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This special double issue of Travel Markets Insider is filled with news from Canada to South America, with a focus on some of the most exciting activations taking place at the Point of Sale.
To lead off, Diageo Global Travel and Duty Free Americas last week opened a spectacular Johnnie Walker Store in Miami International Airport. The store is the first and only one of its kind in the Americas, and has been designed to engage and educate consumers not only about Johnnie Walker and the other Diageo single malts, but to enhance the entire Scotch category, according to Diageo Global Travel Retail Managing Director Dayalan Nayager. TMI was honored to have participated in the official opening of the stunning boutique. Full story and photos on pages 1 & 2.
AT THE POINT OF SALE
Also last week, Pernod Ricard Travel Retail Americas officially opened a crowd-stopping new month-long pop-up animation in Miami International Airport for Perrier-Jouët’s Belle Epoque range of champagnes. The Art Nouveau-inspired “Eden” – created by Chicago-based artists Luftwerk– is associated with Miami’s famed Art Basel Fair. Story on page 6.
Moving south, Puig and Attenza Duty Free have partnered to create an engaging new Paco Rabanne retail-tainment concept at Panama’s Tocumen International Airport. Read more on page 6.
Brazilian border shops appear to be one step closer to reality after Brazilian legislators and industry stakeholders met in Brasilia last week to discuss the latest details. If plans go ahead, the first stores might be open as early as July 2018. John Gallagher reports. Page 7.
Buenos Aires-based ShopGallery, the leading duty-paid travel retailer in Argentina, has opened the first Banana Republic store in the country at Aeroparqu eairport. See details on page 7.
DFS has retained the hotly contested San Francisco International Airport duty free concession, one of the most important contracts in the U.S. Page 5
Airmall Cleveland has signed a 5-year contract extension at CLE. Page 7
SPECIAL FEATURE – CANADA
TMI speaks with FDFA President Abe Taqtaq about the new direction the Canadian land border association is taking and why Taqtaq says they are “starting with a clean slate.” Page 3
ARI-NA celebrates its big wins at the FDFA Convention. Page 3
As part of its new direction, FDFA is completely over-hauling its annual convention format, converting it into a Forum of Collaboration. FDFA Vice president Tania Leeexplains the innovative new approach and the thinking that went into its development. Page 4
PEOPLE & NUMBERS
Congratulations to Erik Juul-Mortensen, who has been re-elected President of TFWAfor a further year. Page 1.
IATA: October passenger demand rebounds from weather-impacted September. Page 5