Latin America

One on One with ASUTIL Secretary General Jose Luis Donagaray

Political, fiscal winds batter business in South Americas’ largest economies The duty free business in South America’s two largest nations—Argentina and Brazil –started flailing in the second quarter of 2018, buffeted by currency fluctuations caused by external and internal factors, comments Jose Luis Donagaray, Secretary General of South American Duty Free Association ASUTIL. “The business […]

The Polo Ultra Blue wave takes over Travel Retail Americas

Polo Ultra Blue, the new fragrance for men from Ralph Lauren, is an ultra-fresh and ultra-long-lasting interpretation of the iconic Polo Blue. Ultra Blue launched in March in Travel Retail Americas, and evokes the refined, yet sporty lifestyle of the Polo Blue Man. This concept is embodied in the new campaign featuring MMA fighter and […]

Kérastase opens 3rd TR store in São Paulo

Following its highly successful partnership with Dufry, L’Oréal-owned hair care brand Kérastase has opened a third store in Terminal 3 departures at São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport. Sales from this 14sqm outlet are already beating expectations, says the company, and the location which is frequented by Brazilian and Argentine travelers, enhances the brand’s status, and reputation, […]

The Design Solution’s Nick Taylor: Colorful Cancun elements create unique sense of place in Dufry’s new T4 retail space

London-based The Design Solution created Dufry Group’s stylish new retail space (2,540sqm) at Cancún International Airport, which features the innovative ‘New Generation’ store concept that projects an extraordinary and colorful sense of location. Nick Taylor, Director, The Design Solution, outlines the design concept for the Cancun stores and the commercial drivers behind it: “The Cancun store designs […]

Dufry opens 7 stores in Cancun Airport’s new T4; unveils first New Generation store in Latin America

Dufry has inaugurated seven new stores in Cancun International Airport’s newly-opened Terminal 4 in Mexico. The stores cover 2,540 sq meters of retail space and include a 1,900-sqm New Generation Store, which Dufry presents for the first time in Latin America. Dufry’s New Generation Store is its retail concept that innovatively features extensive use of […]

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 […]

London Supply celebrates 75th birthday and looks forward to growth

by John Gallagher Argentina-based independent travel retailer London Supply is celebrating its 75th birthday this year. The company started out as a classical ships supplier working out of Buenos Aires port provisioning foreign vessels with Argentina manufactured products free of taxes and duties. London Supply still offers ship supply today but now services 19 ports […]

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 […]

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