Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 19 No. 23

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The 2018 Orlando
Women in Travel Retail Networking Cocktail meeting
will take place on
SUNDAY evening, 
March 18, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
at the Marriott Spa Pool area (West Terrace).
Just prior to the official Opening Cocktail,
  which begins at 7:00 p.m.
Cocktails are being generously provided by 
All women in the industry are invited to attend. 
Please be sure to help support our Silent Auction and raffle draw. 
All donations gratefully accepted. 
This year, for the first time, women in the industry will have the opportunity to officially join WiTR
and follow the easy instructions to become a member. 


Please RSVP to Lois Pasternak at
With the first joint ASUTIL/IAADFS Summit of the Americas just about a month away, the organizers have released the full slate of speakers for the Executive Conference Sessions taking place the mornings of March 19, 20 and 21.
Among the headliners are Dufry CEO Julian Diaz and Gustavo Antorcha, COO of Carnival Cruise Lines. See the full slate of speakers and a list of returning exhibiters, Inside Insider, page 1.
Denver International Airport chalks up another year of record passenger traffic in 2017, and welcomes its one billionth traveler – and international traffic grew at double the rate of its record-breaking domestic volume. Page 1.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reports that non-U.S. citizen air travel to the United States was up 4% higher than in the same period last year. See more numbers on page 2.
CiR Special Report: Airlift from India doubles to the Americas with new routes to Canada. Air Canada’s new Vancouver-Delhi service have proven so popular, the airline is bringing it back and expanding available seats by +45%. And that is just one new route catering to this high-spending nationality. Read more in this special report prepared for TMI by CiR on page 4.
DFASS Group and its partner CBI Retail Ventures officially inaugurated the largest duty free store in the western hemisphere last week at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal D. Page 2.
Following its highly successful partnership with Dufry, L’Oréal-owned hair care brand Kérastase has opened a third store in Terminal 3 departures at São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport. In related news, Kérastase unveiled a new face for the luxury hair care brand. Page 2.
Tea Forte is introducing two elegant new additions to its line of luxury giftable tea products, a Ceremonial Matcha Bowl Set and a Matcha Single Steep collection. Both are rolling out in travel retail now. Story on page 3.
Royal Caribbean bartender Shekhar Grover is the 2018 winner of the Bacardi Legacy Cruise Bartender of the Year award. Grover will now advance to the global finals that will take place in Mexico City in May. Page 3.
DISCUS, the U.S. Distilled Spirits Council, has reported record spirits sales for 2017, with volume being driven by high-end and super premium products across most categories. American Whiskey continues to be a super star. More details on page 4.