Latin America

Relationships times three lead WEBB Banks to powerful new brands and growing business

With tourism essentially shut down, WEBB Banks’ focus on the Caribbean local markets during the coronavirus pandemic has helped propel the leading wine and spirits distribution company to a stronger position than it was in a year ago, says WEBB Banks CEO Andy Consuegra. TMI met recently with Consuegra; Phillip Jarrell, Vice President, Marketing & […]

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 […]

GAP chooses The Design Solution for US$300m redevelopment of commercial space at Guadalajara International Airport

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico (GAP) has partnered with The Design Solution to redesign Guadalajara Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport. GAP, which says it wants to create the “best airport in Mexico” at its home base in Guadalajara, plans to invest 10 billion Pesos (US$504m) by 2026. The plan includes an additional runway and new […]

Lancôme TR Americas and Dufry open Lancôme’s biggest flagship in South America

Lancôme Travel Retail Americas and Dufry have partnered to open Lancôme’s biggest flagship in South America. The 43sqm store opened at the international departures area of Terminal 3 of São Paulo International Airport (GRU Airport) on January 31, 2021. Lancôme’s new flagship features numerous eye-catching screens and embraces the values of the brand – joy, […]

ASUTIL and m1nd-set launch B1S recovery monitor to support return to growth

Latin American duty free association ASUTIL is among the first of the regional associations to partner with Swiss research agency m1nd-set to adopt m1nd-set’s recovery monitor and share insights with its members. mind-set is supporting the industry’s return to growth with traffic and shopping behavior insights from its data tool Business 1ntelligence Service (B1S). According […]

Argentina extends AA2000’s airport concession by 10 years

The Argentine Government has extended the airport management concession contract held by Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 (AA2000) by 10 years, until 2038. The current contract was due to expire in 2028, and the extension follows a recommendation by ORSNA, the Government control-led airports regulator. AA2000 has agreed to invest a minimum of US$2.5bn during the remaining […]

New allowances and more stores announced at Brazil border conference

South American Duty Free Association, ASUTIL, and CEFSU, the Chamber of Uruguayan Free Shops, held a two-day virtual conference on Nov. 24-25, that examined new opportunities arising from the opening of duty free shops on the Brazilian border, during which government officials unveiled increased duty free allowances and details of new store openings. Originally planned […]

ASUTIL negotiating border allowances and transaction fees in Brazil, as it works on behalf of LATAM industry struck by COVID travel bans

South American Duty Free Association ASUTIL (Asociación Sudamericana de Tiendas Libres) has been working diligently on a number of issues critical to the industry in South America, in addition to its efforts to help com-bat the results of the travel halt from COVID-19. ASUTIL Secretary General José Luis Donagaray informed media that the Association has been […]

ASUTIL’s Donagaray promises “We are Walking” as he pledges assistance to LA industry at latest regional webinar

Speakers at the latest monthly webinar hosted by South American Duty Free Association ASUTIL continued to paint a dire picture of the travel industry in Latin America and the impact of COVID-19, with forecasts of air traffic for the full year predicted to be down more than 50%. But ASUTIL Secretary General José Luis Donagaray […]

Aeromexico files for bankruptcy protection

Grupo Aeromexico SAB, Mexico’s second-largest airline, filed for bankruptcy in the U.S., the fourth Latin American carrier to seek the Court’s protection after the COVID-19 pandemic caused a severe downturn in travel, reports Bloomberg. In a message on the Aeromexico website, CEO Andrés Conesa said: “We have initiated a voluntary procedure to implement a financial restructuring […]

OAG: Shake up in South America aviation

In its June 25th coronavirus update report by Becca Rowland, OAG Aviation World-wide points out that while aviation is “reeling” around the world, South America’s carriers are not receiving the significant government support that North America and Europe have seen for airlines. This will be an important factor in how the industry on these continents will emerge from the […]