Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Friday 06 May 2016


International tourism receipts up +3.6% in 2015, according to UNWTO

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 06/05/16

INTERNATIONAL. Income generated reached an estimated US$ 1,232 billion last year, while there was a +4.4% increase in international arrivals.

Tax free shopping falls to four-year low in March, reports Global Blue

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

INTERNATIONAL. Monthly sales were down -18% year-on-year, with Chinese travellers spending less and shifting their attention from Europe to Asia.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New marketing platform connects travellers to the tourism industry

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

SINGAPORE. will allow users to find, and access content about, travel industry locations on a clickable map of the world.

South Korean inbound and outbound tourism starts strongly in 2016

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

SOUTH KOREA. 2016 is off to a roaring start with Chinese visitor numbers ahead +17.3% over a strong 2015 and Korean departures rising +21.6%.

Boom in American overseas travel benefits range of destinations in 2015

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

USA. Caribbean countries led the way in leisure travel, while the global hub airports used by US travellers shifted significantly, according to travel retail analyst Air4Casts.

Pacific Asia Travel Association forecasts surge in regional tourism

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/03/16

ASIA PACIFIC. The Pacific Asia Travel Association predicts that international visitor arrivals to the region will surge from 550 million to over 650 million by 2020.

Global tax free shopping growth decreases to just +3% in January

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/03/16

INTERNATIONAL. Retail intelligence company Global Blue reports softer Chinese spending and a shift from shopping in Europe to Asia.

Hawaiian arrivals hit January high though Japanese spending soft

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/03/16

USA (HAWAII). Japanese visitor numbers rose sharply in January but, driven by a soft Yen and shorter stays, total expenditure was soft.

Record levels of foreign arrivals into Asia Pacific to continue until 2020

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 04/03/16

ASIA PACIFIC. PATA reports increase of +5.2% in 2015 and predicts an average yearly growth rate of +4.5% to reach close to 650 million foreign arrivals by 2020.

ATU Duty Free partners with UnionPay in bid to encourage Chinese tourism

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/03/16

TURKEY. Research shows Chinese travellers are among the biggest duty free spenders and prefer to pay with UnionPay, the Turkish travel retailer says.

“First of its kind” US$5 billion resort to be built at Incheon International Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/03/16

SOUTH KOREA. Development will feature luxury and cosmetics retail space as well as a casino and amusement park, and is expected to drive tourism in the region.

2016 Chinese business gets off to a roaring start in Korea

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/02/16

SOUTH KOREA. Chinese visitor numbers up by +32.4%; Korean departures ahead by +15.1%. Korean travel retail gets off to a flying start in 2016.

Tax free shopping slows to +11% in December, according to Global Blue

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/02/16

INTERNATIONAL. Paris terrorist attacks and slowing Chinese demand impacted sales in Europe, but Russians are reversing their decline in spend.

WHO declares Zika virus an international emergency - but places no restrictions on travel

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/02/16

INTERNATIONAL. Travel industry urged by WTTC and UNWTO to work together to formulate an appropriate response as the situation continues to evolve.

UK handed tax free spending boost as Chinese continue to travel

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 01/02/16

UK/CHINA. Millennials with rising income are driving a growing appetite for luxury goods and travel experiences, according to Global Blue research.

UK benefits from +37% year-on-year increase in Chinese tourists in 2015

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/01/16

UK. Spend was up +4% in the first nine months of 2015 to £435 million, with Chinese visitors spending £2,688 a head on average, according to VisitBritain.

UNWTO says shopping tourism is key in promoting travel destinations

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/01/16

INTERNATIONAL. Research shows shopping is a key factor when passengers select where to travel, with small and local experiences particularly attractive.

Chinese outbound tourism to reach 200 million mark by 2020, predicts report

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/01/16

CHINA. CLSA says the outlook for Chinese travel remains “stellar” but growth will slow significantly over the next five years, particularly to Hong Kong.

Chinese travellers’ overseas retail spend hits US$229 billion in 2015

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/01/16

CHINA. China’s outbound tourists spent US$229 billion on shopping in 2015, amid shifts in the mix of key destinations, according to research company GfK.

Global tourist arrivals up +4.4% in 2015 as 50 million more travel

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/01/16

INTERNATIONAL. World Tourism Organization is also projecting a +4% rise in tourist arrivals in 2016, with Asia Pacific and the Americas leading the way.

Japanese show little Yen to spend in Hawaii but Chinese business picks up

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/01/16

USA (HAWAII). Japanese tourism continues to show alarmingly soft spending. But the Chinese business, while still small, picks up.

Japanese arrivals to Hawaii flat but weak Yen drives down spending

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/12/15

USA (HAWAII).. With the Yen hovering around 120 to the US Dollar, conditions are not easy for travel shopping, as borne out by the latest figures.

Korean outbound tourism surges as Chinese visitor numbers strengthen

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/12/15

SOUTH KOREA. Good news for travel retailers as Korean departures surge +26.2% and Chinese arrivals maintain their late 2015 recovery.

Latest pax figures from 220 airports assessed in new Air4Casts study

Source: Air4Casts*; The Moodie Report - 15/12/15

INTERNATIONAL. There's plenty of good news in global passenger numbers for November, says Air4casts, with Paris not as soft as expected.

HNA Tourism Group recognised with leading travel industry award

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/12/15

CHINA. HNA Tourism Group becomes the first Chinese winner of a key accolade at the World Travel Awards, as it "lays the foundations for further expansion".

Air4Casts warns about overstating tourism impact of Paris attacks

Source: Air4Casts*, The Moodie Report - 11/12/15

FRANCE. Detailed November passenger data from Air France-KLM indicates some analysts' findings have been dramatically overstated.

Airports to handle over 14 billion passengers by 2034: new DKMA report

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/12/15

INTERNATIONAL. DKMA forecasts that around 14.6 billion passengers a year will use the world’s airports by 2034, up from 6.6 billion in 2015.

Japan and South Korea buoyed by Chinese tax free shopping spend

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/12/15

INTERNATIONAL. Mainland Chinese remained the leading nationality for global tax free shopping spend in October, reports tax refund company Global Blue.

Air4Casts unveils Travel Business Recovery surveys to guage impact of terrorist attacks in Egypt, France & Turkey

Source: Air4Casts*; The Moodie Report - 05/12/15

UK. Following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Sharm el Sheikh, and against the backdrop of tensions between Russia and Turkey, Travel and travel retail analysts Air4Casts* this week reinstated its popular fast track Travel Business Recovery surveys, from which we present key findings.

Taiwan braced for downturn in Chinese visitor numbers amid election period

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/12/15

TAIWAN. Tourism from China to Taiwan could be facing a downturn in coming weeks as elections take place; Air4Casts assesses the outlook for travel.

Chinese tourism to South Korea continues strong rebound

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 30/11/15

SOUTH KOREA. Up, down, buoyant. That summarises the tourism sector pertaining to the trio of key nationalities, Chinese, Japanese and Koreans.

Latest Air4Casts figures reveal severe impact of terrorism on tourism

Source: ©Air4Casts;The Moodie Report - 30/11/15

INTERNATIONAL Terrorism not only takes a terrible toll on those involved in attacks but the knock-on effect to tourism and employment can be catastrophic.

IATA reassesses forecasts after dip but pax numbers still set to double by 2034

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/11/15

INTERNATIONAL. Over the next 19 years, global air passenger numbers will double says IATA. And that's despite a downwards reassessment.

Travel retail hit hard in Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey and France; Israel set to benefit

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/11/15

INTERNATIONAL. Travel retailers around the world are counting the cost – negative or positive – of recent terrorist incidents and political crises. Egypt, Turkey and Tunisia have suffered dramatic declines and Paris is hurting badly from the recent atrocities. Israel, on the other hand, is set for a prolonged Russian tourism boom. Air4Casts presents timely analysis on the implications for Turkish travel retail.

Travel and tourism sector to grow by +3.5% in 2015 despite troubled climate

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/11/15

INTERNATIONAL. World Travel & Tourism Council says forecast is “strong” despite numerous challenges but slightly down on projections at the start of the year as domestic spending weakens. The sector’s total contribution to the world economy in 2015 will be US$7.8 trillion, supporting 284 million jobs globally.

Etihad Airways signs partnership deals to promote tourism to Abu Dhabi

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/11/15

UAE. Agreements with TCA Abu Dhabi and Miral will see close collaboration in key strategic areas with the aim of boosting the emirate’s image “exponentially”.

HNA and Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs Group strike partnership

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/11/15

CHINA. HNA Tourism Group and Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs Group have signed a vital partnership to develop short-stay and family leisure tourism in China.

Rebound in Europe fuels global growth in tourist arrivals

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 04/11/15

INTERNATIONAL. Buoyed by healthy gains in Europe, international tourist arrivals grew by +4.3% in the first eight months of 2015, according to the UNWTO.

Surprise new Chinese travel hotspots emerge in latest Air4Casts report

Source: Air4Casts - 04/11/15

CHINA. Travel retailers in locations as diverse as Turkey, Austria, Finland and Switzerland should be studying the buying habits of Chinese travellers more closely.

Bouncing back: Chinese arrivals to Korea return to growth in August

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 30/10/15

SOUTH KOREA. For years a +4.8% year-on-year rise in monthly Chinese visitor arrivals would have been bad news. In 2015 it's cause for celebration.

Air4Casts: Brazil international passenger numbers steady despite economic woes

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/10/15

BRAZIL. Air4Casts says air travel is not driven by economic growth, despite perceived wisdom to the contrary, in its latest analysis.

'Value for money’ key Chinese demand, says Air4Casts traveller survey

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 30/09/15

CHINA. UK analyst Air4Casts’ latest quarterly Chinese traveller survey offers the travel retail channel plenty of cause for optimism.

HNA’s investment in housing rental site to boost offshore duty free in Hainan

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/09/15

CHINA. US$78 million investment in Airbnb-like website for Chinese travellers will drive tourism in Hainan and ultimately its offshore duty free market.

International tourist arrivals climb by +4% in the first half of 2015

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/09/15

INTERNATIONAL. International tourist arrivals grew by +4% year-on-year in the first half of 2015 according to the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.

Korean travel retail market to be ‘back by October’ after -63% slump

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/09/15

SOUTH KOREA. It was short and sharp. And very, very nasty. The latest tourism figures underline the dramatic MERS-related slump in Chinese visitors during June and July.