Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 24 No. 26

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The biggest story of the week broke on Friday when TFWA announced that John Rimmer was stepping down from his role as Managing Director at the end of October. Super intelligent, unassuming, and incredibly effective, John is one of the all-around nicest gentlemen in the industry and we at TMI wish him the greatest success in his next endeavor. See more details on this breaking news on page 6.  


Airports Council International- North America has released its 2022 North America Airport Traffic Summary filled with passenger, cargo and aircraft operations data from 277 North American airports. TMI presents some of the highlights on page 1.

Jumping to July 2023 numbers, OAG takes a look at the busiest airports from a global standpoint. While North American airports still shine in the overall numbers, they do not even feature in the top rankings when only international traffic is considered. See pages 1 & 2 for a fuller story. 


MIA remains fastest-growing U.S. airport as 1H passenger traffic soars to new records. Page 2.

FAA extends limits on NYC and Washington, DC flights due to lack of air traffic controllers. Page 2.

Airlines respond to Hawaii wildfires disaster. Page 2.

Delta to offer 30% more service to Latin America. Page 2.


With the 2023 TFWA World Exhibition now about six weeks away, the news waves are filled with new product and supply side information. Here are a few…

Duty Free Dynamics welcomes sports brand adidas to its multi-category portfolio. Page 3.

IBBI focuses on clean beauty and sustainability. Page 3.

Sunglasses category players to host partnership event in Cannes. Page 3.


Diageo World Class Bartender competition: Virgin Voyages’ Danny Judge wins Cruise Bartender heat in Miami. Page 4.

MONARQ Group to represent Isle of Raasay Distillery in region. Page 4.

Brown-Forman GTR launches Jack Daniel’s & McLaren Racing airport experience in partnership with Gebr. Heinemann. Page 5.

Blue Caterpillar partners with Distillerie Tessendier to bring Arlett French Whisky to GTR, LATAM and the Caribbean. Page 5.

Vitamin-enriched water Hylux expands international presence as it enters Barbados through ARI. Page 6.


WiTR+ holds a jewel of an evening in Singapore

The Women in Travel Retail+ networking group hosted a charity event at Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore on August 2, the first event to be held at the airport since 2019. The beneficiary of the event was the Koma Karanth Foundation, which is building homes and a community for people in need in the Philippines. The evening was filled with good food, good cheer and good fun as it supported a very good cause—the designated WiTR+ charity for 2023. To see how your company might help, please go to page 7.