NEWS ROUND-UP Changi unveils upgraded T3 Basement 2

Changi Airport Group has opened the airport’s upgraded Terminal 3 Basement 2 (T3 B2). As part of the revamp, the airport has

refreshed the current offering of 50 retail, service and F&B stores at T3 B2, which attracts more than half of Changi Airport’s meeters and greeters, or about 17m people annually.

A handful of new F&B units have started to welcome diners, including the following: aviation-themed food hall concept Terminal M by MOF featuring Korean, Chinese and Japanese cuisines; Japanese two-in-one concept Ramen Champion & Hokkaido Paradise; Thai cuisine and dessert Saap Saap Thai and Saap Saap Thai Desserts; local coffee chain Mr Teh Tarik Express; and multi-concept F&B outlet comprising Stuff’d, Crave and new brand Coffee Boy. Another Changi-first brand, Wain’s, will

also launch its first outlet in Singapore. It will retail its traditional biscuits and signature snacks like Salted Egg Crisp with Seaweed and Salted Fish Crisp with Seaweed. Japanese discount chain, Don Don

Schäfer Airport Retail to open new store

Schäfer Airport Retail expanded its German airport presence with the opening of a new 90sq m store at Cologne International Airport in March. Having opened its inaugural airport

store under the Move branding at Stuttgart International Airport last September, the Cologne Airport outlet will be bigger with a wider brand assortment. This will include labels such as JBL, Sony,

Bang and Olufsen, Ultimate Ears, Logitech, SBS, Skross, Thule and Wenger. Cologne will be the third German

airport to feature a store with the Move branding after Stuttgart and Nuremberg. The Nuremberg airside store opened in December 2018. Schäfer Airport Retail will also open a

second 100sq m landside store at Stuttgart Airport Terminal 3 in late April. All stores are split into two categories,

sound and lifestyle, with gondola spaces dedicated to children’s and emerging technology. Every ‘big brand’ has its own demonstration unit so consumers can try products before purchasing.

Donki will also open its first airport outlet outside Japan. The 30sq m store at Terminal 3’s departure hall will offer baked sweet potato, bottled drinks, confectionery and a mobile food corner offering Japanese-style coffee and shakes. Other new brands will be unveiled at T3

in the coming months. Famous for their crispy cookie-crust and sweet egg custard, Tai Cheong Bakery will open its second café in Singapore. The newly upgraded area also comprises

a community event space (ST3PS), an indoor garden and more than 10 new shops and restaurants. Equipped with an ultra high-definition screen measuring six metres wide and 3.5 metres high, the ST3PS space can accommodate over 200 people.

TFWA announces ‘Innovation Lab’

TFWA has launched a new concept called the TFWA Innovation Lab which will replace the Digital Village at its World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes this year. The new ‘lab’ will provide exhibitors with

the opportunity to showcase new ideas and fresh thinking to an audience of duty free and travel retail professionals. It will run from Tuesday 1st October until Friday 4th October 2019 alongside the TFWA World Exhibition & Conference. In a new location, it will feature an

exclusive, dedicated tented exhibition area facing the Majestic Beach. The lab tent will be divided into four

categories comprising the following: digital solutions and mobile technology; sustainability and CSR; services to travellers; instore design and research. “One of TFWA’s primary goals is to inspire our business and help create

an ‘engine of innovation’,” says TFWA President Alain Maingreaud. “The TFWA Innovation Lab will help our

industry to shape the future of duty free and travel retail and better meet the changing needs of the international traveller. With 32 exhibitors and 1,349 visiting delegates last year, the TFWA Digital Village was a significant first step, and we plan to build on this success with a fresh new concept in a new location.”

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