Caribbean In-depth Report: Caribbean tourism robust, but growth is slowing even as inter-regional and LATAM travel gain strength                                                            

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) teamed up with travel intelligence specialist ForwardKeys to produce an in-depth study of air traffic and the tourism prospects for the region. “A data-based approach to destination promotion and management will be foundational for a sustainable, resilient and profitable future for the region’s tourism sector,” commented CHTA President […]

First bikes delivered to school children in Sri Lanka through WiTR+’s 2024 charity program

FRASI, the Swiss non-profit association whose Bike to School program is the beneficiary of the 2024 WiTR+ charity endeavor, reports that the first bikes for 2024 have been delivered. The organization’s website has been updated, and shows the WiTR+ support. In addition, the bikes show the WITr+ logo on the baskets. The first donation was […]

Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 25 No. 17

The Travel Markets Insider newsletter is attached to this letter as a PDF file. To open the PDF file, please click here . AT THE AIRPORT ARI-North America brought a joyous burst of colorful to Montreal-Trudeau International Airport with its inaugural cross-category Garden Event promotional island that is running through the end of June. See more details on page 1. La Boutique, the […]

HMSHost awarded new 15-Year dining contract for Sacramento International Airport

Global restaurateur HMSHost has been awarded a new 15-year contract to open nine new dining options at Sacramento International Airport (SMF) in California  — part of the airport’s transformation of its food and beverage offerings with a strong emphasis on showcasing local brands. Under the new contract, HMSHost will redevelop nearly 16,700 square feet of […]

IWSR: Global beverage alcohol market set for moderate recovery in 2025 after lackluster 2023 and challenging 2024

For the first time in nearly 30 years, IWSR recorded a decline (-2% in 2023) in the volume of spirits sold in the key U.S. market. Meanwhile, global total beverage alcohol (TBA) declined -1% by volume and rose +2% by value (US$, variable exchange rate) in 2023. Excluding national spirits such as baijiu and shochu, global volumes […]

Duty Free Dynamics adds Versace watches to portfolio

Duty Free Dynamics (DFD) has announced a partnership with Timex Group Luxury Division to distribute the leading international fashion brand Versace in the watches segment. The new agreement covers the Americas, Europe, and Africa in Travel Retail.  Founded in 1978 in Milan, Versace epitomizes Italian luxury and timeless elegance. Exclusively Swiss Made, Versace timepieces showcase […]

Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 25 No. 16

The Travel Markets Insider newsletter is attached to this letter as a PDF file. To open the PDF file, please click here Today’s issue of Travel Markets Insider begins with the news that ARI reports strong growth across all its operations for 2023. In North America, recovery in ARI’s Canadian operations gained pace, reaching 2019 levels despite the late opening of the Canadian market and […]

Bacardi GTR introduces Dewar’s Double Double 21 Year Old Stone Toasted Whisky

Bacardi Global Travel Retail has introduced Dewar’s Double Double 21 Year Old Stone Toasted as one of its key whisky innovations this year. The company is featuring a travel retail exclusive Discovery Pack of two expressions to feature exclusively with China Duty Free Group throughout the month of May, before rolling out to other travel retail […]