Duty Free Americas underscores specialty retail expertise with trio of ‘Firsts’ at DFW as the airport celebrates its 50th anniversary

As Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) celebrates its 50th anniversary, travel retail operator Duty Free Americas has opened three new specialty retail stores there, including the first ever travel retail store for Toys“R”Us (as reported). The retailer has also opened its first sunglasses store in the USA, SHADE, as well as the inaugural LEGO […]

U.S. Travel Association forecast predicts United States will continue to struggle for international inbound, domestic business travel as U.S. trails global competitors 

The U.S. Travel Association has released its biannual forecast for travel to and within the United States through 2027, showing international inbound travel and domestic business travel will continue to remain below pre-pandemic levels in 2024.   The forecast, prepared by Tourism Economics, was released just days after U.S. Travel revealed the findings of a global competitiveness […]

Uber to shut down Drizly

Three years after acquiring Drizly for $1.1 billion, Uber will be shutting down the popular U.S.-based alcohol delivery service. Drizly is the leading on-demand alcohol marketplace in the United States. Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, Uber’s SVP of Delivery, said that the company has decided to close the business and to focus on its “core Uber Eats strategy.” […]

Avolta and Corporación America Airports unite for strategic airport enhancement in Uruguay  

Avolta (formerly Dufry) and private airport operating group Corporación America Airports, have forged a partnership to “revolutionize” travel retail in Uruguay, in a collaborative initiative aimed at elevating the airport retail experience. The partnership is establishing what it calls a “novel business model” by leveraging the combined expertise of duty free retail and airport management as master concessionaire for travel […]

New research ranks U.S. nearly last in competition for global travelers 

The U.S. Travel Association on Jan. 11 released a study that found the United States ranks 17th out of 18 top travel markets in terms of global competitiveness, according to Euromonitor International. The travel association says that decades of underinvestment and a lack of focus and coordination from federal policymakers caused the U.S. to fall behind, while other countries actively apply […]

SSP Canada opens collection of restaurants at Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport

SSP Canada has now opened a collection of local and Canadian restaurants at Ottawa International Airport.  In 2019, the Ottawa Airport Authority announced the multi-year YOW+ terminal enhancement program which included a reimagined airport concession program. As part of the YOW+ program, SSP Canada, the preferred food and beverage concessionaire, was tasked with the ambitious […]

U.S. Virgin Islands tourism booms as government sets ambitious goals for 2024

Touting its “remarkable achievements” and offering a vision for “an even brighter future,” the U.S. Virgin Islands celebrated the end of 2023 with international arrivals projected to increase 39% above 2019 levels in the fourth quarter of 2023, plus extended stay visitors up by 25%. With these figures, the USVI played a prominent role in the […]

Edrington celebrates heritage of ultra-premium Brugal rum with holiday pop-up at MIA  

Edrington Travel Retail Americas has created an immersive pop-up experience for Brugal rum that celebrates the heritage and quality of the renowned rum from the Dominican Republic. The activation is housed in Terminal D at Miami International Airport and it will run through the holiday season.  The month-long pop-up invites visitors to embark on a […]

Pernod Ricard offers exclusive, signature Rabbit Hole whiskeys onboard Celebrity Ascent 

Pernod Ricard Travel Retail Americas has exclusively partnered with Celebrity Cruises to feature Rabbit Hole Distillery on the brand-new Celebrity Ascent.  The team at Celebrity Cruises, along with Pernod’s Americas cruise team, traveled to Kentucky earlier this year to the Rabbit Hole distillery to select three Heigold Single Barrels from the Artist Series Single Barrel Program, created especially for Celebrity […]