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I’ve arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka, along it seems with half the travel retail industry, for Friday’s wedding of Rakhita Jayawardena’s daughter Aneeka.
It’s certain to be a great occasion. More to follow.
Today, fresh (or not) off the plane from Heathrow, I took a tour of the new Flemingo duty free Arrivals and Departures shops at Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport.
The airport has for many years had a solus duty free operator (Alpha, now part of the World Duty Free Group) but last year the airport company took the contentious decision to split the concession into two. It was ultimately shared between World Duty Free Group and Flemingo.
I’ll bring you a full report on the Flemingo stores in coming days (look out for my Podcast with CEO PK Thimmayya on The Moodie Report.com now). Despite having by far the worst of the traffic flow in Arrivals (below) and, arguably, a secondary position in Departures, the retailer is doing an impressive job. I liked the Departures store particularly.
Pictures and impressions coming soon. First I’ve got a pre-wedding party to rush to..