Canadian duty free sales up in May

Canadian airport duty free sales rose 4% in May 2016, with land border sales right behind, increasing 3% according to the latest figures from the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). Airport sales in May equaled $30 million, up 4.63%. Number one category Perfume, Cosmetics, Skincare (35.25% of airport sales) was up 1.78%. Alcohol (20.41%) increased […]

Aéroports de Montréal inaugurates C$350 million expansion project with 8,000 sq. feet of retail space to create a Montreal Sense of Place


Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) inaugurated $350 million worth of expansions and improvements at Montréal Pierre–Elliott Trudeau International Airport on May 10, with a big focus on a Montreal Sense of Place. The wing opened for business Thursday, May 12 with Air Transat flights to and from Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport. The 65,620-square-foot expansion includes 8,611 square feet of additional retail space, six new boarding […]

FDFA 2015 Gold Standard Awards

BEST MARKETING AWARD – Peace Bridge Duty Free NEW IDEA AWARD – Peace Bridge Duty Free NATIONAL BRAND INTEGRATION AWARD – DFS Ventures (Emerson Duty Free Shop) SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR 2015 – SMALL SUPPLIER – Michel Germain Parfums Ltd. SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR 2015 – LARGE SUPPLIER – Turkey Hill Sugarbush Ltd. DUTY FREE […]

One on One with FDFA Executive Director Laurie Karson

Will Canada’s new government help the land border duty free business? Canada’s new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took office on Nov. 3, just days before the Frontier Duty Free Association held its milestone 30th anniversary convention in Vancouver, B.C. Trudeau, the second youngest prime minister in Canadian history and the son of the late Pierre […]

Summer wine promotion boosts sales by +3000% for IGL

Quebec’s Importations Guay Ltée held a major wine promotion this past summer with Philippe Dandurand wines that generated huge excitement at the point of sale, boosted sales and customer satisfaction and introduced the brand to a broad new audience. The promotion – which offered a deep discount on three wines from Max Reserva Errazuriz – […]

Michael Resch inducted into Canada’s Tourism Hall of Fame

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) has inducted Michael Resch, Owner of DFS Ventures (Emerson Duty Free – Manitoba) into Canada’s Tourism Hall of Fame. This award is in recognition of Michael’s outstanding achievements for tourism in Canada and the Canadian Land Border Duty Free Industry. Resch is one of only two inductee’s to […]

FDFA celebrates 30 years and prepares for future

The 30 year-old Frontier Duty Free Association (FDFA) is celebrating its anniversary at its annual convention in Vancouver from November 15-18, and will introduce a number of new initiatives as it moves forward, says FDFA Executive Director Laurie Karson. “We are thrilled to be back on the West Coast to celebrate our milestone. We developed […]

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