Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 24 No. 5

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Duty Free Americas achieved the equivalent of a winning touchdown and kicking the extra point, when it partnered with the Miami Dolphins to raise $1 million to fight cancer, to use a sports motif.

The record fund-raising was accomplished with a lot of help from industry suppliers, service people, and company friends and colleagues, during last week’s 8th Annual DFA Charity Golf Tournament.

Read more about the event—which brought together several hundred travel retail people for a fantastic day together, beginning on page 1. 


The rest of this week’s issue of TMI is all about People in the industry.

Now that its deal with Autogrill is complete, Dufry has announced its new Global Executive Committee, which it has established to drive its “Travel Experience Revolution.” Read about the new structure and who will be leading each region on page 3.

Brown-Forman Global Travel Retail has also announced a new structure, following the retirement of Monte Wilson, who has been with the company for some 30 years and been a key figure in the development of B-F’s travel retail business. With Monte’s departure,

B-F has divided the GTR business into three main regions under V-P, Managing Director GTR David Rodiek. New leadership positions have been revealed for two of the regions, but the Americas, the strongest travel retail region for B-F, has not yet been announced. See more details on page 4.

Perfumes y Diseño. Congratulations to Pedro Trolez who opened the Spanish-based perfume company 25 years ago. To celebrate further, PYD reports that it closed 2022 with record sales. Page 4. 

More People News

Rene Riedi has been named Honorary Swiss Consul in Miami. Page 3

Karl Sutcliffe, who has been running DFS’ San Francisco operations since 2018, has a new role with DFS in Hawaii. Page 3

Mark Mariani of 3Sixty Duty Free & More, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the IAADFS. Page 3

In Memoriam. On a sad note, the duty free industry has lost another one of its early pioneers with the passing of George Mannina. Page 4