Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Tuesday 31 March 2015

MIDDLE EAST

Aer Rianta International announces major executive team reshuffle

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/03/15

IRELAND. ARI has announced a restructuring of its senior executive team, reflecting what it says is “a more growth-orientated operating model”.

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.

Passenger traffic surges at Abu Dhabi International Airport in February

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/03/15

UAE. Passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International leapt by +21.5% in February, with Bangkok, London Heathrow, Manila, Doha and Jeddah the leading routes.

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.

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.

Sean Staunton renews term as MEADFA President; new board elected

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/03/15

MIDDLE EAST/AFRICA. The Middle East & Africa Duty Free Association has named Sean Staunton as President for a further two-year term and elected a new board.

Dubai Airports launches new car rental booking service with rentalcars.com

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/03/15

UAE. Passengers can now rent a car directly from the Dubai Airports website, thanks to a new partnership between the airport operator and rentalcars.com.

Abu Dhabi Airports boost passenger experience with T1 investment

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/03/15

UAE. Abu Dhabi Airports has enhanced some vital passenger facilities at Abu Dhabi International Terminal 1 - a move likely to boost commercial dwell times.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Dubai Duty Free sponsors 11th Mark Fahy Memorial Golf Day

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/03/15

UAE. The Dubai Duty Free-sponsored Mark Fahy Memorial Golf Tournament attracted more than 70 members of the Dubai Irish Golf Society.

Dubai Airports launches quirky social media advertising campaign

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/03/15

UAE. From Antarctica to the Gulf: a colourful social media campaign showcases the retail, food & beverage and services offer at Dubai International.

Dubai International posts latest monthly traffic record in January

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/03/15

UAE. Dubai International began 2015 as it ended last year: with a record for monthly passenger traffic. The airport expects almost 80 million passengers in 2015.

Bahrain Duty Free to sponsor ITF Tennis Bahrain F1 Futures tournament

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/03/15

BAHRAIN. Bahrain Duty Free has underlined its support of the ITF Tennis Bahrain F1 Futures tournament, set to kick off on 23 March in Manama, Bahrain.

Le Clos secures Glen Grant 50yo exclusively for the Middle East market

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/03/15

The limited-edition single malt whisky has made its Middle Eastern travel retail debut with fine wine and luxury spirits retailer Le Clos at Dubai International Airport.

Lucie Safarova beats Victoria Azarenka to win Qatar Total Open 2015

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/03/15

DOHA. The professional Czech tennis player has bagged the biggest win of her career in the Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free sponsored tournament.

Ralph Lauren Polo Supreme Oud makes regional debut with Dubai Duty Free

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/02/15

Ralph Lauren’s new Polo Supreme Oud fragrance has made its Middle East debut, via an exclusive launch event in partnership with Dubai Duty Free.

Diageo Reserve World Class bar drives sales at Beirut Duty Free

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/02/15

The Diageo Reserve World Class pop-up bar at Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport drove brand awareness and a double-digit sales increase in December.

Muscat Duty Free partners Ministry of Education in student art contest

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/02/15

OMAN. Muscat Duty Free has given away OMR600 (US$1,560) and 15 laptops in an art contest for students, organised in partnership with the Ministry of Education.

Passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi Airport surges over +20% in January

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/02/15

UAE. Passenger movements at Abu Dhabi International Airport continued its strong growth trend in January 2015, with an increase of +20.7% to 1.89 million.

First Irishman set to take part in Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/02/15

UAE. No it's not Colm McLoughlin but there is a pioneering Irish influence in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships which begins today.

World Duty Free reveals terms of renewed Kuwait concession

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/02/15

KUWAIT. The new contract is based on a flat payment of KWD7.77 million (currently €23.08 million) for each year. Read on for an unusually open disclosure of bid details.

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.

Tennis fever continues as 2015 Qatar Total Open kicks off this weekend

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/02/15

DOHA. Sponsored by Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free, the tournament will take place 21-28 February at Doha’s Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex.

Tyko Travel Retail sets sights on Middle East expansion with new agent

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/02/15

Tyko Travel Retail has appointed Visions FZCO as its official travel retail agent for the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Sri Lanka, India and Qatar regions.

Bahrain Duty Free posts record profits of US$22.7 million in 2014

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/02/15

BAHRAIN. Bahrain Duty Free has announced record net profit of US$22.7 million for the year ended 31 December 2014, with sales rising by +7.8%.

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.

Qatar Duty Free opens Chopard boutique at Hamad International

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/02/15

QATAR. Qatar Duty Free has unveiled a Chopard boutique at Hamad International Airport, housing an upscale jewellery, watches and accessories range.

Le Clos toasts the Year of the Goat with Château Rothschild promotion

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/02/15

Le Clos is offering shoppers at Dubai International Airport a chance to win a Château Mouton Rothschild 2000 Jeroboam worth AED42,000 (US$11,400).

Passenger traffic posts healthy increase at world’s airports in 2014

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/02/15

INTERNATIONAL. Global airport passenger traffic climbed by +5.1% year-on-year in 2014, Airports Council International (ACI) has reported.

DFS wins travel retail award from luxury goods title The Hurun Report

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/02/15

CHINA. DFS Group has won the Best Travel Retail Award at Chinese luxury goods title The Hurun Report’s Best of the Best Awards for 2015.

Strong travel retail sales performance buoys Lagardère Services in 2014

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/02/15

FRANCE. A strong performance from travel retail helped lift Lagardère Services’ net sales by +1.8% in 2014, with the figure hitting €3.81 billion. UPDATED.

Mondelez World Travel Retail signs up as Platinum Sponsor of Trinity Forum

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/02/15

INTERNATIONAL. Mondelez World Travel Retail has signed up as a Platinum Partner for the Trinity Forum 2015, which takes place on 16-18 September in Hong Kong.

Global airline travel climbs strongly against mixed economic backdrop

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/02/15

INTERNATIONAL. Global airline travel grew by a robust +5.9% in 2014 compared to 2013, ahead of the industry’s ten-year average growth rate, according to IATA.

Golfer Rory McIlroy conducts Dubai Duty Free’s latest prize draw

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/02/15

UAE. Newly crowned Omega Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament winner Rory McIlroy conducted the latest Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise draw on Sunday.

Etihad Airways reports 'strongest operational performance to date'

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/02/15

UAE. The national airline of the UAE carried a record 14.8 million passengers in 2014, an increase of +23%, driven by new destinations and partnerships.

Fast-growing Qatar Airways acquires 9.99% stake in IAG

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 30/01/15

QATAR. To advance its 'westward' strategy, the dynamic Doha-based carrier snaps up a share in the owner of British Airways, Iberia and Vueling.

World Duty Free Group share price surges as deal speculation intensifies

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/01/15

INTERNATIONAL. WDF Group’s shares surged by almost +9% on Thursday, hitting €9.59 amid intense market speculation of a deal. UPDATED STORY.

Chinese Ambassador opens Qatar Duty Free's Chinese Pavilion

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/01/15

QATAR. The 180sq m Chinese pavilion at Hamad International Airport was officially opened today by Chinese Ambassador to Qatar His Excellency Gao Youzhen.

Dubai International seizes number 1 spot for international passengers

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/01/15

UAE. 70.47 million passengers recorded in 2014, 79 million projected in 2015. Is there any stopping the runaway – and runway – success story that is Dubai International?

Abu Dhabi Airport posts record passenger traffic growth

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/01/15

UAE. 20 million passengers passed through the airport’s three terminals in 2014, up more than +20% over the previous year.

Qatar Duty Free partners 2015 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/01/15

DOHA. As the official retail partner for the golf tournament, Qatar Duty Free has a dedicated pavilion where it is showcasing a range of products and promotions.

Passenger traffic at Asia Pacific airports up +6% in November 2014

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/01/15

ASIA PACIFIC. Passenger traffic in Asia Pacific and Middle Eastern airports showed continued moderate growth in November 2014, rising +6.0% and +6.1% respectively.

World Duty Free Group outlines three-year plan; targets €3 billion in sales by 2017

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/01/15

INTERNATIONAL. World Duty Free Group has outlined a three-year plan based on maximising its existing portfolio, improving profits in Spain and expanding in the USA.

From the Midlands to Montrachet: My Wine Journey with Sharon Beecham

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/01/15

Dubai Duty Free’s Sharon Beecham shares her wine journey in the latest instalment of our popular new column in association with Treasury Wine Estates.

Dubai Duty Free opens Hermès Parfums pop-up shop at Dubai International

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/01/15

UAE. Dubai Duty Free has opened a 25sq m Hermès Parfums pop-up shop at Dubai International Airport Terminal 1 Concourse C. It will remain until 31 January.