Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Thursday 24 April 2014


DFS brings T Galleria retail brand to refurbished Okinawa downtown store

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/04/14

JAPAN. The rebranding continues the global roll-out of T Galleria by DFS and celebrates the tenth anniversary of the newly renovated downtown store.

Nuance targets Hong Kong downtown store; eyes other expansion options

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 08/04/14

INTERNATIONAL. As it prepares for an IPO, The Nuance Group is plotting several key expansion projects, including a downtown travel retail store in Hong Kong.

Korean duty free shake-up continues as Entas wins Incheon port contract

Source: The Korea Economic Daily; The Moodie Report - 07/04/14

SOUTH KOREA. Yet another newcomer, Entas Duty Free, enters the fast-changing Korean travel retail market, amid a backdrop of profound legislative changes.

DFS launches Loyal T programme as T Galleria lands in Singapore

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/03/14

SINGAPORE. DFS today launched a new global luxury rewards programme – Loyal T – as it celebrated the roll-out of its ‘T Galleria by DFS’ concept in Singapore.

Duty Free City launches consumer campaign ahead of May store opening

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/03/14

USA. Duty Free City is targeting a May opening for its 14,000sq ft land border store in San Ysidro, and has launched a major advertising campaign for consumers.

ASUTIL reveals diverse programme for 20th anniversary conference

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 11/03/14

AMERICAS. ASUTIL today revealed a diverse programme of speakers and topics for its annual conference, which takes place from 3-7 June in Mexico City.

Hong Kong MTR seeks bidders for duty free at West Kowloon station

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/03/14

HONG KONG. MTR is pre-qualifying bidders for its duty free operation at the new station on the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link.

Calling for FAB Awards nominations as interest builds in Copenhagen event

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/02/14

INTERNATIONAL. The Moodie Report is calling for nominations for the annual Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Awards with a submission deadline of 18 April.

Desigual set to open at São Paulo Guarulhos Airport Terminal 3

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/02/14

Fashion brand Desigual’s expansion in Latin American travel retail will continue this summer with a store at the new São Paulo Guarulhos Airport Terminal 3.

Shortlist announced for 'The Moodies' digital and social media awards

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/02/14

INTERNATIONAL. The shortlist for 'The Moodies', the second annual airport-specific digital, mobile and social media awards, has been announced.

Argentinean economic troubles hit neighbours, benefit local retailers

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/02/14

ARGENTINA. Economic restrictions in Argentina are hurting travel retail in neighbouring countries but attracting foreign shoppers to the country.

Duty free and food services divisions buoy LS travel retail growth in 2013

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/02/14

FRANCE/INTERNATIONAL. LS travel retail’s sales growth in 2013, first reported last week, was fuelled by strong growth in duty free and food services.

Canadian border retailers react to tobacco ‘tax shock’

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/02/14

CANADA. A +40% excise tax hike on duty free cigarettes is a “major blow” and will contribute to illicit sales, says the Frontier Duty Free Association.

Scandlines opens Lindeman’s branded shop-in-shop at Puttgarden

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/02/14

The branded area, in a key market for Lindeman's, sells the entire wine range and allows customers to sample using Enomatic wine-dispensing machines.

ASUTIL Conference 2014 set for Mexico City in June

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/02/14

LATIN AMERICA. ASUTIL has announced that its 2014 annual conference will take place at the Hilton Mexico City Reforma Hotel from 4-7 June.

Duty Free Americas reacts to new land border rival's Lauder claims

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 30/01/14

USA. Duty Free Americas, the giant of the US land border duty free business, comments wryly on a new competitor and its relationship with The Estée Lauder Companies.

Duty Free City unveils ambitious plans to become major retail border force

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/01/14

USA. A potentially major new force is set to emerge in US duty free after Duty Free City announced the Spring 2014 opening of a 14,000sq ft land border store.

Chinese travellers extend lead in global tax free shopping rankings in Q4 2013

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/01/14

INTERNATIONAL. Chinese travellers posted +13.5% growth in tax free shopping expenditure in Q4 2013, according to tax refund company Global Blue.

Autogrill partners with Rosneft to develop Acafè brand in Russia

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/01/14

RUSSIA. Autogrill Group has entered an agreement with oil and gas operator Rosneft to develop the Acafè brand in Russia, with the Winter Olympics a target.

Diverse Flavours and Sky Connection team up for 88 Vineyards promotion

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/01/14

The two companies worked together on a promotion for the 88 Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon in five duty free shops along the Hong Kong-Mainland China border.

Shanghai’s cruise industry to welcome opening of duty free stores

Source: Shanghai Daily; The Moodie Report - 20/01/14

CHINA. New duty free stores are being planned for the international cruise terminals in Shanghai’s Hongkou and Baoshan districts, reports Shanghai Daily.

Strong growth for Canadian airport duty free sales in 2013

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/01/14

CANADA. Airport duty free sales in Canada hit C$273 million (US$249.6 million) in 2013, up +9% on the previous year; land border sales rose marginally.

Nuance-Watson (HK) unveils ambitious new-look The Atrium in Macau

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/01/14

MACAU. Nuance-Watson (HK) has completed a multi-million Dollar refurbishment of The Atrium Department Store at The Venetian Macao Resort.

Travel F&B group SSP posts solid rise in sales, strong growth in EBITDA

Source: ©The Foodie Report - 17/01/14

UK.Travel F&B specialist SSP Group posts strong EBITDA growth for the year ended 30 September 2013. UPDATED story with comments from CEO Kate Swann.

Hainan Province offshore duty free sales surge by +40% in 2013

Source: Xinhuanet; The Moodie Report China - 15/01/14

CHINA. Sales from offshore duty free shopping in Hainan Province surged by +40% in 2013, with total sales reaching CNY3.3 billion (US$545 million).

JTO opens Jeju seaport store amid moves to double duty free allowance

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/01/14

SOUTH KOREA. Jeju Tourism Organization opens a new duty free seaport store as pressure to double the duty free allowance increases.

DFS and King Power (Thailand) receive new Chinese tourism certification

Source: ©The Moodie Report China* - 13/01/14

CHINA. DFS Group and King Power (Thailand) are the first travel retailers to receive the important new Chinese Outbound Tourism Quality Service certification.

Coach, horse and carriage take prime position at Ever Rich Duty Free

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/01/14

TAIWAN. 312 Coach boxes in ten different sizes are used to create a giant horse & carriage replica of the luxury brand's distinctive logo.

Clarisonic chalks up another travel retail opening at T Galleria Macau

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/12/13

L’Oréal Luxe Travel Retail has further bolstered its Clarisonic presence in travel retail, with a new opening at DFS Group’s T Galleria Macau.

Network Rail posts solid retail growth at UK stations in third quarter

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 11/12/13

UK. Retail and F&B sales at railway stations across the UK continued to grow faster than High Street sales in the three months to the end of September.

DFS Group unveils stunning Masters of Time exhibition in Macau

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/12/13

CHINA (MACAU). "The most exciting collection of timepieces we have ever shown," says DFS as the luxury retailer unveils the fifth Masters of Time exhibition in Macau.

DFS Group launches ambitious interactive consumer website

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/12/13

INTERNATIONAL. DFS Group has launched its new and updated website,, aimed at travelling consumers that visit its stores worldwide.

Duty free shops to open in Xinjiang’s Kashgar in 2015?

Source: Xinhuanet; The Moodie Report - 02/12/13

CHINA. Local and national reports say the Chinese city will introduce duty free shopping in 2015 as it tries to build itself as a trade hub in Central Asia.

Live and online: Middle East & Africa Duty Free Association Official Guide 2013

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/11/13

MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA. Welcome to the Middle East & Africa Duty Free Association Official Guide 2013, published by The Moodie Report to coincide with the annual MEADFA Conference, which takes place in Doha on 25-26 November. This title is available in full – editorial and advertising – through our unique online digital format.

New Chinese group travel restrictions concern travel retailers worldwide

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/11/13

CHINA. New outbound group travel regulations introduced on 1 October are having a sharply negative impact on visitor arrivals at key Chinese tourist destinations.

Jeju doubles travel retail purchasing allowance for Korean shoppers

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/11/13

SOUTH KOREA. The increase adds a taxable US$400 allowance to the current US$400 duty free limit, and is expected to boost sales of luxury goods in particular.

SSP partners with research company on customer feedback scheme

Source: ©The Foodie Report - 20/11/13

INTERNATIONAL. SSP is to extend the rollout of an instant customer feedback programme developed by market research specialist eDigitalResearch.

Creating ‘paper dreams’: Raffles students create wearable art for DFS

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/11/13

AUSTRALIA. Raffles School of Design and Commerce students enter into the spirit of DFS’s ground-breaking ‘Asia Unfolds’ campaign with some stunning paper craft.

Middle East Exclusive exhibition begins at Dubai's World Trade Centre

The Moodie Report - 19/11/13

DUBAI. MEADFA and Dubai Duty Free underline their commitment to the three-day Middle East Exclusive exhibition, which is taking place this week in Dubai.

Canadian airport duty free sales maintain growth in September

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/11/13

CANADA. Airport duty free sales in Canada rose +4.88% to C$24.3 million in September, while land border duty free sales were down -2.95% to C$12.9 million.

Craft beer launch an emerging travel retail opportunity, says Heineken

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/11/13

As Heineken launches Monteith's into travel retail, the company says that craft beers offer opportunities in the border, cruise, military and airline channels.

Middle East Exclusive travel retail exhibition set to begin in Dubai

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/11/13

UAE. Middle East Exclusive 2013, the regional trade show for the travel retail business, takes place in Dubai next week (18-20 November), co-hosted by MEADFA.

LS travel retail posts robust sales growth in Q3 and first nine months

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/11/13

FRANCE. LS travel retail posted a +6.1% rise in net sales year-on-year in the first nine months of 2013, with duty free and food services performing strongly.

ASUTIL event underlines key role of border duty free sales channel

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/11/13

URUGUAY. Border shops’ contribution to state revenues and job generation was a key theme at the first Annual Border Meeting on Wednesday in Rivera.

DFS declines comment on speculation of downtown store in Venice

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/11/13

ITALY/HONG KONG. DFS Group told The Moodie Report it would not comment, but the city would be a perfect location given its burgeoning Chinese traffic.

ASUTIL prepares for strong turnout at first Annual Border Meeting

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/11/13

URUGUAY. The South American Duty Free Association anticipates over 80 delegates and presenters at the first Annual Border Meeting tomorrow.

Dufry Group accelerates turnover growth with third quarter surge

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 04/11/13

INTERNATIONAL. Dufry grew its turnover by +14% in the first nine months of 2013 to CHF2,688.7 million (US$2.94 billion), with growth in Q3 of +21% year-on-year.

DFS plans for Europe accelerate as it eyes key Chinese tourist destinations

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/10/13

INTERNATIONAL. It’s all eyes on Europe for DFS as the leading luxury travel retailer reaffirms its long tradition of tracking its key customers wherever they travel.

DFS unveils new T Galleria branding at Hong Kong downtown stores

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/10/13

HONG KONG. DFS Group continued the roll-out of its new T Galleria by DFS concept today at a packed media conference. Martin Moodie was on hand.

Heineken brings Monteith's Brewing Co craft beers to travel retail

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/10/13

Heineken Global Duty Free has added Monteith's Brewing Co craft beers from New Zealand to its Beers of the World portfolio; they launch soon in travel retail.