Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 19 No. 34

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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Samuel Kauffmann. Always the ultimate gentleman, Samuel was a long-time Brasif executive and a co-founder behind South American Duty Free Association ASUTIL, as well as a friend and mentor to many. Samuel passed away last Friday, May 18, at the age of 80. See more on page 1.


TFWA: Pre-registration for the 2018 TFWA World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes has opened. Please note that the event is running from Sept. 30 through Oct. 5 this year. TFWA is also hosting the Digital Village, which will be open from Tuesday, Oct. 2 – Friday, Oct. 5. Page 4. For more information, or to register, please go to 




DFS & Estée Lauder have created an essential travel beauty campaign that has run throughout the month of May. The “Chic Never Sleeps” campaign is taking place in 15 DFS locations, highlighted with stunning pop-ups at T Galleria by DFS in Waikiki, Hawaii; Hong Kong, Canton Road; and Macau, City of Dreams. Page 2.



Mexico welcomed a record number of international tourists in the first quarter of this year, although spend per passenger dipped a little from the same period last year. Page 2.


The 2017 hurricanes cost Caribbean tourism more than US$700 million, reports the World Travel & Tourism Council. Read more details on page 3.




Turkey-based Global Ports Holding Plc, the world’s largest independent cruise port operator, this week signed a 15-year agreement to operate the cruise port in Havana, where the market is booming. Cruise ship passenger arrivals rose 156% in 2017 over 2016, and are forecast to surpass 500,000 this year, up from nearly 330,000 last year. Full details on page 3.




Cognac company Bache-Gabrielsenhas has become the third brand to join the Family Brands Alliance created last year, joining founding members Behn DANZKA and Pallini Limoncello as a way for smaller companies to optimize logistics, marketing and service in a changing travel retail world. Page 4.


In related news, DANZKA Vodka is holding some high profile tastings in Lima Airport with Dufry. Page 4.


Diageo Global Travel is celebrating summer with a new flavor of Tanqueray Gin called Flor de Sevilla. Flavored with Seville oranges and coriander, the new edition will be on travel retail shelves throughout the globe beginning in July.