A bustling crowd of morning passengers at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport helped celebrate the grand opening of the first 3Sixty Duty Free & Morebranded airport store last week. The 1200 sq. foot Charlotte location is the first physical implementation of the 3Sixty Duty Free & More brand after the launch last October, and features both storefront signage and in-store marketing collateral.
The grand opening event included a ribbon cutting ceremony and champagne toast that was attended by key 3Sixty executives, Charlotte Douglas airport officials, 3Sixty’s DBEA partners from Geathers Enterprises, and others. Lois Pasternak reports. Page 1.
South American duty free sales are struggling as the regional recovery has stalled, reports ASUTIL’s Secretary General Jose Luis Donagaray during a media webinar this week. ASUTIL does not expect to see improvements “until October at least” but the organization is hopeful that the imminent opening of duty free stores on the Brazilian side of the border might stimulate business. See page 3 for full story.
Miami International Airport reports that its first quarter passenger traffic is up by more than half a million over the same period last year, and the launch of four new international routes in April and June should bolster traffic further. Read details on page 2.
Bacardi and SMT have created a dedicated Bacardi Experience at SMT’s flagship store at the San Juan cruise port. The Experience offers cruise passengers a way to discover the heritage of Bacardi rum through premium tasting events to branded merchandise. Page 3.
Hugh Riley, one of the top tourism officials in the Americas, is retiring as Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization after 10 years. Page 1.
Lital Guedalia has been promoted to Global Travel Retail Sales Director at Cabeau. Page 1.
Vinay Golikeri has been named MD, Bacardi GTR as Mike Birch steps into new role. Page 6
SUPPLY SIDE: BEAUTY
VIVA GLAM celebrates 25 years of raising funds to fight AIDS. Page 4
Diesel Fragrances and Brazilian football star Neymar Jr. team up to create new fragrance. Page 4.
Shiseido Travel Retail bolstered by Group’s new Global Innovation Centre. Page 5
Rituals continues Americas push as it launches new TR exclusive sets. Page 5
SUPPLY SIDE: SPIRITS
Pernod Ricard launches GTR exclusive The Glenlivet Triple Cask Series