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In the travel retail industry’s first live gathering in Asia since the pandemic began, TFWA reports that its Asia Pacific Live networking event was a “huge success.” See overview on page 1.
Back in the Americas, IAADFS- the International Association of Airport & Duty Free Stores—asks you to mark your calendars for the 2023 Summit of the Americas, scheduled to be held on April 18-21 at the Palm Beach Convention Center in Florida.
LVMH has appointed Stéphane Rinderknech to lead its hospitality division. Most recently serving as president and CEO of L’Oréal USA, Rinderknech began his career at Parbel in 2002 (L’Oreal’s Americas travel retail division.) See more details on page 1.
SUMMER TRAVEL: The World Travel & Tourism Council and ForwardKeys are forecasting a “massive increase” in global international inbound travel for this summer. The forecast shows Caribbean and Latam destinations taking seven of the top ten rankings. Page 2.
International: DUBAI. Underscoring the recovery in passenger air traffic, Dubai International (DXB)—the world’s busiest international hub– reports the busiest quarter since 2020 in Q1 2022. Page 2.
AIRPORT TECH: SERVY expands its presence in Canada with the launch of the YVR Order Now digital platform. Page 2.
Avianca-Gol merger to create a “pan-Latam” super group. Page 3.
ARRA Executive Director Andrew Weddig urges airports to waive some pricing policies to avoid a second financial crisis for concessions. Page 4.
Paradies Lagardère wins restaurant/retail contract at ATL Concourse T-North.
Carnival breaks ground on new Grand Bahama Island cruise port. Page 3.
GODIVA launches global marketing campaign “Godiva is Chocolate” to communicate wider availability of the premium brand. Page 5
HERSHEY World Travel introduces high-impact Reese’s campaign with Dufry around the world. Page 5.
Andre de Almeida sets up a new drinks consultancy—announces that Sweden’s No. 1 Wine & Spirits is investing for growth and expanding globally. No. 1 W&S also takes on international distribution of Venezuelan rum Ron Roble. Page 6.
Rituals Cosmetics launches two new high-performance grooming collections. Page 7.
Perfumes y Diseño grows Americas fragrance business, expands distribution portfolio. Page 7.