Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Sunday 29 March 2015


Dufry acquisition of World Duty Free creates travel retail superforce

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/03/15

INTERNATIONAL. Dufry's acquisition of a 50.1% shareholding in World Duty Free Group means that the retailer will control around one-fifth of sector sales.

ACI unveils latest concession management course

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/03/15

INTERNATIONAL.The course is designed both for experienced personnel and new recruits seeking to enhance their knowledge of planning and managing airport concession programmes.

Former Nuance boss Roberto Graziani to lead Shilla's international expansion

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/03/15

SOUTH KOREA. Hotel Shilla has announced named former Nuance Group CEO Roberto Graziani as Board Member to lead its overseas expansion.

Lotte declares interest in World Duty Free Group acquisition

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/03/15

SOUTH KOREA. Lotte Group, parent of Korea’s leading duty free retailer Lotte Duty Free, today publicly declared its interest in bidding for World Duty Free Group.

American Airlines suspends duty free sales amid DFASS ‘disagreement’

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/03/15

USA. American Airlines has ceased the sale of duty free on selected international flights due to “a contractual disagreement" with inflight concessionaire DFASS.

Fashion company Desigual records +16.2% leap in annual turnover

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/03/15

Fashion brand Desigual posted €963.5 million in 2014 turnover, driven by women’s fashion and accessories as well as strong sales outside Europe.

Gebr Heinemann launches new mobile app for consumers

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/03/15

GERMANY. Gebr Heinemann has launched a new mobile app, with a range of new functions and information about shopping with Heinemann Duty Free.

Korean travel retail powerhouse Shilla to acquire 44% stake in DFASS

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/03/15

SOUTH KOREA/USA. Hotel Shilla, owner of The Shilla Duty Free, has revealed that it is to acquire a 44% stake in leading inflight duty free specialist DFASS.

London Supply wins key new 30-year Santa Cruz concession

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/03/15

ARGENTINA. London Supply has been awarded the concession to operate the Free Zone of Rio Gallegos and Caleta Olivia, in the Province of Santa Cruz, Argentina.

Qatar Investment Authority to team up with Dufry in WDFG bid – Reuters

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/03/15

INTERNATIONAL. Qatar Investment Authority is to partner with Dufry in a bid for World Duty Free Group, according to a report from Reuters today.

Spirits group Edrington creates new European travel retail division

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/03/15

Spirits company Edrington has announced the creation of Edrington European Travel Retail, replacing its joint venture with Beam Suntory, Maxxium Travel Retail.

Travel and tourism set to boost contribution to global economy in 2015

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/03/15

INTERNATIONAL. Travel and tourism's contribution to global GDP will grow by +3.7% in 2015, says the World Travel & Tourism Council.

ARI names Montréal's Nivine Fahmi as Star Employee of the Year

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/03/15

IRELAND. Aer Rianta International has named its Star Employees of The Year, with Nivine Fahmi from ARI-North America (Montréal-Trudeau) capturing the top prize.

UnionPay International extends airport retail partnerships to new markets

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/03/15

CHINA/INTERNATIONAL. Payment service provider UnionPay International has launched a new privilege programme with duty free partners at 70 airports.

Chablis to Craggy Range: Martin Moodie looks back on an epic Wine Journey

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/03/15

INTERNATIONAL. The Moodie Report Chairman Martin Moodie features in the latest instalment of our popular column in association with Treasury Wine Estates.

Fraport Group retail revenue per passenger dips sharply in 2014

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/03/15

GERMANY. Fraport Group has reported its annual results, with the key performance indicator of net retail revenue per passenger falling by -4.7% to €3.43.

Live and online: The Moodie Report Print Edition for March/April 2015

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/03/15

INTERNATIONAL. Welcome to the digital, iPad-compatible version of The Moodie Report Print Edition for March/April 2015, available in full – editorial and advertising.

Safe Skies set to showcase luggage solutions at Orlando show

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/03/15

Safe Skies' Luggage Lock technology has been approved for use by security and customs authorities at Australian, Israeli and Canadian airports.

Samsonite maintains momentum to deliver strong 2014 results

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/03/15

Worldwide growth in travel and tourism helped Samsonite deliver double-digit revenue and EBITDA growth for the fifth consecutive year in 2014.

Brown-Forman names Marshall Farrer to head global travel retail division

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/03/15

Marshall Farrer has been named as Brown-Forman Global Travel Retail Managing Director. He will replace Jim Perry, who expands his emerging markets role.

Otto Ambagtsheer to leave senior commercial role at Schiphol Group

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/03/15

NETHERLANDS. Schiphol Group Managing Director Business Area Consumers Otto Ambagtsheer is to leave the company in May for a new role.

The Moodie Report e-Zine Issue 159: A dash of daring in Dublin

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/03/15

INTERNATIONAL. In this issue we're on location as ARI opens its first walk-through airport store in Ireland. Plus you'll find the latest edition of The Foodie Report.

Autogrill revenues dip marginally in 2014 but EBITDA climbs

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/03/15

INTERNATIONAL. A strong showing from Autogrill’s International division (northern Europe, Middle East & Asia) partially offsets weaknesses in other markets.

Dubai Duty Free is named title sponsor of Irish Open golf tournament

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/03/15

UAE/IRELAND. In a move that will deliver huge exposure to Dubai Duty Free, the retailer is named title sponsor of golf's Irish Open, hosted by The Rory Foundation.

Changi voted World’s Best Airport at Skytrax World Airport Awards

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/03/15

INTERNATIONAL. Changi retains its top spot at the 2015 World Airport Awards, while Heathrow and Hong Kong gain recognition for shopping and dining.

APTRA launches Mandarin version of its website and newsletter

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 11/03/15

ASIA PACIFIC. The Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association has recognised the key role of Chinese consumers and retailers in the industry with a Mandarin website.

Dufry turnover hits record high despite currency impact in key markets

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 11/03/15

INTERNATIONAL. Dufry Group turnover hit a new annual high in 2014, climbing +17.5% year-on-year, despite the impact of the strong Swiss Franc.

King Power’s Sunil Tuli calls for re-think of airport retail tender model

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 11/03/15

CHINA. At the China's Century conference in Shanghai, King Power Group (HK)'s Sunil Tuli called for more sharing of risk and reward between airport stakeholders.

The Moodie Report e-Zine Issue 158: Bringing the wow factor to Istanbul

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 11/03/15

INTERNATIONAL. In this issue we speak with iGA Havalimani Isletmesi CEO Mertol Genc about the ambitious plans for retail and other services at New Istanbul Airport.

World Duty Free Group posts double-digit revenue rise in 2014

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 11/03/15

INTERNATIONAL. World Duty Free Group (WDFG) revenues climbed by +15.8% year-on-year to hit €2,406.6 million in 2014 (+13.7% at constant exchange rates).

ASUTIL to open 2015 conference stand bookings on 20 March

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/03/15

LATIN AMERICA. ASUTIL will open registration next Friday 20 March for the sought-after exhibitor space at its annual conference.

China remains number one nationality for tax free shopping spend in 2014

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/03/15

INTERNATIONAL. Chinese travellers grew their tax free shopping spend by +18% in 2014, and account for 30% of tax free shopping worldwide, says Global Blue.

The Front Line: Hailing the best in travel retail customer service

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/03/15

INTERNATIONAL The Moodie Report and ARI are delighted to present recent highlights from our column championing consumer service in travel retail.

Victoria Bowskill takes key role at The Moodie Report as Bob Wilby departs

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/03/15

UK/INTERNATIONAL. Victoria Bowskill becomes Chief Administration Officer at The Moodie Report as Bob Wilby steps down after an outstanding contribution.

The Moodie Report e-Zine Issue 157: Düsseldorf’s point of difference

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 04/03/15

INTERNATIONAL. In this edition of the industry's only weekly magazine, we pay a visit to Düsseldorf Airport, as World Duty Free Group unveils a striking new look.

Industry supports proposed Duty Free and Travel Retail Academy

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/03/15

UK. Airport retailers, airlines, brands and trade associations have convened to discuss the viability of an Academy, following a recent industry questionnaire.

South African Airways and Tourvest launch new online shop

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/03/15

SOUTH AFRICA. South African Airways and concessionaire Tourvest In-flight Retail Services have launched a newly designed Fly SAA Duty Free online shop.

Live and online: The Moodie Report Print Edition

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/02/15

INTERNATIONAL. Welcome to The Moodie Report Print Edition for February/March, brought to you via our acclaimed digital format and packed with compelling stories.

The Moodie Report e-Zine: All change for duty free at Auckland Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/02/15

INTERNATIONAL. In this week's issue Martin Moodie examines the surprising outcome of the Auckland Airport duty free tender and has reactions from key players.

WDF Group share price surges amid talks of Dufry, Lotte and LS interest

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/02/15

INTERNATIONAL. World Duty Free Group shares shoot up again Tuesday on the back of intense speculation that a divestment is imminent.

Kansai Airport accelerates T1 airside renovation, plans for T3

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/02/15

JAPAN. Kansai Airport is pushing ahead with the renovation of Terminal 1 airside concessions, adding 1000sq m of new space, while planning for a new Terminal 3.

260 brands confirm participation at TFWA Asia Pacific exhibition

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/02/15

ASIA PACIFIC. Some 260 brands have confirmed their participation in this year’s TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition, which takes place in Singapore from 10-14 May.

Chuck Feeney gifts US$100 million to University of California

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/02/15

USA. The DFS Co-Founder has continued his philanthropic efforts, donating US$100 million to support the university’s new Mission Bay hospitals and research.

TAV Airports posts rise in revenues and surge in net profits for 2014

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/02/15

TURKEY. TAV Airports has reported a +9% jump in revenue for 2014, with net profits surging by +64%, but duty free spend per passenger dipped in the year.

TFWA announces Michele Miranda as Conference Manager

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/02/15

FRANCE. TFWA has named Michele Miranda as Conference Manager. She joins as a new member of the association’s Paris-based permanent staff.

ACI Europe retail and commercial event to tackle missed opportunities

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/02/15

EUROPE. The 24th ACI Europe Commercial & Retail Conference takes place on 21-23 April in Milan, with details emerging of the key sessions. announces launch of global concierge service

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/02/15

The web-based concierge service aims to help consumers with a variety of tasks, from making travel bookings to paying bills and even finding a job or partner.

Samsonite acquires airport retail specialist Rolling Luggage

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/02/15

Samsonite International has completed the acquisition of leading airport luggage and travel products retailer Rolling Luggage for a cash consideration of £15.75 million.

Incheon, Delhi and Seoul Gimpo airports among big winners of ASQ awards

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/02/15

INTERNATIONAL. ACI has named the winners of the 2014 Airport Service Quality Awards, with Incheon capturing the top prize in the largest airport category.

Nuance retains consumer electronics concession at Hong Kong Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/02/15

HONG KONG. Nuance has won the tender for the consumer electronics concession at Hong Kong International Airport, retaining the contract for the third time.