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TMI leads the news this week with the very sad news that the industry has lost another of its own. Alan Edwards, a 30-year travel retail veteran who has worked with many of the top duty free industries, died last weekend in Doha, Qatar. Our story comes from The Moodie Report, which has set up a special section on its website to which colleagues and friends may send condolences and pay tribute to this very kind and sincere gentleman.
In Breaking News today – Sept. 20 – World Duty Free celebrated the opening of its first Duty Free stores in North America with a very special inaugural event at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) – the presentation of a $35,888 bottle of Generations Glenlivet 70 Year Old whisky by Michael Urquhart, Joint Managing Director of Gordon & MacPhail, and the grandson of the whisky-maker himself. One of the oldest whiskies from cask ever released, Glenlivet 70 is available for sale exclusively at YVR’s World Duty Free store until November 1, 2012. See full story on page 2.
Earlier this week, Airmall USA unveiled plans for a $10 million upgrade to the concessions program at Pittsburgh International Airport, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Airmall has been the concessions developer at PIT since the program began in 1992.
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US designer Anna Sui rocked last week at Fashion Week in New York, with a backstage Beauty Bar that presented her latest fragrance, color cosmetics and eyewear collection that set the stage for her edgy, winning fashions. TMI was on hand to record the event.
Check in soon on the TMI Facebook page to see more exciting Backstage goings-on from one of the centers of world fashion. Page 1.
Supply Side News. Miami distributor PGE unveils an “amazing” new Glamglow skin treatment that is sweeping into US and global markets; fragrance atomizer Travalo has sold more than 3.5 million units globally and expects a huge boost in sales now that its patent in the US is in effect; Absolut is coloring duty free shows around the world with the launch of its latest limited edition travel retail exclusive called “Absolut Unique.”
People News. Coty names Jean Mortier the president of its prestige business; Brown-Forman appoints a new managing director for China; Travel Blue promotes Jonathan Smith to director. See details, Inside Insider.