2017 Moderators

Dermot Davitt

Dermot Davitt , President, The Moodie Report

President, The Moodie Davitt Report

Dermot Davitt is one of the most experienced editors and commentators working in the travel retail media. He joined The Moodie Report in April 2006 as Deputy Publisher, becoming President (and Co-owner) in August 2015. A rebranding saw The Moodie Report become The Moodie Davitt Report in April 2016.

He manages the company's flourishing Print Division and also plays a key editorial role on the industry’s leading daily business intelligence website, www.MoodieDavittReport.com, and the leading weekly, The Moodie Davitt e-Zine.

Previously he spent ten years with trade magazine Duty-Free News International, six of those years as Editor-in-Chief, having joined in 1996. Based in Galway, Ireland, Dermot is also a highly experienced conference moderator. He has chaired and moderated many of the travel retail industry’s leading events over the years, including The Trinity Forum, the Airport Food & Beverage Conference & Awards, the annual MEADFA Conference, the TFWA Asia Pacific Conference, the Nordic Travel Retail Seminar and many others.

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Kapila Gohel

Kapila Gohel

Editor, Duty-Free News International

Kapila Gohel is the editor of Duty-Free News International (DFNI), the leading monthly subscription-based news publication for the global travel retail industry.

Kapila joined DFNI in 2013 as digital and deputy editor, responsible for covering the global duty-free industry and the magazine’s online counterpart DFNIonline.com. In 2014 she successfully oversaw the re-launch of DFNIonline.com.

Prior to joining DFNI, Kapila gained considerable experience as a business journalist in the financial sector at posts in London, New York, Hong Kong and Cape Town.

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John Rimmer

John Rimmer

Conference, Research and Corporate Affairs Director, TFWA

John Rimmer has worked in the duty free and travel retail industry since 2000, when he joined trade journal Duty-Free News International as a reporter. Within three years he had been appointed editor of sister publication Travel Retailer International, before becoming editor of DFNI a year later. In 2006 he relocated to Paris, where he joined retailer Aelia as Deputy Director of Business Development, helping the company to develop its presence at airports beyond France. 

Four years later he returned to the UK to become Executive Director – Business Development at leading trade publisher The Moodie Report. In October 2012 John returned to Paris to join Tax Free World Association as Conference, Research and External Affairs Director, tasked with strengthening the Association’s services to its members across the world. 

John has taken part in the moderation of several industry conferences, including the Global Travel Retail Summit, The Trinity Forum, TFWA Asia Pacific Conference and TFWA China’s Century Conference.

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Charlotte Turner

Charlotte Turner

Managing Editor, TR Business

Charlotte is a degree-educated journalist with nine years of experience in B2B and B2C magazine publishing, joining trade journal TRBusiness in 2011. She was appointed Managing Editor at TRBusiness in April 2015.

Prior to joining TRBusiness she was the Assistant Editor at Frontier magazine, another duty free trade title.

Before entering travel retail Charlotte built a solid foundation in journalism as a writer and International Content Coordinator for Bauer Media and a reporter for Sheengate Publishing.

Charlotte has a BA in English with Creative Writing and an MA in Creative and Professional Writing.

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