News and Media

We have an extensive list of published media release and announcements


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.

Media Release: New travel & infrastructure retail blog launched: The Favotto Blog

25 October, 2016.  Respected travel retail executive and Managing Director of The Mercurius Group has launched a new blog site on the commercialisation of the travel and infrastructure sectors.


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.


Recommendations for The Mercurius Group

Previous clients provide recommendations for Ivo Favotto and The Mercurius Group.

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. A link to recent The Analyst articles are provided below.

Does providing a free parking period give you a social licence to charge more for car parking?

The more free parking periods airports provide to pick-up and drop-off passengers, the more they can charge for parking – nicely played! September 2016

Tax free shopping continues powerhouse growth in Australia

This article looks at the phenomenal 2015-16 growth of the Australian Tourist Refund Scheme and the rise and rise of Chinese visitors to Australia driving it. October 2016.

Australian downtown tax free shopping outstrips airport duty free

An examination on the growth of Australia’s Tourist Refund Scheme and its potentially far-reaching implications for the on-airport duty free and travel retail sectors.

‘Brexit’ and the five stages of grief

An assessment of the fallout from the UK’s decision to leave the European Union and explains why the travel retail sector should take a bold approach to plotting future strategy.

what does ‘Brexit’ spell for European travel retail?

An examination on the potential repercussions for the travel retail sector should the British people vote on 23 June to leave the European Union.

Introducing ‘The Analyst’: Australia bucks retailer consolidation trend

An examination on the changing dynamics and retailer make-up of the Australian duty free market.

Car parking spots becoming like airline seats

A look at the issue of airport car park pricing in light of the recent release of a study on the subject.