INTERNATIONAL. Welcome to The Moodie Davitt e-Zine – Travel Retail’s Lookbook. We report on location from Qatar for the spectacular world-exclusive launch of the Dior Les Parfums Podium at Hamad International Airport.

The launch represents an ambitious four-way collaboration between Parfums Christian Dior, Qatar Airways, Qatar Duty Free and the airport, which has brought the rich heritage of fragrance creation to an extraordinary 21st century retail ampitheatre.

This issue features exclusive interviews with Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Akbar Al Baker and Dior’s legendary in-house Perfumer and Creator François Demachy, plus a compelling podcast with Dior Travel Retail Senior Vice President Olivier Dubos.

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Al Baker, who has spearheaded the extraordinary rise of Qatar Airways and is also CEO of Hamad International Airport and Qatar Duty Free, discusses a range of topics. He argues why the blockade against Qatar may have been a blessing in disguise; why digital is a double-edged sword; and why in-house retail is best.

Just before the Dior opening, Al Baker signed a partnership agreement with The Moodie Davitt Report Founder and Chairman Martin Moodie which will see Hamad International Airport, Qatar Airways, and Qatar Duty Free host The Trinity Forum 2019 in Doha. Full details of what promises to be a fantastic occasion can be found inside.

Elsewhere in the issue, we present a special report on the airport currency exchange sector, and look back on the 26th edition of the annual Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup, the social highlight of the year in travel retail.

Please enjoy this edition of The Moodie Davitt e-Zine with our compliments.