Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Friday 18 April 2014


Chinese share of South Korean tourism market doubles in five years

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 15/04/14

SOUTH KOREA. Five years ago, Japanese visitors accounted for 41.8% of arrivals to South Korea. That figure has now halved as Chinese tourism booms.

Sim Local to open three new stores at London Heathrow Airport

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 15/04/14

UK. The SIM card retailer will open three mores stores at Heathrow by June and aims to expand its travel retail model to other international airports.

Chinese tourists lead spending on tax free shopping in Manchester

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 10/04/14

A strong appetite for designer brands and UK-made items are driving Chinese spending on tax free shopping in Manchester, according to Global Blue.

Asia Pacific visitor arrivals to maintain strong growth to 2018, says PATA

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 08/04/14

ASIA PACIFIC. Visitor arrivals to the Asia Pacific region are projected to surge by +6.5% a year to 670 million in 2018, says the Pacific Asia Travel Association.

Auckland Airport commits to New Zealand tourism development plan

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 25/03/14

NEW ZEALAND. At the launch of the Tourism 2025 framework, Auckland Airport announced a 30-year plan "to help New Zealand realise its tourism potential".

South Korea set to lure overseas visitors with Incheon casino project

Source: The Hankyoreh; The Moodie Report - 20/03/14

SOUTH KOREA. The Korean government has approved a major casino complex on Yeongjong Island, maintaining a drive to attract more Chinese travellers.

Chinese and Russians lead tax free spending worldwide in 2013

Source: ŠThe 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: ŠThe 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.

UNWTO supports Qatar as it reveals new tourism growth strategy

Source: ŠThe 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.

Malaysian and Thai shoppers drive UK tax free spending growth

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 19/02/14

UK. According to Global Blue, Middle Eastern and Chinese shoppers took the largest share of tax free spend, with strong growth from Thailand and Malaysia.

Vancouver Airport and McArthurGlen reveal ambitious outlet centre plans

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 12/02/14

CANADA. McArthurGlen Group says that a new outlet centre adjacent to Vancouver Airport will attract many of the travellers who use the airport annually.

India to ease tourist access with visas on arrival for most countries

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 07/02/14

INDIA. The government's plan to introduce visas on arrival for visitors from all but eight countries represents a "golden opportunity" for travel retailers in India.

South Korea to develop 'Dream Island' tourist attraction close to Incheon

Source: The Korea Herald; ŠThe Moodie Report - 06/02/14

SOUTH KOREA. A new tourism hub called ‘Dream Island’ will soon be built on Yeongjong Island close to Incheon city, ten minutes from the Korean gateway.

Tourvest group names Judi Nwokedi as Chief Operating Officer

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 06/02/14

SOUTH AFRICA. Leading tourism to travel retail company Tourvest has appointed Judi Nwokedi as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Board Member.

Ryanair makes Q3 loss despite strong ancillary revenue growth

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 04/02/14

IRELAND. The low-cost carrier blamed its third-quarter loss on a fall in the average price of fares and the weakness of the Pound against the Euro.

Asian cities dominate Euromonitor destination rankings in 2012

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 31/01/14

INTERNATIONAL. Six of the top ten global city destinations for international tourists were in Asia in 2012, according to the research company.

Chinese travellers extend lead in global tax free shopping rankings in Q4 2013

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 27/01/14

INTERNATIONAL. Chinese travellers posted +13.5% growth in tax free shopping expenditure in Q4 2013, according to tax refund company Global Blue.

New LAGs screening regime to be implemented from 31 January

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 24/01/14

INTERNATIONAL. The technology will eventually lead to improved sales as restrictions on liquids, aerosols and gels are simplified, says ETRC.

Chinese up, Japanese down – how South Korea’s tourism landscape keeps changing

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 21/01/14

SOUTH KOREA.New group tour regulations may have slowed Chinese arrivals, but with growth at +35.2% for November and +53.4% for the year to date, no-one’s complaining.

Europe and Asia buoyant as tourism arrivals worldwide surge in 2013

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 20/01/14

INTERNATIONAL. Tourist arrivals worldwide grew by +5% in 2013, reaching a record 1.087 billion, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Asia Pacific and Europe boosted the figures by posting above-average growth rates. For 2014, UNWTO forecasts +4% to +4.5% growth – above the long term projections of +3.8% to 2020.

Chinese travellers lead December tax-free shopping surge in UK

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 15/01/14

UK. Shoppers from China accounted for 23% of tax-free shopping in the UK during the month, with overall tax-free spend up by +40% year-on-year.

DFS and King Power (Thailand) receive new Chinese tourism certification

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report China* - 13/01/14

CHINA. DFS Group and King Power (Thailand) are the first travel retailers to receive the important new Chinese Outbound Tourism Quality Service certification.

South Korea anticipates Russian surge following visa changes

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 03/01/14

SOUTH KOREA. The Korea Tourism Organization forecasts +20% growth after the introduction of a visa-waiver programme for Russian visitors.

International tourism numbers post robust growth in first nine months

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 13/12/13

INTERNATIONAL. International tourist arrivals grew by +5% in the first nine months of the year, to reach a record 845 million worldwide, according to UNWTO.

Group tour regulations slow Chinese visitor growth in South Korea

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 28/11/13

SOUTH KOREA. Chinese visitors grew by +22.5% year-on-year rise in October, slowed from previous months by new Chinese group tour regulations.

Japanese spending falls sharply as Yen remains soft against Dollar

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 28/11/13

USA (HAWAII). A small increase in Japanese visitor arrivals in September was offset by reduced daily spend, driven by a weaker Yen and shorter stays.

New Chinese group travel restrictions concern travel retailers worldwide

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 22/11/13

CHINA. New outbound group travel regulations introduced on 1 October are having a sharply negative impact on visitor arrivals at key Chinese tourist destinations.

Asia Pacific leads way in visa openness, says UNWTO report

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 19/11/13

INTERNATIONAL. Analysis of global visa requirements finds dramatic improvements over past five years, with Asia Pacific the most accessible region overall.

Chinese become leading nationality at South Korea’s duty free shops

Source: Yonhap News Agency - 27/10/13

SOUTH KOREA. Chinese nationals were the leading nationality for duty free sales in Korea in the first seven months, overtaking Koreans for the first time.

Strong international tourism growth continues in first eight months

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 17/10/13

INTERNATIONAL. Tourist numbers climbed by +5% year-on-year in the first eight months of 2013, led by demand in emerging markets, UNWTO reports.

Chinese visitors to Korea rise +78.9%; duty free spend surges

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 24/09/13

SOUTH KOREA. South Korean travel retail is undergoing a ground shift as the balance shifts from long-time dominant force, the Japanese, to the Chinese.

Korea underscores role of Chinese travellers in tourism drive

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 09/09/13

SOUTH KOREA. The PATA Hub City Forum underlined the vital role of tourism, Chinese travellers and duty free in South Korea's economy.

Japanese visitors to Hawaii fall after 23 consecutive monthly increases

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 02/09/13

USA (HAWAII)). Arrivals from Japan dropped -2.9% in July, but South Korean numbers rose encouragingly, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

International tourist arrivals post sharp climb in first half of 2013

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 26/08/13

INTERNATIONAL. International tourist arrivals grew by an above-average +5% during the first half of 2013, the UNWTO reports in its latest Tourism Barometer.

China extends lead over Russia in tax free shopping spending league

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 22/08/13

INTERNATIONAL. China consolidated its position as the number one nation of global shoppers in the second quarter of 2013, according to data from Global Blue.

Chinese visitors to Korea surge as Japanese arrivals slump

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 22/08/13

SOUTH KOREA. Chinese visitors represent over one in every two arrivals to South Korea, up from just 16.6% in 2007, latest Korea Tourism Organization figures show.

Asia Pacific on track for record year in international visitor arrivals: PATA

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 21/08/13

ASIA PACIFIC. Asia Pacific international visitor arrivals grew by over +8% in the first half of the year, meaning the region is set to hit an all-time high in 2013.

Auckland Airport and Tourism New Zealand to ramp up Taiwan marketing

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 13/08/13

NEW ZEALAND. The two parties are seeking to take advantage of China Airlines’ decision to boost capacity on its Taipei-Brisbane-Auckland route during the summer.

Weakened Yen continues to affect Japanese spending in Hawaii

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 12/08/13

HAWAII. The weakened Yen led to shorter stays and reduced spending by Japanese visitors in June, offsetting a +3.1% rise in arrivals.

Chinese tourism to USA boosted by eased visa regulations 美国签证新政助燃中国旅客赴美消费

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 30/07/13

US. Chinese travellers contributed US$9.2 billion to U.S. inbound tourism revenue in 2012, new figures reveal, as simplified visa rules drive growth in visitor numbers.

EU aims to lure Chinese travellers with flexible visa rules 欧盟为吸引中国旅客欲用签证新规

Source: China Travel Daily; The Moodie Report China - 25/07/13

CHINA/EUROPE. The EU is planning more flexible visa rules to encourage Chinese tourists to visit Europe, says an EU Commission Vice President.

Chinese dominate tourism spending in 2012, reports Global Blue

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 24/07/13

INTERNATIONAL. Tax refund services company Global Blue has released its analysis into the spending of the world’s ten biggest travelling shopper nations.

International tourism arrivals post healthy rise in first four months

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 23/07/13

INTERNATIONAL. International tourist arrivals grew by +4.3% in the first four months of 2013 to reach 298 million, the UN World Tourism Organisation reports.

Japanese shopping spend drops -18.2% as weaker Yen hits Hawaii

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 12/07/13

HAWAII. Daily shopping by Japanese visitors dropped to US$82 a person for the five months to the end of May, as the devalued Yen hits US Dollar destinations.

Emerging markets lead Asia Pacific in consumer confidence: MasterCard

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 26/06/13

ASIA PACIFIC. Myanmar, India, Indonesia and the Philippines are leading the region in the latest MasterCard Index of Consumer Confidence.

Special Report: Digital and social media and 'the new Chinese tourist'

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 15/06/13

THAILAND. The Moodie Report reports on a 'China Boot Camp' aimed at aiding companies in travel and tourism to connect with “the new Chinese tourist”.

Kinmen politician signals move toward duty free status for islands

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report, Focus Taiwan - 12/06/13

TAIWAN. A leading politician says the move towards duty free status would boost the Kinmen Islands’ tourism potential and aid the local economy.

Chinese boom maintains Korean travel retail market momentum

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 25/05/13

SOUTH KOREA. Chinese visitor numbers shot up by +50.9% in April, offsetting a sharp -32.02% reduction in Japanese arrivals.

Asia Pacific tourism and travel spend set for five-year surge

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 23/05/13

ASIA PACIFIC. The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has released bullish forecasts for tourism arrivals and spend for 2013-2017.

UNWTO records +4% increase in international tourism receipts in 2012

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 16/05/13

INTERNATIONAL. The United Nations World Tourism Organization recorded healthy growth in tourism receipts across both advanced and emerging economies.