Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 22 No. 24

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The impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues to stymie international travel, with record numbers of the Delta variant causing the United States to unexpectedly maintain restrictions on inbound tourism. See full story on page 1.

But domestic air travel in the U.S. is pushing some recovery. The 18 largest U.S. airlines—which account for more than 90% of air traffic – improved nearly 20% between April and May, although traffic was still 30% below 2019 levels. June showed a further improvement in North and South America, reports IATA, but global numbers continue to lag. Page 1.


Dufry announces it has extended its duty free contract at Santiago International Airport in the Dominican Republic for another 10 years. Page 7. 


ACI World and the Duty Free World Council have formed a new training partnership for frontline and management staff. Page 1.


Leidys Tobenas has joined MONARQ Group.

Glorimar Figueroa has accepted a senior position with Duty Free Americas. More details on page 2


Annual Seaports Report says fundamentals of cruise industry remain strong. Page 2.

U.S. Circuit Court reverses decision on cruise ship regulations in Florida – again. Page 2.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Lines resumes sailing after 16-month pause. Page 2.


Starboard has unveiled its innovative, custom-made retail programs for two major new ships: an Italian-Renaissance-inspired extravaganza for the new Costa Firenze and an adventurous, luxury offer for the Crystal Endeavor, the first Crystal ship specifically built for exploration. See details on page 3.


TMI presents two of the presentations from the latest ASUTIL webinars. The Uruguay Chamber of Free shops Carlos Loaiza reports that the border business is improving and how a new tourism classification can benefit the industry. ASUTIL Secretary General Jose Luis Donagaray gives an update on the vaccination process and tax cuts. Page 4. 


DFS celebrates empowerment, diversity and individuality at the 7th annual First Class Beauty campaign. Page 5

Coty has unveiled Burberry Hero, a new fragrance for men featuring a campaign starring actor Adam Driver. This is only the second major fragrance to launch since Coty acquired the Burberry license in 2017. Page 5.

L’Oréal presents “the best it has to offer” over 17 brands at the newly opened La Samaritaine in Paris. Page 6.

SHISEIDO launches ULTIMUNE III in Travel Retail, and the iconic serum is powered by a new formulation with the scientifically advanced Lifeblood technology. Page 7