Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 16 No. 38

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TMI has a lot of news this week, from snowy Canada to South America.

The 29th Annual Frontier Duty Free Association Convention opened yesterday in Toronto, Canada with a full day of Operator meetings and the election of a new Board and Executives, and a “swinging” Opening Cocktail with a Great Gatsby theme. The list of new board positions are on page 1.

The first new Free Stores on the Brazilian border could open as early as June 2015, and cater to Brazilian citizens. The anticipated news greeted attendees at the 2nd Border Conference held in Rivera, Uruguay last week. The conference, organized by South American Duty Free Association, ASUTIL, and the Uruguayan Chamber of Free Shops – CEFSU, attracted about 100 border shop operators, suppliers and government authorities. See page 2 for further details.

In the U.S., airport retailer International Shoppes has opened a dedicated Beauty store in JFK in JetBlue’s Terminal 5, with the goal of attracting more domestic passengers – especially Americans not comfortable shopping in a duty free store. The new Beauty store is right in time to take advantage of the new International Arrivals Hall with full Federal Inspection Services for customers arriving from international flights on JetBlue. International Shoppes’ Matt Greenbaum discusses the advantages of the new store with TMI starting on page 1.

SUPPLY SIDE. Global soccer icon David Beckham came to Cannes to help Diageo launch single grain Haig Club. Pernod Ricard installs Pop-Up for Chivas Brothers’ Blend at MIA; Martell celebrates 300th anniversary with limited edition. Pages 3 & 4.