Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 20 No. 22

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You are welcome to join us even if you have not RSVP’d as of today. 


Calling all women attending the Duty Free and Travel Retail Summit of the Americas. 


Please join us at the annual WiTR Networking cocktail hour at the Hyatt Regency Orlando on Sunday, March 24, at 5:30-7:00 pm just prior to the official Opening Cocktail.


We will be meeting in the Orchid Room, adjacent to the pool area where the Opening Cocktail will take place.


Cocktails are generously being provided by Edrington Americas Travel Retail and a selection of “women-themed” wines have been donated by WEBB Banks. And a special thank you to Aer Rianta North America and Jackie McDonagh for co-sponsoring this year’s event with TMI.


As in the past, we will be holding a charity raffle and Silent Auction, and we already have some fantastic gift items that have been promised. We welcome your donations for the raffle, and please bring plenty of business cards and $$ to play!


The monies raised from this year’s event will be split between the regional charity of Hand in Hand for Haiti and WiTR’s global charity for 2019 of Friends International.


A number of women attending have requested to speak and we should have an interesting and lively event. 




Please RSVP to me at so we can plan accordingly. See you there!


2019 Summit of the Americas opens on Sunday in its new venue: 

The 2019 Duty Free & Travel Retail Summit of the Americas, jointly organized by ASUTIL and IAADFS, has officially commenced today, Sunday, March 24, at the Summit’s new home, the Hyatt Regency Orlando in Orlando, Florida. We hope to see many of you there! Page 1.


Chicago officials broke ground on the first phase of a $1.2 billion expansion of O’Hare International (ORD) Terminal 5 on Wednesday. The construction will add 350,000 sq. ft. for additional concessions, including 15 new dining and retail locations. Full story on page 1.


TFWA has launched a new concept called the TFWA Innovation Lab which will replace the TFWA Digital Village at the TFWA World Exhibition & Conference. Read more details on page 1.




Scarf Couture by Raja offers one-of-a-kind fashion items for women and men: Fashion options in travel retail take a new turn with the luxurious innovative, 7-way convertible scarf being introduced in Orlando from Scarf Couture by Raja, booth #16. Page 2.


Brand Strategy brings top-name fashion names to travel retail: Brand Strategy is a fashion company debuting in travel retail at the Summit this year. Helmed by well-known Ellyn Porpora for its duty free business, the company distributes and manages a distinguished portfolio of branded products within specialized channels globally (Booth 700).  See how to get these top name brands in your store with details on page 2.


Rodenstock returns to Orlando with own brand plus Porsche Design: Germany-based eyewear company Rodenstock (booth 719), is exhibiting its own brand of eyewear alongside those of its licensed Porsche Design brand. The company says that is has “serious ambitions” to be listed by the top 10 retailers within the next three years. Read more on page 3.