I’m back on the road again after helping put our second-biggest print (and Interactive) edition of the year to bed in preparation for the forthcoming Singapore show.
In fact the magazine was about the only thing that went to bed, as Dermot Davitt and I, together with our tireless and talented designer and trouble-shooter extraordinaire Ray Heath worked into the wee, small hours over several tough nights to get the publication over the line. We’re immensely proud of the result, arguably our best yet, which you’ll be able to read online in coming days
Now it’s time to take a breather of sorts, while assessing the Asian travel retail landscape in the wake of extraordinary developments on the Korean peninsula. I do not read British newspaper The Sun, but I did stop at BA’s Heathrow T5 lounge to admire the title’s unlikely marrying of events Korean and Swedish in one brilliant headline.
I’ve arrived in Hong Kong for some key meetings and the chance for a glimpse of the new-look Hong Kong International Airport retail offer that is gradually evolving. The changeover from DFS to a combo of China Duty Free Group and Lagardère Travel Retail (trading as Duty Zero), The Shilla Duty Free (Beauty & You) and Gebr Heinemann (Sweet Dreams) is taking shape nicely and all seems set fair for a series of Grand Openings in June and July.
Timing and luck plays a big role in our industry and the new players are all benefiting from a rapidly improving business climate. February was a very strong month for all the airport’s retailers, with Shilla, in particular, enjoying an exceptional month, even though much of the shop area was still under renovation
Duty Zero, a nicely-titled partnership between China Duty Free Group and Lagardère Travel Retail, will celebrate its Grand Opening in July.
My Moodie Davitt Report Interim Hong Kong Bureau is based in Tung Chung, within view of the airport and the hills, greenery and high-rise apartment blocks that characterise this part of Lantau. I love its convenience (ten minutes to the airport, 40 minutes to Central) and its spectacular combination of mountains and sea. There are some pretty spectacular combinations also taking place at Hong Kong International Airport too. Look out for my impressions in coming days.