SKROSS builds presence in the U.S. with InMotion listings

Swiss brand SKROSS will massively expand its presence in U.S. travel retail with new listings in all InMotion stores across the country. Airport electronics and digital accessories retailer, InMotion will be offering the full range of power solutions from SKROSS – including travel adapters and a complete range of cables, USB chargers and power banks. […]

ASUTIL takes to the press in appeal for government assistance to save regional travel retail industry

South American Duty Free Association ASUTIL turned to one of Uruguay’s leading newspapers, El País, to add weight to its plea to local governments for assistance during the COVID-19 crisis, with requests to use e-commerce to sell to a domestic consumer and to Brazilians. ASUTIL Secretary General Jose Luis Donagaray, speaking with media during a virtual news […]

Airlines for America launches “Fly Healthy. Fly Smart.” awareness campaign

Airlines for America (A4A) – the industry trade organization representing U.S. airlines – has launched a new public awareness campaign, “Fly Healthy. Fly Smart.” Aimed at educating travelers ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, the campaign includes multi-media outreach showcasing the enhanced cleaning and procedural changes U.S. airlines are implementing as well as reminding the traveling […]

Bacardi GTR names new Global Head of Marketing

Bacardi Global Travel Retail has named Ignacio Vázquez as Global Head of Marketing, Global Travel Retail, effective July 1, 2020. Vázquez will report directly to Vinay Golikeri, Managing Director, Bacardi Global Travel Retail, and will be based in London. Since joining Bacardi in 2015, Vázquez has most recently served as Vice President of Marketing for Latin America & Caribbean. He has also […]

Porsche Design and BRIC’S partner on new line

Porsche Design and BRIC´S have entered into a long-term partnership to bring a new line of bags, luggage, and small leather goods to the market. Capitalizing on the companies’ histories rooted in a family business and unique heritage, the new collection combines the best of the two brands and features a fusion of design, function, […]

CircleSquare challenges travel retail industry to be ready when trading opportunities emerge

London-based CircleSquare is calling on the travel retail channel to be “ready to start the race” when consumer spending returns in airports post COVID-19.  The experiential marketing, brand activation and consumer engagement specialist works with retailers such as Dufry, DFS and Gebr. Heinemann and a wide range of international travel retail brands including Diageo, Mondelez and L’Oréal. The company’s executive […]

Airlines, airports gear up for cautious re-openings

A special TMI round-up compiled by Lois Pasternak   Airports and airlines in some major countries are getting ready to emerge from lockdown, even as the world reached the unimaginable milestone of 5 million confirmed cases this week. More than 328,000 people have died to date and the real number is likely much higher. The […]

Essence Corp keeps BAs engaged through Zoom trainings

Miami-based fragrance distribution company Essence Corp has adapted to remote working while the city is shut down during the coronavirus pandemic, reports Essence Corp Vice president Patricia Bona. “While many of our client duty free stores are closed, as a distributor we are always busy,” she tells TMI. “Some stores have begun to open up […]

Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 21 No. 18

The Travel Markets Insider newsletter is attached to this post as a PDF file. To open the PDF file, please click on this link.   Registration opens for the Moodie Davitt Virtual Travel Retail Expo   Delegate registration has just opened for the Moodie Davitt Virtual Travel Retail Expo, a unique 5-day ‘live’ event followed by a 30-day showcase. […]

The Ambassador Bridge pays tolls for essential workers

Essential workers who cross the U.S. border with Canada using the Ambassador Bridge will no longer have to pay tolls during the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning on May 21. Ambassador Bridge chairman Matthew Moroun said the cost of passenger vehicle tolls will be covered by the Canadian Transit Company, a company owned by his family. “We […]

Tairo’s Somar Distribution supplies local markets in Caribbean with high demand products

Caribbean and Mexico travel retail distribution specialist Tairo International is coping with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through its sister company Somar Distribution. Tairo founders Robert and Tania Bassan created Somar seven years ago to service the local markets in the Caribbean with consumer products. The client base consists of supermarkets, pharmacies, and convenience stores […]

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