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 […]

SSP to increase its footprint in North America through acquisition of ECG in Canada  

SSP Group plc will expand its presence in North America through the recent acquisition of Calgary-based ECG Ventures Limited (ECG). SSP, a leading travel food and beverage operator, will take over the leases of three units at Calgary Airport and an additional two at Edmonton Airport. The five new restaurant/bars – The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck, […]

Canadian tourism revenue recovers one year earlier than predicted 

Although one of the last countries to re-open its borders to tourism, Canada’s tourism revenue is set to exceed 2019 levels, generating $109.5 billion by the end of 2023, according to Destination Canada’s latest Tourism Outlook report. This represents the recovery of the tourism sector from the COVID-19 pandemic one year earlier than projected.  Despite […]

Pilgrim creates giant spectacle at Montreal Airport with ARI

Danish jewelry brand Pilgrim is partnering with AerRianta International (ARI) at Montreal Airport for four weeks, highlighting its collection with a super-sized pair of sunglasses, which is turning travelers’ heads in store. Located in the international terminal, the simple and elegant sculpture creates an irresistible eye-catching installation and together with the branded image wrap column […]

Hard fought recovery showing signs of progress as new Canadian border Duty Free model stresses collaboration 

There was a sense of hopefulness at the 2023 Frontier Duty Free Association (FDFA) Convention held last month in Toronto, the first full gathering of Canadian land border operators, suppliers, and industry stakeholders since the pandemic. While registration numbers were down 30% versus the last pre-COVID show in 2019, FDFA Executive Director Barbara Barrett tells […]

From Canada to the World … T.S.M. Custom Millwork builds TR business

 Canadian furniture building specialists T.S.M. Custom Millwork has been working with travel retail operators for more than a quarter century. While it was first focused on the land border operators north of the border, its builds are now featured with almost every border and airport operator in North America.   The company has grown, changed names, […]

In Memoriam: Len DaSilva

Canada’s Frontier Duty Free Association announced the very sad news that Len DaSilva has passed away. DaSilva was the Senior VicePresident and COO of West Coast Duty Free store for nearly two decades. “Len sat on the FDFA Board of Directors for several years and contributed greatly to Canada’s duty free industry. “Len was part […]