Jo Malone London’s JoBots arrive in Haikou with CDFG

CHINA. The Estée Lauder Companies-owned fragrance house Jo Malone London has partnered with China Duty Free Group to launch the ‘JoBots’ activation at the Haikou Mova Mall. The JoBots animation runs throughout April. The JoBots were assembled from Jo Malone London’s signature cream and black packaging. The dedicated ‘robotic’ servers highlight the gifting appeal of […]

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Gold Coast Airport to be Host Airport at inaugural AAA Retail & Commercial Forum in July

AUSTRALIA. Gold Coast Airport is to be the Host Airport for the inaugural AAA Retail & Commercial Forum to be held at the QT Hotel on the Gold Coast on 20-21 July. The event is organised by The Australian Airports Association, The Moodie Davitt Report and The Mercurius Group. As Host Airport, Gold Coast Airport, […]

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Pretty in red: Valentino Beauty pops up with HTDF in Sanya

CHINA. L’Oréal Travel Retail has unveiled a vibrant outdoor Valentino Beauty pop-up at the Hainan Tourism Duty Free Shopping Complex (HTDF) in Sanya, Hainan. Decked in the brand’s signature red tones, the limited-time concept showcases Valentino Beauty’s collection. It invites shoppers to ‘Create your beauty dreams’, a reflection of the Italian fashion house’s ethereal aesthetic. […]

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Lovely Distribution Company seals exclusive listing with Virgin Atlantic

The Lovely Distribution Company – a specialist fragrance distributor with a focus on celebrity franchises – has secured a first listing with Virgin Atlantic through a new partnership with global inflight concessionaire 3Sixty Duty Free. The listing for the Lovely Lights by Sarah Jessica Parker fragrance is exclusive to Virgin Atlantic for airline travel retail […]

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Seamless airport digital experience ‘now an essential’ says Airport Dimensions research

INTERNATIONAL. New research by Airport Dimensions underlines how airports need to evolve to meet changing passenger expectations. In a new White Paper titled ‘Understanding Tomorrow’s Traveler’, the company said that a dramatically reshaped passenger demographic means “the old rules no longer apply” when it comes to airport passenger satisfaction. Airport Dimensions’ research shows that Millennial […]

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Walsh Whiskey releases 2022 vintage Writers’ Tears Cask Strength

Walsh Whiskey – part of the Amber Beverage Group – has released the 2022 vintage Writers’ Tears Cask Strength, a super-premium expression. This year’s vintage is limited to 7,920 bottles, with 2,100 bottles destined for the USA. It is available in selected markets, including travel retail, with a recommended retail price of US$150. The 12th […]

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Diageo adds super-premium 21Seeds tequila to brand portfolio

Diageo has announced the acquisition of 21Seeds, a super-premium flavoured tequila infused with the juice of real fruits. The brand is available in three varieties: Valencia Orange, Grapefruit Hibiscus and Cucumber Jalapeño. 21Seeds was founded in 2019 by three female entrepreneurs – Kat Hantas, Nicole Emanuel and Sarika Singh – whose vision was to create […]

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Work begins on 39 F&B and retail outlets at Denver Airport

USA. Denver International Airport has announced the commencement of construction work towards the opening of 39 food & beverage and retail outlets across this year and 2023. Between 2019 and 2021, the airport released 24 concessions Request for Proposals (RFPs), which will add 60,000sq ft of new commercial space at the Colorado gateway. This year, […]

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Charlotte Douglas Airport partners with M2mobi in digital parking solution

USA. Charlotte Douglas International Airport has partnered with digital agency M2mobi to offer customers the facility to reserve and pay for parking spaces through the airport’s website and mobile apps. The parking experience is now integrated into the travel hub’s CLT Digital Airport Platform (DAP), which has been developed by M2mobi. The DAP powers essential […]

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Rituals introduces revamped Signature and Private Collection home fragrances

Rituals has revamped its home fragrance offer by introducing new candle holder designs for the Signature Collection and extending the luxury Private Collection with new products. The new home fragrance products were designed to encourage users to turn their homes into wellbeing sanctuaries. The Signature Collection combines the Private Collection’s most popular scented candles with […]

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Proximo Spirits unlocks a ‘World of Tequila’ at JFK Airport

US. Proximo Spirits has unveiled a ‘World of Tequila’ activation at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) Terminal 4. It will run throughout November and the peak holiday period. The 700sq ft pop-up is a colourful showcase of some of the world’s best tequila brands all in one engaging and interactive space. A first for […]

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Maui Jim teams up with Dufry in football-themed promotion at Manchester Airport

Maui Jim has partnered with Dufry in a football-themed activation at Manchester Airport. The T2 walkthrough space, which will be in place until 2 January 2022, offers an exclusive line-up of Club Collection Maui Jim PolarizedPlus 2 sunglasses. An eye-catching gondola highlights the brand’s multi-year sponsorship of Premier League professional football club Manchester United and […]

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Imperial Duty Free unveils Bulgari mono-brand boutique at Moscow Sheremetyevo

RUSSIA. Imperial Duty Free — a joint venture between Gebr. Heinemann, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport and Greenway — has opened a Bulgari mono-brand boutique at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport Terminal C. The boutique occupies 110sq m of retail space and offers the Roman luxury house’s jewellery, watches, leathergoods and accessories lines. The boutique, according to the partners, […]

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WHSmith pledges ‘truly local experience’ in new stores at Adelaide Airport

AUSTRALIA. WHSmith this month opens two new stores at Adelaide Airport’s main terminal, with the retailer pledging to “offer a truly local experience to arriving and departing passengers”. To capture Sense of Place WHSmith has worked with local suppliers to create its mix of products, from healthy snacks and drinks to confectionery and gifting. The […]

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Duty Zero by cdf makes a welcome comeback at Hong Kong International Airport

CHINA. In an important and welcome landmark on the road to recovery from the global pandemic, Duty Zero by cdf (Duty Zero) has reopened one of its liquor, tobacco and gourmet item stores at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). Since the temporary closure of its HKIA stores in March 2020, Duty Zero (an alliance between […]

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Gucci Beauty Rouge De Beauté Brillant lands at Dubai Duty Free

UAE. Coty-owned beauty and fragrance house Gucci Beauty has launched the new Rouge De Beauté Brillant lipstick collection at Dubai International Airport with Dubai Duty Free. The line is available at the retailer’s store in Concourse B, Terminal 3 and online at dubaidutyfree.com. The collection, which sits between a sheer and satin lipstick, offers a […]

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China accounts for seven of top ten busiest airports worldwide, new ACI reports shows

INTERNATIONAL. Airports Council International (ACI) World has today released its 2021 World Airport Traffic Report (WATR), which shows that Guangzhou Bai Yun International was the world’s busiest airport for passengers in 2020. Dubai International (DXB) led the international traffic rankings, followed by Amsterdam and London Heathrow, last year. The updated traffic report from ACI shows […]

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Victorinox extends Signature Fragrance Collection with First Snow

Icy freshness with hints of warmth: The feminine fragrance is vegan and made with natural-origin ingredients Swiss multi-category lifestyle company Victorinox has extended its Signature Fragrance Collection with First Snow. The feminine fragrance, along with the rest of the Signature Collection scents, is now available for order through Victorinox’s travel retail team. First Snow was […]

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Gatwick Airport cuts travellers’ burden with further COVID test subsidies

UK. Gatwick Airport has vowed to motivate Britains to return to travel by introducing significantly cheaper lateral flow and PCR tests through subsidising the airport’s on-site COVID-19 screening centre from yesterday, 16 September. Gatwick currently has two testing centres operated by ExpressTest, a drive-in option and a walk-in centre. Since the drive-in centre opened last […]

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Singapore Changi is first Asian airport to complete ACI-led health audit programme

SINGAPORE. Changi Airport has become the first airport in Asia Pacific to complete the Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Health Measures Audit Program. The scheme – developed in partnership with Bureau Veritas – supports airports by addressing their health risks and reassuring passengers through an on-site audit of their health measures. By completing the audit, […]

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WHSmith captures news & books concession at Cologne-Bonn Airport

GERMANY. WHSmith Travel has won the news & books concession at Cologne-Bonn Airport, following a tender this Summer. The contract, which runs for five years, covers airside and landside spaces in Terminal 1. In other recent commercial news, Stena Line affiliate R&F Travel Retail opened its first store at Cologne-Bonn Airport in late April, offering […]

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Lacoste extends partnership with tennis champion Novak Djokovic

Athleisure brand Lacoste has renewed its partnership with Serbian tennis champion Novak Djokovic until 2025. Djokovic is currently the world’s number one tennis player. He recently beat Italian player Matteo Berettini at the 2021 Wimbledon Tennis Championships, to claim his sixth Wimbledon and 20th Grand Slam title. Djokovic and Lacoste have been partners since 2017. […]

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Helsinki Airport counts down to opening of ‘airport of the future’

FINLAND. Airport company Finavia will unveil the new Terminal 2, the largest expansion project in its history, in 100 days from now, on 1 December. The opening will come in three stages, beginning with the entrance, arrivals hall and multimodal travel centre, followed between March and June 2022 with check-in points and a new security […]

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Louis Vuitton to anchor ‘reinvigorated’ Sydney Airport luxury precinct; 11 more luxury brands arriving in 2022

AUSTRALIA. Sydney Airport today announced an agreement with powerhouse French luxury brand Louis Vuitton to anchor a reinvigorated luxury retail precinct in the T1 International terminal. The company said that the agreement reflects the airport’s position as Australia’s international gateway. The presence of Louis Vuitton will see the airport emerge as a key player in […]

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