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First Australasian Airport Commercial Forum is Announced

7 March, 2022. The Airport Retail and Commercial Forum (Wednesday 20-Thursday 21 July, to be held on the Gold Coast) has been established by the Australian Airports Association, leading travel retail media and events company The Moodie Davitt Report and commercial revenues expert consultancy The Mercurius Group. The inaugural event will be a chance for industry to celebrate its resilience through a particularly challenging two years and offer critical wayfinding to help the sector come back stronger than before.

Media Release: New Study into Airport Hotels in Australia & New Zealand Released

3 February, 2022. Leading airport, investor and travel retail advisory firm, The Mercurius Group (Mercurius), has released the inaugural 2021-22 edition of the Airport Hotels Study (AHS). The AHS focuses on Australia and New Zealand, covering all 27 airports in the region with annual passenger volumes exceeding 0.5 million. The AHS is the first comprehensive study of all hotels within a 5km radius of an airport in Australia and New Zealand ever conducted.

Media Release: New Study into the Airport Food and Beverage Industry in Australia & New Zealand Released

17 June, 2021. The Mercurius Group, in partnership with The Moodie Davitt Report, has released the inaugural 2021 edition of the Airport Food & Beverage Study (AFABS). The Airport Food & Beverage Study is a comprehensive examination of the airport food and beverage sector in Australia and New Zealand, covering all 27 airports in Australia and New Zealand with annual passenger volumes exceeding 0.5 million.

Media Release: The Mercurius Group to join Design Team for Western Sydney Airport Passenger Terminal 

28 November, 2019. The Mercurius Group is delighted to announce that it is part of the architectural team consisting of London-based Zaha Hadid Architects and Cox Architecture in Sydney that was selected from more than 40 entrants as the winners of the terminal precinct design competition for Western Sydney Airport.

Media Release: Fraser Reynolds joins The Mercurius Group

3 Febuary, 2018. With 30 years experience in travel retail, the highly experienced executive Fraser Reynolds has joined leading industry consultants and advisers The Mercurius Group in the role of Travel Retail Advisor.

Media Release: New Travel Retail Souvenir Supplier Launched in Australia

14 February, 2017. A new souvenir supplier – Next 88 – has been launched into the Australian travel retail market.

Next 88, whose shareholders include The Moodie Davitt Report’s columnist and travel retail expert Ivo Favotto, will focus on providing souvenirs that are a bit different and reflective of the destination which tourists have visited.

Publications

Airport Hotels Study (AHS) 2022

Leading airport, investor and travel retail advisory firm, The Mercurius Group (Mercurius), has released the inaugural 2021-22 edition of the Airport Hotels Study (AHS). The AHS focuses on Australia and New Zealand, covering all 27 airports in the region with annual passenger volumes exceeding 0.5 million. The AHS is the first comprehensive study of all hotels within a 5km radius of an airport in Australia and New Zealand ever conducted.

Airport Food and Beverage Study 2021

The Mercurius Group, in partnership with The Moodie Davitt Report, has released the inaugural 2021 edition of the Airport Food & Beverage Study (AFABS). The Airport Food & Beverage Study is a comprehensive examination of the airport food and beverage sector in Australia and New Zealand, covering all 27 airports in Australia and New Zealand with annual passenger volumes exceeding 0.5 million.

Airport Car Park Pricing & Management Study

The Airport Car Parking Study (The ACP Study) is the most comprehensive examination of airport car parking prices, pricing structures and management practices ever undertaken, covering 336 airports across three regions, 23 sub-regions and 70 different countries. The 336 airports in The ACP Study account for more than 5 billion passenger movements per annum.

The Analyst

The Mercurius Group Managing Director, Ivo Favotto is a regular columnist for the leading travel retail industry publication, the Moodie Davitt Report. Dubbed “The Analyst”, Ivo’s articles look at key topics affecting the travel retail sector on a global basis. Links to Favotto’s most recent articles are provided below. Click here to view the full collection of ‘The Analyst’ articles.

‘Super’ holiday period in Australia fuels travel retail comeback

In the latest edition of his unique monthly report tracking the reopening levels of an initial, pre-pandemic 832 travel retail outlets in airports across Australia and New Zealand, Favotto reports another new high for the reopening of stores across the pandemic period. However, dwell times have been cut by passenger processing issues as airports struggled to cope with staff shortages. This has limited the positive impact of the traffic boost, he says. May 2022

Omicron – The Grinch That Stole Christmas

In the latest edition of his unique monthly report tracking the recovery of an initial 832 travel retail outlets across Australia and New Zealand, Favotto addresses the impact of the omicron variant on what until its emergence had been a promising revival. January 2022

Australia and New Zealand ‘hermit kingdoms’ losing their shine

Favotto – in the latest edition of his unique monthly report tracking the recovery of an initial 832 travel retail outlets across Australia and New Zealand – says that the highly cautious strategy on border reopening and the pandemic in general from the two countries has backfired to some extent as the Delta COVID-19 variant breached lockdown defences. October 2021

A bloodbath in travel retail down under

Here, Favotto – in the latest edition of his unique monthly report tracking the recovery of an initial 832 travel retail outlets across Australia and New Zealand – reflects on further setbacks to the pace of travel retail reopening in Australasian airports in the face of strict COVID-19 lockdowns. With only around one-third of outlets open across the two markets, there is little sign of recovery in sight for the industry. August 2021

Travel retail down under swims against the tide of global COVID-19 recovery

Here, Favotto – in the latest edition of his unique monthly report tracking the recovery of an initial 832 travel retail outlets across Australia and New Zealand – reflects on further setbacks to the pace of travel retail reopening in Australasian airports in the face of the latest COVID-19 developments. He also provides an update on a case study which compares the fortunes of retail and F&B outlets in Manchester (UK) and Melbourne airports. August 2021

The Next Tooth in the Sawtooth Australasian Travel Retail Recovery

Here, Favotto – in the 15th edition of his unique monthly report tracking the recovery of 832 travel retail outlets across Australia and New Zealand – reflects on further setbacks to the pace of travel retail reopening in Australasian airports in the face of the latest COVID-19 developments. With a case study, he also compares the fortunes of retail and F&B outlets in Manchester (UK) and Melbourne airports. July 2021

Australasian travel retail recovery on “rinse, repeat” cycle

This article marks the 14th in our monthly reports tracking the recovery of 832 travel retail outlets across Australia and New Zealand from COVID-19. June 2021.

Will travel retail’s annus horribilis roll into a biennium horribilis?

This month, Favotto warns that recent good news on the opening of the borders of Australia and New Zealand will not necessarily translate into significant progress for travel retail recovery any time soon. May 2021.

Two steps forward, one step back (and sometimes two or three)

This month, Favotto says that concerns over the AstraZeneca vaccine may stall what had been shaping as encouraging progress towards reopening international borders. April 2021.

We’ve seen this movie before – it’s Groundhog Day for travel retailers down under

This month, he warns that the present zero-risk mentality of both governments means little hope of any significant near-term acceleration of recovery. March 2021.

Are the shark fins circling for Australasian travel retail?

In this article, Favotto warns that the whole of 2021 may not see the levels of recovery hoped for, with vaccine programmes yet to start in either country and airport retail and F&B operators continuing to struggle with low passenger numbers that do not look like improving much any time soon. February 2021.

New setback in long and winding road to Australasian travel retail recovery

In this month’s ‘The Analyst’, Favotto reports that an outbreak of 136 COVID-19 cases in Australia is the latest factor to block the path to meaningful recovery. January 2021.