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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Servy launches digital ordering platform at Vancouver Airport

CANADA. Servy, the enterprise self-service platform for the hospitality industry, has launched YVR Order Now, its second airport marketplace programme in Canada at Vancouver International Airport.  The mobile ordering platform allows passengers to order their meals through the convenience of their phones through yvr.ca/ordernow, enabling them to skip queues. Users are notified when their meal is […]

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Chocolaterie Guylian appoints Sven Adriaenssens to key travel retail role

Chocolaterie Guylian has named Sven Adriaenssens as Senior Channel Manager Travel Retail & Duty Free. Adriaenssens joins the Belgian chocolatier after more than ten years with Diageo, most recently as Head of Route-to-Market. His newly created role supports the company’s strategic plan to relaunch the Guylian brand – famed as the original Belgian chocolate seashells […]

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Ontario International Airport issues food & beverage and retail RFPs

USA. Ontario International Airport has issued a Request for Proposals for food & beverage and retail (excluding duty free) concessions across the location. The opportunities encompass all existing Delaware North outlets and remaining vacant outlets in Terminals 2 and 4. The Southern Californian airport serves one of the most dynamic population and economic centres in […]

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Hamad Airport Q1 passenger numbers soar +162% over 2021

QATAR. First-quarter passenger numbers at Hamad International Airport (HIA) soared +162% year-on-year to 7.14 million. HIA – which added three new passenger destinations in the quarter to the 153 it previously served – saw a total of 48,680 aircraft movements across the period (take-offs and landings), up +30% over Q1 2021. The five-busiest departing destinations […]

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Ian Macleod Distillers launches US$33,000 Glengoyne single malt with CDFG

CHINA. Ian Macleod Distillers (IMD) has partnered with China Duty Free Group (CDFG) to launch the oldest Glengoyne Highland single malt whisky, a travel retail-exclusive. The Glengoyne 53 Year Old is priced at US$33,000 and presented in a hand-blown decanter, with only 100 pieces available worldwide. It features with CDFG this month prior to its […]

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Salt Lake City Airport reveals dining and retail partners for latest phase of expansion

USA. Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) has contracts to key partners to manage restaurants and retail shops in Phase 2 of its US$4.1 billion redevelopment programme. The new offer, which is scheduled to open in Autumn 2023, will span local and national brands across 19 retail and restaurant units across 23,873sq ft. The project […]

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Frankfurt Airport Retail reveals extensive luxury space in T1 duty free store

GERMANY. Frankfurt Airport Retail (FAR), the partnership between Fraport and Gebr. Heinemann, has opened a 316sq m space dedicated to fashion, accessories & watches and jewellery (FAWJ) at Frankfurt Airport Terminal 1, Pier A (Schengen zone). For the first time at the airport, these categories are integrated into the 1,934sq m duty free & Travel […]

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Bacardi steps up Scotch whisky focus in reviving Korean duty free market

Bacardi Global Travel Retail (GTR) has underlined the resurgence in South Korea’s travel retail market through major partnerships with Jeju Tourism Organization (JTO) Duty Free and Lotte Duty Free. As COVID-19 case numbers plummet in the Republic, international borders reopen and the quarantine requirements for vaccinated travellers to South Korea are lifted, Bacardi GTR is […]

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Edinburgh Gin lands first listing with easyJet

Ian McLeod Distillers has secured its first listing with easyJet, as its Edinburgh Gin Orange & Basil features in the European airline’s 2022 Spring/Summer Eat.Drink.Shop inflight offer. The listing is exclusive in global travel retail for seven months and includes 1-litre and 5cl bottles of Edinburgh Gin Orange & Basil. easyJet In-flight Retail Manager Michelle […]

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The Loop Duty Free New Zealand gears up for the return of international travel

NEW ZEALAND. Aer Rianta International’s (ARI) The Loop Duty Free New Zealand is gearing up to welcome back international travellers. On 2 May, travellers coming from over 50 visa-free countries will be able to enter New Zealand without restrictions as the country reopens its borders for the first time after 772 days. Since the pandemic […]

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Love Cocoa by James Cadbury makes travel retail debut with Dufry

Love Cocoa by James Cadbury – the confectionery brand with a ‘Climate Positive Chocolate’ tagline – has secured its first listings in travel retail with Dufry. The premium brand, which is available on domestic markets in the UK and other selected countries, recently teamed up with JES Travel Retail to target global expansion. “Due to […]

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On location: Largest InMotion store globally opens at London Heathrow Terminal 5

UK. WHSmith-owned InMotion, the leading airport technology retailer, has officially unveiled an eye-catching new store in Heathrow Terminal 5. At 3,400 sq ft, the flagship space is now the largest InMotion shop globally. Customers visiting the new store will find the latest technology products and accessories, including tablets, digital action cameras and headphones. There is […]

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Lotte Duty Free launches partnership with 7-Eleven app for local market sales

SOUTH KOREA. Lotte Duty Free has partnered with Korean Seven, operator of the 7-Eleven convenience store chain, to expand local market sales of so-called domestic customs-cleared duty free goods. Items will be sold on the 7-Eleven app from 2 May in an effort to target the MZ generation (a Korean pairing of two groups, Millennials […]

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Lotte Duty Free to host live ecommerce show featuring Jo Malone and Korean star Lee Ji-hye

SOUTH KOREA. Lotte Duty Free is to host a ‘LDF LIVE’ event tomorrow evening (28 April) featuring Jo Malone London products and popular Korean broadcaster, singer and actress Lee Ji-hye. The programme is timed to coincide with rising demand by Koreans for overseas travel following the easing of the country’s long-standing COVID-related restrictions. Read the […]

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Heathrow Airport upgrades passenger traffic forecasts but losses top £4 billion

UK. London Heathrow Airport has upgraded its forecasts for passenger traffic for 2022 to 65% of pre-pandemic levels, as eased UK travel rules deliver a surge in outbound leisure traffic The UK airport should serve 52.8 million passengers in the year, up from the previously projected 45.5 million, but management remains cautious about the months […]

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Lotte Duty Free and L’Occitane celebrate Earth Day with US$30,000 fundraiser

SOUTH KOREA. Lotte Duty Free has partnered with French beauty and wellness brand L’Occitane to raise KRW34.5 million (US$30,000) for the Seoul Green Trust in celebration of Earth Day on 22 April. A donation ceremony was held at Lotte Duty Free’s flagship branch in Myeong-dong, Seoul this week. It was attended by Lotte Duty Free […]

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Chanel extends Sublimage skincare line with L’Essence Fondamentale Yeux Eye Treatment

Chanel has extended its Sublimage skincare range with the L’Essence Fondamentale Yeux Eye Treatment, a comprehensive anti-aging solution for the eye area. It reduces dark circles and fine lines and makes the eyelashes and eyebrows visibly denser. The Sublimage L’Essence Fondamentale Yeux Eye Treatment is available in selected global travel retail stores. The eye treatment […]

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Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport launches global rewards programme with Arrture

TURKEY. Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport and Arrture today announced the impending launch of ISG Portpal, calling it the first Turkish airports’ global rewards programme designed for all travellers. ISG Portpal by Istanbul Gökçen International Airport is a rewards programme designed to provide unique and personalised offers at the airport as well as globally through […]

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‘Travel is Coming’ says Lotte Duty Free as recovery campaign is unleashed

Amid growing anticipation of a widespread resumption of overseas travel, Lotte Duty Free has launched a ‘Travel is Coming’ promotion to strengthen benefits for Korean customers. On 18 April the government eased stringent social restrictions that have been in place for 25 months, ushering in a long-anticipated age of ‘living with COVID’.  The promotion runs […]

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Molton Brown launches refill pouches for hand, bath and body collections

British fragrance house Molton Brown has launched refill pouches for its hand, bath and body collections in travel retail. The launch furthers Molton Brown’s self-stated mission to battle disposable beauty. According to the brand owner, the refill pouches have performed well in domestic markets and in ecommerce channels. The launch was timed to coincide with […]

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Molly Malone Irish whiskey targets travel retail with Small Batch launch

Irish whiskey brand Molly Malone has launched Molly Malone Small Batch. According to the Molly Malone Whiskey Company, travel retail is a key channel for promoting and selling the Small Batch 70cl. The brand has secured its first listing – with Aer Rianta International (ARI) at Dublin Airport – and has appointed Gerry Maxwell of […]

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Teaology builds travel retail distribution with BERetail at Dresden Airport

Natural, vegan and eco-friendly cosmetics brand Teaology has partnered with BERetail to open a new space at Dresden Airport. Further listings at other German airports are in the pipeline, said the brand owner. The brand uses Tea Infusion Skincare technology based on the nutrients included in a cup of tea. Five organic tea infusions feature […]

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