“Airports are not just about numbers. They are about the hearts and minds of every single person who comes through our doors every day.”
How was it that I felt confident enough to take my cannabis oil home? Simple. It’s been stripped of the principal psychoactive constituent (the THC) and is every bit as legal as carrying a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black or 200 Marlboro Lites.
t’s a lovely traditional old hotel with an elevator that looks as though it was built in the 19th century but which might take until the 22nd century to get you to your floor.
This week The Moodie Davitt Report has a different interim bureau almost every day, as our roving takes us around the Caribbean, Central America and the USA. We’re making a whirlwind tour of some of Duty Free Americas’ (DFA) most important airport sites in the region, and spending time with owners the Falic family in
“Of course. Come in.” He had the smile of a man who knew his ATV (average trim value) was about to soar.
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.
“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.’ ”
This is just about as impactful, engaging and immersive as a pop-up installation can get.
Is this the most productive airport retail space in the world by sales per square metre?
Before travelling to Muscat this week for the inauguration of the new airport terminal and Muscat Duty Free stores, I mentioned to a few people that my next trip was to Oman. Even those who knew a little about this Gulf state struggled to conjure up an image of the country and its place in
The most important marketing tool in the armoury of any physical store is the shop window. Be creative and colourful and blend art, design and fashion, and you’ll stop people in their tracks. Be drab, grey and lifeless, and they’ll walk on by. Amid increasing pressure from e-commerce, those messages have never been as important.
Those who work with me know that a) I am a fan of the Mr. Men series and characters (created by English author Roger Hargreaves) and b) that I am capable of adopting several of their personas.
In 1958, Aldo Vastapane created the first duty free shop at Brussels Airport Company; a humble incarnation of a retail concept that only existed at Shannon Airport in Ireland. What a beautiful image, so evocative of an age gone by.