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Travel Markets Insider wishes our readers around the world a happy, healthy, successful and peaceful New Year in 2018. We thank you all for your readership and support and look forward to helping all of our readers communicate their news in the coming year.
We close out 2017 with some exciting concession developments in airports across North America.
In Los Angeles International Airport, Westfield, in partnership with Delta and LAWA, has unveiled 17 new dining and retail locations at Terminal 3, in another step in the creation of the $1.9 billion Delta Sky Way under development. Story on page 1.
In Toronto Pearson International Airport, Paradies Lagardère has partnered with travel website TripAdvisor to create a branded travel essential store, the first of four planned for airports throughout the region. See page 2.
The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, which is undergoing a terminal expansion project to add nine more gates to keep pace with increasing passenger traffic, will be welcoming a host of new F&B and retail options. In December, the Austin City Council approved bids from HMSHost – a first for Host in the Austin airport; Paradies Lagardère, Delaware North, and ABIA Duty Free, operated by EJE CVG, among others. See details on page 4.
IN MEMORIAM: JAMES PARADIES
The Paradies Lagardère family is deeply saddened to announce that company co-founder James Paradies, 87, of Atlanta, Ga., passed away on Friday, December 22, 2017. More information on page 1.
Swiss research agency m1nd-set has released a special analysis on digital marketing opportunities with Milllennial consumers, and reports on ways to reach these passengers in real time while they are traveling, throughout the entire journey. Page 3.
Flight booking tracking agency ForwardKeys is forecasting a bright future for most long-haul travel in the coming year. The exception to the robust growth estimates comes from travel to the United States, where international arrivals are expected to grow less than in any other major markets. Details on page 3.
SUPPLY SIDE NEWS
China is getting set to welcome the Year of the Dog and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, which is known as the “vodka for dog people,” has created special gift packaging in honor of the occasion. Story on page 4.