“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.
After an horrendous couple of days. it’s time to split. As in get the hell out of the UK and as in fly to Split.
“The last time you dashed for a bagel and a coffee before making your flight… did you give any thought to what goes into the feeding and watering, potentially, of 100,000 people on a given day?”
This challenge introduces the importance of reading for enjoyment, a welcome initiative in an age where children increasingly have a superglue-like bond with their games devices.
What does the message say? That the product, a Johnnie Walker Black Label variant, is exclusive. To both country and to retailer. No clumsy ‘travel retail exclusive’, just EXCLUSIVE.