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As many of us get ready to travel to Cannes for the premier event on the travel retail calendar, TFWA reports that visitor registration figures for TFWA World Exhibition 2013 are very strong, with a growing number of delegations from airport authorities, duty free operators and agent companies joining the show every year.
Expect to see a large presence of visitors from Asia, as TFWA says that the number of pre-registered visitors from Mainland China and Japan are up by +33% and +21% respectively. The largest number of pre-registered delegates are from France, closely followed by China and Hong Kong, then the UK, UAE and USA, says TFWA. The festivities formerly begin on Sunday evening, Oct. 20, with the traditional Opening Cocktail. We are looking forward to seeing you. Safe travels to all who are attending.
Leading the news this week is the strong showing made by LVMH’s Specialty Retailing business group (DFS Group and Sephora) in the luxury group’s 9-month earnings. See details on page 1.
In a very important move that will open up the market for its The Body Shop brand, L’Oréal has acquired a majority stake in Brazil’s Emporio Body Store retail chain. Read the story Inside Insider page 2.
Miami spirits company WEBB has partnered with “Hot Brand” Tito’s Handmade Vodka for the Caribbean and Latin American markets. With ex-Patrón President International and COO John McDonnell now leading Tito’s international development, we expect to hear more of expansion deals in the near future.
Sunglasses. The Judging Panel for the Sunglasses Awards taking place at TFWA World Exhibition next week have released the shortlist of finalists for the six award categories. See page 3.
Supply Side Feature. Pisco Lablanco. With the news earlier this year that the US officially recognized Pisco as a distinctive product of Peru and Chile, one Peruvian company that has been making the natural spirit since the 17th century is looking to export its “pure and noble” products to the world.
Celebrity Beauty. Two internationally known celebrity photographers who have themselves become stars are launching very intriguing fragrance lines. See who on page 4.
The Nails have it! OPI has joined with music icon Gwen Stefani to launch seven new limited edition nail lacquers in stand-out colors and finishes. See more, Inside Insider.
In closing, we wish to add our congratulations to Dubai Duty Free’s Colm McLaughlin, who was honored in New York City for his leadership of DDF over the past 30 years. Read more on page 1.