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Duty Free Americas in Uruguay
Today’s focus is on the border between Uruguay and Brazil where Duty Free Americas has opened a 10,000 square meter mega-store under the name Panda Free Shop at the new Rio Branco Shopping commercial and entertainment center.
Featuring themed merchandise sections and a vast selection of food, clothing, accessories, electronics and even custom furniture – along with parking for 700 vehicles – the complex brings a completely new offer to the region. See pages 1 & 2 for details.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world in Macau, China, Duty Free Americas was also garnering recognition for its luxury duty free store in the Shoppes at Venetian.
See page 3.
In more Airport news, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and Southwest Airlines unveiled the new Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 1 on Nov. 30.
The half-billion-dollar, curb-to gate redevelopment showcases a new check-in area with self-service ticket kiosks, a nine-lane security checkpoint, new area for baggage claim, and dining and retail destinations with state-of-the-art design. Full story on page 3.
Chinese tourism to Brazil has been increasing every year, and should now get a bigger boost with new visa procedures instituted between the two countries in October. Page 5.
Furla opens a new store in Piarco International Airport in Trinidad and Tobago and Gerry Munday announces her retirement. Page 4.
Tito’s Handmade Vodka continues to roll out in global markets and is now available at all three of Canada‘s top international airports. Page 4.
Bacardi has named the five finalist bartenders for it 2019 Legacy Cruise Competition.See who made the grade on page 4.
Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice chairman and CEO Com McLoughlin has received the prestigious BURJ CEO Lifetime Achievement Award. Page 1.
Women in Travel Retail celebrated a great end to 2018 and announces that there is just a few days left for members to submit a nomination for the group’s 2019 charity. See full details on page 5.