Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 15 No. 28

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Airport Dynamics on the air. We are very pleased to announce that six more TV segments shot during last month’s Duty Free Show of the Americas are now up and running at . These segments feature Ivo Knusel, Region Manager Americas, at the newly renamed Mondelez (formerly Kraft Foods). Ivo says it’s business as usual as the company used the IAADFS to launch a series of new products across several confectionery categories. Jean-Jacques Bona, president of Americas distribution company Essence Corp., which this year is celebrating its 25th anniversary, discusses what makes Essence Corp. different from other distributors in the region. Stephen Corrigan, William Grant Regional Director for North America covers key market trends – including the importance of delivering travel retail exclusives and premiumization, and how William Grant’s “formidable” stable of brands are leading the way.


John McDonnell, President International and COO of Patron Spirits Company (see special Breaking News issue regarding McDonnell stepping down from the company sent earlier today), gives a fascinating insight into one of the most “dynamic” businesses in the industry. The interview tracks the company’s extraordinary success, its ambitions, market development, retail theater, social responsibility and the role of DISCUS.  Robert Bassan, President, TAIRO International, a major fragrance player in the Mexican and Caribbean markets, expands on the current defining trends, market profile and buying culture and where he sees the biggest challenges – and opportunities – for his company. And Jose Luis Donagaray, Secretary General of South American duty free association ASUTIL, talks about next month’s conference taking place in Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic, as well as providing insight into the current economic culture within the region.


Marshall Arts International is the industry’s leading corporate and B2B video communications company, working for airport authorities, retailers and suppliers. Travel Markets Insider assisted MAI’s Peter Marshall during the IAADFS interviews.


In today’s issue of Travel Markets Insider it is all about developments in major U.S. airports. JFK International ushered in a new era in its history with the gala inauguration of the redeveloped T4, which was officially opened as the new home of Delta Airlines in a $1.4 billion development program that features an expanded and enhanced retail program. Hand in hand with the T4 story, DFS Managing Director of North America Polly Nelson discusses the exciting new duty free program in development at T4. TMI’s Lois Pasternak was on site for the ribbon cutting. Pages 1 – 3.


On the West Coast, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee unveiled details of a massive $4.1 billion improvement infrastructure plan for SFO. Back in Miami, the Airport won a trio of awards for its North Terminal Development program, AirPort MetroRail extension and MIA Mover. In Atlanta, an impressive array of top dignitaries – including former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young –were onhand to help open three new concessions at ATL. Read details on page 4.


In Latin America, a new airline – ALAS-U — is attempting to replace bankrupt Uruguayan flag carrier Pluna and last month officially revealed its branding. The airline, which will be a workers cooperative with a substantial government shareholding, may still have some obstacles to overcome, however. John Gallagher reports from Montevideo. Page 2.


Canada’s latest duty free sales figures show mixed results between airport and land duty free stores.


SUPPLYSIDE. TAG Heuer brings style and glamour to the Monaco Grand Prix with Cameron Diaz and Leonardo DiCaprio, Page 1.

YSL Beauté launches in China through L’Oréal Luxury China, Page 2.