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It was during the first TFWA Soccer Tournament in Cannes two years ago, in 2012, that Michael and I first met a personable young man named Lior Attias. Discovering that we were all based in South Florida, he started telling us about the totally new concept his company was planning to launch in the US duty free market, with a first store to open in California on the border with Mexico. The opening of the flagship project, called Duty Free City, is now imminent, with the gala inauguration coming this spring. Attias and DFC Marketing Director Alejandra Rudner discuss with TMI details about the first store, and talk about the group’s ambitious expansion plans for the future. Page 1.
In another TMI Special Report, we bring news about the devastating storm that hit the Eastern Caribbean on Christmas Eve, and how the stricken islands are depending on their tourism to fund recovery. Larry Luxner reports. For full story, and to see how you can help, please see page 4.
TSA has announced that it will now allow duty free liquids through checkpoints on inbound international flights. Page 1.
Canada reports its full year duty free sales figures for 2013; airport sales continue to surge ahead. Page 1.
Regional roundup: Venezuelan currency woes curb tourism, flights; Hawaii welcomes first direct flights from Beijing; Southwest Airlines gets more space in Washington Reagan; Flemingo International wins contracts in Costa Rica and St. Maarten; London Supply Foundation raises record funds for school projects.
SUPPLY SIDE: Distilleria Bottega wins in the air and at sea with exciting new concept. Page 2.
Black up creates THE LOOK for Trinidad Carnival. Page 3.
PEOPLE. Galbis steps down at Botran; Quinones named MD; Antony Kime leaves Beam to head up Travel Retail at Zamora; Estee Lauder names legendary model/actress Stephanie Seymour as its latest spokesmodel.