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Last week ended with news of the opening of the new Duty Free City flagship store on the US border with Mexico in San Ysidro, California, and this week begins with the major story that the respected European airport operator out of Germany – Fraport – was entering the US in a big way through its acquisition of the award-winning airport concessions developer AIRMALL USA. See both stories on page 1.
Meanwhile, the international community continues to seek ways to avoid another tragedy like the recent downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, and the aviation industry’s leading trade groups – ACI, IATA, CANSO and ICAO — met in Montreal to condemn the use of weapons against civil aviation and examine possible solutions.
TMI’s Supplier Feature of the Week covers the launch of Patrón Spirits new Rocatequilas, which are produced entirely from the painstaking and increasingly rare tahona process. Patrón is introducing the new line in a series of launch events across the US. Michael Pasternak reports from New York. Page 2.
Tourism. Two critically important tourism developments were announced for Haitiover the past few days – American Airlines is boosting airlift to the island nation with a new route, and Carnival Corp. announced the signing of a new memorandum of understanding to build a $70 million destination cruise port. Story on page 3.
By the Numbers. Dufry reports that its first half results are buoyed by strong organic growth in the second quarter; while sales in the US & Canada soar, and business in Mexico, the Caribbean and parts of South America show good momentum. Details on page 3.
More numbers. Canada’s duty free sales show mixed results. Hawaii tourism spend reaches a record high. Brown-Forman celebrates one of its most successful years in its 144-year history.
Employment Opportunities. NEW: BPI is looking for an Area Sales Manager for Central and South America, based in Miami; VIVA Sales & Services is seeking an experienced Sales Rep; and ESSENCE Corp. has a new opening for an Area Manager based in South America. Also, ESSENCE has an opening for an Account/Area Manager for the Caribbean; Clarins has an opening for a West Coast Sales Coordinator based in Los Angeles. See page 4 for more details.