Duty Free

Status of Canadian border stores after closing of border with U.S.

The U.S. and Canadian governments agreed to close their shared border to non-essential traffic on Wednesday, March 18. While some stores that serve commercial trucks carrying essential goods have remained open, most others have closed. Barbara Barrett, Executive Director of Canada’s Frontier Duty Free Association confirmed to TMI that CBSA (the Canada Border Services Agency) […]

IAADFS adds its plea for concessionaire relief as airlines seek $50 billion U.S. bailout to survive coronavirus turbulence

A bipartisan coalition of governors and mayors from across the country joined with the entire U.S. aviation industry in a joint letter last Thursday to U.S. Congressional leaders in the Senate and House of Representatives urging the Administration and Congress to work swiftly to provide financial stability for the U.S. airline industry. The International Association […]

Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 21 No. 11

The Travel Markets Insider newsletter is attached to this post as a PDF file. To open the PDF file, please click on this link.   In our lead story, TMI reports on the efforts by the International Association of Airport & Duty Free Stores to make sure that the duty free and travel retail concessionaires — especially in the United […]

DFASS rebrands as 3Sixty and promises Duty Free and More

Lois Pasternak with contributions by Martin Moodie, The Moodie Davitt Report   Before a crowd of top industry dignitaries from around the globe, DFASS Group unveiled a major rebranding of its corporate identity on Wednesday night in Miami, and revealed how it will evolve to take advantage of the current business environment and increase its […]

Dufry’s organic growth accelerates to 7.2% in 1Q 2017

Leading travel retail company Dufry reports that turnover grew by 4.7% reaching CHF 1,706.8 million in the first quarter of 2017 from CHF 1,630.2 million one year earlier. As a result of stable growth in most locations and improved performance in specific businesses positively impacted by Brazilian and Russian travelers, organic growth continued to accelerate […]

Canadian tourism arrivals hit 14-year high in 2016

Canada welcomed 19,979,334 travelers in 2016—the highest number since 2002 and second highest ever. International arrivals increased by 16% in Destination Canada’s 10 overseas markets, and 10% in the US market, for an average of 11% growth across the board. “I’m excited to say that 2016 was a fantastic year for our tourism industry,” said […]

Canadian duty free sales up in 2016

Canada’s duty free sales were up in both airport and land border stores in 2016, according to the latest figures from the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). Airport duty free sales were $407 million in 2016, rising approximately 8% versus 2015 sales. December sales increased 15%. Perfume, Cosmetics, Skincare, the number one category in Canada’s […]

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