Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 22 No. 28

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Today’s News:

Despite the continued prevalence of the COVID-19 virus, more and more key trade events are returning to live formats, not least of which is the travel retail industry’s premier trade show, the Tax Free World Exhibition. TFWA President Jaya Singh hosted a press conference last week where he reconfirmed that this year’s event will take place in Cannes, on October 24-28, as previously announced.

And he insists that every precaution will be taken to make it as safe as possible. The Show will take place in a hybrid format to accommodate people who are not able to travel to France. Page 1.

Prior to Cannes, and closer to home, the cruise industry’s premier business-to-business event, Seatrade Cruise Global, is returning to the Miami Beach Convention Center on September 27-30. This will be Seatrade’s 35th anniversary edition. See more details on page 2.

And yet another event is taking place live when the Gamma3 Council holds its 14th annual Forum at The Blue Mall, in Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic on October 14-15. These meetings are normally strictly members-only but this October, for the first time, Gamma 3 is opening its sessions to a larger audience. The Forum hosts major retail industry experts who explore the trends, markets and practices that will guide the next decade of fashion. See more on page 2. 


As travel begins to pick-up in the Americas, we are seeing more return of activations and new innovations in airports. Page 3.

LAX has introduced NomNom, an adorable two-wheeled, semi-autonomous robot to help delivery food orders with AtYourGate.

Hudson has opened its 2nd Joe and The Juice at Vancouver International Airport – the first new food and beverage partner at the terminal since the start of the pandemic. 

Cultural icons Montblanc and Spike Lee are featured in a new campaign at Miami International Airport. 


L’Oréal has announced two key appointments in Travel Retail Asia Pacific: Managing Director Emmanuel GOULIN is taking a major new role heading L’Oréal Italy’s Luxe Division, and he will be succeeded by Tao ZHANG, who was most recently Managing Director at L’Oréal Luxe Travel Retail Asia Pacific. Page 4.

The Estée Lauder Companies and Estée Lauder brand have teamed with U.S. Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman in an historic deal that supports literacy. Page 4. 


Chivas 12 Scotch whisky has unveiled a new look in bottle, label and packaging—its biggest redesign in Chivas’ 112-year history. Page 5.

British fragrance maker Molton Brown is bringing anew Botanical Hair Care Collection to travel retail. Page 5