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Cannes 2018 has come and gone and the overall reviews have been pretty positive. More than 7,000 visitors attended the industry’s largest and most important event this year – a new record – and everywhere we went the attitude was optimistic. More details on page 1.
TFWA’s Digital Village was also a hit. Without a doubt, the industry is viewing the internet and digital tools as opportunities to use rather than ‘the enemy’ to fight against and learning to take advantage of the benefits it offers. TMI will run coverage of these opportunities throughout the coming year.
There were many new products and services on display. Without a doubt, one company that stood out was Shiseido. Two years after combining the fragrance, makeup and skincare businesses of its various brands as a global entity under one unified travel retail structure, the company was ready to talk about its plans and results.
In addition to draping many of Cannes’ major hotels and billboards with its striking red visuals, the company held an enchanting cocktail event at its stand on Monday evening, complete with versions of designers Dolce & Gabbana for comical photo opps. Shiseido Travel Retail’s Shi Ling Tan, Digital Manager Global, was a key speaker at TFWA’s Digital Workshop discussing intriguing “what if” possibilities, and on Wednesday morning the company hosted the first-ever Japanese Beauty workshop at TFWA, which provided attendees with a comprehensive introduction to Japanese Beauty, and unveiled a partnership with Jewel Changi Airport for a ground-breaking multi-sensorial art installation. TMI will carry more details on these stories in a future issue.
The bittersweet highlight of the week in Cannes was the recognition that this would be Erik Juul-Mortensen‘s last year as president of the Association he has helmed since 1999. A new TFWA Management Committee and Board was chosen during the week, and elections for a new president will take place in December. See Board results on page 1.
In more global industry developments, the Duty Free World Council announced the welcome news that the World Health Organization would hold off for at least two more years before researching the connection of duty free to the illicit trade of tobacco products, recognizing that our tightly regulated industry is not a source of illicit trade. Full story on page 2.
In more industry news, the DFASS Group acquired the majority ownership held by its former joint venture partners at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, and is now the sole managing partner of duty free concession at DFW. Page 2.
San Francisco International Airport has unveiled designs for its new Terminal 1 which honors civil and LGBTQ rights activist Harvey B. Milk. Page 3.
UNWTO reports that international tourist arrivals grew 6% in the first six months of the year, following record growth in 2017. Page 3.
It is October – and Estée Lauder’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month Campaign this year is a message of urgency. Page 3.
THE SPIRITS OF CANNES
Winter is coming! Diageo has launched the White Walker edition of Johnnie Walker — first in a series of limited editions inspired by HBO TV’s global smash hit Game of Thrones. Page 4.
International Beverage Ltd. Launched a new travel retail exclusive collection for its Old Pulteney Scotch whiskies. Page 4.
Quantum Spirits pops-up at PIT. Pittsburgh’s local craft distillery Quantum Spirits is being featured as part of Pittsburgh International Airport’s sense of place program focusing on local food and beverage. Page 4.
Edrington disrupts the whisky-making process with The Macallan Concept No. 1. See how Edrington is turning the process upside down as it celebrates the world’s visionaries. Page 5.
MORE NEW CONCEPTS…
New York-based beauty company TPR Holdings has introduced the Badgley Mischka signature fragrance in tandem with the designers’ 30th anniversary, and presented it, along with the first scent for designer Elie Tahari, in Cannes, for international distribution. Page 5.
Belgium chocolate company Neuhaus has paired six pralines with two single origin coffees from Brazil and Colombia in a unique new gift box collection that launched first with Heinemann. Page 5.