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The 2019 TFWA World Exhibition in Cannes appears to be a success on all counts: record numbers of attendees at all events; a world class conference – even with a somewhat controversial keynote speaker; a serious discussion on all levels on sustainability, especially in light of the impact of aviation on the environment; a very interesting new Innovation Lab venue; along with hundreds of business meetings and networking opportunities.
A rundown of some of the highlights begins on page 1.
In another highlight from Cannes 2019, WiTR (and friends) raise over €19,000 to help young women to break the circle of poverty. Details on page 1.
Duty free allowances to increase in Brazil. Just hours after ASUTIL Secretary General Jose Luis Donagaray held a webinar to alert the industry trade press that an increased duty free allowance was imminent, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tweeted that the allowance for Brazilian travelers arriving on international flights will be increased from US$500 to US$1000 within the next few days. John Gallagher reports. See page 2.
UPDATE: ASUTIL this morning released the Official Brazilian Resolution, which can be seen in the original Portuguese here. The new US$1,000 allowance will go into effect on January 1, 2020 and as of now is for airports only. “We are waiting for borders as announced by President Bolsonaro in his tweet,” commented Jose Luis Donagaray. To see an English translation of the resolution, please click here.
In a major boom to hurricane-stricken Grand Bahama, Carnival Cruise Line resumed regular calls to the island beginning last Friday. Page 3
Travel retailer Hudson Group has signed an agreement to acquire the assets of Brookstone stores in U.S. airports. The agreement covers 34 airport stores, of which 30 are currently open and operating. Read more, Inside Insider on page 3.
The Estée Lauder Companies launched its annual Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign on October 1, a program the company has spearheaded since 1992. The Campaign has raised more than $79 million since then to support global research, education and medical services with more than $65 million funding 260 medical research grants. This year the Campaign aims to raise another $9 million globally. Go to page 4 to see how you can help.
In more news from The Estée Lauder Companies, two key leaders within the travel retail business – Israel Assa and Javier Simon – have been promoted and will join the executive leadership team. Both Assa and Simon are familiar to the industry in the Americas, as they held senior positions in ELC’s travel retail business in Miami. Page 4.
Duty Free World Council. Sarah Branquinho was unanimously elected President of the DFWC for a two-year term. Page 5.
SUPPLY SIDE: SPIRITS
Edrington unveiled the global travel retail exclusive Concept Number 2 for The Macallan with a special “sonic whisky tasting” at TFWA World Exhibition in Cannes. This is the second release in the Concept Series, a collection that fuses the passion behind The Macallan’s whisky making with innovative art, music and culture. Page 5.
Brown-Forman Global Travel Retail is launching its “We are Jack” campaign at dozens of airports around the world. Focusing on the iconic American whiskey’s authenticity and taste, the “We Are Jack” campaign message is that Jack Daniel’s is “the whiskiest whiskey from Lynchburg, Tennessee.” See more details on page 6.
Neptune Rum — an award-winning family-owned Barbados rum — has signed an agreement with Duty Free Global for global travel retail. Neptune is a blend of 3, 5 and 8 year old Rum, aged in bourbon oak casks, and created in a mix of pot and column stills. Full story on page 6.