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Five years after the original legislation was passed by the Brazilian Parliament, the first Brazilian border store operated by a major operator has officially opened.
Global travel retailer Dufry inaugurated an 850 sqm retail shop in the border city of Uruguaiana, on August 22, perhaps ushering in a new era of opportunity for the travel retail business in the Southern Cone. See more details on page 1.
Argentina is also in the news this week. In a milestone event for Iguazu, Argentine President Mauricio Macri on Friday “christened” the first intercontinental flight from Puerto Iguazu International Airport, as Air Europa officially inaugurated flights from Iguazu to Madrid, Spain. See full story on page 3.
In more news from Iguazu, Argentine duty-paid travel retailer ShopGallery this week opened a new 70 sqm Gate 7/24 Travel Market convenience store in Iguazu International Airport, which is currently in the midst of a major renovation project. The operator also opened a new 250sqm ShopGallery store in Iguazu airport at the beginning of August. Story on page 3.
BY THE NUMBERS
Airports Council International (ACI) World reports that global passenger traffic moderated in the first half of 2019 while the air freight industry continued to experience downturn. The global passenger market grew by +3.6% year-to-date, almost one percentage point below its 12-month rolling average. Growth was largely driven by the strength in international travel. See full report on page 2.
New routes and airlines help Miami International Airport deliver steady mid-year growth. Page 1.
SPECIAL TMI SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: SWAROVSKI SPARKLES
Austrian crystal house Swarovski has reconfirmed that travel retail is a strategic priority for the company and has spent the last year reorganizing and strengthening its TR team across the globe, reports Claudia Heskier Schioenning, VP Travel Retail & Global Accounts, speaking with TMI in Miami recently. Read the full story on page 5.
SUPPLY SIDE: COUNTDOWN TO CANNES
All Eyes on DFS. Sunglasses Vision 2020 discusses category management and examines best-in-class executions that have elevated sunglasses standards and performance in travel retail. Here they discuss the activities of DFS Group, which won last year’s Best Marketing Activity for its omni-channel exclusive launches, and won best Off-Airport Retailer for its sunglasses activations in its T-Gallerias worldwide. Page 4.
Cabeau launches a merchandising and point-of-purchase program, which will be featured in Cannes. Page 4.
Al Fakher, the global leader in the shisha tobacco market, will be exhibiting for the first time in Cannes and will feature an experiential shisha lounge at the Bay Terrace at the Palais. Page 4.