Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Sunday 24 May 2015

MIDDLE EAST

The Moodie Report: A message to our valued industry partners

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/05/15

INTERNATIONAL. As The Moodie Report changes ownership, we carry an important message about invoicing and payment to our industry partners.

Dubai Duty Free opens new village for Typhoon Haiyan survivors

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/05/15

PHILIPPINES. Dubai Duty Free, through its charity foundation, has handed over 32 houses in the new GK Village to the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.

SSP posts healthy profits and like-for-like sales growth in H1

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/05/15

UK/INTERNATIONAL. SSP has revealed revenue growth of +2.6% for the half year to 31 March, as well as a sharp profit rise, though the strong Pound had a negative impact.

The Moodie Report e-Zine Issue 165: Hitting new heights at Changi

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/05/15

INTERNATIONAL. In this issue Martin Moodie takes a look inside DFS Group’s extraordinary new duplex store at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3.

Le Clos launches rare Ledaig 42yo in world first for Dubai International

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/05/15

The fine wine and luxury spirits retailer has partnered with Distell Asia Pacific to launch what is claimed to be the rarest and oldest Ledaig ever released, dating back to 1972.

Saudi Duty Free Fabulous Dates Festival generates strong sales surge

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/05/15

SAUDI ARABIA. A major campaign showcasing Saudi Arabia’s dates industry, including special consumer offers, generated a +33% surge in sales.

Asia Pacific and Middle East airports end first quarter strongly

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/05/15

ASIA PACIFIC/MIDDLE EAST. Asia Pacific and Middle East airports ended Q1 of 2015 strongly, posting increases of +8.5% and +9.4%, respectively.

Edizione rebuts FT claims over Dufry-World Duty Free Group deal

Source: The Financial Times; The Moodie Report - 15/05/15

INTERNATIONAL. Benetton family-controlled Edizione has rebutted claims made in The Financial Times about Boyu Capital’s offer to buy WDFG.

Momentum builds for Dubai Duty Free Irish Open golf tournament

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/05/15

IRELAND/UAE. Last year's European Ryder Cup team members Victor Dubuisson, Jamie Donaldson and Stephen Gallacher join the line-up for the Irish Open.

Bahrain Duty Free announces +28.5% surge in Q1 profits

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/05/15

BAHRAIN. Bahrain Duty Free Shop Complex Managing Director Abdulla Buhindi extols a solid early 2015 performance, with profits rising sharply despite a modest increase in revenues.

Live and online: The Moodie Report Print Edition May 2015

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/05/15

INTERNATIONAL. Welcome to the digital, iPad-compatible version of The Moodie Report Print Edition for May 2015, available in full – editorial and advertising.

Abu Dhabi Airports names Al Musbah Group as car parking partner

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/05/15

UAE. Abu Dhabi Airports has named Al Musbah Group as concessionaire for services including car parking, baggage wrapping and the Airport Service Centre.

Chivas Regal unveils a new, exclusive icon via Dubai Duty Free

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/05/15

The inaugural edition of Chivas Regal The Icon will be available exclusively from Dubai Duty Free from May to September, before being rolled out around the world.

Dan Cappell named Abu Dhabi Airports Acting Chief Commercial Officer

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/05/15

UAE. A big promotion for the experienced and respected Daniel Cappell as Abu Dhabi Airports steps up its multi-facility development of aviation infrastructure.

Pret A Manger to debut in UAE market at Dubai International Concourse D

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 04/05/15

UAE. UK brand Pret A Manger is to open its first unit in the UAE at Dubai International, following a franchise deal with Emirates Leisure Retail.

ARI ‘ahead of schedule’ to double profits, says CEO Jack MacGowan

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 30/04/15

IRELAND. Aer Rianta International (ARI) and parent DAA have revealed annual results, with ARI profits falling from €29.4 million to €18.1 million year-on-year.

Duty Free World Council urges support for Economic Impact Study

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 30/04/15

INTERNATIONAL. The Duty Free World Council has urged support for its Economic Impact Study, after a “disappointing” response to requests for data.

Bahrain Duty Free marks Bahrain Grand Prix with MasterCard promotion

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/04/15

BAHRAIN. The month-long F1 'race to win' promotion at Bahrain Duty Free in partnership with MasterCard has already achieved a marked increase in sales.

Qatar Duty Free opens express beauty salon at Hamad International Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/04/15

QATAR. Nails offers nail, hair and beauty services to passengers looking for last-minute treatments prior to their departure from Hamad International.

Abu Dhabi International Airport passenger traffic climbs sharply in Q1

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/04/15

UAE. Abu Dhabi Airports has reported a +21.1% surge in passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport in Q1 2015, compared to the first quarter last year.

Plaza Premium confirms eight new airport lounge projects amid expansion

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/04/15

INTERNATIONAL. Plaza Premium Lounge Management Limited has confirmed eight new lounge projects for 2015, as it expands its network around the world.

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open adds big golfing names to stellar field

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/04/15

IRELAND/UAE. In a move that will boost the Dubai Duty Free-sponsored Irish Open, Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald and Patrick Reed join the players' line-up.

Dubai Duty Free marks 20th anniversary of Newbury sponsorship

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/04/15

UAE. The Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Meeting this weekend marks the 20th year of the retailer’s sponsorship at Newbury Racecourse in Berkshire, England.

Growth at Asia Pacific airports buoyed by Lunar New Year traffic in February

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/04/15

ASIA PACIFIC. Passenger traffic at Asia Pacific airports grew +9.7% – with many growing by double digits – in February, while Middle Eastern airports grew by +7%.

DFS revenues hit by 'currency and geopolitical developments' in Q1

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/04/15

INTERNATIONAL. LVMH posted a +16% increase in reported Q1 2015 revenue, but DFS continued to be affected by "a complex situation in Asia".

International passenger traffic maintains healthy growth rate in February

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/04/15

INTERNATIONAL. Global passenger traffic increased by +6.3% year-on-year in February, driven largely by international volumes (+7.3%), ACI reports.

The Moodie Report e-Zine: Tornado time in travel retail

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/04/15

INTERNATIONAL. We examine the repercussions of Dufry’s industry-changing buy-out of World Duty Free Group, assessing industry reaction and examining an impressive acquisition record.

Dubai Duty Free crowns champions of Greensomes golf tournament

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/04/15

UAE. Jamie and Emma Rooms have emerged as net champions of the Dubai Duty Free Greensomes Strokeplay event held at the Arabian Ranches Golf Club.

Qatar Duty Free courts Chinese spend with UnionPay cardholder promotion

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/04/15

QATAR. Qatar Duty Free has launched a promotion offering UnionPay cardholders a -10% discount when they shop at Hamad International Airport up till 20 July.

Beirut Duty Free opens expanded electronics store and offer

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/04/15

LEBANON. Beirut Duty Free has opened an expanded 225sq m electronics store at Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport with a broader product offer.

Travel retail agents team up to create IBG International Brands Group

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 01/04/15

INTERNATIONAL. A number of travel retail specialist agencies have teamed up to create a network under the title IBG International Brands Group.

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.