Even as much of the Caribbean is digging out from the damage caused by Hurricane Irma earlier this month, the region was hit by a second monster storm with Hurricane Maria. This storm has devastated the islands of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, a major island with some 3.4 million residents, with damage that PR’s Governor calls “apocalyptic.”
Update on this volatile situation is on page 4.
With the duty free and travel retail industries’ premier global event beginning in just a few days, management changes are dominating the news.
Stephen Corrigan, an experienced travel retail spirits executive with long tenures at Pernod Ricard and William Grant & Sons, will be heading up a brand new company formed with a team led by Andy Consuegra called WEBB Global Travel Retail.Corrigan says that the exciting new company will be consumer-centric and will deliver a portfolio of true “craft” spirits products across the world. See full story on page 1.
One of the most recognized travel retail executives, Estee Lauder’s Olivier Bottrie, is adding a new global retail role to his responsibilities. Details on page 1.
Premium chocolatier Godiva has announced two senior executive changes: former Pepsico and Starbucks executive Anne Young-Scrivner has been named new CEO; while beauty specialist Suzanne Cockerham takes Godiva’s top TR marketing role. Page 2.
Maria Jorgelina Joaquin, formerly of Swarovski, joins B+D eyewear. Page 2.
SUPPLY SIDE FEATURE: Swarovski
In a TMI special report, Paul Collica, Swarovski Director of Travel Retail, discusses how the renowned crystal company is shining up its sparkle in travel retail and cruise venues across the United States. Page 3.
B+D. the Argentina-based eyewear company reports sales are up as its markets expand. Page 4.
HMSHost is awarded a new F&B contract at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Page 4.