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Caribbean tourism officials are encouraged by the record number of tourism arrivals and visitor spend chalked up in 2014, but warn that the tourism-dependent region is not yet where it needs to be to maintain and grow its global market share. See the highlights of the latest CTO State of the Industry on page 1.
Congratulations to The Estée Lauder Companies’ Olivier Bottrie for the great honor of being nominated to the prestigious French National Order of Merit. The respected president of ELC Travel Retail Worldwide was recognized for initiating and co-founding, along with Martin Moodie and DFS Group’s Ed Brennan, the Hand in Hand for Haiti Foundation which built the non-profit, free school of Lycée Jean-Baptiste Point du Sable.
AT THE POINT OF SALE. DFA and Mars International Travel Retail (MITR) has opened a colorful, interactive M&Ms store at JFK International Airport Terminal 7, based around a fun New York City theme. See what the iconic M&Ms Characters are up to now on page 1.
Canada‘s full year duty free sales figures continued the trend recorded throughout 2014 – airport sales soar by 18% while sales at the land border stores were fairly flat. Details on page 2.
PEOPLE. Waldemar Behn’s DANZKA Vodka brings back a familiar face to head up Latin American sales; Godiva names its first ever global celebrity partnership; and beauty company Coty signs American actor Scott Eastwood as the new face of Davidoff Cool Water.
In more PEOPLE news. Nelson Rivera has been named regional sales director for hot new watch brand Jacques Lemans; and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association has promoted Vanessa Ledesma-Berrios – who has worked for the organization for the past 16 years — to be its first female COO.