Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Sunday 30 August 2015

NEWS

Hotel Lotte prepares IPO launch as Lotte Duty Free fights to retain Seoul downtown licences and negate political criticism

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/08/15

SOUTH KOREA. Hotel Lotte’s imminent initial public offering (IPO) in South Korea, announced earlier this month, is set to take place in the face of mounting political criticism of the company’s dominant role in the country’s duty free industry. The political climate explains why Lotte Duty Free is having to mount a robust defence of its two most important downtown duty free licences.

Korean and Chinese arrivals surge to Guam but key Japanese market down

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/08/15

GUAM. The decline in Japanese visitors eases despite a continued weak Japanese Yen, while solid growth in Korean and Chinese visitors buoys travel retail.

ARI seeks senior buying managers amid global corporate restructure

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/08/15

IRELAND. Aer Rianta International has launched a recruitment drive for global category managers, advertising the opportunities through The Moodie Report.

Asian airlines post “robust growth” in international passenger numbers

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/08/15

ASIA. Asian airlines carried 23.7 million international passengers in July, a +6.5% increase year-on-year, according to the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines.

Charlotte Christiansen to leave London Gatwick; Toby Tait promoted

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/08/15

UK. London Gatwick Business Development & Retail Performance Manager Charlotte Christiansen is to take on a new role outside the industry.

Guam airport authority invites offers for advertising concession

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/08/15

GUAM. Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport Authority (GIAA) is inviting qualified bidders to submit offers to manage and develop its advertising concession.

New downtown duty free licence battle looms next month in South Korea

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/08/15

SOUTH KOREA. As one competition for downtown duty free licences in Korea ends, another begins. Lotte, WalkerHill and Shinsegae battle to retain key rights.

Pernod Ricard reports drop in full-year profits while sales rebound

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/08/15

FRANCE. Pernod Ricard posts a -15% slide in full-year net profit after being hit by a write-down on Absolut vodka; sales grew by +8% after a 2014 decline.

Sajibumi captures key Cambodian airports’ food & drinks concessions

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/08/15

CAMBODIA. Sajibumi has renewed its contract to manage food & drinks outlets at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap international airports, following a tender.

Strong July performance for both airport and land border duty free in Canada

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/08/15

CANADA. Airport duty free sales grew by +18% to C$33 million in July, while land border duty free sales rose +12% to C$18 million, reports the FDFA.

The Moodie e-Zine: Is it now time for an Airport Fair Price Guarantee?

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/08/15

INTERNATIONAL. This week we focus on the thorny issue of airport retail pricing, prompted by the so-called 'VAT rip-off' in the UK and consider some ways forward.

YSL Beauté targets Chinese travellers with DFS T Galleria Hong Kong counter

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/08/15

YSL Beauté Travel Retail Asia Pacific opened its latest counter at DFS T Galleria Hong Kong, Causeway Bay, on 23 August, targeting young Chinese travellers.

Areas opens four new dining outlets at Santiago International Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/08/15

CHILE. The opening of the outlets, which include Expression by Lavazza, Johnny Rockers, Telepizza and Heineken, is a “qualitative leap” for the culinary offer.

BTA opens Needstop food & drinks outlet at Riga International Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/08/15

LATVIA. The Needstop store is BTA's third service point at the airport and offers sandwiches, snacks and drinks to passengers at gates B10 and B19.

Flemingo's Baltona Duty Free extends retail concession at Lviv Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/08/15

UKRAINE. Baltona Duty Free, a division of Flemingo International, has renewed its retail concession at Lviv Airport for a further three years and enhanced its offer.

Hainan Duty Free sales leap by +45% in first half as expansion looms

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/08/15

CHINA. Hainan Duty Free sales climbed by +45.6% year-on-year in the six months to 30 June, as Haikou Meilan Airport prepares to unveil its West Gallery extension.

Paradies set to open Hickory concept at Dallas Fort Worth Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/08/15

USA. North American travel retailer and airport restaurateur Paradies will open a Hickory food concept at Dallas Fort Worth, with partner Kent Rathbun Concepts.

South African Airways marks Rugby World Cup with duty free promotion

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/08/15

SOUTH AFRICA. As its national team prepares to mounts what is certain to be a strong bid for the trophy, the country's national carrier enters into the spirit of things.

DFASS opens duty free Arrivals & Departures store in El Salvador

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/08/15

EL SALVADOR. “We expect to see a transformation in the duty free retail experience at Romero International Airport,” says DFASS Group Ground Stores President Jon Potash.

Hong Kong International Airport plots next commercial expansion

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/08/15

HONG KONG. Executive Director Commercial Cissy Chan outlines some of the airport's big projects to The Moodie Report in advance of The Trinity Forum in Hong Kong next month.

Mumbai Airport's Sanjay Khanna joins strong Trinity Forum programme

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/08/15

HONG KONG. Mumbai International Airport Limited Senior Vice President (Commercial) Sanjay Khanna joins the speaker line-up for next month's Trinity Forum.

Puig partners with Dubai Duty Free in Herrera Confidential pop-up

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/08/15

UAE. "Where better to invite global consumers to Herrera than Dubai Duty Free?" asks Puig, citing "the most eclectic crossroads of people on the planet".

Tender launched for speciality retail store at San Francisco International

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/08/15

USA. Proposals for a speciality retail store in the airport's International Terminal are now being accepted, with the lease covering a 2,233sq ft location.

The Shilla Duty Free prepares big openings in Seoul, Incheon and Changi – but no Chanel beauty for Incheon

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/08/15

SOUTH KOREA. As its Korean business recovers from the MERS crisis and the Changi Airport perfumes & cosmetics concession shows a welcome upturn, The Shilla Duty Free is in increasingly optimistic mood about the future. Senior Executive Vice President and Head of The Shilla Duty Free, Jeong-Ho (Jason) Cha talked to The Moodie Report Chairman Martin Moodie in Seoul yesterday.

Auckland Airport retail income up +3.9% despite tobacco impact

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/08/15

NEW ZEALAND. Auckland Airport today reported increased retail revenues for FY2015 despite tobacco regulations cutting the passenger spend rate.

Chicago Midway Airport calls concessions Networking Event

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/08/15

USA. The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has announced a Midway Airport Concessions ‘Networking Event' on 27 August through The Moodie Report.

Lotte Duty Free takes key role in plan to woo Chinese tourists back to Korea

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/08/15

KOREA. Lotte Duty Free will sponsor theme park concerts featuring K-wave stars as the retailer aims to attract 50,000 Chinese tourists to Korea by October.

Paradies builds ‘3rd region of strength’ says Lagardère Travel Retail

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/08/15

NORTH AMERICA. Lagardère Travel Retaill's purchase of Paradies will transform the business in a key region, says Chairman & CEO Dag Rasmussen.

TFWA to host its first dedicated Research Workshop at Cannes

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/08/15

FRANCE. The workshop will present key findings of the association’s most recent research studies, including the TFWA Airport Series and Category Reports.

Abu Dhabi Duty Free offers golden opportunities to shoppers and diners

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/08/15

UAE. It's a case of all that glitters is gold at Abu Dhabi Duty Free in an innovative summer ‘Scratch & Win’ promotion across shops and food & drinks outlets.

Lagardère Travel Retail and Aelia Duty Free celebrate the Summer

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/08/15

EUROPE. It's time to ‘Enjoy Summer’ at Aelia Duty Free shops in France (excluding Paris) and Europe, with a a flurry of low prices and multi-buy offers.

Lite Bite Foods opens first Belgian Fries outlet at Delhi International

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/08/15

INDIA. A new outlet opens at Delhi Indira Gandhi Terminal 1D and will particularly appeal to young people, according to Lite Bite Foods CEO Sharad Sachdeva.

Perth Airport names new partners for A$54 million travel retail makeover

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/08/15

AUSTRALIA. Perth Airport has revealed several of its commercial partners for the new T1 forecourt and retail hub, designed to transform the travel experience.

Asia Pacific and Middle East traffic 'resilient' in June and first half

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/08/15

ASIA PACIFIC & MIDDLE EAST. Airports in Asia Pacific and the Middle East maintained steady traffic growth in June, reporting gains of +4.9% and +6.1%.

Brisbane Airport unveils major artwork by acclaimed Aboriginal artist

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/08/15

AUSTRALIA. Brisbane Airport brilliantly captures the important notion of Sense of Place with a stunning display of works by Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori.

Delaware North gains two Minneapolis-St. Paul contracts as winners finalised

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/08/15

USA. Retail and dining concessions won by Delaware North ahead of PhaseNext Hospitality and World Duty Free Group North America but most recommended bidders are awarded contracts.

Dufry advances WDF acquisition; focuses on final group structure

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/08/15

SWITZERLAND. Once the mandatory takeover offer is complete, the retailer's attentions will switch to finalising the structure of its newly integrated entity.

Duty free shines as Cochin Airport brings a new solar system to India

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/08/15

INDIA. The solar plant will provide Cochin Airport's entire power requirements. And that's put a sunny smile on the face of the airport's duty free retailer.

HMS Host partners with football legend at Port Columbus International

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/08/15

USA HMSHost has partnered with Port Columbus International and football legend Eddie George to open an upscale sports restaurant in the modernised Concourse B.

Alibaba joins forces with Suning for duty free e-commerce launch in China

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/08/15

CHINA. Japan's Laox launches overseas flagship store on Tmall Global, while majority shareholder Suning unveils flagship store on Tmall.com with Alibaba.

Currency fluctuations hit Estée Lauder travel retail revenues

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/08/15

USA. Decrease is attributed to the “impact of accelerated orders and softness of some key foreign currencies affecting the mix of travellers and their consumption”.

Dubai Duty Free honoured for Corporate Social Responsibility

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/08/15

UAE. Dubai Duty Free boss Colm McLoughlin says memorably: "Corporate Social Responsibility is the foundation upon which we measure our success.”

Duty free prospers as Abu Dhabi Airports posts record HI sales

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/08/15

UAE. Duty free and food & drinks were the standouts but all of the company's commercial activities posted gains despite highly challenging market conditions.

Minneapolis-St. Paul awards contracts to most recommended bidders

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/08/15

USA. Delaware North features in both variations from the recommended bidders for the airport's food & drinks and retail awards. UPDATED STORY.

Sydney Airport takes control of T3 and reports robust H1 retail growth

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/08/15

AUSTRALIA. Sydney Airport announces a deal to take control of Terminal 3, including retail operations, from Qantas, as it reveals a robust set of half-year figures.

‘The next dimension of travel’: OTG & United reveal bold Newark concepts

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/08/15

USA. United Airlines and OTG have revealed the first in a series of stunning new concepts to revolutionise the traveller experience at Newark Liberty Terminal C.

Frankfurt Airport unveils graffiti mural celebrating city landmarks

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/08/15

GERMANY. Graffiti artist Helge “Bomber” Steinmann adds a dash of "local colour" with images drawn on a 320m wall across from Frankfurt Airport's Terminal 1.

Hawaii's Japanese tourism market soft; Chinese arrivals continue to grow

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/08/15

USA (HAWAII). The small but growing Chinese market continues to offer cause for optimism in Hawaii's tourism community. But Japanese arrivals fall again.

HMSHost commits to hiring 5,000 workers through employment 'coalition'

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/08/15

USA. 100,000 Opportunities is a nationwide initiative which seeks to help young Americans aged between 16 and 24 into employment.

Hong Kong International hits new passenger traffic record in July

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/08/15

HONG KONG. Hong Kong International Airport passenger traffic hit a new high in July, with numbers hitting six million in the month for the first time.