South Korea to raise inbound duty free allowance to US$800

SOUTH KOREA. The Korean Finance Ministry today announced plans to raise the duty free allowance for inbound travellers from US$600 per person to US$800. The news was reported earlier by Yonhap News Agency (original story here). Crucially, the revised rules to be introduced call for a doubling of the alcohol limit for international arrivals from […]

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A taste of the Music City: Famous downtown steakhouse brand opens at Nashville Airport

USA. The Southern Steak & Oyster, a well-known downtown Nashville steakhouse, has opened a full-service restaurant and bar in Concourse D of the South Terminal at Nashville International Airport. The new 3,589sq ft restaurant will be jointly operated by TomKats Hospitality owner Tom Morales, who concessionaire Fraport Tennessee describes as a “legendary restaurateur”, and Skyport […]

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Malaysia Airlines partners with Kapten Batik for eco-friendly fashion collection

MALAYSIA. Enrich, the Malaysia Airlines travel and lifestyle loyalty programme, has partnered with local fashion & accessories brand Kapten Batik to launch an eco-friendly capsule collection. The collection was officially launched by environmental and social activist Her Royal Highness Tengku Datin Paduka Setia Zatashah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah at The Curve shopping mall in Petaling […]

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Hamad Airport passenger numbers gain strong momentum in Q2

QATAR. Hamad International Airport (HIA) served 8.42 million passengers in the second quarter, a +18% increase over the first three months of 2021. It was the busiest quarter at the airport since 2020. The passenger transfer percentage also grew by +16 per cent in Q2 over the previous quarter. Meanwhile, the number of outbound local […]

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Emporio Armani makes stylish debut with Hainan Tourism Duty Free Shopping Complex

CHINA. Emporio Armani has teamed up with Hainan Tourism Investment Duty Free Co. to open a boutique at the Hainan Tourism Duty Free Shopping Complex (HTDF). To celebrate the opening, Emporio Armani is offering -60% discounts on luxury goods and -70% offers on its other lines as part of the Hainan Offshore Duty Free Shopping […]

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Brockmans Gin debuts at Ben Gurion Airport

ISRAEL. British super-premium gin brand Brockmans has made its travel retail debut at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport. The listing, made through retailer James Richardson, is a milestone for Brockmans as it seeks to build its travel retail footprint. Brockmans was recognised by IWSR as the largest privately-owned British super-premium gin brand of 2020. The […]

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Bouncing back: Retail performance gathers strong momentum at Changi Airport

SINGAPORE. Changi Airport Group (CAG) has delivered a positive update on retail activity at Singapore Changi Airport, as air travel recovers strongly with passenger traffic surpassing 50% of pre-COVID levels in June. The airport operator noted that a steady recovery in retail sales buoyed by the relaxation of border restrictions in the Asia Pacific region. […]

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Party time as Sierra Tequila teams up with Gebr. Heinemann at Hamburg Airport

GERMANY. German brand-building specialist Borco has partnered with Gebr. Heinemann in a Sierra Tequila ‘Lead the Party’ promotion at Hamburg Airport. Travellers are encouraged to interact with brand ambassadors in sampling sessions which introduce a three-step tequila shot process. They also have the opportunity to win a Sierra Tequila party box by uploading their favourite Sierra […]

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Guadalajara International Airport to issue speciality retail RFP

MEXICO. Guadalajara (GDL) International Airport is set to release a Request for Proposal (RFP) for 23 specialty retail outlets at the international boarding lounge. GDL is run by Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP), which also operates another 11 airports in Mexico and two in Jamaica. GDL is currently undergoing reconstruction. The bid process will be […]

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Ray-Ban Ferrari collection revs up in Miami with Duty Free Americas

US. Luxottica Group has partnered with Duty Free Americas to highlight the Scuderia Ferrari Ray-Ban eyewear range in Miami International Airport. The collection was showcased with a series of high-profile promotions in the South Terminal and Concourse D of the North Terminal. The campaign launched in May and ran for three months. The Ferrari Ray-Ban […]

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International tourism reaches close to half of pre-pandemic levels in first five months

INTERNATIONAL. International tourism continues its steady recovery from the impact of the pandemic, according to the latest figures from the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). In the first five months almost 250 million international tourism arrivals were recorded, or 46% of 2019 levels. This compared to 77 million in the same period last year. “The […]

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L’Oréal records double-digit sales growth in first half as travel retail rebounds

L’Oréal Group posted €18.36 billion in first-half revenue, a rise of +20.6% on a reported basis and +13.5% like-for-like. Travel retail sales grew by an encouraging +30.1% on a like-for-like basis in the first half. L’Oréal Travel Retail’s performance was driven by the return of international air traffic in Europe (+425% versus the same period […]

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L’Oréal Travel Retail heralds high-profile return to Hainan Expo

L’Oréal Travel Retail Asia Pacific taking part in the China International Consumer Products Expo (Hainan Expo), which runs from 26-30 July, with a powerful presence for its brand portfolio. The B2B2C event, held at the Hainan International Convention & Exhibition Centre in Haikou, features 1,500 exhibiting brands and 100 local Chinese media. L’Oréal Travel Retail […]

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Heathrow Airport delivers improved first half but warns of continued COVID impact

UK. Heathrow Airport today reported improved revenues and reduced losses for the first six months of 2022. But the company warned that recovery in the “deeply scarred” aviation sector will take years. It also hit out at the UK regulator’s plans to limit investment in capacity. In the six months ended 30 June, revenue increased […]

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Department of Tourism weighs next moves for ailing Duty Free Philippines

PHILIPPINES. Duty Free Philippines Corporation’s (DFPC) future operating model and the fate of its Fiesta Mall post-arrivals duty free store are being reviewed by new Tourism Secretary-designate Christina Garcia Frasco. Frasco met with DFPC officers on Friday 22 July. DFPC is an attached agency of the Department of Tourism and in her new capacity Frasco […]

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Ontario Airport passenger traffic exceeds 2019 levels for fourth consecutive month

USA. Ontario International Airport has continued its strong recovery momentum in June, serving more than half a million passengers. This represents a rise of almost +8% measured against the same month of 2019 and is the fourth consecutive month the Southern California gateway has exceeded pre-pandemic passenger levels. The airport served 514,000 total passengers last […]

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Heathrow experiences ‘40 years of passenger growth in four months’

UK. In a strong signal of recovery for UK aviation, Heathrow Airport served nearly six million passengers in June, over +500% more than in the same month last year. Heathrow said that the “unprecedented growth over the last four months matches what took place over the last 40 years”. The airport company noted that rebuilding […]

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Hainan government unveils second duty free stimulus package

CHINA. The Hainan Provincial government has unveiled a second stimulus package to boost consumer consumption and assist the island’s duty free retailers, Hainan Daily reports. The successful inaugural scheme, entitled ‘Helping Business, Benefiting People and Enjoying Hainan’ saw CNY10 million (US$1.5 million) worth of digital RMB distributed on 1 May. Read the full article at The […]

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Toasting recovery in Thiruvananthapuram

INDIA. Today’s images are courtesy of Adani Airport Holdings and Mumbai Travel Retail, which on Friday celebrated the opening of the Thiruvananthapuram Duty Free stores at Thiruvananthapuram International Airport in Kerala. The main store was inaugurated after the traditional Ganapathi homam ceremony, a homa (ritual) that evokes happiness, prosperity and good health. A symbol reflection, […]

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Fuller’s to extend Heathrow T2 presence with The Queen’s Arms

UK. Premium pubs and hotels operator Fuller, Smith & Turner is to open its second location at London Heathrow Terminal 2 – The Queen’s Terminal. The landside outlet, called The Queen’s Arms, will begin trading in early August. It is the second Fuller’s pub in the terminal; the first is located airside. The Queen’s Arms […]

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Diageo unveils Johnnie Walker Blue Label pop-up at Heathrow T5

UK. In a world-first airport activation, Diageo Global Travel has officially unveiled an immersive luxury brand experience and pop-up store from the world’s number-one travel retail Scotch whisky brand, Johnnie Walker. Johnnie Walker Blue Label (1 litre, retailing at £180/US$226) is the hero product of the activation. Diageo Global Travel worked with Dufry’s World Duty Free, […]

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Maui Jim and World Duty Free team up for Manchester Airport campaign

UK. Premium sunglasses brand Maui Jim has partnered with World Duty Free to run a football-themed animation at Manchester Airport Terminal 2. The pop-up concluded today (31 May). The animation leveraged the Hawaiian brand’s sporting roots and showcased its exclusive collection with the Manchester United football club. The Manchester United range features 22 bespoke frames […]

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Passenger traffic rebound buoys Malaysia Airports’ Q1 performance

MALAYSIA. Malaysia Airports has reported a sharp recovery in traffic and revenues in Q1 2022, with reduced losses in the period. Passenger traffic more than doubled to 14.8 million group-wide and revenues climbed by +69.4% to RM570.8 million (US$130.4 million). EBITDA leapt to RM186.9 million (US$42.7 million) compared to a modest RM16.2 million a year […]

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Dubai International Airport records busiest quarter since 2020

UAE. Dubai International Airport (DXB) has recorded its busiest quarter since 2020, handling 13.6m passengers in Q1 this year. This makes it the second consecutive quarter when passenger traffic at DXB has passed the 10 million mark. Bolstered by 5.5 million in passenger traffic in March, DXB’s passenger numbers for the first quarter were up +15.7% […]

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