Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 15 No. 34

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Today’s issue of Travel Markets Insider focuses primarily on Supply Side News, along with global air traffic and Canadian duty free results.


BY THE NUMBERS:  ACI & IATA both report strong numbers for June, and the trade groups are slightly more optimistic than they had been earlier this year as Asia shows recovery and international air traffic in Europe rises for the second consecutive month (according to IATA). Page 1.


Duty free sales in Canadian airports were particularly strong, up by 8% for the first six months of 2013, with an 11% surge in June. Duty free sales for Canada’s Land Border stores fell nearly 3% in June however, and showed a slight decline for the January-June period. More details on page 1.


TSA NEWS. Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport inaugurated the first Automated Passport Control kiosks in the U.S. this morning, following on the steps of the launch of APC in Vancouver in June.


ON THE SUPPLY SIDE: News from Flo Accessories; Mondeléz International; Travalo, Beam Inc. and Brown-Forman. Pages 2 & 3.


SUPPLIER FEATURE: Heineken brought one of the most creative airport activations in the industry to New York’s JFK Airport with its “Drop Everything” Departure Roulette promotion, as part of its global mulit-media “Dropped” campaign. Keeping its creativity level in high gear, Heineken also launched the first 3D ad in an inflight magazine in May. Full story on page 4.


PEOPLE. One of the best-known service companies in the Miami’s travel retail community — Associated Photo & Imaging – recently announced the retirement of its long-time President, Larry Apple. Although Apple is stepping down from the company his father founded more than six decades ago, a familiar face remains, as company VP Diana Herrera, has acquired the company and becomes President. Congratulations to Diana and APImaging, which has been a partner with luxury brands for their travel retail advertising needs for years. See full story on page 3.