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As many of us are now en route to Cannes for the 2019 TFWA Tax Free World Exhibition, we wish all our industry colleagues safe travels and a very successful week ahead.
TMI here presents some last minute news.
Bahamas: As of Sept. 24, the official death toll from Hurricane Dorian was 53, but 608 people are still listed as missing (692 have been located). The Bahamas has 16 main islands and 14 of them are open for business, says NEMA (National Emergency Management Agency). Grand Bahama now has 3 seaports that are operational, although the condition of 4 others are still unknown.
In TMI’s main story today, we look at Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, which has announced that it will begin commercial sailing to Grand Bahama Island and offers cruise guests an opportunity to help the island rebuild. Details on page 1.
Spanish airport authority AENA is extending Dufry’s duty free concession contract at 25 Spanish airports for as much as five years. Page 1.
Four of the most connected airport’s in the world are based in Europe, led by London Heathrow. Chicago O’Hare, the most connected airport in the U.S., comes in at #3 worldwide. In fact, there are 15 U.S. airports within the top 50, says OAG. See full story on page 2.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: INTERNATIONAL SHOPPES OPENS IN HOUSTON. To read full story, please click here.
Paradies Lagardère has several programs underway to help fight hunger and other problems. One each in partnership with YYC Calgary International Airport and Edmonton, and its Treat our Troops program in the U.S. has provided assistance for millions. Page 2.
m1nd-set: First time buyers’ drawn to duty free exclusives, says the research firm. Page 4.