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Congratulations to Canada’s Frontier Duty Free Association, which is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in Vancouver, British Columbia on Nov. 15-18. In honor of the occasion, this issue of TMI is devoted largely to news from and about the duty free industry in Canada.
The Focus on Canada begins with an overview of Association initiatives from FDFA Executive Director Laurie Karson and the news that Michael Resch, owner of DFS Ventures (Emerson Duty Free – Manitoba) has been inducted into Canada’s Tourism Hall of Fame. Page 1.
TMI also reports on new developments at two of the leading duty free operations north of the border, Blue Water Bridge Duty Free outside of Port Huron, and Quebec’s Importations Guay Ltée (IGL). both shops have undergone major renovations and expansions, allowing them to introduce some exciting new products in the region. Pages 3 – 4. See links for more photos.
At the Point of Sale, IGL also staged a very successful wine promotion over the summer, that resulted in a sales boost of more than 3000%. Meanwhile, at Canada’s booming airports, beauty giant Lancôme held a striking animation at Toronto Pearson International Airport in June, uniting four of its actress ambassadresses in a single advertising campaign for its award-winning Advanced Génifique skincare system. Stores on page 5.
In more beauty news, Coty Inc. this week revealed the new organizational structure of the combined Coty – P&G once the merger of P&G’s fine fragrance, color cosmetics, salon professional and hair color and styling businesses is completed, which is expected to happen in the second half of 2016. Coty also enumerated the members of the future executive team and their respective responsibilities. Full report on page 2.
For those of you attending the FDFA Convention in Vancouver, safe travels. We will see you there!