United States

Flor de Caña volcano activation impacts millions at MIA

Flor de Caña stopped traffic at Miami International Airport this summer with an elegant, disruptive, 10-feet high display inspired by the San Cristobal Volcano in Nicaragua, the birthplace of Flor de Caña rums. The activation, which ran from July through Sept. 8, incorporated large screens that created an incredible visual mosaic showing lava, volcano explosions […]

Concessions International: Staying relevant for 35 years

Concessions International, LLC, is a dynamic food and beverage operator with business in airports in Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Miami, Seattle, St. Thomas, USVI, and Washington, DC. The family and minority-owned entity has been in business since 1979, with a storied history that reflects much of the past 35 years in airport development in the U.S. […]

Morgan Group Ventures: The strategic edge of being different

Headquartered in Washington DC, Morgan Group Ventures opened its first airport retail operation, Pen & Prose Boutique, as a kiosk at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in 1996. Founder and owner Mary Morgan entered the airport arena initially as a consultant for the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA), but after five years of management […]

International visits to the United States +2% in January 2017; but five of top 10 inbound markets show decreases

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced today that the United States welcomed a total 5.6 million international visitors in January 2017, a two percent increase in arrivals when compared to January 2016. This figure (preliminary data) marked the first month of growth in total U.S. visits since June 2016. However, non-resident visits from overseas countries (all […]

DFASS wins Charlotte, N.C. retail contract

DFASS has been awarded the duty free concession at North Carolina’s Charlotte Douglas International Airport, reports The Moodie Report. The six-year contract is expected to start in mid-September and covers a 1,200sq ft duty free/duty paid shop in the D Concourse that will be renovated in the first quarter of 2018. DFASS currently operates a […]

Delta gets approval for $4 billon facility at LGA

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Board of Commissioners have given final approval to a lease agreement with Delta Air Lines for its new $4 billion, 37-gate facility at LaGuardia Airport. The new facility will be much more passenger friendly and provide 30% more concessions space than is currently available. This is […]

Giorgio Armani Beauty opens two new North American TR locations

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  L’Oréal’s Giorgio Armani team unveiled two expansions in Travel Retail Americas in May, with major openings in Vancouver and New York’s JFK International airports. Vancouver International Airport welcomed Giorgio Armani Beauty in a 12-sqm space located in the Beauty Shop’s main traffic area. The store, dressed in Armani’s new red look, caters to a […]

Westfield to open seven new retail concepts at LAX T3

Westfield has announced it is opening seven new dining and retail outlets at Delta’s Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport as part of the airport’s overall modernization program. The new retail and dining collection covers more than 5,000 square feet including a multi-unit quick service food court, a bar, two travel essentials and one […]

SFO duty free tender draws strong interest

San Francisco International Airport has received significant interest from the duty free industry for the upcoming Request for Proposals (RFP) process for the International Terminal Duty Free and Luxury Stores Lease. Many of the leading duty free operators in the Americas, as well as several Asian and European groups, attended the informational conference held at […]

Duty Free Partners opens MAC boutique in San Diego airport

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Miami-based Duty Free Partners officially opened a stand-alone MAC boutique in San Diego International Airport on April 4. The official ribbon-cutting was attended by airport and MAC executives, and DFP CEO Fabiano Vivacqua, and was broadcast by local news stations. The 400-sqf shop is located in Terminal 2, and is the airport’s only stand-alone high-end […]

Mexicans flock to Canada while US visits decline

Mexicans are forsaking visits to the United States, many in favor of Canada where their money goes further and visa requirements have been scrapped, according to the latest data from industry booking analyst ForwardKeys.   While US President Trump has talked about building a wall on the Mexican border, Canada’s new policy of visa-free travel […]

ACI-NA: U.S. Airport Infrastructure Needs Near $100 Billion

Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) President and CEO Kevin M. Burke has called for immediate action to improve U.S. airport infrastructure following the release of a “D” rating for the state of America’s aviation infrastructure by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), on March 9. Burke’s call to action comes just two […]

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