Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 17 No. 11

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2nd Annual DFA GOLF Tournament
announced. Following the huge success of last year’s inaugural tournament, DFA is organizing a follow-up event on Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Weston Hills Country Club in South Florida. The proceeds from this year’s event is in support of New York based Children’s Tumor Foundation, an organization looking to fight against Neurofibromatosis through research.For more information, go

BY THE NUMBERS. IATA reports strong passenger traffic growth in May, with carriers in all regions except Africa reporting increases in both domestic and international travel. Meanwhile, the ACI airports report strong traffic growth in April, led by emerging markets in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East an d Latin-America-Caribbean regions. See pages 1 & 2.

In more news from ACI, Dr. Rafael Echevarne, Director of Economics, is leaving ACI to become CEO of Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Page 1.

AIRPORT NEWS. It is now official. The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved Deborah Ale Flint as the new executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, where she succeeds Gina Marie Lindsey who retired on July 1. Details on page 1.

Mondelez World Travel Retail is holding its first regional “Delighting Travelers” webinar for the Americas on Tuesday morning, sharing insights and best practices with Latin American retailers. The webinar will be conducted in Spanish. Click here to register. Details on page 2.

BEAUTY NEWS. L’Oréal signs fragrance deal with American fashion brand Proenza Schouler; Paco Rabanne launches new Olympéa fragrance as companion to Invictus; Michael Kors unveils The Gold Collection of luxe glamour fragrances. Pages 2, 4.

SPECIAL SUPPLIER FEATURE. David Wilson, Beam Suntory‘s new managing director of Global Travel Retail, speaks with TMI‘s Michael Pasternak about the challenges and opportunities facing the company as it becomes a global whisky giant. Full interview on page 3.

SPIRITS SHORTS. Senior executive changes at Interbrands USA and Diageo North America. Page 4.