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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 […]

Canada July duty free sales up

Canada’s duty free sales were up at both airport and land border stores in July 2016, according to the latest numbers from the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). Airport sales were $39 million for the month, rising 19% versus July 2015. Through the first seven months airport sales are $220 million, an increase of 6.9%. […]

Canadian land border sales up, airport falls in June 2016

 Canada’s land border duty free sales rose 6% in June 2016, while the country’s airport duty fee sales reversed a long-term trend and fell 5% for the month, according to the latest figures from the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). However, the airport sales are being compared to highly successful June 2015, when sales were up […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Canada officially launches Connecting America initiative to attract more American visitors

Canada’s Frontier Duty Free Association has passed on news that the Canadian Tourism Ministry announced a $30 million three-year program entitled “Connecting America” – which is a TIAC/CTC initiative to attract more U.S. citizens to Canada. The FDFA supports this initiative and is very pleased with the Government’s announcement. The CTC is Canada’s national tourism […]

FDFA’s Road TRIP program passed over in current budget

Despite a valiant effort from the Frontier Duty Free Association (FDFA), Canada’s 2015 Federal budget released on April 21 did not include a provision for a three-year pilot program called Road TRIP (Travel Rebate Incentive Program). The program was developed by the FDFA to help incentivize US tourism visits and related spending in Canada by […]

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