Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 20 No. 40

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The Frontier Duty Free Association has revealed details of its Convention taking place in Toronto in November. FDFA Executive Director Barbara Barrett also speaks with TMI about the Association’s legislative priorities for the coming year, led by its efforts to have the Visitor Rebate Program returned. Page 1.
The Duty Free World Council announces that the first course of DFWC Academy, the Certificate Course in Duty Free & Travel Retail, is complete and delivery to the first student cohort will begin on September 30. Page 1.
Panama-based Saint Honoré has promoted Loriela Gomez to the position of COO (Chief Operations Officer) effective Sept. 16, 2019. Details on page 2.


With the Tax Free World Association World Exhibition only two weeks away, our attention turns to the Supply Side of the business, as brands get ready to highlight their newest additions.
Duty Free Dynamics, the Panama-based company that has positioned itself as a Master Franchisor of premier lifestyle and non-traditional brands for the travel retail channels of the Americas, will be in Cannes for the first time with an array of new products. See details on page 2.
The SKY’s the limit.
Hamburg based, globally-focused travel retail distribution company SKYlink GmbH is expanding its airport and cruise ship business with new brands brought inhouse specifically for these sectors. Read more on page 3.
French start-up SKYdeals has joined LVMH’s La Maison des startups incubator acceleration program. Co-founder and CEO Julien Sivan also tells TMI that the Americas is the company’s first market in audience and that SKYdeals will soon announce another launch with airlines based in the US, as well. Page 3.
Tito’s Handmade Vodka appoints WEBB Banks for Americas travel retail distribution. WEBB Banks also represents Tito’s in domestic markets in Latin America and the Caribbean, and will also handle major global accounts Dufry and DFS around the world. Page 4.
Nestlé International Travel Retail (NITR) will underline its commitment to innovation and leading the way in the confectionery category with a high-profile showcase of its latest products in Cannes next month, including a 5-product relaunch of Italian chocolate brand Baci back into travel retail. In addition, the company will explain its initiatives to promote sustainability. Page 4
Social media and Instagram star Chiara Ferragni has launched her first makeup collection for Lancôme. The Lancôme & Chiara Ferragni makeup collection was showcased in Travel Retail Americas exclusively in two DFS stores: DFS, Los Angeles International Airport and T Galleria by DFS, Hawaii, during August. Story on page 5 or click here. 
Grey Goose partnered with DFS to hold a new marketing campaign at JFK T4 that ran concurrently with the Grand Slam Tennis event. This is the first Grey Goose program integrating travel retail with U.S. domestic market activity, and it seamlessly connected local and visiting consumers in New York City, both on their travels through JFK and on the transfer routes between airport and city and at the tournament itself, says the company. Read more on page 6 or click here.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: TMI’S fascinating special report on the story of a brand new luxury spirit created by Philippe Giraud, owner of Actium in Miami, is garnering international attention. Giraud returns to his family’s cognac heritage to launch a French Malt Whisky named after his cellar master great grandfather. Philippe Giraud shares his story with TMI’Michael Pasternak. To read, please click here. Page 3.