Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Wednesday 25 May 2016


Dubai Duty Free named Middle East Travel Retailer of the Year

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 23/05/16

Retailer takes DFNI award for the sixteenth time based on votes from retailers, suppliers, agents and distributors serving the Asia Pacific region.

Qatar Duty Free and Doha Bank team up to offer hot summer savings

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 23/05/16

Summer time and the savin' is easy. Doha Bank cardholders can enjoy a -10% discount at Qatar Duty Free stores in Hamad International Airport

Rory McIlroy delights fans with Dubai Duty Free Irish Open victory

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 23/05/16

Dubai Duty Free’s Colm McLoughlin hails “remarkable week” at The K Club in County Kildare as home favourite seals win with stunning final round.

Asia Pacific & Middle East traffic rises strongly in first quarter

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 20/05/16

Passenger numbers in Asia Pacific and Middle Eastern airports in March 2016 grew by +9.7% and +10.2% respectively, according to ACI Asia-Pacific.

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open tees off with Pro-Am event at iconic K Club

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 19/05/16

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation begins today at The K Club, after a memorable Pro-Am tournament on Wednesday.

ARI overseas profits up +19%; Irish sales post robust +20% growth

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 17/05/16

Aer Rianta International lifted offshore profits by double digits in 2015 while the travel retailer's Irish sales outstripped passenger growth.

Emirates Leisure Retail pledges world-class offer in Abu Dhabi

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 16/05/16

UAE. After capturing one of four dining concessions at Abu Dhabi Airport's Midfield Terminal, ELR says it will deliver "retail, theatre and a culinary journey".

Hamad International reports +20% passenger traffic increase in Q1

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 16/05/16

QATAR. The Doha gateway handled a record 8.8 million passengers in the quarter, and 30.9 million passengers in 2015, representing a +17% year-on year increase.

Passenger traffic at Dubai World Central surges +79.8% in Q1 2016

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 12/05/16

UAE. Increased demand on routes served by major carriers was behind the strong performance; operator Dubai Airports expects growth trend to continue.

Bahrain Duty Free posts healthy +8.5% increase in first-quarter 2016 sales

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 10/05/16

BAHRAIN. Revenue rose to US$18.6 million though profits were down compared to last year due to a one-off asset disposal in 2015.

Dubai Duty Free announces latest Millennium Millionaire winner

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 10/05/16

UAE. Retailer also conducted its Finest Surprise draw at an event at Terminal 3 in Dubai International Airport – which sprung a surprise all of its own.

Dubai Duty Free makes key senior management appointments

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 10/05/16

UAE. Cidambi replaces President George Horan who is retiring after 33 years’ outstanding service. In related news Salah Tahlak and Nic Bruwer become Executive Vice Presidents.

Dubai Duty Free scoops three Golden Globe Tigers Awards for sustainability

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 09/05/16

MALAYSIA/UAE. Retailer’s environmental and CSR practices have been recognised at a multi-discipline and cross-industry awards ceremony held in Malaysia.

Howzat? Muscat Duty Free promotion tests passengers' cricket skills

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 09/05/16

OMAN. Retailer adds sense of theatre with instore cricket pitch and themed special offers and is particularly targeting travellers from the Indian sub-continent.

Live and online: The Moodie Davitt Report Print Edition May 2016

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 05/05/16

INTERNATIONAL. Welcome to The Moodie Davitt Report Print Edition for May 2016, published to coincide with TFWA Asia Pacific, which starts on Sunday.

Abu Dhabi Airports reveals Midfield Terminal food & beverage victors

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 03/05/16

UAE. Emirates Leisure Retail, HMSHost, Lagardère Capital and SSP are the big winners of a hotly contested F&B tender at Abu Dhabi's new Midfield Terminal.

HMSHost International to open its first airport F&B outlets in Doha

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 03/05/16

QATAR. Autogrill subsidiary wins contract to operate four dining outlets at Hamad International Airport as it expands its Middle East footprint.

Big names bolster line-up at this month's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 02/05/16

IRELAND. The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, hosted by golf star Rory McIlroy's charitable foundation, looks set to attract a powerful field from 19-22 May.

Organic sales growth buoys Dufry in Q1 as WDF integration gathers pace

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 02/05/16

INTERNATIONAL. “We had a good start in 2016, with the continuation of the improving organic growth trends we started to see in Q4 2015. Europe had another strong quarter and countries impacted by Brazilians and Russians continued to recover." Dufry CEO Julián Díaz reacts to the retailer's Q1 2016 results, which showed solid organic sales growth, and rising EBITDA, but net earnings fell sharply in the period.

Mars ITR and Dubai Duty Free target travellers with Galaxy promotion

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 29/04/16

Four high-profile Galaxy promotions across Dubai Duty Free, featuring a Royal Enfield 350 Classic motorcycle, celebrate the re-launch of the brand into travel retail.

Royal salute: H.H Sheikh Ahmed opens Concourse D at Dubai International

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 29/04/16

UAE. Dubai Airports Chairman H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum has officially opened Dubai International’s new Concourse D, home to 60 airlines.

Colm McLoughlin: Dubai Duty Free buoyed by Concourse D opening

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 27/04/16

UAE. Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman Colm McLoughlin says that the retailer’s business has been lifted by the opening of the new concourse.

Duty Free World Council releases latest Global Shopping Monitor

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 27/04/16

INTERNATIONAL. The Duty Free World Council has released its quarterly KPI Monitor for Q1 2016, revealing the latest consumer perceptions about travel retail.

Dubai Duty Free wins Middle East duty free shopping award for 15th year

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 26/04/16

UAE. Dubai International has once again been named ‘Best Airport for Duty Free Shopping in the Middle East’ at the Business Traveller Middle East awards.

Dubai International passenger traffic maintains growth momentum in March

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 26/04/16

UAE. Passenger numbers at Dubai International climbed by +7.4% year-on-year in March, and by +6.8% in the first quarter, as the new Concourse D opened.

ACI underlines role of service quality on commercial revenues

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 25/04/16

INTERNATIONAL. "Analysis suggests that prioritising customer service results in the greatest positive impact on non-aeronautical revenue," says ACI World Director General Angela Gittens.

Bahrain Airport Company launches new terminal advertising tender

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 25/04/16

BAHRAIN. “Our tender programme is another significant milestone in our US$1.1bn transformation," says Bahrain Airport Co's Mohamed Khalil.

Dubai Duty Free takes top honours at industry awards ceremony

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 25/04/16

UK/UAE. “We are delighted to be named Airport Travel Retailer of the Year and even more delighted to accept the overall Global Travel Retailer of the Year award."

‘Putting the customer first’: Paul Griffiths on Dubai International's Concourse D

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 19/04/16

UAE. "I love the idea of air travel being a human enabler, of reuniting people and bringing whole societies together." - Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths.

Keith Hunter leaves Qatar Duty Free; Luis Gasset takes key role

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 18/04/16

QATAR. Keith Hunter has left his role as Senior Vice President of Qatar Duty Free after nearly eight years to return to his native UK.

Edrington becomes sole shareholder of Edrington Fix Middle East (EFME)

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 14/04/16

MIDDLE EAST. The acquisition of the remaining 50% stake in Edrington Fix Middle East will see EFME Managing Director Igor Boyadjian leave his role.

Hamad International Airport named world’s fifth best airport for shopping

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 14/04/16

QATAR. The airport scooped three top accolades, including world’s fifth ‘Best Airport for Shopping', at the 2016 Skytrax World Airport Awards.

Dubai International records +6.9% increase in passengers in February

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 13/04/16

UAE. More than 6.3 million travellers were handled during the month, with the growth coinciding with the opening of the US$1.2 billion Concourse D in February.

Royal support for Dubai Duty Free-sponsored weekend of horse racing

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 12/04/16

UK/UAE. The Queen will enter four horses at the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials, with the retailer offering its traditional hospitality to visitors throughout the weekend.

Magnum force: Le Clos takes off at Dubai International Concourse D

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 06/04/16

UAE. Le Clos is celebrating record sales for the first three weeks of trading in its store within Dubai International’s new Concourse D. Highlights have included the sale of a US$40,000 bottle of The Macallan ‘Golden Age of Travel’ special edition and a US$25,000 magnum of Château Lafite 1945, respectively.

Dubai International launches smartwatch app for iOS and Android

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/03/16

UAE. Initially focusing on flight information, commercial offers from food & beverage and retail outlets will feature at a later date, according to Dubai Airports.

Global Blue acquires Australian company Currency Select from Travelex

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/03/16

SWITZERLAND. Acquisition will see Global Blue expand into eight new dynamic currency conversion markets in Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

Registration now open for the 2016 Trinity Forum in Mumbai, India

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/03/16

INDIA/INTERNATIONAL. Early registration discounts are available until the end of June for the Trinity Forum, which takes place on 12-14 September this year.

Lagardère Travel Retail pledges robust sales and earnings growth to 2019

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/03/16

FRANCE. Lagardère Travel Retail has outlined its plans to deliver strong sales and earnings growth through to 2019 in its latest investor conference.

Asia Pacific and Middle East airports post robust traffic rises in January

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/03/16

ASIA PACIFIC. Asia Pacific and Middle East airports posted healthy increases in passenger traffic in January, with hubs such as Delhi and Beijing climbing sharply.

Bahrain Duty Free adds Benefit Cosmetics amid Departures renovation

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/03/16

Benefit Cosmetics is the first of a number of new brands set to roll out in the beauty category during 2016 as part of Bahrain Duty Free’s refurbishment programme.

In the front line: ARI names Star Employees of the Year

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/03/16

IRELAND/INTERNATIONAL. CTC-ARI's George Charalambous is named ARI's Star Employee of the Year, with runners-up from stores in Beirut and Dublin.

Irish golfers compete for chance to play in Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/03/16

IRELAND. More than 160 golf clubs across Ireland are competing in this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Club Challenge.

Pret A Manger opens first UAE outlet at Dubai International Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/03/16

UAE. In partnership with Emirates Leisure Retail, the Terminal 1 Concourse D outlet offers sandwiches, salads and wraps as well as local specialities.

Dufry: Strong project pipeline set to drive growth in 2016 and beyond

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/03/16

INTERNATIONAL. Dufry CEO Julián Díaz talks organic growth, the concessions pipeline, brand partners and duty free versus duty paid growth with investors.

Dynamic Dubai Duty Free Nightingales choir hits the high notes

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/03/16

UAE. The choral group, made up of 30 Dubai Duty Free staff members, strikes the right chord at the annual ChoirFest Middle East 2016 competition.

Qatar Duty Free brings celebrity culinary flair to Hamad Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/03/16

QATAR. Massimo Capra and Andrea Dipino have created special menus for Soprafino and RED restaurants as part of the Qatar International Food Festival.

Dubai Duty Free wins recognition for Corporate Social Responsibility drive

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/03/16

UAE. Executive Vice Chairman Colm McLoughlin welcomes recognition of the retailer's support for communities, charities and the environment.

Dufry Group delivers solid commercial performance in 'transformational year'

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/03/16

INTERNATIONAL. Dufry Group turnover climbed by +46.3% to reach CHF6,139.3 million in 2015 amid what the company described as "a transformational year".

Higher and higher – Dubai International hits new monthly passenger peak

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/03/16

UAE. Records, it seems, are simply there to be broken at Dubai International. The New Year begins as 2015 left off with an all-time monthly traffic record.