North America Duty Free IWS facility breaks ground for new logistics center in Port Everglades

North America Duty Free’s receiving and distribution facility — International Warehouse Services (IWS) located at Port Everglades in Florida – broke ground this week for a new 300,000 sq ft International Logistics Center (ILC) that will contain warehouse, refrigerated warehouse, office space and cross-docking facilities. NADF CEO Steve Fortgang tells TMI that the new ILC is scheduled to open in […]

Starboard Cruise Services “redefines” cruise shopping on RCL’s new Spectrum of the Seas

  Starboard Cruise Services has unveiled almost 8,000 square feet of retail space showcasing global luxury brands and experiential moments onboard Royal Caribbean International’s China-based Spectrum of the Seas, featuring concepts that it says will “redefine”cruise shopping. Among the highlights, Starboard has introduced The Boutique, a shopping area limited to guests staying in the ship’s Golden Suites, where guests book […]

Latin America’s big economies falter: Brazil, Mexico and Argentina all contracting in first quarter

The International Monetary Fund cut its outlook for global growth to the lowest rate since the financial crisis in its latest outlook issued in April. The world economy will grow 3.3 % this year, down from the 3.5 % the IMF had forecast for 2019 in January, according to the latest World Economic Outlook. World trade, which had been growing at about 5%, expanded by 3.8% last year and is forecast to rise 3.4% in 2019. Latin America is particularly hard hit, […]

18 U.S. airports using 3-D checkpoint tech

The Transportation Security Administration has now installed state-of-the-art computed tomography (CT) scanners at 18 major U.S. airports. The new technology provides improved explosives detection capabilities at the checkpoint, and makes it a little easier for travelers at security. Passengers traveling through a lane with a CT will be permitted to leave laptops and other electronic […]

Miami International Airport reveals plans for a $5 billion expansion

Miami International Airport executives have revealed plans for a $5 billion Capital Improvement Project. Miami International Airport Director Lester Sola recently briefed the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners Transportation and Finance Committee on a 15-year construction plan that could cost as much as $5 billion. The plan covers construction from next year through 2035. The new plan, […]

Chinese travel to the U.S. falls

Chinese travel to the U.S. fell 5.7% in 2018 to 2.9 million visitors, according to the National Travel and Tourism Office. This is the first time since 2003 that Chinese travel to the U.S. slipped from the prior year. Although many reports are blaming the trade tensions between the two countries for the decline, the […]

TFWA ASIA PACIFIC EXHIBITION & CONFERENCE REVIEW Despite roaring success of TR in Asia, Maingreaud warns channel must remain relevant

While Latin America’s major economies continue to decline and its duty free stores suffering as a result, the Asia Pacific region’s tourism growth rates are lapping the global average, it was announced at the 24th TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference held in the beginning of May in Singapore. The Singapore event, with another year of […]

ISRAEL MARMOL Nov. 10, 1939 – May 17, 2019

Israel Marmol, once one of the largest and most important fragrance distributors in the Americas before he and his children David, Rebeca and Alicia founded their company producing licensed character fragrances, passed away on May 17. A true gentleman and beloved industry pioneer in bringing perfumes to travel retail in the Americas, Israel had been […]

Dufry reports positive start to year despite challenging South American market conditions

Dufry posted a positive start in 2019 with turnover in the first quarter reaching CHF 1.88bn (US$1.87bn), representing organic growth of 2.0% compared to the first three months of 2018. Gross profit margin further improved and reached 60.3%, said the company. The positive results were delivered despite the challenging environment still facing business in South America. Excluding the impact […]

Pernod Ricard targets Millennials with Absolut Grapefruit

 Pernod Ricard Global Travel Retail (PRGTR) has added Absolut Grape-fruit to its Absolut Citrus Flavors range.  Available now in global travel retail for a RRP $20, the flavored vodka has no sugar added and follows on the success of Absolut Lime. Pernod Ricard says Absolut Grapefruit was designed for today’s Millennials who the company says […]

Beam Suntory restructures its International and TR divisions

Beam Suntory Inc. has simplified its International region structure and promoted leaders in key business units and markets. Effective April 1st, the International region was realigned from six business units to three: Asia Pacific and Global Travel Retail; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); and India. At the same time, its Japan region will now […]

Crystal Head brings sense of place to Montreal

Canadian brand Crystal Head Vodka has installed its first permanent personalized wall display at Aer Rianta International North America’s international departures store at Montreal Trudeau International Airport.  The custom-built unit was launched in December 2018, says Pauline Bonhomme, Buyer at ARI Montreal Airport.  “The objective is to enhance and amplify the brand image, introduce newness […]

Atom Brands launches Darkness 8 YO Triple Cask

Craft spirits producer and distributor Atom Brands is launching Darkness 8 Year Old Triple Cask Travellers Edition exclusively in global travel retail. Available to try for the first time at the Asia Pacific show in Singapore last week, the triple sherry cask single malt Scotch whisky is designed to offer a craft alternative for the […]

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