Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 15 No. 45

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Canada’s Frontier Duty Free Association kicked off its 28th Annual Convention in Niagara Falls, Ontario yesterday, with a day-long Operator’s Meeting and the traditional Sunday night Opening Cocktail. TMI had an opportunity to sit down with FDFA President Abe Taqtaq in Cannes last month, to discuss some of the issues that will be on this week’s agenda for the Canadian border store business.  See interview on page 1.

Meanwhile, the latest duty free figures from the Canadian Border Services Agency show that Canada’s airport sales continue to demonstrate strong growth, while border sales in September were down across all regions.


People. Blandine Knight, area director for Camus Wine and Spirits, and a familiar figure among Canada’s duty free operators, announces that she will be retiring early next year. See further details on Page 1.


Elizabeth Arden’s Ayaz Furniturewalla takes a senior position at Estee Lauder Travel Retail and Revlon names a new CEO. Pages 1 & 2.


Sense of Place captures awards for North American airports.

Airports Council International – North America announced the winners of its 2013 Airports Concessions Awards last week, and airports that demonstrated a strong regional and local selection of retail and dining options prevailed, with San Francisco coming out on top. Page 2.


Supply Side Features.

Superstar RnB singer Rihanna made a special personal appearance at the Cave Shepherd store in Barbados to help launch her new Rogue perfume. Rogue is produced under license by Parlux and distributed in the Caribbean by PGE. Page 3.


Spirits. Heineken expands its duty free portfolio with craft beers and ciders from New Zealand; Bombay Sapphire premieres limited edition gift packs to celebrate its new distillery opening; Flor de Cana launches ultra-premium Centenario 25 rum as a duty free exclusive. Details on pages 3 & 4.