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Topping off an extremely active week in the Americas, ARI North America today unveiled its completely refurbished transborder duty free store in Montreal Trudeau International Airport. Following an extensive remodel, the new The Loop Duty Free offers travelers an upgraded and expanded selection of fragrances, cosmetics, wines, spirits and other luxury items, Jackie McDonagh, general manager, Aer Rianta International North America tells TMI. See full story on page 1.
In another news-worthy retail debut, Tea Forte has opened its first ever retail shop in Boston, Massachusetts. The Pop-Up concept is the precursor of a permanent store that will be opening a block away in early 2018. See page 1.
TFWA President Erik Juul-Mortensen presented a detailed State of the Industry overview in the opening conference in Cannes that was at once cautionary and hopeful. The industry must work as a united unit to promote the channel and drive awareness to governments throughout the world, and work to control those things that are within its power to affect, he warned. Read more on page 2.
Research & Environment
CiR is beginning to work on its most comprehensive traveler and segmentation study, in an effort to provide retailers and brand owners with a better understanding of their traveling shopper customer base. More information on page 3.
ACI reports that the global airport industry is making progress in addressing its CO2 emissions, and has passed a milestone with more than 200 airports now certified by the independent and voluntary Airport Carbon Accreditation program. Story on page 5.
Supply Side News
Bacardi takes flight with its innovative Flying Bartender program on Virgin Atlantic. Page 3.
Stoli Group had a major showing in Cannes this year, celebrating with an 80th anniversary limited edition for Stolichnaya, a revamped super-premium Stoli Gold and by adding the new super-premium Cenote Tequila to its portfolio. Full story on page 4.
Desigual introduced a new travel retail exclusive collection in Cannes. Page 4.
Jewelry company Misaki Monaco – which is celebrating its 30th year in business – has announced it will be working with Katherine Sleipnes’ International Brand Builders (IBBI) in the Americas travel retail market. IBBI will be showing the new Misaki collections in Montreal at the Frontier Duty Free show. See more, Inside Insider, page 5.