Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 15 No. 27

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It is with a very sad heart that we announce the passing of another well-loved member of the travel retail industry. Caribbean specialist Jean Lachesnez-Heude died suddenly on May 2. A private burial has taken place but his friends in the industry may be planning a memorial service. TMI will keep those interested informed of future plans. Please click here to leave a condolence message for his family.


Airport Dynamics on the air. We are very pleased to announce that the first three TV segments shot during last month’s Duty Free Show of the Americas are now up and running at  These segments feature IAADFS Executive Director Michael Payne, Brown-Forman Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Global Travel Retail, India, Middle East & Africa Jim Perry and Neutral CEO Enrique UriosteMarshall Arts International is the industry’s leading corporate and B2B video communications company, working for airport authorities, retailers and suppliers.


In Canada, the Frontier Duty Free Association held its first Business & Professional Development  Summit in Whistler, B.C. last week, topped off by a Charity Golf Tournament in honor of the late Lori Watson of Pernod Ricard, who died of breast cancer last year. The event generated more than $27,000. See story on pages 1 & 3. 

DFA vs ELC. The big news of the week in the Americas was last week’s decision by a U.S. federal judge to dismiss the anti-trust lawsuit brought by Duty Free Americas against Estee Lauder Companies. Judge Robert N. Scola gave DFA the right to submit an amended complaint with additional evidence, however, and DFA says that it will do so before the June 3 deadline.

Details on pages 1 & 3.


BY THE NUMBERS. ACI posts strong air passenger numbers for March. Page 1.

Dufry Group prevails in first quarter despite challenges in South America. Page 2.

Canadian duty free sales soar in March. Page 4.


SUPPLY SIDE.  Seva Group signs with Pallini Limoncello;

Bacardi launches first single malt whisky as a TR exclusive;

Mouton Cadet named official wine supplier for the Ryder Cup. Pages 1 & 4.


In Breaking News, TAG Heuer announced this morning that it has a major global partnership with the FIA Formula E Championship as Official Timekeeper, Official Watch and Chronograph and Founding Partner of the new FIA Formula E Championship to start in September for the 2014. More information to come.


More Industry News. Carnival Cruise Lines to pull out of Europe next year. See page 4.