Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Monday 02 May 2016


Dufry America wins ‘Top Workplace 2016’ award in Florida

Source: Sun Sentinel; The Moodie Davitt Report - 02/05/16

USA. Dufry America has been recognised as a ‘Top Workplace’ for the second year running in awards for companies that have offices in South Florida.

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.

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.

Canadian land border duty free sales surge by double digits in Q1

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

CANADA. Land border sales climbed by a healthy +12% year-on-year in Q1 2016, and by +10% in March, reports the Frontier Duty Free Association.

Local authority calls RFP for Peace Bridge Duty Free contract

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

CANADA. The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority has called an RFP for the the 28,000sq ft duty free shop at the land border crossing, with a 15-year contract.

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.

The Moodie Davitt Report Print Edition

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 01/04/16

INTERNATIONAL. Welcome to the digital version of The Moodie Davitt Report Print Edition for April, which comes with a focus on the Americas and on South Korea. This issue, which enjoys bonus distribution at the IAADFS Duty Free Show of the Americas in Orlando this week, marks the beginning of a new, exciting period for our company, as we reveal our new branding across web, e-Zine, Newsletter and print titles.

Korean government unveils sweeping changes to duty free licensing system

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 31/03/16

SOUTH KOREA. Automatic licence renewal for qualified players, and doubling the licence term to ten years are among the changes.

On location in Tokyo at Lotte Duty Free Tokyo Ginza’s opening

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 31/03/16

JAPAN. Lotte Duty Free Group made a major splash with the launch of its new downtown Ginza store, reports Peter Dowling from Tokyo.

‘A stepping stone’ to global number one: Lotte Duty Free opens new downtown duty free shop in Tokyo's Ginza district

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 31/03/16

JAPAN. Lotte Duty Free today unveiled its new downtown duty free store in Tokyo’s Ginza district, a move the company said was “a stepping stone” to becoming the world’s number one travel retailer.

Canadian airport and border duty free posts healthy gains in February

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/03/16

CANADA. Airport and land border duty free sales each climbed by double digits year-on-year in February, the FDFA reports.

‘An oasis of luxury and calm’ – DFS celebrates Cambodian debut

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/03/16

CAMBODIA. Products from Cambodia’s top artisans plus an impressive array of international brands mark the new T Galleria by DFS, Angkor.

Chinese arrivals and infrastructure development boost Jeju tourism

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/03/16

SOUTH KOREA. Tourism is set for a prolonged boom on Jeju Island, thanks to burgeoning Chinese arrivals and rapid infrastructure development.

Picture Gallery: Shinsegae Duty Free reveals striking new Busan store

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/03/16

SOUTH KOREA. Stunning images from Shinsegae Duty Free's new downtown store in Busan, opened on 1 March at the spectacular Shinsegae Centum City.

DFS and Jeju Tourism Organization forge breakthrough partnership

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/03/16

SOUTH KOREA. DFS Group and Jeju Tourism Organization have struck a pioneering partnership that has big implications for Korean duty free.

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.

Stormy Korean hearing debates changes to duty free licensing model

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/03/16

SOUTH KOREA. We bring you reaction from a sometimes stormy public hearing in Seoul today to debate the country’s duty free licensing system.

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".

Japan Duty Free Ginza adds high-end watch boutique to luxury line-up

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 08/03/16

JAPAN. Recently opened downtown duty free store Japan Duty Free Ginza is to add a seven-brand upscale watch boutique to its ambitious retail offer this week.

Major breakthrough for Shilla as hotel expansion plans are granted

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/03/16

SOUTH KOREA. Hotel Shilla has won long-awaited government approval to expand its downtown store and build a hotel on its Jangchung site.

Shilla reaffirms plans for Phuket store; claims pick-up rights agreed

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/03/16

KOREA/THAILAND. Hotel Shilla reaffirms its commitment to opening a downtown duty free store in Phuket and says it has negotiated critical airport pick-up rights.

T Galleria by DFS puts a Spring in the traveller’s step with new campaign

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 01/03/16

INTERNATIONAL. Ethiopian philanthropist Liya Kebede, Chinese model Zhao Lei and Chinese actress Chen Ran are the faces of T Galleria by DFS’s Spring campaign.

Live and online: The Moodie Report Print Edition February/March 2016

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/02/16

INTERNATIONAL. Welcome to The Moodie Report Print Edition for February/March 2016, available in full – editorial and advertising – in digital format.

Martin Moodie: ‘Defend Korean duty free interests, don’t attack them’

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/02/16

SOUTH KOREA. As a review of downtown duty free licensing rules continues, The Moodie Report Chairman Martin Moodie talks to Asia Economy about the issues.

Shinsegae Duty Free prepares for March and May downtown store openings

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/02/16

SOUTH KOREA. Shinsegae Duty Free reveals further details of its plans for new downtown stores in Busan (to open in March) and Seoul (to open in May).

IAADFS expects nearly 200 exhibitors at Orlando show in April

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/02/16

USA. Approximately 95% of exhibition space is already booked at the 2016 IAADFS Duty Free Show of the Americas, say organisers.

China Duty Free Group reveals plans for third Cambodian store

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/02/16

CAMBODIA. China Duty Free Group says its next off-airport store will offer a much expanded range of brands and categories.

Lotte Duty Free confirms major new downtown store opening in Osaka

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/02/16

JAPAN. South Korean travel retailer Lotte Duty Free will open a 4,400sq m downtown duty free shop next year in Osaka's Namba district.

South Korea introduces tax refund scheme for overseas visitors

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 04/02/16

SOUTH KOREA. The government's move to introduce instant tax refunds on certain goods for tourists prompts mixed reactions in South Korea's duty free community.

Calls grow for reform of Korean duty free downtown licensing system as high-profile policy seminar takes place

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/02/16

SOUTH KOREA. Leading academics and tourism officials joined calls for urgent reform of the downtown duty free licensing system at a policy seminar in Seoul.

Lotte Duty Free plans big extension in Seoul and more Japanese stores

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/02/16

SOUTH KOREA. As leading travel retailer Lotte Duty Free reveals sales of US$3.9 billion in 2015, the company says it is planning a fresh wave of store investment.

China Duty Free Group hails changes to China's offshore duty free policy

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 31/01/16

CHINA. China Duty Free Group offers a ringing endorsement of changes to the offshore duty free policy on Hainan Island, which take effect from today (1 February).

Korean government to review downtown duty free licensing system, say reports

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/01/16

SOUTH KOREA. The Korean government is set to review its controversial downtown duty free licensing system, say local reports.

Duty Free World Council launches global shopping monitor

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/01/16

INTERNATIONAL. The Duty Free World Council has initiated a Global Shopping Monitor of duty free shopping trends with research company m1nd-set.

WalkerHill's Mikyong Kwon moves to Doosan Doota Duty Free in key post

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/01/16

SOUTH KOREA. Doosan Corporation names former WalkerHill Senior Vice President/Head of Duty Free Division Mikyong Kwon to a key duty free role.

Canadian airport duty free sales surge +16% in 2015, border sales rise +4%

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/01/16

CANADA. Airport duty free delivered healthy double-digit sales growth in Canada last year; land border sales grew by +4% with a mixed picture by region.

Canada’s land border duty free sales dip in November as airport sales grow

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/01/16

CANADA. Border duty free sales dipped in November but the airport duty free growth trend in Canada continued with a +6% increase over November 2014.

Japan Duty Free Ginza to open on 27 January in Tokyo's Isetan-Mitsukoshi

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/01/16

JAPAN. Airport-style duty free will open next week on 8th floor of Isetan-Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo’s prestigious Ginza shopping district.

Gebr Heinemann expands Eastern European border store network

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/01/16

EAST EUROPE. Gebr Heinemann takes control of a border store network in Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia and new airport business in Moscow.

The Moodie e-Zine: Puig aims for new heights with Jean Paul Gaultier

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/01/16

INTERNATIONAL. Welcome to travel retail’s only e-Zine, in which Puig CEO Marc Puig talks about his aspirations for the Jean Paul Gaultier fragrance brand.

IAADFS names speakers for 'education session' at Orlando show

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/01/16

USA. IAADFS will host a workshop session at the Duty Free Show of the Americas in April; speakers are ACI chief Angela Gittens and m1nd-set's Peter Mohn.

TFWA confirms early October dates for Cannes show through to 2017

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/01/16

FRANCE. TFWA says that the early October timing of its annual global event is "the preferred choice of the vast majority of our members, visitors and exhibitors".

Korean trade union workers demand extension to Lotte Duty Free World Tower licence

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/01/16

SOUTH KOREA. Lotte Duty Free trade union members march in protest against the new, five-year downtown duty free licence system, which they claim has led to job losses.

Resistance mounts to Jeju domestic duty free tobacco allowance threat

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/01/16

SOUTH KOREA. The Moodie Report confirms that the threat to tobacco allowances on Jeju Island only applies to domestic duty free.

China Duty Free Group opens second Cambodian downtown store

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 30/12/15

CAMBODIA. With one successful downtown store opened last January, China Duty Free Group makes it a double with Sihanoukville debut.

Korean President slams 'rough & ready' downtown duty free licence changes

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/12/15

SOUTH KOREA. President Park Geun-hye this week criticised Korean lawmakers for changing the downtown duty free licence system without proper debate.

Shilla IPark in Seoul aims to become ‘the world’s best duty free store'

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/12/15

SOUTH KOREA. The spectacular complex is set to transform Korea’s duty free landscape in every sense by the time of its March Grand Opening.

HK Lee replaced as Lotte Duty Free CEO after downtown licence loss

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/12/15

SOUTH KOREA. The much-respected company veteran appears to be an early victim of the government's widely criticised new downtown duty free licence system

Shilla IPark opens in Seoul – ‘a new milestone in Korean duty free’

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/12/15

SOUTH KOREA.Samsung and Hyundai Development Company's extraordinarily ambitious project is described as “a new milestone in Korean duty free”.

T Fondaco dei Tedeschi by DFS set to open in late 2016

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/12/15

ITALY. T Fondaco dei Tedeschi by DFS is the chosen branding for “a new destination for culture and commerce" on Venice’s Grand Canal.