Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 19 No. 31

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We send our greetings to the many in the industry who are spending the week in Singapore at the TFWA Asia Pacific Show, along with wishes for safe travels and a most successful event.



Here in the Americas, there is a great deal of activity in travel and at the airports. In our lead story, ForwardKeys reports that outbound travel from Latin America is taking off, with Argentina leading the way. As for destinations, Argentinians are primarily visiting other destinations in Latin America, while Brazilians are traveling more long-haul, primarily to the U.S. and Canada. Page 1.

In line with the robust news out of South America, United Airlines has increased its stake in Brazil’s Azul. Page 1.

Global passenger traffic grew by a very healthy 6.6% in February, following slower growth in January, reports ACI, with Asia-Pacific turning in the fastest total passenger growth among the major regions. For a break-down on the Americas and other regions, see page 3.



DFASS Group has won a 10-year extension to its duty free/duty paid concession contract at Orlando International Airport. Page 2.

DFASS and Virgin Atlantic Airways have also won top honors at the 2018 International Hermes Creative Awards for VAA’s Retail Therapy publication, the second year in a row that they have brought home the acclaimed Platinum award.

Denver International Airport’s Great Hall Partners has launched its RFP for the first 10 concession spaces in the new Great Hall. RFP’s are available at More details on page 3.

North America airport concessions roundup: Marketplace names winning concessions at PHL; Fraport USA expands LaunchPad program at BWI and launches its WING’s customer service recognition program at BWI, CLE, PIT, and JFK T5. Page 4.



Jägermeister is rolling out its new-look airport activation program in key European and global locations, with plans to expand to the Americas in the summer. Page 4

Godiva is unveiling its new global travel retail exclusive – the Happiness Collection, this week in Singapore. Page 5

Chocolate brand Kinder is celebrating 50 years in business with entertaining and memorable traveler-exclusive customer experiences. Page 5

Rituals is partnering with DFS to expand its travel retail presence in the Middle East and Asia. Page 5.