholding in Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) for US$48.9 million.

Choya Gold Edition strikes a rich seam in travel retail channel

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 15/04/16

Gold Edition, the most luxurious of Choya's ume fruit liqueur range, is enjoying an acceleration of sales in duty free and domestic markets, the company says.

South Korean election upheaval threatens duty free licence changes

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 15/04/16

SOUTH KOREA. Sweeping changes to the country’s duty free licensing system have been thrown into doubt by Wednesday’s National Assembly election results.

Staedtler set to ink its presence at TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 15/04/16

The German writing instruments company is looking to expand its presence in Asia and will present a range of colouring products and premium pen ranges.

TFWA Asia Pacific workshops to focus on off-airport duty free, future threats

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 15/04/16

ASIA PACIFIC. Three simultaneous sessions will feature a range of speakers from across the Asia Pacific and global travel retail sectors, the association said.

JCDecaux extends advertising concession at Singapore Changi

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

SINGAPORE. JCDecaux has extended its concession with Singapore Changi Airport until 2022 and pledged to deliver new "landmark installations" across the airport.

Travel Blue opens brand corner at Beijing Capital International Airport

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

Travel Blue says the 28sq m corner in Terminal 3, opened in partnership with Sunrise Duty Free, will help to deal with the increased demand for travel accessories.

Latest digital tools to enhance visitor experience at TFWA Asia Pacific

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

ASIA PACIFIC. A range of digital technologies, including an updated web app, will be available for use at the TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition.

Changi Airport seeks partner for major T3 fashionwear concession

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

SINGAPORE. Changi Airport Group is seeking a partner to manage a 366sq m fashionwear concession at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3.

DFS continues to face 'uncertain economic environment in Asia'

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 11/04/16

INTERNATIONAL. DFS Group results for Q1 continued to be affected by an uncertain economic environment in Asia, says LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

Perth Airport names Kevin Brown as its new Chief Executive Officer

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 11/04/16

AUSTRALIA. It's a case of east meets west as the experienced airport executive moves from Cairns and Mackay airports to the Perth gateway.

Dufry captures treble win in Changi tenders; Lacoste secures more space

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 08/04/16

SINGAPORE. Changi Airport Group awards its latest fashion contracts, with Dufry and brand partners plus RSH Singapore (Lacoste) the big winners.

Guangzhou to host TFWA’s third China’s Century Conference in 2017

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 08/04/16

CHINA. “It is an essential diary date for anyone interested in the commercial opportunities the Chinese market presents,” according to TFWA.

L’Oréal Travel Retail announces the opening of first DermaCenter in Japan

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 07/04/16

The expansion of L’Oréal’s DermaCenters continues apace with three openings since the beginning of 2016 - with new locations in Japan, Cambodia and Thailand.