Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 17 No. 16

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Canada’s Frontier Duty Free Association has announced that registration is now open for the Annual Ontario Duty Free Golf Classic, taking place Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 at the Bridgewater Country Club in Fort Erie, Canada. The registration form can be found here.

The long running legal dispute between Duty Free Americas and The Estée Lauder Companies may finally have run its course with the decision last Friday by the US Court of Appeals to uphold the lower court decision to dismiss the suit. More details on page 1.

In the latest installment of the Travel Retail Forum’s survey of travel retail trends, Cross’ David Ferreira asks respondents to describe the ideal duty free store. The top three categories were a walk-through store, with strong brand personalization, using mainly self-serve for items under US$100. What are your choices? See full survey results on page 3.

AT THE POINT OF SALE. Toronto Pearson International Airport hosted the first installation of the John Dewar & Sons Fine Whisky Emporium in the Americas in June, and Bacardi Global Travel Retail reports that the activation was a great success with about 4,500 travelers sampling the offers in a 17-day period. Full story on page 2.

BY THE NUMBERS. Airports Council International has released the first half 2015 air passenger traffic results, which show that growth rates were resilient despite economic and geopolitical challenges, Page 4.

Barbados reports record stay-over visitors during the first six months of the year, for the first time topping 300,000 in the January-June period. Cruise numbers in the second quarter were also up by 12%. See full report on page 3.