Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Sunday 14 February 2016


IAADFS expects nearly 200 exhibitors at Orlando show in April

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/02/16

USA. Approximately 95% of exhibition space is already booked at the 2016 IAADFS Duty Free Show of the Americas, say organisers.

China Duty Free Group reveals plans for third Cambodian store

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/02/16

CAMBODIA. China Duty Free Group says its next off-airport store will offer a much expanded range of brands and categories.

Lotte Duty Free confirms major new downtown store opening in Osaka

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/02/16

JAPAN. South Korean travel retailer Lotte Duty Free will open a 4,400sq m downtown duty free shop next year in Osaka's Namba district.

South Korea introduces tax refund scheme for overseas visitors

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 04/02/16

SOUTH KOREA. The government's move to introduce instant tax refunds on certain goods for tourists prompts mixed reactions in South Korea's duty free community.

Calls grow for reform of Korean duty free downtown licensing system as high-profile policy seminar takes place

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/02/16

SOUTH KOREA. Leading academics and tourism officials joined calls for urgent reform of the downtown duty free licensing system at a policy seminar in Seoul.

Lotte Duty Free plans big extension in Seoul and more Japanese stores

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/02/16

SOUTH KOREA. As leading travel retailer Lotte Duty Free reveals sales of US$3.9 billion in 2015, the company says it is planning a fresh wave of store investment.

China Duty Free Group hails changes to China's offshore duty free policy

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 31/01/16

CHINA. China Duty Free Group offers a ringing endorsement of changes to the offshore duty free policy on Hainan Island, which take effect from today (1 February).

Korean government to review downtown duty free licensing system, say reports

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/01/16

SOUTH KOREA. The Korean government is set to review its controversial downtown duty free licensing system, say local reports.

Duty Free World Council launches global shopping monitor

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/01/16

INTERNATIONAL. The Duty Free World Council has initiated a Global Shopping Monitor of duty free shopping trends with research company m1nd-set.

WalkerHill's Mikyong Kwon moves to Doosan Doota Duty Free in key post

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/01/16

SOUTH KOREA. Doosan Corporation names former WalkerHill Senior Vice President/Head of Duty Free Division Mikyong Kwon to a key duty free role.

Canadian airport duty free sales surge +16% in 2015, border sales rise +4%

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/01/16

CANADA. Airport duty free delivered healthy double-digit sales growth in Canada last year; land border sales grew by +4% with a mixed picture by region.

Canada’s land border duty free sales dip in November as airport sales grow

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/01/16

CANADA. Border duty free sales dipped in November but the airport duty free growth trend in Canada continued with a +6% increase over November 2014.

Japan Duty Free Ginza to open on 27 January in Tokyo's Isetan-Mitsukoshi

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/01/16

JAPAN. Airport-style duty free will open next week on 8th floor of Isetan-Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo’s prestigious Ginza shopping district.

Gebr Heinemann expands Eastern European border store network

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/01/16

EAST EUROPE. Gebr Heinemann takes control of a border store network in Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia and new airport business in Moscow.

The Moodie e-Zine: Puig aims for new heights with Jean Paul Gaultier

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/01/16

INTERNATIONAL. Welcome to travel retail’s only e-Zine, in which Puig CEO Marc Puig talks about his aspirations for the Jean Paul Gaultier fragrance brand.

IAADFS names speakers for 'education session' at Orlando show

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/01/16

USA. IAADFS will host a workshop session at the Duty Free Show of the Americas in April; speakers are ACI chief Angela Gittens and m1nd-set's Peter Mohn.

TFWA confirms early October dates for Cannes show through to 2017

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/01/16

FRANCE. TFWA says that the early October timing of its annual global event is "the preferred choice of the vast majority of our members, visitors and exhibitors".

Korean trade union workers demand extension to Lotte Duty Free World Tower licence

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/01/16

SOUTH KOREA. Lotte Duty Free trade union members march in protest against the new, five-year downtown duty free licence system, which they claim has led to job losses.

Resistance mounts to Jeju domestic duty free tobacco allowance threat

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/01/16

SOUTH KOREA. The Moodie Report confirms that the threat to tobacco allowances on Jeju Island only applies to domestic duty free.

China Duty Free Group opens second Cambodian downtown store

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 30/12/15

CAMBODIA. With one successful downtown store opened last January, China Duty Free Group makes it a double with Sihanoukville debut.

Korean President slams 'rough & ready' downtown duty free licence changes

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/12/15

SOUTH KOREA. President Park Geun-hye this week criticised Korean lawmakers for changing the downtown duty free licence system without proper debate.

Shilla IPark in Seoul aims to become ‘the world’s best duty free store'

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/12/15

SOUTH KOREA. The spectacular complex is set to transform Korea’s duty free landscape in every sense by the time of its March Grand Opening.

HK Lee replaced as Lotte Duty Free CEO after downtown licence loss

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/12/15

SOUTH KOREA. The much-respected company veteran appears to be an early victim of the government's widely criticised new downtown duty free licence system

Shilla IPark opens in Seoul – ‘a new milestone in Korean duty free’

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/12/15

SOUTH KOREA.Samsung and Hyundai Development Company's extraordinarily ambitious project is described as “a new milestone in Korean duty free”.

T Fondaco dei Tedeschi by DFS set to open in late 2016

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/12/15

ITALY. T Fondaco dei Tedeschi by DFS is the chosen branding for “a new destination for culture and commerce" on Venice’s Grand Canal.

Graziani and Ingyu Han to lead new Hotel Shilla Travel Retail Business unit

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/12/15

SOUTH KOREA. Hotel Shilla Co President Ingyu Han and former Nuance CEO Roberto Graziani are named Presidents of the new Travel Retail division.

Shinsegae pulls out of Gimhae Airport duty free concession

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/12/15

SOUTH KOREA. Turmoil continues in Korea as Shinsegae-owned New World Chosun Hotel announces its withdrawal from its Gimhae Airport duty free contract.

The Moodie e-Zine: People of the Year, 2015 in review and The Foodie Report

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/12/15

INTERNATIONAL. In the final edition of The Moodie e-Zine for 2015, we bring you our People of the Year, and highlight the big stories of a memorable 12 months.

Duty Free Alliance to open Armenian border shop after law change

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/12/15

ARMENIA. Georgian travel retailer Duty Free Alliance is set to expand land border duty free following an important law change in neighbouring Armenia.

MEADFA renews management contract with TFWA for annual conference

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/12/15

MIDDLE EAST/AFRICA. The Middle East & Africa Duty Free Association has renewed TFWA’s contract to manage its conference for a further two years.

Tokyu Land's Plaza Ginza to open with Lotte Duty Free store next March

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/12/15

JAPAN. Tokyu Plaza Ginza will open next March, targeting tourists with a large Lotte Duty Free store and extensive fashion and Japanese goods assortments.

Korean duty free retailers voice concerns over local market tax exemptions

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/12/15

SOUTH KOREA. The steady erosion of the traditionally steep price differential between local market and duty free pricing gathers momentum.

Moodie Corporate adds dual-media dynamism to publishing services

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/12/15

INTERNATIONAL. Moodie Corporate extends its portfolio to include both print and e-Zine, allowing clients to benefit from video, audio and other dynamic media.

The Moodie Interview: Furla takes advantage of its ‘magic moment’

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/12/15

Furla CEO Eraldo Poletto & Global Travel Retail Director Gerry Munday outline the strategy to maintain the Italian fashion brand's impressive growth.

Moodie Picture Gallery: King Power’s Phuket duty free dream comes true

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 04/12/15

THAILAND. We present a special pictorial report on Phuket's first downtown duty free store, where the Grand Opening takes place on 20 December.

King Power set for Phuket duty free grand opening on 20 December

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/12/15

THAILAND. A key landmark for one of Asia's most successful travel retailers, as it gets set to celebrate Phuket's first downtown duty free shop.

Korea counts the cost of downtown duty free licence system

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 01/12/15

SOUTH KOREA. Lotte Duty Free World Tower and WalkerHill Duty Free sell off heavy inventories in the run-up to the closures of both stores.

Interview: Will Canada’s new government help land border duty free?

Source: Travel Markets Insider - 30/11/15

CANADA. FDFA Executive Director Laurie Karson talks to Lois Pasternak about some of the key issues facing the land border duty free business in Canada.

Live and online: The Official Middle East & Africa Duty Free Guide 2015

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/11/15

MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA. Welcome to the MEADFA Guide, the official publication of this year's conference, written and produced by The Moodie Report.

‘Fewer, Bigger, Better’: Lacoste travel retail vision takes shape

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/11/15

Lacoste CEO Asia Pacific and Global Travel Retail Jean-Louis Delamarre explains his "winning formula" for the brand, as it plans a series of new openings.

MTR Corporation calls tender for duty free stores at Hong Kong stations

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/11/15

HONG KONG. MTR Corp invites retailers, through The Moodie Report, to express their interest in duty free tenders at Hung Hom, Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau stations.

Seismic change: Korean downtown duty free licence system under fire as trade assesses shock results

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/11/15

SOUTH KOREA. While Doosan and Shinsegae celebrate, WalkerHill Duty Free and Lotte Duty Free are stunned. The government’s new five-yearly competitive bidding system for downtown duty free licences, introduced in 2013, comes under fire as the travel retail sector at home and abroad assesses the shock, industry-transforming results of the latest licence contest.

Lotte retains IPO & global number 1 aims despite duty free licence loss

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/11/15

SOUTH KOREA. Lotte Duty Free dusts itself down after losing Lotte World Tower licence and retains growth ambitions. But touted COEX licence switch doubtful.

Assessing the dangers of Korean duty free licence changes

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/11/15

SOUTH KOREA. In the run-up to four critical duty free licence awards, The Moodie Report Chairman Martin Moodie was interviewed by leading Korean media titles.

Shock losses for Lotte & WalkerHill; Shinsegae and Doosan triumph

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/11/15

SOUTH KOREA. Korea Customs Service unveils the four crucial (and shock) downtown duty free licence results in Seoul and Busan.

Vital Korean duty free licences to be announced on 14 November

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/11/15

SOUTH KOREA. Korea Customs Service plans to reveal the winners of the contest for four critical downtown duty free licences on Saturday, 14 November.

SEVA Group set to open first travel retail store on Croatian border

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/11/15

CROATIA. In a major development for SEVA Group, the travel retail distribution specialist is preparing to enter the retail business with a border store at Metkovic.

WalkerHill Duty Free optimistic of licence tenure extension

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 30/10/15

SOUTH KOREA. WalkerHill Senior Vice President/Head of Duty Free Division Mikyong Vicky Kwon hopeful of extended licence periods and permit retention.

Shinsegae Duty Free secures Korean products operation in Hainan

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/10/15

CHINA. South Korean travel retailer Shinsegae Duty Free has secured a five-year agreement to operate a Korean products store at Mission Hills Resort’s offshore duty free complex.

Lotte Duty Free reaffirms social values amid worsening family feud

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/10/15

SOUTH KOREA. Lotte Duty Free gears up its Corporate Social Responsibility programme to help offset negative publicity from an extraordinary family feud.