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With members of the travel retail industry preparing to gather in Toronto for the 2018 Frontier Duty Free Association (FDFA) Convention this coming week, many industry stakeholders attending the Canadian duty free show will have their first opportunity to meet Barbara Barrett, the association’s new Executive Director. Just a few weeks after her appointment, Barrett spoke to TMI about her plans for the Association and what she sees coming next for the industry in Canada, which we share here.
We wish a warm welcome to the industry for Ms. Barrett, and look forward to seeing her and all our Canadian colleagues in Toronto this week. For full story, please see page 1.
Canada’s latest duty free sales were mixed in September, reports the Canada Border Services Agency, with strong gains in airport sales, but lower numbers reported from the land border. Page 2.
Diageo announced a major change in the top management of its Global Travel team today, with current managing director Dayalan Nayager taking a high level local market position and Eduardo Barp, Diageo’s Caribbean-Central American General Manager, stepping into the top GTR role. Page 1.
Chairman of King Power International Group dies in horrific helicopter crash. Please see full story and personal remembrances from Martin Moodie, here: “A collective broken heart” – Rest in Peace: Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Chairman of King Power International Group and Leicester City Football Club
LATAM NEWS ROUNDUP
BRAZIL. Bolsonaro sweeps presidential election. Page 4
MEXICO. New incoming president scraps $13 billion Mexico City Airport project. Page 4.
SANCTIONS. The United States is imposing new sanctions on Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, calling the Latin American countries the “troika of tyranny.” Page 4.
CHILE. Latam – American Airlines joint business agreement approved by Chile’s anti-trust regulators. Page 4.
AT THE POINT OF SALE
British retailer WH Smith will double its international travel business with the acquisition of US-based InMotion for US$198 million. Page 3.
Givenchy Beauty, Bloommiami create second interactive makeup activation with DFS Group at Waikiki. Page 3.
Grey Goose Vodka and DFS drive sampling and activation at JFK T4. Page 6