Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Thursday 08 October 2015


'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.

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.

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.

International tourism arrivals increase by +4% in early 2015

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/08/15

INTERNATIONAL. Plenty of positives from the latest tourism figures, notably Northern Hemisphere holiday period numbers - the best since the pre-crisis year of 2007.

Copenhagen Airport taps into Chinese market with charter airline drive

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 31/07/15

DENMARK. Copenhagen Airport will add thousands more Chinese visitors this Autumn after striking a deal with charter carrier Beijing Capital Airlines.

June's Chinese visitor figures to Korea underline severe impact of MERS

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 30/07/15

SOUTH KOREA. Like a runaway train suddenly going into sharp reverse, Chinese visitor numbers for June confirm the crippling travel retail impact of MERS.

Higher Japanese traffic but lower spending in Hawaii

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/07/15

USA (HAWAII). May was an improved month for Japanese visitor numbers but spending, though improved, maintained the 2015 trend of being down year-on-year. launches tax refund service for travelling Chinese shoppers

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/07/15

CHINA. Online payment services provider has partnered with Premier Tax Free to provide a new tax refund service to Chinese shoppers in Europe.

MERS threat eases but June traffic numbers reveal Korean woes

Source: Korea Tourism Organization; Air4Casts - 06/07/15

SOUTH KOREA. June passenger statistics for Korean airports from respected UK aviation analysts Air4Casts underline the dramatic impact of MERS.

CAPA report: Chinese tourism wave focuses on Northeast Asia, Thailand

Source: Centre for Pacific Aviation - 18/06/15

ASIA PACIFIC. The highly respected CAPA - Centre for Aviation says that the much talked-about Chinese travel boom is not spread evenly across the region.

Hong Kong International reacts to MERS with checks on South Korean travellers

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/06/15

HONG KONG. Hong Kong International has reacted to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome outbreak by screening all inbound passengers from South Korea.

Lotte Duty Free warns of sales slump as MERS prompts Chinese visitor slowdown

Source: Bloomberg Business; The Moodie Report - 10/06/15

SOUTH KOREA. Travel retailers expect a sharp fall in June sales as the spread of Middle East respiratory syndrome hits visitor numbers from China. UPDATED STORY.

Japan, South Korea and Thailand lead Q1 tourism surge – new PATA report

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/05/15

ASIA PACIFIC. Buoyed by the weak Yen, Japan's inbound tourism sector posts a startling +43.7% year-on-year rise in arrivals for the first quarter.

London City Airport survey reveals travel essentials for UK holidaymakers

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/05/15

UK. The survey found local currency and perfume/deodorant to be top priorities for UK travellers, well ahead of travel plugs, books and international debit cards.

Dollar hits eight-year high against Yen as Hawaiian arrivals drop

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/05/15

USA (HAWAII). The Dollar hits ¥123.13, its highest level against the Yen since July 2007 – bad news for DFS and other Japanese-focused retailers.

Canadian government to invest C$30 million in new tourism campaign

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/05/15

CANADA. The government of Canada has pledged its support for a major new tourism campaign, titled ‘Connecting America’, to attract more American visitors to Canada.

Chinese international passenger traffic to rise +9.3% in second half

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/05/15

CHINA. Chinese international passenger traffic is set to outpace domestic traffic in the second half of 2015, even as domestic travel continues to underpin demand.

Chinese travel growth to South Korea 'slows' in March to +21.6%

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/04/15

SOUTH KOREA. Chinese arrivals rose +21.6% year-on-year in March, a marked slowdown from the +32.9% and +58.4% increases in January and February.

Fears for retail as China restricts Mainland visits to Hong Kong

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/04/15

CHINA. Retailers in Hong Kong, already reeling from a severe downturn in Chinese spending, are dealt a further blow following new government restrictions on Mainland visitors.

International tourism generates export earnings of US$1.5 trillion in 2014

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/04/15

INTERNATIONAL. Exports from international tourism hit US$1.5 trillion in 2014 – up +7.1% – with China maintaining its ranking as the world’s top spender.

Changi Airport partners Singapore Tourism Board to drive visitorship

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/04/15

SINGAPORE. Changi Airport Group and Singapore Tourism Board have announced a S$35 million (US$25.8 million) joint investment plan to boost visitor numbers.

Chinese visitor numbers to South Korea soar by +58.4% in February

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/03/15

SOUTH KOREA. One in two arrivals to South Korea in February was from China, confirming the extraordinary momentum and scale of the Chinese visitor wave.

Changi and Tourism New Zealand bring Tolkien's Middle-earth to Singapore

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/03/15

SINGAPORE. The Naturally New Zealand exhibition features a Hobbit Hole set display and other memorabilia from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films.

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.

PATA strikes partnership to help members become 'China Ready'

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/03/15

ASIA. PATA is now offering the China Ready & Accredited Program, designed to help members more effectively target high-yield mainland Chinese travellers.

Russia currency crisis hits tax free shopping but Chinese spending grows

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/01/15

RUSSIA. Russian spend on tax free shopping dropped by -33% in Q4 2014 while Chinese spending continued to grow, says tax refund company Global Blue.

International tourism rises +4.7% in 2014; +3-4% growth projected in 2015

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/01/15

INTERNATIONAL. Over 1.1 billion tourists travelled abroad in 2014, according to the UNWTO, with 2015 set to be a solid year despite several market challenges.

South Korean authorities announce four new downtown duty free licences

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/01/15

SOUTH KOREA. The licences will be available to all retailers, including the industry giants, newcomers and small and medium enterprises.

UK tax free visitor spend slips in 2014 despite China and Middle East growth

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/01/15

UK. Tax free spending by Chinese and Middle Eastern visitors increased in 2014 but growth was offset by a decline in Russian and Thai spend, says Global Blue.

South Korea makes huge gains over Hong Kong in race for Chinese tourists

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/01/15

SOUTH KOREA. Huge growth in Mainland Chinese visitor numbers to South Korea has got tourism authorities and retailers worried in Hong Kong.

Weak Yen hits Japanese spend in Hawaii but Chinese business improves

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/01/15

US (HAWAII). Japanese visitor arrivals to Hawaii rose +1.8% in November but the weak Yen kept spending soft. By contrast, Chinese arrivals and spending surged.

Surging Chinese arrivals sets the scene for Incheon duty free tender

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/12/14

SOUTH KOREA. Chinese visitor arrivals rocketed by +66.7% year-on-year in November, following a +57.3% increase in October.

'Remarkable results': UNWTO predicts record international tourism in 2014

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/12/14

INTERNATIONAL. The UN World Tourism Organization expects global tourist numbers to reach 1.1 billion after growth of +4.7% to the end of October.

UK tax free spend shrinks to November as top spenders maintain growth

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/12/14

UK. Shopping spend by international visitors declined by -4% in the first 11 months of the year, based on tax refund calculations by Global Blue.

Tuniu and DFS enhance shopping experience for Chinese travellers

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 11/12/14

CHINA. Leading Chinese online leisure travel company Tuniu Corporation and DFS Group have joined forces to promote international travel and shopping.

7-Eleven begins tax free shopping service for tourists in Japan

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/12/14

JAPAN. The redrawing of Japan’s travel retail market continues as 7-Eleven becomes the first convenience store offering tax free sales to tourists.

India enacts first phase of extended visas on arrival scheme

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/11/14

INDIA. Visitors from 43 countries can now apply for visas on arrival in a move that could represent a big boost to India’s tourism and travel retail market.

Aviation sector adds US$26.7 billion to Dubai economy in 2013

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/11/14

UAE. Companies including Emirates airline, Dubai Airports and Dubai Duty Free will grow aviation's GDP contribution to 37.5% by 2020, claims Oxford Economics.

Chinese visitors surge as tourist arrivals rebound in Thailand

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/11/14

THAILAND. A +6.14% increase in total visitor arrivals in October is the first monthly growth since January following a period of political turmoil.

Chinese visitors surge as Incheon Airport duty free tender nears

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/11/14

SOUTH KOREA. Chinese visitor numbers soared by +57.3% for the first nine months, paving the way for a blockbuster duty free tender at Incheon International Airport.

USA targets increase in Chinese tourism with major visa policy reform

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 11/11/14

USA/CHINA. The USA has extended the validity of short-stay visas to ten years – the longest allowed under national law – as it woos Chinese tourism and investment.

Ebola task force speaks out as Australia and Canada issue travel restrictions

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/11/14

INTERNATIONAL. The travel and transport task force has restated support for the World Health Organization’s policy against measures restricting travel.

International tourism shows continued strength despite challenging conditions

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 31/10/14

INTERNATIONAL. International tourism "continues to grow above expectations despite rising global challenges”, says UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai.

Caribbean governments impose bans on travel from Ebola-stricken countries

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/10/14

LATIN AMERICA/CARIBBEAN. Several countries have banned arrivals from West African countries as governments fear the cost of containment and impact on tourism.

USA to enhance Ebola screening as first infection beyond Africa found

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/10/14

USA. President Obama is to order additional passenger screening at US airports as Spain reports the first case of a person contracting Ebola beyond Africa.

Global Blue anticipates tax free sales surge as Chinese Golden Week begins

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 01/10/14

UK. Tax refund company Global Blue recorded a +35% year-on-year increase in tax free spend from Chinese travellers in the UK during the holiday in 2013.

A market transformed: Chinese travel boom to Korea continues

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/08/14

SOUTH KOREA. Chinese visitors represented 42.1% of arrivals in the first seven months, compared to 16.7% for the long-time dominant Japanese.