Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Monday 03 August 2015

ASIA PACIFIC

Ex-DFS Regional President David Charles moves to Maui Divers Jewelry

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 31/07/15

USA (HAWAII). Ex-DFS Hawaii Division Managing Director David Charles named President & CEO of Maui Divers Jewelry, after 26 years' service with DFS.

Lagardère Travel Retail H1 revenues dip on disposals and deconsolidation

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 31/07/15

FRANCE/INTERNATIONAL. Lagardère Travel Retail sales hit €1,640 million in the first half of 2015, down by -11.4% on a reported basis and up +3.5% like-for-like.

LS travel retail Pacific to bring Bath & Body Works to Australia

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 31/07/15

AUSTRALIA. LS travel retail Pacific will debut beauty and fragrance brand Bath & Body Works at Sydney Airport’s domestic Terminal 2 later this year.

Shilla posts strong H1 despite MERS and heavy Changi contract losses

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 31/07/15

SOUTH KOREA. The Shilla Duty Free posted a +20.5% increase in sales for the second quarter of 2015 though operating profit decreased by -5.4%.

JCDecaux partners with amusement park for swivelling motion art display

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 30/07/15

HONG KONG. A JCDecaux Transport swivelling motion art display at Hong Kong airport is being used to promote Ocean Park’s tie-up with messenger app Line.

June's Chinese visitor figures to Korea underline severe impact of MERS

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 30/07/15

SOUTH KOREA. Like a runaway train suddenly going into sharp reverse, Chinese visitor numbers for June confirm the crippling travel retail impact of MERS.

World Duty Free Group H1 sales climb strongly but profits slide

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 30/07/15

INTERNATIONAL. World Duty Free Group's first-half revenues rose +23.7% but profits fell sharply, due to increased Spanish airport rents and the onerous Düsseldorf Airport contract.

Dufry posts solid H1 turnover and EBITDA growth despite ‘challenging environment’

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/07/15

INTERNATIONAL. Dufry Group turnover climbed by +30.5% year-on-year in H1 2015, despite the challenges of currency and economic difficulties in some markets.

HMSHost and Lite Bite Foods team up in bid to win food & drinks contracts

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/07/15

INDIA. Lite Bite Foods and Autogrill-owned HMSHost have created a joint venture partnership with the aim of winning new contracts across India and Asia.

Changi traffic edges ahead in June as new outlets open

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/07/15

SINGAPORE. June was the busiest month of the year to date for Changi with some 4.7 million passengers using the airport, boosted by rebounding Thai traffic.

Queensland-themed restaurant opens at Brisbane's International Terminal

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/07/15

AUSTRALIA. Emirates Leisure Retail Australia (ELRA) has opened a new bar and restaurant inside Brisbane Airport, featuring local dishes and wines.

Asia Pacific airlines post healthy rise in June passenger traffic

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/07/15

ASIA PACIFIC. Traffic figures for June from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines show a +5.9% increase in passenger numbers, and a +9.3% six-month rise.

Edrington’s Snow Leopard vodka debuts in Indian travel retail

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/07/15

Snow Leopard vodka has entered the travel retail market in India with a launch at Hyderabad Airport, with part of any profits going toward local conservation projects.

Lotte set for early 2016 downtown duty free opening in Bangkok

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/07/15

THAILAND/SOUTH KOREA. Lotte Duty Free maintains its expansion drive with plans to open a major downtown store in the Thai capital of Bangkok.

Plaza Premium Lounge Management renamed as Plaza Premium Group

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/07/15

HONG KONG. Airport services provider Plaza Premium Lounge Management has been rebranded as Plaza Premium Group, as it marks 17 years in business.

Allen Hong joins Eugene Corp to develop retail opportunities

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/07/15

SOUTH KOREA. Duty free executive Allen Hong has joined construction group Eugene Corporation as Managing Director of Business Development.

Hong Kong International Airport pushes array of summer promotions

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/07/15

HONG KONG. Hong Kong International Airport will offer passengers cash coupons, complimentary delivery, lucky draws and more during the summer travel season.

Gebr Heinemann reports strong second quarter amid big expansion drive

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/07/15

GERMANY/INTERNATIONAL. Gebr Heinemann Executive Director Retail and Human Resources Raoul Spanger says that core European markets performed well in Q2, notably Turkey and Germany, and he outlines plans for new and refurbished retail space at Oslo and Sydney. Amid these developments and the addition of new concessions, the retailer is embarking on an ambitious management recruitment drive, from buying to operations.

Latest Boeing forecasts underline long-term strength of global aviation market

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/07/15

INTERNATIONAL. Boeing has released a 20-year forecast showing strong demand for pilots and technicians, underlining how the airline market is expected to grow.

On location in Vanuatu: travel retail bounces back from disaster

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/07/15

VANUATU. Travel retailing is a key engine in the drive to recover from Vanuatu’s worst natural disaster in decades. Peter Dowling reports from Port Vila.

Travel Food Services launches K Hospitality, a new corporate brand

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/07/15

INDIA. Travel Food Services (TFS), one of India’s largest travel food & drinks players, has launched a new corporate brand and identity, K Hospitality.

Alibaba Group and Unilever sign strategic partnership agreement

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/07/15

CHINA. Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba has joined forces with Unilever China, to deliver a better shopping experience to the region's key consumer.

Dufry to issue €500 million in Senior Notes to help finance WDFG purchase

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/07/15

INTERNATIONAL. Dufry Group plans to issue €500 million in Senior Notes; the proceeds will be used to part-finance the acquisition of World Duty Free Group.

Hong Kong International Airport posts robust traffic growth in first half

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/07/15

HONG KONG. Hong Kong International Airport posted a +9.1% leap in passenger traffic year-on-year in the first half of 2015, hitting 33.6 million.

JCDecaux partners with Clarins for Hong Kong Airport 3D display

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/07/15

HONG KONG. JCDecaux Transport has partnered with Airport Authority Hong Kong and Clarins to deliver the tallest product display yet at Hong Kong International.

Mohit Lal named Managing Director at Pernod Ricard Asia Travel Retail

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/07/15

Mohit Lal, currently Managing Director of Pernod Ricard India, has been named Managing Director of Pernod Ricard Asia Travel Retail, replacing Con Constandis.

Desigual to make Australian airport debut with LS travel retail

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/07/15

AUSTRALIA. “Sydney and Melbourne are two vibrant, colourful cities, a perfect match for Desigual,” says the Spanish brand's Head of Travel Retail Marco Gadola.

Electronics retailer Croma opens store at Delhi International T1

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/07/15

INDIA. Leading consumer electronics retailer Croma has opened its new Croma Zip concept in Departures at Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport T1.

Ever Rich Duty Free sponsors Taiwan International Balloon Festival

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/07/15

TAIWAN. The duty free retailer invited 90 disadvantaged children to attend its sponsored Taiwan International Balloon Festival, which took place in Taidong.

Strong passenger growth in Asia Pacific and Middle East for May

Source: ACI Asia-Pacific The Moodie Report - 17/07/15

ASIA PACIFIC & MIDDLE EAST. Bangkok Don Muang was the standout airport with +49.6% passenger growth, while Dubai International, Jeju and Busan also starred.

Big new Laos duty free mall proposed – Bangkok Post

Source: Bangkok Post; The Moodie Report - 16/07/15

LAOS/THAILAND. A group led by leading Lao duty free retailer Dao-Heuang Group is investing US$295 million in a shopping & hotel complex in Vientiane.

Duty Free International set for Hong Kong stock exchange listing as Atlan Holdings outlines growth ambitions

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/07/15

MALAYSIA. In a move certain to spark widespread interest in the investment community, Atlan Holdings, parent company of Singapore-listed Duty Free International Limited, is seeking a dual primary listing for its travel retail subsidiary on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.

SK-II R.N.A. Power makes global debut with Shilla Duty Free at Changi

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/07/15

SINGAPORE. A big coup for Shilla and Changi Airport as R.N.A. Power, the latest development of SK-II’s Stempower range, makes its global debut.

SSP wins US$90 million six-year contract at Hong Kong International

Source: ©The Foodie Report - 16/07/15

HONG KONG. East meets West as the travel food & drinks specialist secures a key contract in a long-time Asia Pacific airport stronghold.

Higher Japanese traffic but lower spending in Hawaii

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/07/15

USA (HAWAII). May was an improved month for Japanese visitor numbers but spending, though improved, maintained the 2015 trend of being down year-on-year.

Perfetti appoints new Area Manager for Asia Pacific region

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/07/15

Confectionery company Perfetti Van Melle has bolstered its travel retail team with the appointment of Estee Teo as Area Manager Asia Pacific.

Sydney Airport unveils new-look Heinemann duty free designs

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/07/15

AUSTRALIA. The Arrivals store features a bespoke design that will characterise a staged roll-out of further shops at Terminal 1, Sydney Airport said.

Alipay.com launches tax refund service for travelling Chinese shoppers

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/07/15

CHINA. Online payment services provider Alipay.com has partnered with Premier Tax Free to provide a new tax refund service to Chinese shoppers in Europe.

APTRA opens registration for latest series of Insights Seminars

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/07/15

ASIA PACIFIC. The Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association (APTRA) has revealed details of three Insights Seminars to be held in Seoul, Delhi and Hong Kong.

Global airline ancillary revenue leaps +21% in 2014

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/07/15

INTERNATIONAL. Airline ancillary revenues climbed by +21% year-on-year in 2014 to hit US$38.1 billion, according to aviation industry consultant IdeaWorks.

T Galleria by DFS introduces stand-alone beauty concept in Hong Kong

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/07/15

HONG KONG. T Galleria by DFS continues to evolve with the opening of the stand-alone T Galleria Beauty by DFS store in Causeway Way.

Glenfiddich launches Residence Cask Vintage 1992 with DFS Changi

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/07/15

DFS Changi's customers can buy "their own piece of history", says Senior Vice President, Global Merchandising – Spirits, Wine & Tobacco Brooke Supernaw.

Lamar Advertising Company acquires Alliance Airport Advertising

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/07/15

USA. The acquisition adds a variety of traditional advertising and experiential displays in five major airports to Lamar's already powerful portfolio.

Delhi Duty Free launches ‘lowest prices in region’ consumer marketing campaign

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 08/07/15

INDIA. The campaign visuals include comparisons of Delhi Duty Free retail prices for Johnnie Walker Black Label 100cl and ck One EDT with those at Dubai Duty Free, Changi Airport Duty Free and Delhi downtown. Delhi is one of several airports putting benchmark pricing at the heart of its consumer marketing (and, often, contract terms) a subject that will be examined in 'The Trinity Papers', a new series of academic studies focused on key travel retail business issues.

John Dewar & Sons Whisky Emporium shop opens at Taoyuan Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 08/07/15

Bacardi Global Travel Retail has partnered with Ever Rich Duty Free to deliver the first showcase of the John Dewar & Sons Emporium in Asia, at Taoyuan Airport.

Sydney Boulevard is born amid major Terminal 1 food & drinks RFP

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 08/07/15

AUSTRALIA. Get set to take a stroll down Sydney Boulevard as the airport's drive to create a world-class commercial offer steps up a gear.

Aer Rianta International opens Auckland Pier A Departures store

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/07/15

NEW ZEALAND. Aer Rianta International has brought an open design style to its Pier A Departures store at Auckland Airport, which it opened on Monday.

MERS threat eases but June traffic numbers reveal Korean woes

Source: Korea Tourism Organization; Air4Casts - 06/07/15

SOUTH KOREA. June passenger statistics for Korean airports from respected UK aviation analysts Air4Casts underline the dramatic impact of MERS.

Perth Airport celebrates NAIDOC Week with promotional activities

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/07/15

AUSTRALIA. This week Perth Airport is honouring the history and culture of Indigenous Australians by running a series of initiatives, including an art exhibition.

Judgement day nears for crucial Seoul and Jeju downtown duty free decision

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/07/15

SOUTH KOREA. Local sources are calling it "a game changer". Months of lobbying and preparation to try to secure four valuable new duty free licences (three in Seoul and one on Jeju Island) reach a climax later this week when Korea Customs Service reveals the winning line-up. With business levels expected to rebound sharply from the now-easing MERS crisis, the stakes are high for all concerned.