Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 18 No. 16

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In today’s TMI newsletter, we are happy to share a Special Report from our intrepid Washington-based writer Larry Luxner, who flew to Santa Clara, Cuba on Sept. 9 onboard JetBlue. This is the first month that regularly scheduled airlines may fly from the U.S. to Cuba in 54 years, and JetBlue was the first airline to commence service. Larry’s first-hand look at the flight, his fellow passengers and the destination make for fascinating reading. See story on page 4.


North American airports continue to open new specialty retail outlets to appeal to a range of passengers. Miami International now has its North Terminal Marketplace up and running. Located between gates D-26 and D-29, the Marketplace features locally themed shopping and dining brands-including a brand new Original Penguin shop. On the other side of the continent, Vancouver International has opened six now shops, with a focus on fashion. Story on page 1 & 3.


In boardroom news, fashion and fragrance company Puig has acquired a minority stake in Brazil’s Grenado pharmacy chain, which includes several high-quality, natural toiletry brands. Page 1.


Supply Side.
With Cannes just days away, several new products and brands will be on exhibit.

Innovative bath brand Spongellé – which is gaining new listings with DFS and as luxury amenity gifts onboard some top cruise ships-will be in Ambassador Village, stand U-8. Page 2.

Beam Suntory will be showing its limited edition Maker’s Mark Select. Story on page 2.
Brown-Forman GTR will be celebrating its 20th anniversary at the new Brown-Forman Stand (Beach Village – B06). Page 3.
Estée Lauder will be showcasing its full array of new products, as Bobbi Brown Cosmetics‘ City Collection fetes the brand’s 25th anniversary. Page 3.
David Lomas has been promoted to managing director of Design Go and will be in Cannes at Green Village, K56.
Rob Cullins is stepping down as CEO of Stoli Group, Page 1.