Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 21 No. 18

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Registration opens for the Moodie Davitt Virtual Travel Retail Expo
Delegate registration has just opened for the Moodie Davitt Virtual Travel Retail Expo, a unique 5-day ‘live’ event followed by a 30-day showcase. It begins on October 12, just after the conclusion of the Chinese Golden Week holidays. Registration is free for travel retailers, all airport commercial operators, airports, exhibitors and preferred media partners.
Travel Markets Insider was the first industry trade media to sign on as a preferred media partner for the event.
TMI will be publishing a special magazine issue – in what would have been our Cannes/Canada magazine. In addition to our normal distribution, the special issue will be available at the Virtual Press Center at the Expo.
For information on how to be a part of this issue, please contact Lois Pasternak at
For more information about the Moodie Davitt Virtual Travel Retail Expo and to register, please click here.
Now to the news.
With the de facto kick-off of summer in the northern hemisphere starting on Monday, today’s issue of TMI focuses heavily on what airports and airlines are doing to prepare to emerge from lockdown from the coronavirus pandemic – even as the world reached the unimaginable number of more than 5 million confirmed cases this week.
The World Health Organization on Tuesday reported the largest single-day increase of infections -more than 106,000 – with about 40% of them in the United States. In addition, the virus is now rolling over Latin America, with Brazil now accounting for the third most cases in the world.
The round-up includes news from SFO, Delta Airlines, Airlines for America, ACI & IATA, European Guidelines, DFWC, ETRC and the U.S. Travel Association. Coverage begins on page 1.
The U.S.-Canada border will remain closed to non-essential travel for an additional month. Page 1.
The Ambassador Bridge pays tolls for essential workers crossing border. Page 3
FEATURE INTERVIEW: Blue Water Bridge Duty Free stays open for essential travelers even as border business is “decimated”. TMI’Michael Pasternak speaks with BWB DF’s Tania Lee. Page 3.
Ignacio Vázquez is named Global Head of Marketing at Bacardi Global Travel Retail. Page 1.
Luke Maga of Distell International and Philip Eckles, of Delhi Duty Free, become the newest board members of APTRA. Page 4.
Experiential marketing company CircleSquare warns the travel retail industry to be ready when trading opportunities emerge. Page 5.
Duty Free Dynamics adds award-winning Thule brand of bags and luggage to its outdoor portfolio. Page 5.
Porsche Design and BRIC’S partner on a new line. Page 5
Essence Corp keeps BAs engaged through Zoom trainings. Page 6
Tairo International’s Somar Distribution supplies local Caribbean markets with high demand products. Page 6.