Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 17 No. 27

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The lead story in today’s issue of TMI takes a close look at the excellent progress made by spirits distribution company Edrington WEBB Travel Retail Americas, which will celebrate its first full year as a separate entity in January. With a sterling portfolio crowned by such brands as Macallan, Tito’s Vodka, Disaronno, and Licor 43, among others, EWTRA has staged a number of innovative HPP displays and events at key airports throughout the Americas over the past year. Read the full story on pages 2-3.

Cruise News. Tiffany & Co. opened its first free-standing boutique at sea onboard Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas on Nov. 21, reports Starboard Cruise Services, which operates the shops onboard the Oasis of the Seas. Luciano Rodembusch, vice president of Tiffany & Co. Latin America; Mark Tamis, senior vice president, Hotel Operations, Royal Caribbean International; and Beth Neumann, president, Starboard Cruise Services, did the ribbon cutting honors. See details on page 1.

South American Duty Free Association ASUTIL has elected its new slate of officers and directors for the 2016-2017 term, and announced details of the 2016 Conference taking place in Santiago, Chile on June 8-11. Page 1.

In more People news, Liliana Fuentes, after 15 years with MARS, has joined Essence Corp as Division Director for L Brands. Page 1.

Supply Side. Coty’s Calvin Klein Fragrances is giving travel retail an early Christmas gift, launching ck2, its new gender-free fragrance for men and women, exclusively in Travel Retail in December 2015, before the worldwide launch in February 2016. Ck2 was launched in the Caribbean on Dec. 1 by Tairo International, which is playing up its Caribbean exclusivity with a fun-filled Instagram campaign. Page 1 with more pictures on page 4.

In more Supply Side News, M∙A∙C celebrates raising $400 million to combat AIDS with Viva Glam; Glenfiddich has partnered with Baccarat and introduced its first co-developed product, a rare whisky expression called Glenfiddich Cask Collection Finest Solera; and William Grant & Sons has launched Grant’s Elementary, a range of three Scotch whiskies, exclusive to travel retail. Page 4.