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The news that U.S. President Donald Trump had tested positive for COVID-19 early Friday morning was devastating on many levels, but it had an immediate impact on the beleaguered cruise industry. Cruise line representatives and the White House COVID-19 Task Force had been scheduled to meet with President Trump later that day to discuss a safe return to cruising. The meeting came on the heels of the news that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would only be extending their no-sail order another 30 days, and not until next February, which had been recommended by some experts. See more on this developing story on page 1.
The travel industry continues to find more ways to fight back against this insidious virus. Following an aggressive push by IATA and other aviation organizations for systematic COVID testing to replace blanket quarantines, Tampa International Airport in Florida launched the first in the U.S. coronavirus airport testing for all passengers. See more details beginning on page 1.
In more aviation news, LAX has expanded its mobile food and beverage ordering experience with digital service provider Grab. Page 3.
The coronavirus impact on airports has had one unexpected positive result. The latest J.D. Power study on airport satisfaction in North America indicates that traveler satisfaction scores soared to record levels due to the drastic fall in passenger levels. See more details on page 4.
The Estée Lauder Companies 2020 Breast Cancer Campaign is more than a ribbon this year—the famous pink symbol for breast cancer is also a symbol that unites, says the company. Full story on page 2.
DFS names new chairman & CEO. The leading duty free retailer brings back one of its strongest leaders as it prepares for the post-COVID landscape. Page 1.
CARRIBEAN: GRENADA RE-OPENS
With Grenada listed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control as very low risk for COVID-19, the island started welcoming travelers from key source markets in North America, the UK, and more of the Caribbean on Oct. 1. Page 4.
EU to take legal action against the UK for breaking the BREXIT deal over status of Northern Ireland. Page 2.
Champagne Lanson updates packaging after start of rebranding earlier this year. Page 5.
InnoTRI and Altia Plc sign exclusive deal for U.S. duty free channel. Page 5
MONARQ GROUP adds ultra-premium Código 1530 Tequila to its distribution portfolio. Page 6.
Jack Daniel’s launches its first global campaign with ‘Make it Count.’ Page 6
Porsche Design and BRIC’S launch their first bags & luggage collection resulting from the partnership announced earlier this year. The collection features Porsche’s functional design philosophy and engineering combined with BRIC’S craftsmanship and manufacturing, say the companies. Page 5.