Latin America

Luxottica unveils personalized Ray-Ban and Oakley space at Bogota El Dorado Airport

Luxottica Group and Motta Internacional S.A. have unveiled striking new personalized merchandising units for sunglasses brands Ray-Ban and Oakley in the Attenza Duty Free store in the departures area at Bogota’s El Dorado International Airport. The personalized merchandising units, which include a Ray-Ban shop-in-shop and Oakley backwall, form part of the newly refurbished 182 sqm […]

Is Latin America’s economic crisis over?

John Gallagher reports from Buenos Aires. As we head into the last quarter of 2017, travel retail suppliers and operators in Latin America are asking if the tentative economic recovery of the first half year is here to stay. Brazil The fall in raw material prices in early 2014 and Brazil’s massive Lavajato corruption scandal brought about […]

Brazil’s airport privatization marches on: Fraport signs concession agreements for Fortaleza and Porto Alegre

Fraport AG has signed the concession agreements with the Brazilian government for managing and developing Fortaleza (FOR) and Porto Alegre (POA) airports. Following its double airport win at the government’s public auction on March 16, 2017, Fraport AG has been planning and creating the foundation for the new Fraport Brasil airport companies, which are expected to […]

Industry veteran Laurent Lamotte launches new agency for luxury brands in Latam

 Well-respected travel retail executive Laurent Lamotte brings together his wide range of experiences to his new position of managing partner for his new company HERA Latam, an agency of luxury brands in Latin America. Lamotte’s former roles, ranging from representing the Longines watch brand from the Swatch Group, over-seeing Latin America retail develop-ment for fashion house […]

Erasmo Orillac: Motta prepared to defend its turf at Panama’s Tocumen Airport “if it makes economic sense”

  Following Albert “Pancho” Motta’s tragic death last year, Motta Internacional has now reassigned some roles within the company in some of the businesses outside of Motta Internacional. “We all miss Pancho terribly but we are organized to go forward,” said Motta Internacional CEO Erasmo Orillac. Under the Attenza Duty Free brand, Motta currently operates […]

DFA pushes Brazil expansion with new duty free stores in Salvador airport

  DFA’s rapid expansion into Brazil continues with the recent opening of two duty free stores at Deputado Luís Eduardo Magal-hães International Airport in Salvador. The stores cover 7,700 square feet, and occupy prime areas of the terminal. The multi-category store design enhances DFA’s core portfolio of traditional travel retail products, which includes perfumes and cosmetics, wine and […]

How successful has airport privatization been for Brazil?

The third tranche of the Brazil’s airport privatization program was completed in March this year and 10 of the most important airports in the country are now managed by private companies. With this latest round of privatizations, 59% of total passenger traffic in Brazil is now being handled by private companies. In a special analysis for […]

Top Brands International acquires Bright Star Duty Free in Asuncion

Since acquiring Miami-based Image Duty Free last October, Panamanian company Top Brands International continues to power ahead with its expansion strategy. Earlier this year, Top Brands acquired the duty free operations of Paraguayan travel retailer Bright Star. The acquisition further strengthens the company’s presence in the airport travel retail channel in the region. Bright Star […]

DFA aggressively expands in Latin America

DFA opened this 5,500 square foot duty free tore in the post-customs area of Porto Alegre's Salgado Filho International Airport in October 2016.

Powerhouse travel retailer Duty Free Americas is aggressively expanding its reach throughout the hemisphere, opening new operations in Latin America and the Caribbean and renovating key locations in its stronghold North America market. The expansion comes just as the company is beginning to see a recovery in much of its business, DFA CEO Jerome Falic […]

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