Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Thursday 24 July 2014

MIDDLE EAST

Giorgio Armani Beauty continues to advance in travel retail

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/07/14

L’Oréal Luxe has opened a number of new airport doors for its Giorgio Armani Beauty and Armani/Privé collections, with more to follow by the end of 2014.

Etihad Airways organises donation drive for Abu Dhabi labour camp

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/07/14

UAE. As part of the airline’s iVolunteer programme, over 50 volunteers visited one of the UAE’s largest labour camps with gifts and hot meals for the women living there.

Bentley Tobacco expands into UAE with Al Maktoum International launch

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/07/14

Following its launch in Asia, Bentley Tobacco continues its global expansion, this time in the UAE with Dubai Duty Free at Al Maktoum International Airport.

Bahrain Duty Free enhances retail with upgraded Shop & Collect facility

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/07/14

BAHRAIN. The newly upgraded system has reduced shipment processing time, and allows for better communication with the customer during the process.

Beijing Airport leads as Middle East and Asia Pacific traffic grows in May

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/07/14

INTERNATIONAL. The airport was the busiest across the two regions during a month in which traffic grew strongly in Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

Dubai Duty Free donates AED3 Million to UAE Water Aid campaign

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/07/14

UAE. Dubai Duty Free has donated AED3 million (US$817,000) towards the campaign as part of its ongoing Corporate Social Responsibility efforts.

Passenger traffic growth led by Middle East and Latin America-Caribbean

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 11/07/14

INTERNATIONAL. Passenger traffic at the world’s airports grew by +4.7% year-on-year in May, ahead of the global average for the last 12 months, said ACI.

Etihad Airways to expand international network with six new services

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/07/14

UAE. The UAE national airline will add new destinations in the first half of 2015, and also offer the first non-stop flight between Abu Dhabi and Brisbane.

Hamad International's facilities 'unprecedented', says Qatar Airways CEO

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/07/14

QATAR. Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker hails the new Hamad International Airport as “undoubtedly the best [airport] facility ever built”.

Dufry to issue €500 million in Senior Notes to finance Nuance acquisition

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/07/14

INTERNATIONAL. Dufry Group plans to issue €500 million in Senior Notes, the proceeds of which will be used to help finance the Nuance acquisition.

Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Ball raises €120,000 for children's charity

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/07/14

IRELAND/UAE. The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Ball on Friday 27 June raised €120,000 for children’s charity, The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation.

ARI Group completes purchase of remaining stake in CTC-ARI

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/07/14

CYPRUS. The Aer Rianta International Group has completed the acquisition of a further 50% shareholding in CTC-ARI (Holdings) from its Cypriot partner.

Passenger traffic surges at Abu Dhabi International Airport in May

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 01/07/14

UAE. Abu Dhabi International recorded a +27.4% leap in passenger traffic in May, with Manila, Doha, Bangkok, London and Mumbai the top five destinations.

Dubai International passenger traffic dips in May due to runway closure

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 30/06/14

UAE. Dubai International passenger traffic numbers fell by -2.5% year-on-year in May because of a major runway refurbishment, which curtailed aircraft activity.

Giraffe debuts new brand extension at Dubai International Terminal 3

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 30/06/14

UAE. Emirates Leisure Retail has opened Giraffe Stop at Dubai International T3 Concourse B, designed to complement the existing Giraffe restaurant at Concourse A.

Australia swoops to capture Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at The Curragh

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/06/14

IRELAND/UAE. The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby took place on Saturday at The Curragh, with the Aidan O’Brien-trained Australia a convincing winner.

Dubai Duty Free staff conquer High Atlas Challenge for charity

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/06/14

UAE/MOROCCO. Two Dubai Duty Free staff members were among a party that completed The High Atlas Challenge, raising funds for a charity in Morocco.

Etihad Airways set to acquire 49% equity stake in Alitalia

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/06/14

ITALY/UAE. Etihad Airways is set to acquire a 49% equity stake in Italian airline Alitalia, after the companies agreed the terms and conditions of a deal.

Dubai Duty Free receives Superbrands award for eighth time

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/06/14

UAE. Dubai Duty Free received 'Superbrands' status for the eighth year at a tribute event held last week by the Superbrands Council in Dubai.

Kreol Travel Retail launches Sweets of Oman brand at Saudi Duty Free

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/06/14

Sweets of Oman’s Chiko confectionery brand, sold in over 40 countries, is now available at Saudi Duty Free at Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport.

Qatar Duty Free unveils spectacular F&B programme at Hamad Airport

Source: ©The Foodie Report - 23/06/14

QATAR. The retailer has made its food & beverage debut in impressive style, opening more than 30 outlets across 15,000sq m at the new airport.

Andrew Say triumphs in closely contested Dubai Duty Free Golf Cup

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/06/14

UAE. Emirates Golf Federation member Andrew Say is the winner of the 22nd Dubai Duty Free Golf Cup, which attracted a field of well over 100 players this year.

Umdasch wins RLI Award for work on Hamad International Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/06/14

UK. Umdasch Shopfitting has won the Interior Excellence Award at the 2014 Global RLI Awards for its work on Hamad International Airport’s South Terminal.

Bahrain Duty Free Shop upgrades Swarovski airport presence

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/06/14

BAHRAIN. Bahrain Duty Free Shop has redeveloped its Swarovski offer at Bahrain International Airport, with a new 40sq m area in prime space.

Le Clos launches Laurent-Perrier limited edition in travel retail first

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/06/14

Les Réserves Grand Siècle, available in a limited number of jeroboams and magnums, has made its travel retail debut with Le Clos at Dubai International.

Butlers Chocolates partners Dubai Duty Free in limited edition launch

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/06/14

Butlers Fruit Truffles, the first of a new range of chocolate boxes from the Irish chocolatier, will be available exclusively at Dubai Duty Free outlets in July 2014.

Dubai Duty Free spotlights Lindt Caramel Tube in exclusive launch

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/06/14

Dubai Duty Free is the first travel retailer in the world to launch Lindt's 250g Lindor Caramel Tube, now available exclusively at its duty free stores until 31 December.

Dubai Duty Free supports education charity in High Atlas Challenge

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/06/14

UAE. Dubai Duty Free is sending two staff to take part in the High Atlas Challenge in Morocco, to help raise funds for Moroccan organisation Education For All.

Middle East and Asian airports maintain healthy growth rates in April

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/06/14

ASIA PACIFIC. Airports in Asia Pacific posted passenger traffic growth of +6% year-on-year in April, while traffic at Middle East airports surged +14.7%, ACI reports.

Michael van Gerwen captures Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters title

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/06/14

UAE. Dubai Duty Free continued its strong support of sporting events as it hosted the Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters last week, won by Michael van Gerwen.

Bahrain Duty Free promotion to give away US$100,000 in prizes

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/06/14

BAHRAIN. The 'Dream Castle' campaign will run for four months at the travel retailer's stores at Bahrain International Airport's Departure and Arrival halls.

ELR & MMI to open six outlets in new Dubai International Concourse D

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/06/14

UAE. Emirates Leisure Retail & Maritime Mercantile International will open Wolfgang Puck, Giraffe, The Noodle House, Costa Coffee, Le Clos and a new sports bar.

Qatar Duty Free hails opening of Hamad International Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/06/14

QATAR. “Passengers will experience unique store environments that have been designed around their needs,” says Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker.

Travel food specialist SSP posts surge in operating profit in first half

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/06/14

INTERNATIONAL. SSP has posted a +16.6% surge in operating profit (+28.2% at constant exchange rates) for the six months to 31 March.

The Trinity Forum set to move to new Asian venue; details next week

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/06/14

INTERNATIONAL. The 2014 Trinity Forum, due to be held in Bangkok in September, will move to an alternative Asian location due to the political uncertainty in Thailand.

ARI-Middle East names Nuno Amaral as General Manager Operations

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/06/14

MIDDLE EAST. Aer Rianta International-Middle East has named Nuno Amaral, long-time head of Nuance's Portuguese joint venture, as General Manager Operations.

Emirates Airline and Roger Dubuis partner for charity initiative

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/06/14

UAE. Luxury watchmaker Roger Dubuis and Emirates Airline will hold a silent auction of an exclusive timepiece to raise money for the Emirates Airline Foundation.

Dubai Airports reveals F&B line-up for new concourse at Dubai International

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 04/06/14

UAE. Dubai Airports has announced the line-up of new restaurants and coffee shops, including regional firsts, for Concourse D which opens early next year.

Dufry CEO hails Nuance acquisition as a global powerhouse is born

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 04/06/14

INTERNATIONAL. Dufry CEO Julián Díaz talks about the impact of the Nuance acquisition, the integration plan and the company's ambitions for category growth.

Amman International passenger traffic maintains double-digit surge

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/06/14

JORDAN. Passenger traffic at Amman Queen Alia International Airport surged by +17.7% year-on-year in April, and by +13.6% in the year to date.

ARI Group takes control of Cyprus retail operations in €54 million deal

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 30/05/14

CYPRUS. The retailer has agreed to acquire the 50% stake in the business held by joint venture partner Ermes Department Stores for €54 million.

LS travel retail forecasts +5-10% annual sales growth to 2016

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/05/14

INTERNATIONAL. LS travel retail is forecasting sales growth of +5-10% a year to 2016, and plans to lift EBITDA margin by one percentage point.

The Chalhoub Group 'white paper' reveals GCC luxury spend drivers

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/05/14

MIDDLE EAST. A major report from luxury goods distributor and travel retailer Chalhoub identifies key trends that shape Gulf consumers’ spending habits.

Dubai International Airport exceeds six million passengers in April

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/05/14

UAE. Dubai International experiences double-digit passenger growth in April, with the majority of travellers from Western Europe and the Indian subcontinent.

Le Clos set to offer limited edition The Macallan at Dubai Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/05/14

UAE.The 62yo “The Spiritual Home” edition (AED 100,000) is the penultimate decanter from The Macallan in Lalique Six Pillar Collection.

Qatar Airways completes move to Hamad International Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/05/14

QATAR. The move marks a “new beginning” for Qatar Airways, says CEO Akbar Al Baker, and a new era for aviation in Qatar.

Dwell time, choice and value key to driving commercial, says DKMA survey

Source: DKMA - 22/05/14

INTERNATIONAL. The DKMA Airport Retail and F&B survey of 15 locations outlined four key areas that airports should address to grow their retail and F&B revenues.

ACI reveals slower passenger growth in Asia Pacific as Middle East leads

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/05/14

HONG KONG. Fuelled by double-digit passenger growth in Dubai, Middle East traffic grew +5.9% year-on-year compared to a modest +2.3% in Asia Pacific.

Dubai Duty Free hails inaugural Dublin Arabic Film Festival

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/05/14

Dubai Duty Free has hailed the success of the inaugural Dublin Arabic Film Festival, presented by the travel retailer along with fellow UAE company The Jumeirah Group.

International visitor spending increases +5% and exceeds long term trend in 2013

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/05/14

INTERNATIONAL. The latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer indicates total export earnings generated by international tourism in 2013 of US$1.4 trillion.