Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 18 No. 11

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This week features three important airport concessions in the Americas:

DFA opens a 9,500 square foot travel retail store in São Paulo-Congonhas Airport, just one of 18 retail venues currently open or under construction by DFA throughout Brazil. See full story on page 1, with a full selection of photos on the TMI website here.

Dufry, meanwhile, continues to expand its concession portfolio in the region, winning the tender for the duty free retail operations at Guadeloupe Pôle Caraïbes Airport, where it will be extending its existing concession contract until 2026 for duty free activities as well as nearly doubling its retail space. More details on page 2.

DFASS has been awarded the 10-year duty free and specialty retail concession at Philadelphia International Airport, and has opened a new SkyMarket food and retail store at Denver. See page 2.

In more airport news, HMSHost has completed its acquisition of the airport restaurant assets of concessionaire Concession Management Services, Inc. Page 2.

BY THE NUMBERS. ACI reports solid passenger traffic gains in the first half of this year, and provides a detailed analysis of the various global regions. To see the reports on North America and Latin America-Caribbean, see pages 4-5. To see ACI’s full global picture, click here.

In Canada, Vancouver International Airport is on pace to break a new passenger number this year; and the country’s duty free shops turned in a solid performance in July in both the airport and land border channels. Page 4.

SUPPLY SIDE. Celebrity Cruises’ Andrej Malic was crowned Diageo Global Travel’s best bartender at the Diageo Reserve World Class final held last week in the Diageo 396 Bar in Miami. TMI was there and spoke with Sandra Vaucher, Director Global Cruise and Airlines at Diageo about how the program has evolved over the past five years, and with Lorenzo Davidoiu, Director, F&B Operations at Celebrity Cruises, about how the cruise line will take advantage of its second win in a row. Pages 1 & 3. See more on the story here.

Miami-based Edrington WEBB Travel Retail Americas (EWTRA) has added additional select brands from The Sazerac Company to its distribution and marketing portfolio, and announced several organizational changes and additions to its board to prepare for its continued organic growth. Full story on page 3.

Affordable luxury U.K. gift brand Baylis & Harding held a “road show” in Miami Beach earlier this month that attracted some 20 travel retailers throughout the region. One of the fastest-growing, multi-channel bath, body and gift manufacturers in the world, Baylis & Harding is now launching its charming, appealing gift sets in the travel retail market in the Americas. See page 5 on how to order in time for the Holidays.

PEOPLE. The travel industry in the Americas lost a revered pioneer this month. Michael J. Youngman, former Director of Marketing for the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and former airline executive for American Airlines, died in New York City on Aug. 13. He was 84. Page 1.