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A Note from the Publisher: With this issue — Vol. 15 No. 1 — Travel Markets Insider embarks on our 15th year of communicating through our weekly newsletter. Originally launched in 1997 in partnership with the wonderful Linda Hopkins– as a one page, faxed sheet — TMI made an immediate impact on how news was disseminated in the industry. In 1999, Linda moved on to Tax Free World Association and Pasternak Communications officially assumed ownership of the newsletter, and we experimented with sending out the newsletter through the internet. The response was immediate — readers hit the reply key and the multi-channel flow of information that has been our trademark since our first issue, took off to new heights and has soared ever since. To date, TMI has published 700 regular newsletter issues and dozens and dozens of special Breaking News flashes – news that many times makes a difference in our readers’ business.
In a look back, TMI posted a copy of our first issue, Vol. 1 No. 1 on our Facebook page. The news is still relevant today! Thank you all for your loyal readership and dedicated support. You are the reason we are here.
For today, Travel Markets Insider presents the latest global air traffic figures from ACI – which has released its annual World Airport Traffic Report for 2011, and IATA, both of which are forecasting a slowdown for the second half of 2012. Pages 1 & 2.
In more numbers, more than 200 business owners, retailers, service providers, suppliers and others participated in a Concessions Open House at Chicago O’Hare Airport on Aug. 30 in preparation for the upcoming Food & Beverage RFPs scheduled for this winter. As part of its presentation, the Chicago Dept. of Aviation released the 2011 concessions performance for different categories, including duty free. See details on page 4.
Association News. TFWA expects a record number of brands to exhibit in Cannes this year.
At the Point of Sale. Coty Prestige brings the joy to polka dots to airport stores with the launch of Marc Jacobs Dot; Cadbury launches a gold-medal winning Olympics travel retail campaign; and Brown-Forman features a high-tech, engaging display for Herradura Tequila at Cancun airport. See page 3.
More Supply Side News. TAG Heuer partners with Venezuelan actress; Hershey unveils first TR merchandising system; Havana Club named top Elite Brand.