INTERNATIONAL. Welcome to The Moodie Davitt eZine – Travel Retail’s Lookbook. Some 11,720sq m of landscaped retail and food & beverage space, a world-class art collection, a tropical garden and a dazzling water feature. These are just some of the key elements of Hamad International Airport’s spectacular upcoming second phase of expansion.

The airport already stands as Qatar’s five-star gateway to the world and is now aiming to set a new standard in the traveller experience globally and become a destination in its own right. We explore its ambitious plans and present an exclusive video – which appears on the cover – offering a fly-through of the central features. More details will be revealed at The Trinity Forum in Doha next week.

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Speaking of which, we also present an extensive preview of what promises to be a spectacular, colourful and insightful occasion. Hosts Qatar Duty Free, Hamad International Airport and Qatar Airways have put together an exciting social programme, while a stellar line-up of speakers will explore how airports, concessionaires and brands can work together for the benefit of the travelling consumer.

The rest of this issue looks like this:

  • Brand analysis: L’Oréal Travel Retail is leading by example to drive the beauty category to even greater heights.
  • Interview: Container Hotel Group owners Ryan Loo and Vincent Tan on their disruptive CapsuleTransit concept.
  • Picture galleries: The spectacular Beijing Daxing International Airport and downtown development Beijing FUN.
  • Travel retail highlights: Our regular look at the industry’s best new launches, activations and openings.
  • Analysis: As Chinese travellers continue to power inbound arrival growth in Korea and Japan, we assess the latest traffic figures.
  • Travel Retail’s Positive Disruptors: The spotlight is on Netflix-like global travel retail and food & beverage marketplace TravelX.
  • Duty Calls: Mars Wrigley International Travel Retail highlights the importance of ‘being kind’ in the confectionery category.
  • The Front Line: Dubai Duty Free dedicated merchandiser Jeffrey Luriz believes happiness is the key to success.
  • Stock Watch: The latest developments for the travel retail-related companies we track.

Please enjoy this edition of The Moodie Davitt eZine with our compliments.