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Hotel Shilla buys DFASS

Mar 23 | Today South Korean company Hotel Shilla Co Ltd, an arm of Samsung Group, announced that it would buy a 44% stake in duty free retailer DFASS for US$105 million, with an option to buy an additional 36% in five years. more >>

Hotel Shilla buys DFASS
 

World Duty Free Group reports strong revenue growth in 2014

Mar 11 | World Duty Free Group has released its earnings report for 2014, showing strong revenue growth at 15.8%, or 13.7% at constant exchange rates. Consolidated revenues were US$2545.3 million over US$2198.3 million in 2013. more >>

World Duty Free Group reports strong revenue growth in 2014
 

APTRA website now available in Mandarin

Mar 11 | Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association (APTRA) has launched a Chinese language version of its website. more >>

APTRA website now available in Mandarin
 

Philippine government revives plans to sell duty free stores

Mar 11 | The directive to privatize Duty Free Philippines Corp (DFPC) has been put back on the table by the Philippine government, which is intent on unloading assets that are not performing well. more >>

Philippine government revives plans to sell duty free stores
 

January international passenger traffic increased 5.4 percent

Mar 10 | The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released January 2015 figures, which show an increase of 5.4% January 2015 over 2014 for international travel. All markets were up with the exception of Africa. Load factors slipped slightly to 78.0%, a drop of 0.5%. more >>

January international passenger traffic increased 5.4 percent
 

ANA back to nearly 50-million mark

Mar 10 | All Nippon Airways increased its performance by 3.3% in 2014, inching its way to a mere breath away from 50 million passengers, coming in at 49.92 million; this is the first time the airline has seen such numbers since 2007. more >>

ANA back to nearly 50-million mark
 

brand news

Bacardi creates an entirely new spirit distilled from green tea

Mar 19 | Bacardi has just unveiled its new spirit distilled entirely from tea leaves. This innovation, called TANG, has just launched exclusively with DFS at Hong Kong Airport and will continue at only this location until May, when it will expand into select partner restaurants in China. more >>

Bacardi creates an entirely new spirit distilled from green tea
 

Constellation announces appointment in GTR

Mar 19 | Constellation recently announced the appointment of Mandy So to its Hong Kong office. more >>

Constellation announces appointment in GTR
 

The Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes Premium Rum wins Silver Medal at Global Rum Masters 2015

Mar 17 | The Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes Premium Rum has won a silver medal at the prestigious Global Rum Masters 2015. more >>

The Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes Premium Rum wins Silver Medal at Global Rum Masters 2015
 

Bombay Sapphire launches new “Sublime” campaign

Mar 17 | Bombay Sapphire, the fastest-growing premium gin in the world, has announced the launch of its new marketing campaign platform of “Sublime” in travel retail as part of a global multi-media campaign. more >>

Bombay Sapphire launches new “Sublime” campaign
 

Brown-Forman travel retail launches Southern Comfort’s first TR-exclusive flavor

Mar 17 | Brown-Forman has announced the launch of its new Southern Comfort Blood Orange, to be introduced at IAADFS in Orlando. more >>

Brown-Forman travel retail launches Southern Comfort’s first TR-exclusive flavor
 

B&G celebrates 290 years

Mar 10 | In 1725, Thomas Barton settled in Bordeaux and started what is now the city’s oldest winery still in operation. Barton’s grandson Hugh teamed up with Daniel Geustier, and Barton & Guestier has been selling wines around the world ever since. more >>

B&G celebrates 290 years