Moments in time
China Duty Free Group unveils a new brand identity in Sanya: Symbolising its progressive outlook and the huge success of its CDF Mall at the acclaimed Sanya International Duty Free Shopping Complex in Haitang Bay, China Duty Free Group introduced its new logo and brand identity for the operation, which we revealed as 2021 began. What now ranks as the world’s busiest duty free location has gone from strength to strength, and remains the cornerstone of the successful Hainan offshore duty free business.
Delight as Global Duty Free Plaza opens: We feature the celebratory scenes from 31 January 2021 as Hainan Development Holdings (HDH) opened Global Premium Duty Free (GDF) Plaza at the Mova Mall in the heart of the provincial capital, Haikou, with support from leading travel retailer Dufry. The inauguration was yet another landmark in Hainan province’s extraordinary offshore duty free development.
“Busier than I have ever seen it”: A late surge in travel bookings to Hainan for Chinese New Year translated into big crowds into the leading Sanya duty free shops over the Chinese New Year period in 2021. Our special correspondent in Sanya sent us pictures from CDF Mall in the Sanya International Duty Free Shopping Complex. He noted: “It seems busier than I personally have ever seen it. Although local folks are saying travellers may be down -30-40%, I am guardedly optimistic that… retail sales in Hainan travel retail will hit records [this CNY].” Sales across Hainan Island’s duty free shops soared to RMB729 million (US$113 million) over the four days from 11-14 February 2021.
Samaritaine Paris Pont-Neuf: An illustrious inauguration: French President Emmanuel Macron, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and LVMH Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bernard Arnault were the guests of honour as the reborn, reimagined Samaritaine Paris Pont-Neuf department store was inaugurated just before it opened to the public on 23 June 2021.
This impactful image shows President Macron and Bernard Arnault officially inaugurating the complex, surrounded by guests standing on multiple levels of the magnificent building. The Samaritaine Paris Pont-Neuf by DFS store anchors the development, welcoming visitors into an exceptional world of retail, culture, cuisine and relaxation. It features over 600 brands, 12 restaurants, a boutique spa, an artistic collective, a lifestyle boutique and the largest beauty hall in Europe.
An extraordinarily impactful image shows French President Emmanuel Macron and LVMH Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bernard Arnault officially inaugurating Samaritaine Paris Pont-Neuf surrounded by guests [Photo courtesy of LVMH. ©Gabriel de la Chapelle ©Bobby Allin]
YSL Beauty Records turns up the volume: L’Oréal Travel Retail Asia Pacific and China Duty Free Group teamed up to launch a stylish YSL Beauty Records pop-up in Haitang Bay in September 2021. The activation combined the worlds of beauty and music and featured make-up shows, live concerts and livestreaming to appeal to Hainan’s young and edgy luxury consumers. More than 15,000 travellers visited the pop-up to enjoy a live concert by Chinese singer Yamy who has over 6.9 million Weibo followers. Her high-energy performance entertained shoppers at the physical pop-up and was livestreamed to her Weibo followers reaching a record-breaking 43 million views.
Events in 2021 – A blend of virtual and physical: The industry events calendar changed mightily in 2020, as COVID-19 forced the cancellation of almost every in-person gathering from March onwards. We at The Moodie Davitt Report, with technical partner FILTR.QINGWA, acted quickly and proactively to create the Virtual Travel Retail Expo, pulling the industry together at its time of greatest need. Driven by exhibitor and audience demand, we repeated the event in October 2021 with a new platform and curated environment (pictured above). As travel recovered through the year, so too did the appetite for physical meetings. And while TFWA World Exhibition (Palais des Festivals pictured below) attracted around half of its usual numbers that year, with most Asia Pacific visitors absent, its return was a welcome marker for an eventual upturn in the industry’s fortunes in 2022.
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