Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Saturday 20 December 2014

MIDDLE EAST

'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.

Dubai Duty Free offers one-day deal on millionaire and luxury car draws

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/12/14

UAE. Dubai Duty Free is marking its 31st anniversary with a special one-day online discount on its popular Millennium Millionaire and Finest Surprise contests.

Muscat Duty Free launches Christmas campaign and MasterCard promotion

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/12/14

OMAN. Muscat Duty Free is bringing Aer Rianta International's Joy of Giving campaign and an exclusive promotion for MasterCard holders to Muscat Airport.

Dubai Duty Free donates US$544,507 to Dubai Autism Center project

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/12/14

UAE. Dubai Duty Free has donated AED2 million (US$544,507) to Dubai Autism Center’s Build A Difference campaign to help build a 91,000sq ft facility in Garhoud.

Dubai Duty Free prepares to mark 31st anniversary with three days of discounts

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/12/14

UAE. Dubai Duty Free is to mark its 31st anniversary with a -25% discount on a wide range of merchandise for three days from 18-20 December.

International passenger traffic surges ahead in October, reports ACI

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/12/14

INTERNATIONAL. Passenger traffic at the world’s airports climbed by +6% year-on-year in October, with international traffic surging by +6.3%, ACI reports.

Layam-Sakal Group captures latest retail concessions at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 11/12/14

ISRAEL. Layam-Sakal Group has won the concession to operate two new toy stores plus one children's fashion outlet at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport.

Upbeat IATA forecasts surge in airline passenger traffic in 2015

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/12/14

INTERNATIONAL. The International Air Transport Association says passenger traffic will rise +7% in 2015, aided by lower fuel prices and a better global economy.

Etihad Airways assists Operation Smile medical mission in Vietnam

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/12/14

UAE. ‘The Next Era of Smiles’ was the cleft charity’s largest assignment in Asia and volunteers from Etihad were on hand to help patients during surgery pre–screening sessions.

SSP opens world’s first CNN Traveler Café at Abu Dhabi International

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 08/12/14

UAE. SSP and Abu Dhabi Airports have opened the world’s first airport café from CNN, named CNN Traveler, at Abu Dhabi International Airport Terminal 3.

Kreol Travel Retail announces distribution agreement with Fonterra

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/12/14

Kreol Travel Retail has announced that it will distribute Fonterra products, which include Anchor milk powder, in India and selected GCC airport duty free outlets.

Frank O’Connell: Research and impact studies among World Council priorities

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/12/14

INTERNATIONAL. Developing a body of research and compiling a study on travel retail's economic impact are early priorities for the Duty Free World Council.

Dufry celebrates UAE National Day at Sharjah International Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/12/14

UAE. The retailer celebrated the holiday on 2 December with an interactive display area promoting dates and camel chocolate.

Dubai Airports unveils world’s tallest chocolate sculpture for national day

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 01/12/14

UAE. The 13.5m model of the Burj Khalifa, created by master chocolatier Andrew Farrugia, is part of the 43rd UAE National Day celebrations at Dubai International.

Shooting the lights out: Denise Kennedy wins Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/11/14

UAE. Denise Kennedy is this year’s Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup champion, after scoring a staggering 89 stableford points over the two-day tournament in Dubai.

Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal duty free bids due by end of March

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/11/14

UAE. The delayed duty free tender for arguably the world's most ambitious airport terminal will be released later this week with bids due in by the end of March 2015.

Dubai Airport and Jack’s Bar & Grill to host airside music event

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/11/14

UAE. Emirates Leisure Retail, Brown-Forman and Dubai Airports are poised to host Dubai International's first airside music event, at Jack’s Bar & Grill.

Mondelez WTR invites Dubai Duty Free customers to ‘Say It With Chocolate’

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/11/14

The multi-site promotion supports the launch of Cadbury’s new tablet range and features exclusive Dubai destination sleeves and a Cadbury ‘Chunk’ photo wall.

Qatar Duty Free opens two new Armani boutiques in fashion first

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/11/14

DOHA. Hamad Airport welcomes the first Giorgio Armani airport boutique in the Middle East and the first Armani Junior airport boutique in the world.

Retailer prepares to host 22nd Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/11/14

UAE. Dubai Duty Free expects more than 125 players at the invitational competition, which has been bringing global industry colleagues together since 1993.

Dubai Duty Free sales hit US$1.53 billion in first ten months of 2014

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/11/14

UAE. Dubai Duty Free has reported sales of US$1.53 billion for the first ten months of 2014, and is pushing towards annual turnover of US$1.9 billion.

IDFS Morocco invests in new store on 25th anniversary

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/11/14

MOROCCO. IDFS Morocco celebrates landmark with refurbishments and rebranding to strengthen the company and the brand for travellers.

The Middle East & Africa Duty Free Association Official Guide 2014

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/11/14

MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA. The guide is published by The Moodie Report to coincide with the annual MEADFA Conference in Dubai on 24-25 November.

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.