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Welcome to the February 2018 edition of Moodie Davitt Interactive, our fusion of print and digital formats.

Our cover story comes from Bangkok, where the newly refurbished and upgraded King Power Rangnam represents a thrilling departure for downtown duty free in Asia. We speak to King Power International Group CEO Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha about the new complex and about the company’s wider goals and ambitions.

In Hong Kong, we speak to joint-venture partners China Duty Free Group (CDFG) and Lagardère Travel Retail as retail brand Duty Zero by CDF begins trading at Hong Kong International Airport. They discuss their planned new concepts, pricing strategy and about how to create a point of difference in travel retail.

At the same location, Airport Authority Hong Kong outlines its ambitious plans to raise the bar for food & beverage through a series of upscale and chef-led concepts.

In Beijing, CDFG and Sunrise Duty Free (China) Company opened their new stores at Beijing Capital International Airport T2 and T3 just as we went to press – CDFG hails the opportunity its growing network represents.

We also pay a visit to Melbourne’s new-look Terminal 2, where a striking luxury precinct, strong local flavour in the food & beverage offer plus a classy duty free store are among the highlights of the latest phase of commercial development.

In an often candid and thought-provoking interview, we speak to Shiseido CEO Masahiko Uotani about the power of listening, fusing physical and digital and the role of travel retail in the beauty business.

We also reflect on South Korea’s latest duty free drama as Lotte Duty Free prepares to exit its Incheon T1 concessions, and we assess the newly opened Incheon Airport Terminal 2.

Please enjoy this edition of Moodie Davitt Interactive with our compliments.