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INTERNATIONAL. Welcome to the latest issue of The Moodie Davitt e-Zine, which this week explores the crises engulfing Korea and its travel retail market.

The China National Tourism Administration issued a banning order prohibiting group tours to South Korea in the wake of the latter’s deployment of the US anti-missile system THAAD.

THAAD has been deployed on land owned by Lotte Duty Free parent Lotte Group, which has led to a ferocious backlash, including the hacking of group websites, a boycotting of its stores in China and a social media campaign attacking the company.

With the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye added to the mix, it is an uncertain time for the country and its travel retail sector – a situation that could have a catastrophic impact.

Elsewhere in this issue, we look back on the TFWA China’s Century Conference and the aviation and travel retail industries’ celebrations of International Women’s Day.

In The Foodie Report, we report from Copenhagen Airport where Areas has opened its first restaurant in Northern Europe – healthy fast food concept Retreat. The “local hero” brand is now primed for international growth.

Momentum is building behind two new FAB Awards categories that celebrate creativity and innovation in travel-related dining and drinks, as the deadline for nominations for all awards – Friday 24 March – looms.

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