Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 18 No. 36

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Miami-based travel retail operator Duty Free Partners has opened a stand-alone MAC boutique at San Diego International Airport, the airport’s only stand-alone high-end cosmetic shop. Read more about DFP’s operations in San Diego, page 1.



Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the Marine Hotel Association (MHA) are in discussions to unify their memberships, creating “cohesive membership” to cruise lines and suppliers.  Page 1.



Not surprisingly, the San Francisco International Airport duty free tender has drawn significant interest from travel retailers throughout the world. A rundown of some of the major players who attended SFO’s informational meeting last week, can be seen on page 4.
Supply Side News.
Luxury shows its resilience as LVMH reports strong across the board revenue growth in the first quarter of 2017. Page 4.
London-based beauty company Molton Brown reports a 57% increase in its travel retail business, as it begins to focus on more international expansion. Page 2.
Rituals has launched an “Express your Soul” limited edition collection for summer in collaboration with famed street artist MadC. Page 3.
Electronics and Accessories.
WorldConnect and Design Go sign agreement for U.S. distribution. Page 3.
Cross introduced its Peerless TrackR writing instruments in travel retail at the Duty Free Show in Orlando. Page 3.
The accolades continue to stack up for John Dewar & Sons’ Craigellachie Single Malt, the most recent being crowned the World’s Best at Whisky Magazine’World of Whiskies Awards last month. Page 2.
Miami-based ACTIUM has begun distributing Gruppo Montenegro’s Amaro Montenegro and Aperitivo Select and, in related news, opened an Office in Mexico City for its Beverage Division. Page 4.
MONARQ Group takes on super-premium Compass Box Scotch Whisky. Page 4.