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Today TMI looks at the Summit of the Americas and sustainability – two topics much in the news this month.
The Virtual Summit of the Americas hosted one of the most comprehensive and relevant conference programs focusing on travel retail in this region ever held. If you missed them, recorded sessions are still available for viewing. A clear highlight of the event was the daily View from the Top interviews with key CEOs from the region presented in the Knowledge Hub.
Over the week conference moderator Dermot Davitt spoke with Martín Eurnekian, CEO of Corporación America Airports and ACI World Chair, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport CEO Sean Donohue, JFKIAT (New York T4) President & CEO Roel Huinink and Vancouver Airport Authority President & CEO Tamara Vrooman. Here TMI presents highlights from the first two CEO presentations: Martín Eurnekian, CEO of Corporación America Airports and ACI World Chair, who spoke about the need for a Plan B and better integration of data and systems among the aviation stakeholders; and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport CEO Sean Donohue, who detailed the airport’s strong concession support and talked optimistically about the importance of travel connectivity. Pages 1-3.
IAADFS announces the appointment of a new member of the Board of Directors. Read details on page 1. TMI also speaks with Summit organizers Jose Luis Donagaray of ASUTIL and IAADFS’ Michael Payne, about their preliminary feedback on the results of this inaugural virtual event in the region. Page 4.
In more regional airport news, the Chicago Department of Aviation has released a Request for Proposal inviting qualified operators to submit proposals on 10 concession locations at O’Hare International airport. Seven of the locations are in International Terminal 5, where the terminal expansion and improvements are underway. The others are located in Terminal 3. This RFP is the largest in more than 10 years for O’Hare, and is part of the $8.5 billion O’Hare 21 project. See details and links to RFP documents on page 5. 3Sixty Duty Free & More celebrated the grand re-opening of its expanded store at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday. Page 5. Looking at the global industry, ACI World released its rankings of the busiest airports for passenger traffic in 2020 and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International fell out of the top spot for the first time since 1998, edged out by Guangzhou Bai Yun International Airport in China. See details and ATL’s statement on the rankings, page 6.
The Falic Group, parent company of Duty Free Americas, has taken its regional expertise in the Americas to join together with Bloomberg Media to create Bloomberg Línea, a multi-platform business news brand in Latin America and the Caribbean.Page 4. SUPPLY SIDE
Bottega S.p.A. went to the Oscars! Travel retail’s favorite winery has created two exclusive golden bottles for the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, which has produced two limited-edition wines in honor of “Hollywood’s most prestigious cinema awards.” Page 3.
Specialist distribution company InnoTRI has partnered with Cell Duty Free shop for the opening of the largest land-based free shop in Brazil this month. Page 7.
Mondelez World Travel Retail (WTR) and CircleSquare have unveiled a sustainable design scorecard to help guide the implementation of more sustainable point-of-sale materials among the travel retail industry. Full story on page 7.