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As officials in the Caribbean and Florida assess the human and property damage from monster Hurricane Irma, the International Association of Airport and Duty Free Stores donates $10,000 to CARICOM’s Disaster Emergency Management Agency to help the Caribbean. IAADFS President and CEO Michael Payne tells TMI this is only a first step, and that more aid will be forthcoming. Page 1.
St. John and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands sustains major damage, assessment still underway. Page 2.
Cruiselines and airline partners, Carnival and Disney send aid, help evacuations.
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International Shoppes was named by master developer Westfield as the winner of the duty free concession at Newark Liberty International Airport, Terminal B, further consolidating its position as one of the major travel retail operators in the NE United States. Page 3.
IATA Financial Monitor: June delivers the fastest annual pace of passenger yields since late 2013. Page 4.
US Department of Transportation approved $318.1 million in infrastructure grants to 78 airports. Page 4.
Behn DANZKA and Pallini Limoncello form a strategic Duty Free alliance. Page 4.
Sometimes the press actually IS the news! Three former – and current — travel retail media personalities made headlines over the past several days. We are delighted to share the news about industry colleagues here.
Amanda Felix leaves retirement to return to DFNI. Page 1.
Rebecca Mann joins Essential Communications PR. Page 1.
John Rimmer named TFWA managing director as Alain Maingreaud chooses a part-time role. Page 2.