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Breaking News- Edrington reorganizes
As we go to press, Edrington Global Travel Retail (GTR) has announced a restructuring of its organization, effective Sept. 1. Key functions will now split between two hubs in Singapore and Glasgow. Marketing and Commercial teams will be run from Singapore, and Finance and Supply Chain functions will be centralized in Glasgow. As part of this restructuring, Jeremy Speirs will assume leadership of the business, taking on the role of Regional Managing Director, Edrington Global Travel Retail, based out of Glasgow.
Formerly Managing Director for Europe, Middle East & Africa Travel Retail, Speirs has spent over 15 years at Edrington, serving in a variety of commercial roles. He takes over from Suzy Smith who will return from Singapore to Glasgow to take on the role of Director of Strategy and Innovation. TMI will carry further details in a future issue.
Our biggest news this week takes place in New York’s LaGuardia Airport, which opened the first seven gates of the Western Concourse of the new state-of-the-art Terminal B on August 5. See story on page 1.
Staying at the new LGA, Ethos Farm has launched a Guest Experience Ambassador, Concierge, and VIP program at the reopened terminal to create “magic moments” to assist passengers. TMI speaks to Ethos Farm Americas Co-founder Lauren Walsh about the new partnership with ABM Industries and LaGuardia Gateway Partners. Page 1 and 2.
In more airport news, Delaware North has installed airport food and beverage e-commerce platform Grab’s first virtual kiosk offering at several restaurants at ATL.
With traveler numbers still stalled around the world, Airports Council International (ACI) World is calling on governments to replace quarantine measures with robust testing measures. Page 3.
REGIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP
TMI presents a wide array of news briefs from around the region.
XpresSpa expands its COVID-19 airport testing sites, now operational in JFK T4 and Newark Liberty International Airport. Page 4.
Ports in jeopardy. A new report indicates that Florida’s seaports have lost nearly 169,000 Florida jobs and $23 billion in economic activity. The Florida Ports Council calls on Congress urging relief for the maritime sector based on the new economic impact analysis. Page 4.
Meanwhile, tourism re-openings have been delayed in Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Belize. Page 4.
In more Caribbean developments, Barbados and Grenada continue to roll out their reopening, and eight islands collaborate to create a new marketing strategy. Pages 4-5.
There is renewed interest in travel to the United States, according to online travel company Skyscanner. Moreover, not traveling is having an emotional toll on Americans, according to Amex Trendex Data. Page 5.
IN THE BOARDROOM
Hudson and Dufry have announced that Dufry will acquire all the equity interests in Hudson it does not already own. See story on page 1 and 2.
Estée Lauder Companies announce full year earnings—global TR ends year up. Page 2.
Duty Free Dynamics has added Swiss luxury brand Bally to its portfolio in the Americas.
DFD has also confirmed the full-scale presence of Seiko’s medium-luxury range watches with Dufry in Mexico City Airport’s Terminal 1. Page 6.
Cabeau launches innovative Cabeau Tape for mask-wearing travelers.
Travel Blue launches a globally compliant Hygiene Range for travelers. Page 7.