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With the 2016 IAADFS Duty Free Show of the Americas only two days away, members of the travel retail industry flying to Orlando may find themselves stuck in long airport lines this weekend. Between heightened security measures, record spring break crowds and fewer TSA screeners, TSA is warning of much longer wait times at check points. And Orlando International Airport reports it is in the midst of its busiest holiday Spring Break travel season ever. More details on page 1.
As reported Thursday on The Moodie Report, the DFASS partnership in contention for the duty free concession at Denver International Airport in 2014 this week won its appeal challenging the way the airport conducted the tender. By upholding the appeal, the Judge may have opened the way for a new RFP or damages awarded to DFASS. TMI has a reaction from the airport and the DFASS attorney. Page 1.
Full details of the story and the latest developments can be found in The Moodie Report here.
ASUTIL Secretary-General Jose Luis Donagaray confirms that all the South American travel retail operators are sending buyers to the Conference taking place in June in Santiago, Chile. More details, page 1.
People News from Paradies Lagardère and Wm Grant. Page 1.
Tourism. Canada’s lower dollar is enticing more Americans to travel north of the border – as well as more visitors from China, India, the U.K. and France, Mexico and Brazil. Canadians, however, are staying away from the more expensive U.S. in droves, reports Destination Canada. Full story on page 2.
Sunglass Hut expands in Latin America and Travel Retail – and now has a global airport footprint of 155 stand-alone stores and kiosks worldwide. The Luxottica-owned division has been particularly busy with openings in the Americas. Page 2.
Supply Side Feature. Looking for something new, exciting and priced right? The Spongellé “smart sponge” brings a new beauty experience to the consumer and transforms the bath into an all in one treatment, says Arnaud de Volontat, whose company Altimetre distributes the brand in travel retail worldwide. Page 3.