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TFWA has announced that former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair — certainly a high profile player in global politics — will be the keynote speaker at this year’s World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes. Page 1.
Brazil has authorized two additional border stores, with three more on the way, reports TMI’s John Gallagher. Dufry do Brasil CEO Gustavo Fagundes confirms that Dufry is set to open as soon as it receives its authorization, and plans to open 2-3 more border stores in the coming months.
Thiago Salman, Director of Central Duty Free, which received authorization to open earlier this month, speaks with TMI about what steps he is taking now. Page 1.
Los Angeles World Airports has announced some organizational changes it is taking in support of the $14 billion modernization program currently underway. Page 1.
SUPPLY SIDE NEWS
Travel accessories brand Go Travel has joined the UK-based Travel Retail Consortium to broaden its distribution network. Its products are also distributed and stocked in over 100 countries worldwide, with a large presence in the Americas. Page 2.
Swarovski opens a “sparkling” new branded shop on board the Carnival Inspiration with Dufry. Page 2.
MONARQ Group takes its first step in its contribution to reduce climate change by joining the Climate Neutral Group and investing in a project in Uganda. Page 2.
Marcolin Group exec chairman Giovanni Zoppas is leaving his position to become CEO and General Manager of Thélios, the joint venture established by Marcolin with the LVMH Group in 2017. See more details on page 3.
AT THE POINT OF SALE
Kicking off in T Galleria by DFS, Macau, City of Dreams, the exclusive pop-up will then travel across DFS’s global network of retail stores, including in T Galleria by DFS, Hawaii and in DFS, Los Angeles International Airport.
The DFS x Dior Summer Party offers customers the opportunity to create unique memories of the season with exclusive products and colorways, including Dior’s signature shade of pink. See full story on page 3.
IN THE SPIRIT
Brown-Forman Corporation announced it has agreed to purchase The 86 Company, adding Fords Gin to its growing spirits portfolio. Page 4.
Bacardi Global Travel Retail is launching the GTR exclusive Bacardi Gran Reserva Especial (16YO), which is says is designed to help Bacardi lead the category growth opportunity in premium rum in GTR. Page 4.
In more gin news, Pernod Ricard’s The Gin Hub has acquired MALFY Italian gins to strengthen its super-premium+ gin portfolio. Page 4.