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NOTE: TMI is very excited to announce that travel retail industry veteran Liz Taylor has joined our team to help with advertising sales. Liz, who has an extensive network of contacts across the region, will be a valuable asset to our team. Expect a call or note from Liz or myself soon. Liz will also continue to run her own company, Premier Global Trading.
Speaking of which, TMI has some excellent advertising opportunities available for the upcoming Summit of the Americas magazine. Call now to see how TMI can help deliver your company’s message!
IN THE NEWS. As the U.S. government shutdown enters its second month today, the impact is being felt by more and more Americans. The partial shutdown has hit the aviation industry particularly hard, and the U.S. Travel Association is forecasting a loss of $100 million a day to the economy just through the impact on travel alone. See more on page 1.
3Sixty (the former DFASS) has inked a far-reaching agreement with Avianca Holdings to convert the current inflight concessions with AVH’s airlines to an innovative online pre-order duty free and duty-paid platform. The platform will allow as many as 30 million passengers to pre-order goods and services with on board and ground-based delivery. See full breaking story on page 2.
UNWTO: International tourist arrivals reach 1.4 billion two years ahead of forecasts. Page 4.
More numbers: Record year for Jamaica’s tourism. Page 4.
PEOPLE & COMPANIES
Susan Stackhouse, who founded leading airport retailer Stellar Partners 30 years ago with one duty free store at Tampa Airport, has announced her retirement. Respected industry executive Padraig Drennan will replace Stackhouse as President and CEO. Congratulations to both! Page 1.
Hats off to Essence Corp. and its latest team-building project designed to also aid the community. Read more on page 1.
Pernod Ricard Global Travel Retail has named a new vice president of marketing. Page 2.
TFWA has announced the speakers for the upcoming 2019 China’s Century Conference, which will be held in partnership with APTRA at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Sanya, Haitang Bay from March 5-7. See details on page 5. Pre-registration is now open at www.tfwa.com.
Newark Liberty Airport recently selected Munich Airport International GmbH to operate the new $2.7 billion Terminal One currently under construction to replace the outdated Terminal A. MAI is also now managing the existing Terminal A. See page 2.
Indianapolis Airport names Hudson Group and Paradise Lagardère as new retailers in first phase of “Concession Refresh” bids. Page 3.
The Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) has released an RFP for a candidate to build and operate an on-site hotel at Lyndin Pindling International Airport in Nassau, the Bahamas. Details on page 5.
Haleybrooke International to launch Welsh brand Penderyn Whisky in Americas for Travel Retail. Page 6
Bottega gains new airline listings for prosecco “minis” range. Page 6.
IGL sells US$44K bottle of Glenfiddich 50 yo Page 6
Swatch welcomes Chinese New Year with special pig-shaped Gem. Page 6.