Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 16 No. 45

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Today’s issue of Travel Markets Insider is all about numbers, people and Supply Side news.

ACI reports that global air passenger traffic maintained its growth momentum through November and expects full year 2014 figures to end up about 5%.

Chicago’s O’Hare International and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International are duking it out for bragging rights as the world’s busiest airport. Meanwhile, Beijing continues to gain in passenger numbers, and had risen to #2 in ACI’s January – September 2014 rankings.

Miami International Airport continues to grow and celebrates another record year of passenger traffic – its fifth record-breaking year in a row. The US Department of Commerce also reports that 2014 was a record year for international air traffic to/from the United States, and was up 7% to more than 197 million. Read full stories on page 1.

PEOPLE. TAG Heuer goes for youth appeal and “rock’n’roll” glamour by naming British super-model Cara Delevingne as its newest brand ambassador. Daisy Petevis rejoins former colleague Catherine Bonelli at Paul & Shark; industry consultant Jane Grant joins research firm Horizon Consumer Science in addition to her other travel retail roles.

TFWA has announced its final information-filled program for the 2nd China’s Century Conference, taking place in Shanghai on March 10-12. See full details on page 2.

SUPPLY SIDE. Puig acquired two high-end perfume brands last Friday, with the purchase of Penhaligon’s and L’Artisan Parfumeur from Fox Paine & Company. Page 2

Bacardi goes local with its “Cocktails of the World” experiential activation with DFS. Page 3.

The Estée Lauder Companies started the new year off by completing its acquisitions of storied fragrance brand Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, and “Hollywood” skincare treatment Glamglow. Page 4

Italian eyewear company Marcolin extends its license with Harley-Davidson and adds an exciting new brand to its portfolio. Page 4.

SAVVY TRAVELER. With business and personal travel at an all-time high, the spread of germs, bacteria and viruses is of growing concern for many travelers. Two savvy young women with a track record of creating successful, innovative products, Margarita Floris and Tina Aldatz, have developed a new collection offering daily use products in convenient kits and single-use packets that are geared specifically to travelers. The line is launching in some high-profile venues in March and the creators are looking to enter Travel Retail in a big way. Read more on page 3.