Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 24 No. 2

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This week’s issue of Travel Markets Insider is all about Numbers and People on the Go.

Among the People News, IAADFS has announced that best-selling executive coach and author Scott Miller will be the keynote speaker at the 2023 Summit of the Americas, taking place April 16-19, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. See details on page 1


The UNWTO is forecasting that Europe and the Middle East could return to pre-pandemic tourism numbers by the end of this year. With the recent lifting of COVID-19 travel restrictions, Chinese tourists are expected to increase significantly, although UNWTO cautions that this will not happen overnight. Page 1.

m1nd-set. The Swiss-based travel retail research agency has released a 4-year air traffic forecast that shows Asia and the Pacific are showing the highest percentage of air traffic growth – although North America will be the first region to surpass its pre-pandemic level, in 2024. Page 2.

ForwardKeys: The flight tracking agency takes a deep look at how the end of China’s zero-COVID policy is fueling travel bookings, but analyzes why improvement will be slow. Page 3.


The U.S. travel industry cheers the passage of the historic bill which provides for a Cabinet-level position for tourism with the establishment of an Assistant Secretary of Travel and Tourism. Page 3.

CARIBBEAN. The Caribbean Tourism Authority, quoting more data from ForwardKeys, warns Caribbean tourism stakeholders to prepare for greater competition from the rest of the world’s destinations.  Page 3. 


Tito Gonzalez joins Duty Free Global as VP of Americas. Page 4.

Veronica Huber joins Waldemar Behn as Americas Sales Director. Page 4.

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield names Dany Nasr AS CEO of its Airports division. Page 4.

Denz Van Der List returns to Global Travel Retail as VP of Sales for Go Travel. Page 5

Victorinox reorganizes, combines TR & Global Fragrance Sales under Gloria Dix. Page 5.

The Estee Lauder Companies appoints Matthieu Cheyrou and Tracy Xu to new roles and to the Travel Retail Leadership Team. Page 5.