United States

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 […]

LAX breaks ground on $1.6 bn Midfield Terminal

  The groundbreaking for the new $1.6 billion Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) at Los Angeles International Airport –marking another milestone in the modernization of LAX — took place February 27, 2017. The 750,000-square-foot Midfield Satellite Concourse will add 12 new gates, a new baggage system, and additional dining and shopping amenities.    The new MSC […]

MCO’s South Terminal complex nears construction start

In more news from Orlando, construction will begin soon on the $1.8 billion South Terminal Complex (STC) Phase 1 Terminal C at Orlando Inter-national Airport (MCO). The airport reports that the design team (Fentress Architects, HNTB and Schenkel Shultz) recently reached the 60% threshold, with only two design benchmarks remaining. The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority […]

Westfield redevelops nine specialty retail shops at Orlando International Airport

  The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and Westfield have partnered to redevelop nearly 10,000 square feet of space at Orlando International Airport’s Main Terminal. The redeveloped area houses nine new retail destinations that include luxury and specialty retail, plus a 2,000+ square foot old-fashioned arcade. Westfield transformed six existing spaces into nine new concepts that […]

Second Shiseido activation in Hawaii with DFS

Interactive installation created by Bloommiami   Shiseido Travel Retail Americas has opened its second interactive activation for the Shiseido brand in the U.S., with an installation in Honolulu, Hawaii that was created by Bloommiami. The new installation is located inside the luxury T Galleria by DFS, Hawaii. The retail focused design and production agency, which also created […]

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. […]

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 […]

US$10 billion upgrade unveiled for New York JFK

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a $10 billion plan to significantly upgrade and improve New York City’s JF Kennedy International airport. Addressing the Association for a Better New York on Wednesday, Gov. Cuomo presented a vision plan to transform JFK International Airport into an airport “equipped to meet the demands of the 21st century.” Based […]

WEBB and Banks Channel merging as WEBB Banks to focus on domestic Caribbean and Central business

Andy Consuegra’s World Equity Brand Builders (WEBB) continues to expand. Miami’s WEBB and Winston Salem’s Banks Channel have announced plans to merge their respective companies, with a mission to aggressively expand their spirits and wines distribution and marketing activities throughout the Caribbean, North Atlantic Islands and Central America. This merger of equals will be effective […]

Alaska welcomes its 1,000,000th cruise ship visitor in 2016

For the first time in seven years, Alaska welcomed its one millionth cruise ship visitor. The milestone visitors arrived on the Holland America Line ms Zaandam, which docked Friday morning in Juneau, Alaska, reports the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA). In light of the occasion, Alaska’s Governor declared September 22, 2016, Alaska Cruise Ship Visitor Day. […]

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