This is a truly rare sighting of a TFWBA, that highly endangered species, a Tax Free West Bromwich Albion supporter, spotted on foreign soil in every sense.
I particularly like the fact that the Frontier Award includes a glass globe, which I can turn to show my home country of New Zealand as well as the myriad of places I have visited during this amazing 30-year sojourn in travel retail.
Certain things become a given as you become an aging travel retail publisher. Winters grow longer, darker, colder. Summers grow shorter. And the Cannes show comes around quicker.
La Samaritaine and Changi T4 are among the most exciting developments I have seen in my 30 years of covering this business.
My various Moodie Davitt Report Interim Bureaux of recent weeks have been more interim than usual. In the past three weeks I’ve set up shop in Toronto, Dublin, Moscow and Ballymena in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Today we’re taking a tour of the Kremlin, followed by a boat ride this evening on the Moskva River. It’s going to be an action-packed few days with many of Regstaer’s business partners flying in for the occasion.
Like all the entrants in our readers’ competition in association with Dubai Duty Free to pick the result of the big race, The Moodie Tipster was blind-sided by the capricious Capri, who made a mockery of previous form.
He’s French-bred (like a baguette) and Irish-trained (like the Dublin to Sligo railway), a dangerous nationalistic combination if I ever saw one.
While the Chinese authorities may want a slowdown in capital outflow and will be wary of any systemic risk to the domestic banking system, it is hardly likely that the HNA juggernaut has in way been derailed.
Lonely Planet calls Toronto “the most multiculturally diverse city on the planet”, noting that over 140 languages are spoken here. “When the weather is fine, Toronto is a blast: a vibrant, big-time city abuzz with activity.”
The Maori name for New Zealand is Aotearoa, meaning the land of the long white cloud. For the British & Irish Lions though, it could be a cloud of a different colour. Big, menacing and all black.
We sought out producers from all over the country whose products represent the wealth of the Greek earth and table.” As the pictures show, Greece, despite regular headlines of a different sort, remains a wealthy country indeed.
I have probably written that wine deserves a higher profile in travel retail more times than I have supped on a glass of chilled Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Thanks to the 90+ Club, the category will surely will get it.