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With the Tax Free World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes less than two weeks away, industry news continues to pour in, as indicated by late-breaking brand news across all categories.
But first, we are reporting on the long-awaited official U.S. inbound visitation figures from the Department of Commerce for 2017. The DOC’s National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) resumed publishing international visitation and spending data last week, after a six month suspension to correct what it called “anomalies in data collected from Customs and Border Protection.”
The final accounting edges inbound travel slightly into positive territory. See which countries kept coming to the States, and which ones cut back on travel. Page 1.
Gebr. Heinemann has announced a newly created business unit for Corporate Affairs, Business Compliance & Corporate Responsibility and named highly respected expert in the field Dr. Jennifer Cords to head it up. Dr. Cords held a similar position for Global Travel Retail and Export at Imperial Tobacco for the past seven years. Page 1.
In a major corporate initiative, Mars Wrigley Confectionery has called for the overhaul of the cocoa supply chain and has launched an ambitious effort to ensure a sustainable supply of cocoa while it protects the smallholder farmer and the world’s forests. The family-owned company is backing the pledge with a commitment to invest more than $1 billion over the next 10 years. Read the story on page 5.
Women in Travel Retail will hold its annual networking, fund-raising event in Cannes on Tuesday, Oct. 2, and the charity this year returns to Hand in Hand for Haiti.
Please come out and support this most worthy endeavor both by donating product for the raffle draw and participating in the raffle event.
See details on page 2.
ON THE SUPPLY SIDE/COUNTDOWN TO CANNES
Cross has announced a partnership with Scuderia Ferrari to create a collection of fine writing instruments and gift sets for Ferrari. Page 3.
Paul&Shark highlights its “Save the Seas” project at its new look stand in Cannes. Page 3
Furla will launch its SS19 collection in Cannes. Page 3
Industry veteran Cédric Mahé-Rodríguez unveils his new agency. Page 3
Godiva is bringing a limited edition Chocolate Carnival collection to global airports. Page 5
Lancôme LA Lip Art 2018 features an LAX Pop-Up and the first influencer campaign to generate awareness among Chinese pax. Page 4
Shiseido focuses on its Clé de Peau Beauté luxury skincare and makeup brand, and enhances its image by naming Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated actress Zhang Ziyi as a Global Brand Ambassador. Page 4
AT THE POINT OF SALE
Essence Corp. features Coach Floral fragrance for women in Miami International Airport with DFA. Page 4.