Travel Markets Insider is extremely sad to announce that long time travel retail executive Kevin Brann passed away suddenly last week. We add our deepest condolences to those of his family, friends and colleagues on his untimely passing. Please see contact information to reach his family on page 1.
Today’s issue comes to you with a touch of Hollywood glamour. Estee Lauder Companies’ Bobbie Brown Cosmetics has signed American actress Katie Holmes – certainly in the news these days — as its first celebrity face. See why Bobbi herself says that Katie “epitomizes the modern ‘Bobbi woman.'” No doubt the move will raise the brands’ profile. Page 1.
Estee Lauder is making big waves in duty free also, and announced recently that its travel retail sales topped one billion dollars for the first time in fiscal year 2012 ended June 30. The company’s double digit growth was more than four times the growth rate of international air passenger traffic, said ELC President & CEO Fabrizio Freda. Full story on page 4.
In the spirit of the Trinity, Bacardi, The Nuance Group and the Greater Toronto Airport Authority are working together this month to give passengers going through Toronto Pearson Airport the full Grey Goose experience, in a major tie-in with the famed Toronto International Film Festival. TMI’s Michael Pasternak was onhand at TIFF to record the start of the festivities. Page 1 – 2.
People. Peace Bridge Duty Free announces management changes, page 1; Katherine Patch Sleipnes unveils details of her new company and the award-winning brands she is representing in the Americas market. Page 3.
Association News. TFWA invites its member companies to submit their nominations for the TFWA Management Committee and announces that the position of President will also be up for election. TFWA has also announced details of the leisure activities and networking opportunities at Cannes. Online pre-registration for the 2012 MEDFA Conference (Middle East) taking place in November, will open on Sept. 26. See pages 3 & 4 for further details.