INTERNATIONAL. Welcome to The Moodie Davitt e-Zine – Travel Retail’s Lookbook. Many key industry themes and trends are explored in this issue, from Sense of Place installations and the importance of handcrafted products to the blurring of lines between retail and food & beverage.

These themes – and many more besides – were discussed and debated at The Trinity Forum 2018, held in Shanghai on 31 October-1 November. In advance of our comprehensive report in the next edition, we present some pictorial highlights of the event.

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Elsewhere, we speak exclusively to Maker’s Mark Chief Operating Officer Rob Samuels, an eighth-generation whisky maker and grandson of founder Bill Samuels Sr., as the brand launches its first travel retail-exclusive expression. The charismatic executive sees the channel as a very important part of Maker’s Mark’s future.

In Airports as Artports, we explore Dublin Airport’s visually stunning art installations that aim to help travellers “experience Ireland” without leaving the passenger terminal. Our Sense of Place column takes us to Australia for two very different, but equally compelling, projects at Sydney and Melbourne airports.

Godiva’s chocolate café concept is in the spotlight in The Foodie Report as the company sets its sights on the airport food & beverage sector. We also examine how Delaware North has used a key figure in Sydney’s folklore to create a dynamic bar and grill restaurant. And we report on Sir Richard Branson’s new cruise line Virgin Voyages as the entrepreneur threw out the traditional cruise dining rule book to unveil a series of innovative food & beverage concepts.

Finally, we would like to draw your attention to DFS’ urgent disaster appeal in Saipan to help its staff and other residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu. Many have lost their homes while others are faced with the economic challenges of recovery, and desperately require assistance to help rebuild their lives. Please click here for more information and to make a donation.