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In an issue chock full of news we start out with a review of the CTO State of the Caribbean Tourism Industry. In a somewhat surprising development, visitor expenditures outpaced visitor arrivals in 2013. The rate of growth in tourism arrivals was lower than last year, but the Tourism islands of the Caribbean still welcomed more than 25 million stay-over visitors, up from 24.6 million in 2012. See story page 1.
ACI reports that global air traffic ended the year on a very strong note, with December turning in the highest growth rate over the past 12 months. Page 1.
With the Duty Free Show of the Americas just weeks away, People and Company news dominate today’s issue: Bulgari’s Trapani steps back at LVMH; Clarins names its new GM in the Americas; Lucio-Pradilla goes to Coty, and Thania Vazquez joins Reba America – which is in the midst of launching such high-profile brands as PITBULL and JAY Z in select markets.
In more Pre-Show news, Katherine Sleipnes of IBBI adds hot pro makeup brand NYX to the product portfolio, and will be working again with former colleague Jeffrey Ten, who is VP Int’l Development for the very trendy line. Arnaud De Volontat has opened his own company and will be exhibiting an intriguing line of new high tech hair beauty products by industry leader Corioliss. Tyko Travel Retail taps Worldclassbrands as its Americas agent. See details Inside Insider.
In more news, Marcolin signs with Zegna, Shiseido sells Carita, LVMH changes its corporate legal status and Victorinox wins a design award.
At the Point of Sale, TAG Heuer opens two very high profile new boutiques; and Furla‘s strategy of constant global expansion has boosted its turnover by more than 45% over the past three years. See page 3.
On the SUPPLY SIDE, TMI presents news from Heineken and the new 2014 Bacardi Cruise Competition.
And finally, TFWA is moving, and reveals new dates for Cannes in 2016 & 2017.