China’s luxury pricing problem is about to get worse

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By Marco Passoni I read with interest this week the news that inbound international tourism in China has risen 305% according to the government in the first quarter of 2024. Outbound traffic from China has always been a talking point for both the travel retail and luxury sectors, but this influx of arrivals in China […]

What is Asia Pacific’s role in the future of travel retail?

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By Marco Passoni Asia Pacific is one of the most talked-about regions in our business and this week, the eyes of the travel retail sector will be on it as we touch down for the TFWA Asia Pacific Conference & Exhibition. I, for one, am delighted to be back in the city to discuss the […]

Travel retail cannot survive if we do simple things wrong

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By Marco Passoni How much is it acceptable to charge for a bottle of water in an airport? I was walking through a major European airport this week, one which you would be forgiven for expecting to offer the best in bespoke service and travel retail excitement. In among all the luxury stores, and parts […]

All that glitters is not gold: The Truth Behind F&B in Travel Retail

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By Marco Passoni It has been a pleasure in recent years to see the rapid development of exciting F&B concepts in the travel retail market. With almost every new opening there are new brands entering the F&B space, some of them bringing big, recognised names with them, while others are putting niche superstars into the […]

The New Travel Retail: Why training matters more than ever

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By Marco Passoni The travel retail sector has changed. In fact it still is changing, evolving every day as the needs and demographics of our shoppers continue to shift. While Chinese travellers are being slower to return, Indian and Vietnamese consumers are set to play a bigger role on the international stage, and as Gen […]

Making the most of the American travel retail dream

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The Americas has always been a key market for the global travel retail sector and North America especially is one which has grabbed attention – and it will again this week as the IAADFS Summit of the Americas comes to Florida. Following the pandemic, North America was a key driver of growth and a trend-setter […]

How to engage the markets which will shape the future of luxury and travel retail

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By Marco Passoni There can be no doubt that China’s stranglehold on being the dominant player in both the luxury and travel retail sectors has been broken. Last week’s report by the Hurun Research Institute outlined the drop in average spend by China’s high-net worth shoppers, the first ever APTRA India Conference last month shone […]

A change is coming as Alessandro Michele joins Valentino

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By Marco Passoni Although it was in the air, the news broke just before the weekend that Alessandro Michele has found his new home after leaving Gucci late last in 2022. Despite rumours linking him to Fendi and Bulgari, he begins his new role as Creative Director at Valentino today. It is a decision which […]