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Understanding Wellness Travel and how it can drive sales and build new client loyalty in a post-vaccine world

Edyta Satchell, Founder & CEO of Satchelle Global Travel Wellness, brings her expertise in wellness to creating training programs for store managers and associates, individual travelers and corporations who want to implement travel wellness programs for their employees. Her specialized, one-of-a kind programs concentrate on considering what the travelers of today (and tomorrow) will need […]

Bodart joins Euroluxe distribution company to offer brand-building options in LATAM

Well-known beauty and travel retail executive Guy Bodart has joined growing regional distribution company Euroluxe as CEO. Bodart’s career includes a long tenure at Chanel in top roles in Panama, Mexico and Brazil, as well as recent stints in senior positions at Duty Free Dynamics and Top Brands International. “Euroluxe, as our label states, is […]

Brown-Forman’s iconic brands cushion travel retail sales decline during year of lockdown

Aude Bourdier started her new position as Vice President, Managing Director Global Travel Retail for Brown-Forman in August, right in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic which has hit the duty free industry so hard. Bourdier tells TMI that even with these COVID-19 setbacks, Brown-Forman Global Travel Retail is in a strong position to rebound […]

Global Ports Holding provides critical partnership in developing Nassau as a home port

The cruise industry made positive waves in mid-March when luxury cruise brand Crystal Cruises announced it was launching a series of seven-night round-trip “Bahamas Escapes” voyages from Nassau. The line’s Crystal Serenity ship would homeport in Nassau, and visit Bimini and four other Bahama Islands, avoiding any U.S. ports. The response from the pubic was […]

Planning ahead for a post-COVID-19 world: what it means for the economy and TR in 2021

With a wide ranging career in travel retail that spanned sales, business development and marketing for premium brands in beauty, luggage/travel accessories and fashion accessories, Panos Argyros has experienced many ups and downs in the industry over the past two decades. The current COVID-19 pandemic has brought its own, unique challenges to the channel, however. […]

SPARK creates new Brand Partner Program designed to help lead North American airport retail sales revival

One on One with Heidi Van Roon SPARK Group of Companies has introduced an innovative new concept in staffing for travel retail. Called the Brand Partner Program, the multi-faceted sales and promotions program has been designed to substantially support global brands and travel retailers to achieve the best possible sales outcomes and replace a broken […]

Tito’s Handmade Vodka revs up giving back in times of need

Giving back has always been fundamentally at the core of Tito’s Handmade Vodka’s business, which was founded by Bert “Tito” Beveridge in 1997. This philosophy was never more evident than during the COVID-19 pandemic, when the Austin, Texas-based vodka powerhouse revved up its support for nonprofit organizations and essential workers, especially for people who work […]

MONARQ Group reaches customers with digital innovations

As international tourism dried up MONARQ Group shifted its focus to digital marketing, social media and e-commerce, Managing Director Robert de Monchy tells TMI. To promote its brands on social media, the independent premium wine and spirits distributor launched MONARQ’s Social Club early on during the pandemic with overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants. The company […]

Duty Free Global’s Barry Geoghegan doubles down on travel retail worldwide

When the coronavirus pandemic essentially shut down international travel, Duty Free Global doubled down on its core travel retail business. Duty Free Global Founder & Commercial Director Barry Geoghegan tells TMI that as wine and spirits duty free specialists to travel retailers worldwide, DFG did not pivot to domestic markets. “Duty Free is what we […]