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Dufry Group consolidates its dominant position at Mexico City’s international airport by winning the duty free concession contract for Terminal 2, which had previously been held by Grupo Wisa. And further expanding its reach, the giant travel retailer announces a new cruise ship contract with Madrd-based Pullmantur. Story on page 1.
In a major strategic shift, British fashion brand Burberry entered into a long-term licensing contract for its beauty business with Coty Inc., just five years after ending its contract with Inter Parfums and bringing the business inhouse. Page 1
The Duty Free World Council is focusing on the Americas this year with an Economic Impact Study on the importance of the Duty Free & Travel Retail industry in the region. This and more news from DFWC on page 5.
MarketPlace PHL and the City of Philadelphia announce a leasing outreach forum. Page 3.
Record revenue for Denver. Page 5.
Avianca Brasil launches first US destination with Miami-Sao Paulo service. Page 5.
ARN awards best airport concessionaires: AirMall, NewsLink, SFO, and LAX are among those honored. Page 5.
Washington’s Reagan National and Dulles International celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival in high style. Page 5.
Barry Geoghegan & Severino Pusic team up to make new
Duty Free Global a force in TR wines and spirits distribution worldwide. Page 2.
More Supply Side news.
Godiva and Pernod Ricard partner for a DFS-exclusive cross-category promotion at LAX. Page 3.
Cécile Vangelisti has joined Heidsieck champagnes as Director of Global Travel Retail. Page 3.
ForwardKeys reports that Mexicans are flocking to Canada while US visits decline, as Canada’s new visa-free policy for Mexicans went into effect in December. If the trend continues, Forbes says the U.S. could lose as much as $1.6 billion in direct economic spending by 2018. Page 5.