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DFWC: Key WHO meetings on tobacco rescheduled until 2021

The World Health Organisation today announced the postponement of key meetings on illicit trade and tobacco control until November 2021.  The DFWC has expressed serious concern at proposals that will be discussed at these meetings, including the allegation that the duty free industry is a source of illicit trade. The WHO has said that its ultimate […]

Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 21 No. 14

The Travel Markets Insider newsletter is attached to this post as a PDF file. To open the PDF file, please click on this link. The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a devastating toll on the travel retail businesses globally and in this week’s issue two of the industry’s major players, Dufry (along with its Hudson division) and Gebr. Heinemann detail steps they are taking to survive and […]

World Class Brands and Travel Retail Global partner to create “relevant” Protect-Aid travel disinfectant kit

Travel retail companies World Class Brands and Travel Retail Global have collaborated to create a new concept for disinfectant and protective products called Protect-Aid(tm). The Protect-Aid Kit contains two pairs of latex powder-free gloves, two disposable face masks, one 50 ml bottle of hand sanitizer with Aloe Vera and 10 disinfecting surface wipes. Both the […]

WTDC: adapting for today, preparing for tomorrow

WTDC, Miami’s family-owned Foreign Trade Zone company that specializes in logistics for spirits for the duty free/travel retail and cruise industries, has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with a three phase plan designed to keep its employees safe and the supply chain uninterrupted. WTDC is categorized by Florida and Miami-Dade County as an essential company […]

Airport Boards approve financial relief plans for concessionaires and business partners at Miami, Orlando and LAWA

Airports in Miami and Orlando, Florida and Los Angeles, California have granted some level of financial assistance to their concessionaires, business partners and airlines in response to the unexpected and steep declines in passenger traffic due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.   Miami In Miami, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners approved a $64.8 […]

Simon Roffe departs from Halewood Wines & Spirits

Halewood Wines & Spirits has confirmed a number of changes to its business structure as a result of the “significant financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.” As well as changes throughout its International markets, the company has also confirmed Simon Roffe, Managing Director Global Travel Retail, will leave the business at the end of April. […]

ASUTIL preparing for “the day after”

South American Duty Free Association ASUTIL continues to work diligently with its members and other industry partners looking for ways to ease the financial burden on retailers as a result of the coronavirus pandemic that is decimating travel and travel retail. “People are afraid to travel. The world has stopped. The industry has stopped,” said […]

TFWA President Maingreaud: “We would not be fulfilling our mission if we did not make every effort to make Cannes happen.”

TFWA President Alain Maingreaud held a virtual press briefing on Friday afternoon (Paris time) to ad-dress industry questions following the announcement that the 2020 Tax Free World Exhibition would take place on Sept. 28-Oct. 2, as well as reveal more details of the event. Most questions dealt with the precautions that would be taken to […]

TFWA says Cannes will go on – but with changes

The Tax Free World Association has announced that the 2020 TFWA World Exhibition & Conference will take place as scheduled in Cannes on September 28th – October 2, albeit with a number of sweeping changes to the pricing, format and structure of what is normally the main business event of the year on the travel retail […]

Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 21 No. 13

The Travel Markets Insider newsletter is attached to this post as a PDF file. To open the PDF file, please click on this link.   Special Note:   In this era of Giving Back, where acts of kindness are more critical than ever, Travel Markets Insider would like to shine a spotlight on our very own Art Director, Chris Hetzer. Although only […]

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