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Canadian tourism arrivals hit 14-year high in 2016

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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 […]

Tito’s Handmade Vodka builds presence in US duty free

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Tito’s Handmade Vodka, distributed in North America Duty Free by EWTRA, is increasing its footprint in airports and cruise lines across the region. EWTRA has launched a program of high impact activations that celebrate Tito’s American heritage and craft credentials at Boston Logan International Airport, and JFK International and LaGuardia airports in New York. The […]

AIRMALL USA Appoints New President and CEO

AIRMALL USA has named Ben Zandi as president and chief executive officer, overseeing the North American operations of parent company, Fraport, effective immediately.   A global airport company, Fraport serves more than 230 million travelers in 24 airports and nine countries. In the U.S., its award-winning airport concessions program, Airmall, is in four major airports. […]

Travel Markets Insider Breaking News

US airports target of protests against President Trump’s controversial immigration ban   Breaking News: Federal judge issues emergency stay against ban CNN has just reported that a federal judge granted an emergency stay Saturday night for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries who have already arrived in the US and those who are in transit, and […]

MIA breaks passenger record in 2016

Miami International Airport served nearly 44.6 million travelers, a new record – up by 234,000 over 2015. This was the airport’s seventh-consecutive year of passenger growth. MIA was also confirmed as the busiest U.S. airport for international freight, and broke its 2015 record for annual freight traffic, growing 0.37 percent to 2.18 million tons in […]

Neutral celebrates 30 years serving Uruguay border

Neutral CEO Enrique Urioste, far left, and staff and guests, celebrate the border store’s 30th anniversary in festivities in one of the stores in the town of Chuy.

Congratulations to Uruguayan border store, Neutral Duty Free, which celebrated its 30th anniversary on January 24 in Chuy, the location of the group’s original shop opened 30 years ago to the day. Neutral is the largest duty free chain in Uruguay, employing more than 500 staff across its nine locations. Neutral CEO Enrique Urioste hosted the […]

Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 18 No. 27

The Travel Markets Insider newsletter is attached to this post as a PDF file. To open the PDF file, please click on this link. This week the TMI Spotlight is squarely on Latin American operators.     In news breaking early this morning, Dufry and DFASS officially announced the award of the operation of the duty free shops at Bogota’s El Dorado International […]

Dufry/DFASS joint venture wins new concession in Colombia

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  Dufry and DFASS have been awarded the operation of the duty-free shops at El Dorado International Airport, Bogota. The 10 years concession agreement signed with the airport operator, Opain S.A., will comprise close to 2,200 sqm of total retail space.   El Dorado International Airport is the largest airport in Colombia and the main international […]

Eyewear giants Luxottica and Essilor to merge

Two of the largest eyewear companies in the world have announced that they are merging, which will create a “global integrated player” of major proportions. Italy-based Luxottica and France’s Essilor announced the deal—worth approximately $16 billion according to published reports — on Monday. Essilor International today reported that it had reached a share exchange with […]

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