Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Saturday 31 January 2015

MIDDLE EAST

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.

Dubai Duty Free Donates US$1.36 million to UAE Compassion Campaign

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/01/15

UAE. Dubai Duty Free has donated AED5 million (US$1.36 million) to the UAE Compassion campaign, which raises funds to provide winter aid for refugees.

David Ferrer beats Tomas Berdych to win Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2015

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/01/15

DOHA. Spanish professional tennis player David Ferrer has won the men’s title in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2015, sponsored by Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free.

Portland focuses on the connected passenger at CNN Traveller Café

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/01/15

UAE. Portland Design outlines its role in creating the CNN Traveller café project at Abu Dhabi International Airport, which aims to keep travellers connected.

Qatar Duty Free launches Chinese New Year campaign at Hamad International

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/01/15

QATAR. Qatar Duty Free has constructed a Chinese-themed pavilion at Hamad International Airport, offering passengers discount vouchers and special activities.

WDFG opens Saudi Duty Free store at King Fahd International Airport

Source: Arab News; ©The Moodie Report - 12/01/15

SAUDI ARABIA. World Duty Free Group and Al Musbah Group have opened their first duty free store in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, according to Arab News.

Iraq Duty Free posts double-digit sales growth in 2014 despite conflict

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 11/01/15

IRAQ. Iraq Duty Free has reported a +16% climb in sales in 2014, despite conflict that forced the operation’s closure at Baghdad Airport for several months. Iraq Duty Free is upbeat about prospects for 2015 and is targeting a sales uplift of +25% to +30% due to "increased passenger figures, a growing middle class and new routes agreed by Iraqi Airways".

Guerlain previews Santal Royal fragrance at Dubai Duty Free

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/01/15

Late last year Guerlain introduced its new Santal Royal fragrance to Dubai Duty Free for an exclusive two-month period prior to its roll-out across the region.

Higher & higher: Dubai Duty Free posts record US$1.9 billion 2014 sales

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 04/01/15

UAE. Dubai Duty Free has announced record sales of US$1.917 billion (AED6.99 billion) for 2014, representing a leap of more than +7% over 2013.

Coty Middle East & Dubai Duty Free unveil Roberto Cavalli Paradiso

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/12/14

UAE. Coty Middle East and Dubai Duty Free join forces in an initial global travel retail exclusive launch for Roberto Cavalli’s new female fragrance Paradiso.

25% discount prompts US$51.7 million Dubai Duty Free shopping spree

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/12/14

UAE. Over a three-day period Dubai Duty Free recorded 405,407 sales transactions, issued 3,812 pallets of merchandise and sold US$51.74 million of duty free items.

Dubai Duty Free’s Salah Tahlak elected to board of leading global tennis body

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/12/14

UAE. Dubai Duty Free Senior Vice President Salah Tahlak has been voted onto the board of the prestigious 12-member WTA Global Tournament Council.

Exertis Arc Telecom aims to extend footprint in travel retail

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/12/14

Consumer electronics brand and accessories distributor Exertis Arc Telecom is aiming to enhance its travel retail presence across the 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.