Chinese tourism is booming and with it travel retail is on the up and up. But it’s not just about international tourism. Domestic travel, both by locals and foreigners, is also booming across this spectacularly diverse nation.
“When the wind blows,” was his evocative, very Chinese way of saying that big opportunity lies ahead and that CNSC must be ready.
Many commentators believe there may be truffle ahead in the Year of the Pig but to me that’s hogwash, the sort of prediction I might have made in my younger, rasher days.
I’ve been 32 years in travel retail now, the past 17 at The Moodie Davitt Report, and I can honestly say that I’m bringing as much energy into this one as I did all those years ago in 2002 when we set off on our journey.
“Hello Martin, it’s Isaac Giesen here.” “Isaac, where are you calling from?” “The Atlantic. From my rowing boat.” Get ready for a remarkable Podcast.
We are, above all, an information service. But we are one with a voice. Those factors collectively bestow responsibility on us. Our information must be timely, reliable, accurate. Our voice must be responsible, ethical and selective.
The feeling that I have a personal relationship with our readers has never been stronger than over the past few days.
That is the simultaneous opportunity and burden of digital media. We inhabit a global industry, which means that the flow of information is no respecter of time zones, festive seasons nor holidays.
During a filmed interview with Alexander Baev shown on Friday night, each section concluded with the words ‘To be continued’. That is indeed the case for a vibrant travel retail company that has style, substance and heart.
“If you ask a mother which child she prefers, I am sure she will not respond. But I can say that for personal feeling it is Dior Amour.” Parfums Christian Dior’s François Demachy on passion, perfumes and his favourite Dior scent.
“How was your day?” Michael asked me. “Great,” I joked, “I found out the secret recipe.” “That’s good,” he replied. “So now we have to kill you.”
I’m in Wolfenbüttel, home of Jägermeister, the herb liqueur that ranks as one of the best-known alcoholic drinks brands on the planet.
“Sheikha al-Mayassa Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani asked me, ‘Would you build a piece in the landscape?’ and I said to her, ‘What landscape?,’ and she said, ‘The desert.’ ”