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The Travel Retail industry associations were especially busy over the past week:
IAADFS announced revised dates for the 2023 Summit of the Americas. It will now take place April 16-19 instead of April 18-21, although it is still at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in Florida. Page 1.
TFWA and the Duty Free World Council partnered to launch an important new global campaign against illicit trade, counterfeiting and intellectual property theft. See more details on page 1.
South American Duty Free Association ASUTIL formally sent a “Save the Date” for its 2022 Border Conference, which will take pace in Montevideo, Uruguay on November 8, 9 & 10.
In major news from the United States, the Biden White House announced $1 billion in grants to upgrade America’s airport terminals. This is the first installment of $5 billion that has been earmarked for airports over the next five years. Unlike past years where government funding normally went to operational infrastructure investments, this funding is more for modernizing and improving terminals. See story on page 2.
IATA reports that international air travel began recovering in May, as more health restrictions were dropped across the globe. Page 2.
AT THE POINT OF SALE: Puig conducted a massive omni-channel launch for Caroline Herrera’s 212 Heroes for Her, incorporating a strong Sense-of-Place and immersive instore experiences in key airports across the Americas. Page 3.
Go Travel has extended its partnership with InMotion and Marshall Retail Group to open in 37 additional airport locations in the U.S. Page 4.
WB Canna & Wellness adds Flow Beverage Corp. as a distribution partner in the Caribbean and Central America. Page 4.
Congratulations to Travel Retail specialist Alan Snelling, who is retiring after a career spanning 50 years! Page 4.
Two exclusive travel retail launches took place this week in the spirits category.
William Grant & Sons released The Week of Peat Aged 19 Years, the latest addition to The Balvenie Stories range, which is exclusive to travel retail. See details on page 6.
Pernod Ricard has launched seven ultra-rare GTR exclusive Secret Speyside Cask Editions, offering unique expressions that collectors cannot find anywhere else. Page 6.