The Moodie Davitt Report’s leading rival, DFNI-Frontier, has announced the winners of the 2020 DFNI-Frontier Asia Pacific Awards, which recognise excellence in travel retail.
For the first time, the winners were revealed in a slick web broadcast. The awards ceremony is usually held during the TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition and Conference in Singapore. As reported, that event was cancelled this year due to COVID-19. Sponsors of the video broadcast included Cloetta, Champagne Lanson, Foreo and Quintessential Brands.
DFNI-Frontier noted the “excellent job” done by airports, retailers and brands in the region. King Power Thailand was named Asia Pacific Airport Travel Retailer of the Year and also claimed the CSR or Sustainability Initiative of the Year award.
Dubai Duty Free was another double winner. The retailer was named Middle East Airport Travel Retailer of the Year, for the 19th time and, in a major accolade, Asia Pacific & Middle East Travel Retailer of the Year.
Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman & CEO Colm McLoughlin commented: “We are delighted to receive these awards during these unprecedented times and I would like to thank everyone from the industry and the panel of judges who voted for Dubai Duty Free.
“It is a great honour to be singled out as the best in travel retail and we are looking forward to welcoming back our customers when it is safe to do so.”
The Dubai Duty Free Foundation was shortlisted for the CSR or Sustainability Initiative of the Year award.
Awards and Winners:
Asia Pacific Airport Travel Retailer of the Year: King Power Thailand; (Highly Commended) Delhi Duty Free Services.
Best New Product – Beauty: Long Haul Spa, Long Haul Spa; (Highly Commended) Bear, Foreo.
Best New Product – Confectionery & Fine Foods: Mondelez World Travel Retail – Cadbury Premier League Ball.
Middle East Airport Travel Retailer of the Year: Dubai Duty Free.
Best New Product – Fashion & Accessories: Infinity & Co – Silky by Infinity & Co.
Airport of the Year: Changi International Airport.
Best New Product – Wines & Spirits: Edrington Asia Travel Retail – The Macallan Concept Number 2; (Highly Commended) Treasury Wine Estates – Penfolds Lot. 1-175 Chardonnay Pinot Noir Cuvée 2012 and William Grant & Sons – Glenfiddich Grand Cru 23 Year Old.
Cruise or Ferry Retailer of the Year: Starboard Cruise Services.
Best New Product – Jewellery & Watches: Infinity & Co – Beatrice Collection.
Inflight Retailer of the Year: 3Sixty Duty Free & More.
Best New Product – Electronics, Toys & Gifts: QuietOn – QuietOn Sleep; (Highly Commended) Cabeau – Evolution S3.
Downtown/Border Store of the Year: Lotte Duty Free – Lotte Duty Free Main Store.
Best New Product – Tobacco & NGP: Philip Morris International – IQOS 3 DUO Exclusive Traveller Edition.
Duty Free Experience of the Year: Changi Airport Group – Changi LoveSG.
Best New Shop Opening: Ever Rich Duty Free – Central Duty Free Shopping Zone and F&B Area on Fourth Floor Terminal 2, Taoyuan International Airport; (Highly Commended) Delhi Duty Free Services – Delhi Duty Free.
Asia Pacific Supplier of the Year: William Grant & Sons.
CSR or Sustainability Initiative of the Year: King Power – King Power Thailand.
Asia Pacific & Middle East Travel Retailer of the Year: Dubai Duty Free.