Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Sunday 23 November 2014

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Live and online: Middle East & Africa Duty Free Association Official Guide 2014

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/11/14

MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA. Welcome to the Middle East & Africa Duty Free Association Official Guide 2014, published by The Moodie Report to coincide with the annual MEADFA Conference, which takes place in Dubai on 24-25 November. This title is available in full – editorial and advertising – through our unique online digital format.

The Moodie Report e-Zine: David Beckham kicks off Haig Club launch

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/11/14

INTERNATIONAL. Beckham discusses his involvement in Diageo's single grain whisky and King Power International Group (Thailand) celebrates 25 years.

ATÜ Duty Free signs contract for Salalah Airport master concession

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/11/14

OMAN. The retailer and Oman Airports Management Company have signed a 10-year contract for key commercial activities at the new airport.

Muscat Duty Free marks Oman’s National Day with in-store events

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/11/14

OMAN. Muscat Duty Free recently celebrated Oman’s 44th National Day with a series of in-store events and entertainment for travellers.

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.

WDF Group CEO Eugenio Andrades outlines key business priorities

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/11/14

INTERNATIONAL. World Duty Free Group CEO Eugenio Andrades has outlined five business priorities as he takes over the role from José Maria Palencia.

Asia Pacific passenger traffic maintains solid growth rate in September

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/11/14

ASIA PACIFIC. Passenger traffic at Asia Pacific’s airports climbed by +5.1% year-on-year in September, ACI Asia-Pacific reports, with Middle East airports up +9.3%.

Autogrill Group posts marginal decline in nine-month revenue and EBITDA

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/11/14

INTERNATIONAL. Autogrill Group consolidated revenues for the first nine months of 2014 hit €2,868.6 million, down by -0.9% year-on-year.

The Moodie Report e-Zine: Le Clos captures the greatness of Grange; DFS shows a masterly touch in Singapore

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/11/14

INTERNATIONAL. In this edition of travel retail's only weekly magazine (and the channel's fastest-growing media) we spotlight an outstanding wine initiative from Le Clos and Penfolds Grange at Dubai International, and we examine DFS Group's stellar wines & spirits showcase in Singapore. Martin Moodie also reports from South Korea and a travel retail market undergoing structural change.

Dubai Duty Free wins two awards at the TFWA World Exhibition

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/11/14

UAE. Dubai Duty Free was recognised for airport retailing excellence at the Drinks International Travel Retail Excellence Awards and the Frontier Awards.

Duty Free World Council to explore creation of an industry Academy

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/11/14

INTERNATIONAL. The Duty Free World Council is to explore the establishment of a Duty Free and Travel Retail Academy to promote industry education and training.

Emirates heads off unprecedented challenges to deliver growth

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/11/14

UAE. The Dubai-based airline’s profit increased by +8%, and passenger traffic by +8.4%, despite external difficulties in the first half of the fiscal year.

Traffic spur drives strong nine-month sales at Bahrain Duty Free

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/11/14

BAHRAIN. A +10.83% passenger traffic gain at Bahrain International Airport has driven +8.6% growth in sales for Bahrain Duty Free, reaching US$54.9 million for the nine months.

WHSmith Travel sales climb by +7% in first ten weeks of financial year

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/11/14

UK. Sales at WHSmith’s Travel division climbed by +7% (+2% like-for-like) in the first ten weeks of the financial year, the group reported today in a trading update.

Lifetrons Switzerland set to make Middle East Exclusive debut

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/11/14

The Swiss electronics and accessories company will debut at this month's Middle East Exclusive as it looks to build new relationships in the region.

The Airport Hotel and Vitality Spa open at Hamad International Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/11/14

QATAR. The 100-room hotel and state-of-the-art spa are the latest commercial openings at the new Hamad International Airport in Doha.

Qatar Airways donates US$650,000 to Educate A Child Foundation

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/11/14

QATAR. Qatar Airways has raised 2.4 million Qatari Riyal (US$650,000) for the Educate A Child (EAC) Foundation through onboard donations from passengers.

Diageo GTME names new Regional Director for Europe

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/11/14

EUROPE. Diageo Global Travel & Middle East has announced the appointment of Barbara Bajorat as its new Regional Director for Europe.

Dubai Duty Free wins Finance Team of the Year accolade at CFO Award

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/11/14

UAE. Dubai Duty Free was named Finance Team Of The Year at the eighth Annual MENA CFO Awards, which were held in Dubai last month.

Le Clos unveils astounding Penfolds Grange line-up at Dubai International

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/11/14

UAE. An outstanding vertical collection of Australia's most iconic wine, Penfolds Grange, goes on sale at Le Clos at Dubai International, for US$565,000.

The Moodie e-Zine: Irish accolade for McLoughlin; upheaval in Korea

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/11/14

INTERNATIONAL. We're on location in South Korea, assessing big changes in travel retail. And in Ireland one of the industry's great servants is lauded.

Qatar Duty Free opens latest luxury boutiques at Hamad International

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/11/14

QATAR. Coach, Montblanc, Almotahajiba and Hugo Boss boutiques join the 70 other retail outlets in the 25,000sq m retail space at Hamad International Airport.

Bottega and Dubai Duty Free raise funds for Breast Health International

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/11/14

Italian spirits company Distilleria Bottega is partnering Dubai Duty Free to raise funds for Breast Health International through sales of its Il Vino dei Poeti Rosé.

Colm McLoughlin accepts Ireland's Distinguished Service Award

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/11/14

IRELAND/UAE. Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman Colm McLoughlin has received the prestigious Irish Presidential Distinguished Service Award.

Dufry maintains revenue and EBITDA growth momentum in first nine months

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/11/14

INTERNATIONAL. Dufry Group’s turnover climbed by +9% year-on-year in the first nine months of 2014 (+12.4% at constant exchange rates) to CHF2,930.9 million (US$3 billion). The increase came through a combination of organic growth and the consolidation of Nuance since September. CEO Julián Díaz said: “2014 has been a year of many challenges and great achievements. Having executed well in many of the projects, we now focus our efforts on the integration and generation of synergies in the Nuance acquisition.”

Le Clos set to offer rare Ne Oublie 1882 at Dubai International

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/11/14

Dubai fine wine and luxury spirits retailer Le Clos will retail the rare Graham’s Ne Oublie Port from Symington Family Estates, which dates back to 1882.

Plaza Premium Lounge opens Al Reem Lounge at Abu Dhabi International

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/11/14

UAE. Plaza Premium Lounge has unveiled the newly renovated Al Reem Lounge – redesigned with local touches – at Abu Dhabi International Airport Terminal 1.

Dubai Airports seeks F&B partner to operate staff canteens

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/11/14

UAE. Dubai Airports is seeking a partner to fit out and operate staff canteens at Dubai International and related properties, as it upgrades the wider F&B offer.

Flemingo targets US$1 billion in sales by 2015; looks ahead to IPO

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/10/14

INTERNATIONAL. Emerging markets specialist travel retailer Flemingo International says it is on track to hit its target of US$2 billion in sales by 2020.

Sunglasses Awards short-list revealed; record number of entries received

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/10/14

INTERNATIONAL. The shortlist is announced for the annual Sunglasses Awards, which will be presented at TFWA World Exhibition in Cannes next week.

Etihad Airways promotes breast cancer awareness at Abu Dhabi International

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/10/14

UAE. The airline mobilises cabin crew to distribute pink ribbons and leaflets, while offering a mobile mammography screening unit for employees and employees’ wives.

Informa acquires Middle East Exclusive organiser Channels Exhibitions

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/10/14

UAE. Informa Middle East has acquired Channels Exhibitions, which runs the Middle East Exclusive regional travel retail exhibition.

Dubai Duty Free reclaims title as world’s biggest airport retail operation

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/10/14

UAE. The retailer cites Generation Research’s latest numbers as Dubai International claims the top position among the world's airports for a fourth time.

Middle East and Asia Pacific airports maintain moderate growth in August

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/10/14

ASIA PACIFIC. Asia Pacific airports posted passenger traffic growth of +3.3% while Middle Eastern traffic grew by +9.0% in the month of August, according to ACI.

That-Es-Salasil and WDFG retain Kuwait Airport duty free contract

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/10/14

KUWAIT. The incumbent has retained the concession after tabling the highest bid among five parties, offering a US$26.9 million annual flat fee over a five-year term.

Diageo begins global roll out of Haig Club after Changi launch

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/10/14

The single grain Scotch whisky will be available in ten travel retail locations this month, with a wider distribution to airports and airlines planned soon.

Dubai Airports launches new app with bespoke information for passengers

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/10/14

UAE. The app provides information for both Dubai International and Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central and is available in English and Arabic.

International airline passenger traffic maintains solid growth in August

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/10/14

INTERNATIONAL. Passenger traffic on the world’s airlines climbed by +5.9% year-on-year in August, the International Air Transport Association has reported.

UAE General Civil Aviation Authority launches inaugural art competition

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/10/14

UAE. The ‘UAE Aviation Art’ competition invites all UAE residents to submit aviation-inspired photography as part of the authority’s ‘Love Your Sky’ campaign.

Abu Dhabi International posts double-digit surge in August traffic

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 01/10/14

UAE. Passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International grew +24.8% in August with Bangkok, London Heathrow, Doha, Manila, and Bahrain as the top five destinations.

Belardini, Boyer, Crotti, Piovesana in, Rendek out as Dufry seeks to avoid disruption in Nuance integration

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 01/10/14

INTERNATIONAL. In a move to minimise business disruption, Dufry Group has announced a stage one organisational structure following last month's completed acquistion of rival The Nuance Group.

Dubai Duty Free's Colm McLoughlin to receive prestigious Irish Presidential Distinguished Service Award

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 01/10/14

UAE/IRELAND. In a major accolade, Dubai Duty Free boss Colm McLoughlin is recognised for his immense commitment to Ireland, joining some of Ireland's greatest patriots and biggest achievers.

Flemingo attracts further backing as Samena Capital invests

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 01/10/14

UAE. The retailer adds to its existing weighty private equity backing with a new investment from regionally focussed firm Samena Capital.

Dubai International passenger traffic surges as runway work completed

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/09/14

UAE. Passenger traffic at Dubai International bounced back from a three-month slump resulting from a runway upgrade to climb sharply in August.

Dubai Duty Free completes repricing on loans worth US$2.5 billion

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/09/14

UAE. The successful completion highlights “continued confidence” in Dubai Duty Free’s business and a strong performance in the past year, the retailer reports.

Dubai Duty Free wins twice in Gulf Business Industry Awards

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/09/14

UAE. The retailer has been named Retail Company of the Year and UAE Company of the Year in the 2014 instalment of the regional business awards.

Beauté Prestige International introduces new Narciso feminine fragrance

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/09/14

BPl has unveiled a new feminine fragrance from designer Narciso Rodriguez, called simply Narciso. The launch is being promoted by DDF throughout September.

Dubai Duty Free prepares for thrilling weekend of races at Newbury

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/09/14

UK. The Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes will be a highlight as the retailer offers its traditional hospitality to visitors throughout the weekend.

Dubai Duty Free’s Colm McLoughlin honoured at CEO Middle East awards

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 11/09/14

UAE. Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman Colm McLoughlin has been honoured at the fifth edition of the CEO Middle East Awards.

MEADFA reveals details of annual regional conference in Dubai

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/09/14

MIDDLE EAST/AFRICA. The Middle East & Africa Duty Free Association and TFWA have revealed details of the programme of this year’s MEADFA Conference.